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Journal retracts scientifically-sound research due to legal threats from climate change deniers

Chilling Effects: Climate Change Deniers Have Scientific Paper Disappeared (via Techdirt) Let me let you in on a little fantasy of mine: every once in a while, I like to imagine finding myself meeting the person who came up with the term “global warming.” Why? So I can punish that…

Europe launches satellite program designed to monitor climate change

Europe on Thursday launched the first in a constellation of hi-tech satellites designed to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations. Sentinel-1A, a satellite designed to scan the Earth with cloud-penetrating radar, lifted off at 2102 GMT aboard a Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French…

Scientists dismiss video of bison ‘fleeing’ Yellowstone National Park over volcano fears

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – Yellowstone National Park assured guests and the public on Thursday that a super-volcano under the park was not expected to erupt anytime soon, despite an alarmist video that claimed bison had been seen fleeing to avoid such a calamity. Yellowstone officials, who fielded dozens of…

Mental health experts dispute linking PTSD to violence after Fort Hood shooting

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mental health experts raised concerns on Thursday that the deadly shootings at Fort Hood in Texas would unfairly label post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers as violent, saying there is no data to back up that link. The U.S. soldier suspected of killing three people…

Scientists to use satellites to protect the crumbling ruins of ancient Pompeii

By Antonella Cinelli ROME (Reuters) – The ruins of ancient Pompeii will be monitored by satellites and sensors under an agreement with Italian defense and technology group Finmeccanica to try to stop the UNESCO world heritage site from crumbling. The state-controlled group will help train staff and donate its technology…

NASA severs ties with Russia outside of International Space Station work

NASA has cut all contacts with Russia except for cooperation aboard the International Space Station, according to an internal memo obtained by the online news site The Verge on Wednesday. NASA did not immediately return calls for comment. However, a copy of the memo posted online described a halt to…

New ‘geologic clock’ resets date for moon’s formation

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Earth’s moon started forming up to 65 million years later than some previous estimates, according to a study released on Wednesday that uses a new way to calculate the birthday of the 4.47 billion-year-old planet’s only natural satellite. The mega-asteroid that smashed…

Understanding the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet

The release of the Fifth Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change highlights the impacts which climate change is likely to have for many parts of the world. This comes after a number of recently published papers, which look at……

This device — created by a Buenos Aires car mechanic — could revolutionize childbirth

Jorge Odon is sitting behind a desk in his Buenos Aires home. Wearing a checked shirt and metal-rimmed reading glasses, he gives off a schoolmasterly air as he arranges the papers in front of him. It’s hard to believe that……

New study claims to solve mystery that baffled Darwin: How did zebras get their stripes?

Zebras have stripes to deter the tsetse and other blood-sucking flies, according to a fresh bid to settle a debate that has raged among biologists for over 140 years. Since the 1870s, in a dispute sparked by the founders of evolutionary theory Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, scientists have…

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