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Countries Race to Find Oldest Ice Core in Antarctica

10-nation team of scientists hopes to find a 1.5M-year-old sample

(Newser) - It's nearly summer in Antarctica, and scientists from 10 European countries are now on their way to the world's iciest continent to find the best location to drill for a 1.5-million-year-old chunk of ice core. Given the conditions, they have only a short window to complete their... More »

It's Not 'Lab Meat,' It's 'Clean Food'

Industry behind lab-grown foods is lauding their efficiency and sustainability

(Newser) - If meat grown by scientists using stem cells in a lab doesn't sound terribly appetizing, consider the perks: It's more sustainable, it doesn't involve killing any animals, and it uses less energy than growing real animals to butcher. So the industry behind so-called "in vitro" meat... More »

Someone Filmed a Fake Human Sacrifice at CERN

Esteemed Euro physics lab trying to figure out who staged creepy 'spoof'

(Newser) - "Prankster" may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing a scientist, but a group of them at Switzerland's European Organization for Nuclear Research (aka CERN) may have just elevated the term in an odd and creepy way. The Guardian reports the research organization is... More »

Antarctic Ice Is Growing —But Why?

NASA scientists seek to explain expanding ice

(Newser) - Amid the rising calamity of climate change, Antarctic sea ice has hit an all-time high—but why? Well, scientists aren't quite sure, the Smithsonian reports. "It's really not surprising to people in the climate field that not every location on the face of Earth is acting as... More »

Scientists Slip Bob Dylan Quotes Into Articles

Swedish professors enjoy mixing medicine and Dylan

(Newser) - Think medical research and Bob Dylan are a natural combination? Five Swedish scientists would agree, and have even started a contest to see who can stuff the most Dylan words into articles before they call it a career, the Local reports. It started 17 years ago when two professors, Eddie... More »

How Big Tobacco Shaped the 'Science Of Stress'

Cigarette companies wanted illness linked to stress, not smoking: expert

(Newser) - A few 20th-century scientists gave birth to the modern notion of stress—and Big Tobacco got so excited that it swooped in and funded their research, NPR reports. It all started with endocrinologist Hens Selye, who in the 1930s subjected rats to stress and cut them open to reveal the... More »

Scientists Peak in Their Late 30s

Education may explain phenomenon

(Newser) - Good news for struggling scientists in their mid-30s: Your big breakthrough is probably still to come. So says a new study from the National Bureau of Economics Research, which finds that great scientists and inventors see their biggest moments of genius in their late 30s, the Atlantic reports. Education may... More »

Wikipedia Science Entries: It's a Man's World

Volunteers aim to give female scientists their due in 'edit-a-thon'

(Newser) - Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men. It's a symptom of a... More »

Frozen Mammoth Yields Astounding Find

Blood poured from carcass, say scientists

(Newser) - When Russian scientists who discovered a frozen mammoth half encased in ice prodded the 10,000-year-old animal with an ice pick, they were in for quite the shock: out poured blood, they claim. "This is the most astonishing case in my entire life," expedition head Semyon Grigoriev tells... More »

Italy May Be Home to 'Dumbest Court in the World'

Earthquake verdict recalls Galileo for many

(Newser) - An Italian court has convicted six scientists for failing to predict a deadly earthquake, which, congratulations, puts it in the running for "dumbest court in the world," reads the headline to a post by Elie Mystal at the Above the Law blog. Prosecutors blamed the six for providing... More »

Nobel Winner Was 'Too Stupid for Science'

Schoolmaster urged stem-cell pioneer John Gurdon to study something else

(Newser) - Academic underachievers everywhere can take heart from the story of John Gurdon, the British professor who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine —64 years after being told it would be a "sheer waste of time" for him to study science. When he was 15, Gurdon was... More »

Iranians 'Confess' to Killing Nuclear Scientists

Suspects describe their alleged training in Israel

(Newser) - Iranian state TV aired apparent confessions yesterday from more than a dozen suspects in the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists, but left their legal process unexplained, the Guardian reports. Among the 14 suspects, some re-enacted the murders on Tehran streets or described their training in Israel. "There was a... More »

Leg Wound? Spray On New Skin

New technique helps heal leg ulcers: study

(Newser) - How do you heal an open wound? Try spray-on skin. US and Canadian scientists have developed a new technique that entails spraying a leg ulcer with a layer of donated skin cells and blood-clotting proteins, reports BBC . The researchers tested the spray on 228 people with the hard-to-treat leg wounds... More »

Scientists Invent Paint-On Batteries

Spray-painted power source is half a millimeter thick

(Newser) - If you tend to associate spray paint with nefarious behavior involving graffiti, prepare to have your mind blown. Scientists have invented batteries that can be spray painted onto any surface. Researchers at Rice University demoed the new technology by coating steel, glass, and a beer mug with painted-on batteries. "... More »

Oldest Impact Crater Found in Greenland

Meteorite probably smashed down about 3B years ago

(Newser) - Scientists have uncovered what might be the oldest meteorite crater on Earth. Located in Greenland, it's about 62 miles wide and was likely formed 3 billion years ago when a 19-mile-wide meteorite collided with our planet, reports Space.com . Today, an impact that size likely would wipe out humans.... More »

5 Insane Sacrifices Made for Science

Mars One plan, Bikini Atoll atomic testing top the list

(Newser) - With a Dutch company planning to send astronauts to Mars for life—and make it a reality show—no other scientific endeavor could ask more of people ... right? Well, the Wall Street Journal runs down the competition:
  • 90 people offered to work on ships near the Navy's Bikini Atoll
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Scientists Find New Species of Amphibians

Limbless creatures look like earthworms

(Newser) - Scientists have unearthed a brand-new, weird-looking species of amphibians in northeastern India. The creatures, named chikilidae, live deep in the dirt and are limbless, reports Nature , which notes that they look more like worms than, say, frogs or salamanders. “The discovery adds a major branch to the amphibian tree... More »

We Need More Scientists in Office

John Allen Paulos: Time to put aptitude over attitude

(Newser) - In China, eight of the country's nine top leaders have scientific training; wealthy Singapore has scientists for prime minister and president; Germany's chancellor is a chemistry PhD. But among 435 lawmakers in the US House, just a handful have science backgrounds, notes John Allen Paulos in the New ... More »

Israel, Iran Terrorists Are Killing Scientists: Officials

Mossad funding, training People’s Mujahedin of Iran, sources confirm

(Newser) - As Iran has long claimed, Israel is indeed behind the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, providing financing, training, and weapons to the Iranian terrorist group that carries out the attacks, US officials confirm to NBC News . Five Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed since 2007, reportedly by the People’s... More »

Scientists Spot Gas Clouds That Seeded All Life

Early formation created stars that led to our own

(Newser) - Astronomers have caught a first-ever glimpse of gas clouds as they existed just a few minutes after the big bang, the Los Angeles Time s reports. These clouds—long gone by now, but still visible to us—contain lighter elements like hydrogen and helium, which condensed into stars during the... More »

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