Monday, November 24, 2014

Science

Archeologists in Nepal say they have unearthed oldest Buddhist shrine

KATMANDU, Nepal — Archeologists in Nepal say they have unearthed traces of a timber structure in southern Nepal that they say is the oldest Buddhist shrine.

2 nearly complete fossilized dinosaur skeletons to be auctioned in NYC for estimated $7M-$9M

NEW YORK — It started with a dinosaur pelvis protruding through the rock at a Montana ranch. Three more months of chiseling and digging revealed a remarkable discovery: two nearly complete, fossilized dinosaur skeletons of a carnivore and herbivore, their tails touching.
A pushed-in skull and teeth of one dinosaur embedded in the other suggested a mortal confrontation between them.

Mars ahoy: NASA launching robotic explorer to study Martian atmosphere and climate change

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest Martian explorer is on its launch pad in Florida, ready to soar.
The Maven spacecraft was scheduled to blast off aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket Monday afternoon.

Lungs don’t die when you do, so study seeks donors who die outside of the hospital

The pair of lungs sits inside a clear dome, gently inflating as doctors measure how well they’ll breathe if implanted into a patient who desperately needs a new set.
It’s a little-known twist of nature — your lungs can live on for a while after you die. The air left inside keeps them from deteriorating right away as other organs do.

Photo taken in Vietnam forest shows antelope-like saola, a rare mammal unseen for 15 years

HANOI, Vietnam — A camera trap in a forest in central Vietnam has managed to snap a photo of one of earth’s rarest mammals, the saola, which hadn’t been seen in 15 years.
The antelope-like, long-horned ox appears to walk through dense foliage at the edge of the camera’s range in the image taken in September. Conservation group WWF released the image along with a statement Wednesday.

1.2 million acres of prairies vanish, undermining Obama’s green energy goal

ROSCOE, S.D. — Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he’s not about to apologize for ripping up prairieland to plant corn.

Hubble spots asteroid with 6 tails of dust, baffles astronomers with strange appearance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a six-tailed asteroid in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Scientists say they’ve never seen anything like it. Incredibly, the comet-like tails change shape as the asteroid sheds dust. The streams have occurred over several months.

Scientists say Russian fireball shows meteor risk may be bigge

WASHINGTON — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.

Minnesota man controls 65 km of caves, preserving them for science

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. — John Ackerman is a big-time landlord of subterranean real estate.

Earth-size planet found with rocky core like ours, but close to its sun and too hot for life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that’s close in size and content to Earth — an astronomical first.
But this rocky world is so close to its sun that it’s almost certainly too hot for life.

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