Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Science

Lab-made burger taste test: feels like meat but low-fat flavour disappoints

LONDON — They bit, they chewed, but had hoped for more flavour.
Two volunteers who participated in the first public frying of hamburger grown in a lab said Monday that it had the texture of meat but was short of flavour because of the lack of fat.

Scientists asking why some animals stay as couples find the answers more violent than romantic

WASHINGTON — Only a few species of mammals are monogamous, and now dueling scientific teams think they have figured out why they got that way. But their answers are not exactly romantic.
The answers are not even the same.

Latest threat to Great Lakes: Scientists find floating masses of plastic bits

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Already ravaged by toxic algae, invasive mussels and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront another potential threat that few had even imagined until recently: untold millions of plastic litter bits, some visible only through a microscope.

Feds advance plan to shoot barred owls this fall in Northwest to save threatened spotted owl

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal wildlife officials plan to dispatch hunters into forests of the Pacific Northwest starting this fall to shoot one species of owl to protect another that is threatened with extinction.

Feds plan to bolster electric fish barriers in battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A federal plan for keeping hungry Asian carp from reaching the valuable fish populations of the Great Lakes calls for reinforcing electrical and other barriers currently in place and for field-testing other methods, including the use of water guns and hormonal fish love potions.

Birders flock to NM refuge to catch glimpse of tropic bird making first appearance in US

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There’s a frenzy erupting in the birding world, and the Rufous-necked wood-rail is to blame.

First-ever federal study finds natural gas fracking chemicals didn’t spread

PITTSBURGH — A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.

Researchers discover big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in US national monument

SALT LAKE CITY — Researchers in Utah said Wednesday they discovered a new type of big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur that lived about 76 million years ago when the North American continent was split in two.

NASA launches new satellite on a two-year mission to observe the sun

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — NASA has launched a satellite on a mission to examine a little-studied region of the sun that it hopes will improve space weather prediction.

NASA: Voyager 1 spacecraft enters unfamiliar space but has not yet exited the solar system

LOS ANGELES — New research pinpoints the current location of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft: It’s still in our solar system.

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