Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Science

How deep can a fish go? Scientists say strange fish caught near New Zealand may provide answer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive.

Trove of planets newly-discovered

WASHINGTON—The Earth’s galaxy is looking far more crowded.
NASA has confirmed 715 newly-discovered planets outside our solar system.
Douglas Hudgins, NASA’s exoplanet exploration program scientist, called yesterday’s announcement a major step toward the planet-hunting Kepler telescope’s ultimate goal: “finding Earth 2.0.”

Scientists solve mystery of whales in Chile desert, found in fossilized skeleton graveyard

SANTIAGO, Chile — Scientists investigating a graveyard of marine mammal fossils near Chile’s northern coast say toxins generated by algae blooms most likely poisoned the animals millions of years ago.
The study by a team of Chilean and Smithsonian Institution scientists was published Wednesday in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

NASA announces 715 newly discovered planets; a step toward ‘finding Earth 2.0’

WASHINGTON — The Earth’s galaxy is looking far more crowded. NASA has confirmed 715 newly discovered planets outside the solar system.
Douglas Hudgins, NASA’s exoplanet exploration program scientist, called Wednesday’s announcement a major step toward the planet-hunting Kepler telescope’s ultimate goal: “finding Earth 2.0.”

USDA to spend $3M to help honeybees by improving pastures in Upper Midwest

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

Mexican researchers spot endangered ‘water monster’ axolotl, easing fears no more were in wild

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s salamander-like axolotl apparently hasn’t disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City’s few remaining lakes.
Researchers say they have sighted, but not caught, two of the slippery little creatures during a second effort to find them.

University of Hawaii approves lease of land for giant telescope

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii on Thursday approved a plan to lease land at the summit of Mauna Kea for construction of the world’s largest optical telescope.
The Board of Regents voted 15 to 1 to approve subleasing the land atop the Big Island volcano for the Thirty Meter Telescope. The university leases summit land, which hosts about a dozen telescopes in total, from the state.

Brain on jazz: novel study puts pianists in MRI scanners to show link between music, language

WASHINGTON — Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain’s language regions enable that musical back-and-forth much like a spoken conversation.
It gives new meaning to the idea of music as a universal language.

Cancer researchers discover pre-leukemic stem cell at root of AML and relapse

TORONTO — Canadian researchers have discovered a pre-leukemic stem cell that may be at the root of acute myeloid leukemia and also be the “bad actor” that evades chemotherapy and triggers a relapse in patients who have gone into remission.

World’s largest thermal solar power plant rises in Mojave Desert, but it comes with a cost

PRIMM, Nev. — A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the West.

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