Sunday, December 21, 2014

Science

With backing from Silicon Valley investors, food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

SAN FRANCISCO — The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco’s tech-heavy South of Market neighbourhood, but it isn’t like most of its neighbours that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

Bird steals video camera recording crocodiles in Australia; footage reveals 70-mile journey

SYDNEY, Australia — A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometre (70-mile) journey across the country’s remote landscape.

China launches its first lunar lander carrying ‘Jade Rabbit’ rover to the moon

BEIJING — China launched its first rover mission to the moon Monday, sending a robotic craft named Jade Rabbit to trundle across the lunar landscape, examine its geology and beam images back to Earth.

Did Comet ISON survive brush with sun? Scientists see sliver of hope in new images

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentially grazing the sun. Now, there is a silver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.

Comet to put on show

TORONTO—If the stars align, a large comet rocketing towards the sun will be putting on a show to delight more than just the world’s astronomers.
ISON has been on stargazers’ radar since late last year when it was seen hurtling towards the sun and showing every sign of passing very close to the centre of the solar system.

Fireball no big deal: Hadfield

MONTREAL—Don’t panic, says Chris Hadfield.
That was the Canadian astronaut’s down-to-earth advice after many people tweeted they saw a blue flash and heard a thundering boom in the Montreal and Ottawa areas Tuesday night.

DNA helping bag dog-doo culprits

BRAINTREE, Mass.—Apartment and condo managers, dogged by complaints from those who’ve have experienced the squishy and smelly sensation of stepping onto a pile of dog doo, are turning to DNA testing to identity the culprits who don’t clean up after their pets.

Huge dinosaur skeleton, found in Wyoming, fetches $650,000 at UK auction

LONDON — A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the United States has fetched 400,000 pounds (about $650,000) at an auction in England.
The female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed “Misty,” measures 55 feet (17 metres) long and 19 feet (6 metres) tall.

GM fish clears hurdle

A U.S. company hoping to commercially produce genetically-modified salmon eggs in Canada says it has cleared a major hurdle in its proposal to make the fish available for human consumption—a possibility that has critics worried about the prospect of “frankenfish” escaping and endangering wild Atlantic salmon around the world.

Two cameras developed by Vancouver’s Urthecast headed for space station

UNDATED — Two cameras that are expected to transmit images of the Earth on the Internet early next year have been launched and are headed for the International Space Station.
One of the cameras shoots photos, while the other streams video.
They were developed by Vancouver-based Urthecast.

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