Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Science

New satellite to map stars

BERLIN—The European Space Agency successfully launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space today in a bid to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, as well as provide an insight into the evolution of our galaxy.
The satellite was lifted into space from French Guiana at this morning aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket, the agency said.

Debate brewing over park wolves

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—For visitors to Isle Royale National Park, nothing beats the spine-tingling thrill of a wolf’s howl piercing an otherwise silent night—or a glimpse of the wily beast slipping across a forest path.
But such experiences are becoming increasingly rare, and before long may disappear forever.

As wolves die out on remote national park in Michigan, debate brews over whether to intervene

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — For visitors to Isle Royale National Park, nothing beats the spine-tingling thrill of a wolf’s howl piercing an otherwise silent night — or a glimpse of the wily beast slipping across a forest path. But such experiences are becoming increasingly rare, and before long may disappear forever.

Europe launches satellite that will map 1 billion stars, hunt for new planets

BERLIN — The European Space Agency successfully launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday in a bid to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way, and provide an insight into the evolution of our galaxy.

Florida Keys centre offers students unique marine mammal degree with hands-on training

GRASSY KEY, Fla. — Molly, a bottlenose dolphin in her early 50s, can’t see very well and requires special care. The staff at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys is teaching her to respond to verbal and touch-related signals before she loses her sight completely.

After years of study, FDA says it has no evidence anti-bacterial soaps curb spread of bacteria

WASHINGTON — After more than 40 years of study, the federal government said Monday it has no evidence that the anti-bacterial chemicals used in countless common soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs, and it is reviewing research suggesting they may pose health risks.

Satellite finds Antarctica set Earth record low of 135.8 below F (94.7 minus Celsius)

WASHINGTON — Newly analyzed data from East Antarctica say the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold.
The record is minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 94.7 Celsius).

NASA rover Curiosity finds ancient Martian freshwater lake that may have supported life

LOS ANGELES — NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars, which scientists say could have been a perfect spot for tiny primitive organisms to flourish if they ever existed on the red planet.

Pa. students’ robotic arm can make you stronger; part of emerging research in exoskeletons

PHILADELPHIA — Need a hand lifting something? A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can help its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds.
Titan Arm looks and sounds like part of a superhero’s costume. But its creators say it’s designed for ordinary people — those who need either physical rehabilitation or a little extra muscle for their job.

Got the chills yet? Invasive cockroach found in NYC can withstand harsh winter cold

NEW YORK — The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side into one of New York’s newest tourist attractions, may have brought a different kind of visitor: a cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold and never seen before in the U.S.

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