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  1. News - World - SCIENCE

    Signs in groundwater chemistry make help scientists predict earthquakes

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 09:40pm by GDN

    ... yet, but at the least we have shown something happens before earthquakes," said Professor Alasdair Skelton, of Stockholm University, who led the research published in Nature Geoscience. ... claims require strong evidence," write Steven Ingebritsen of the US Geological Survey and Michael Manga, of the University of California, Berkeley, in a commentary in Nature Geoscience. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598169/signs-groundwater-chemistry-make-help-scientists-predict-earthquakes
  2. News - World - SCIENCE

    The science of slipping on a banana skin, and other Ig Nobel Prize winners

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 11:43pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York Ig Nobel Prizes handed out for the year's most unintentionally funny scientific discoveries The physics of the banana skin slip, and other triumphs Spoof Nobel prizes that honour the humour in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1596197/science-slipping-banana-skin-and-other-ig-nobel-prize-winners
  3. News - World - SCIENCE

    From doorknob to whole building in 4 hours: how quickly viruses spread

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:48am by WASHPOST

    ... the people's hands, and it ended up on over half the surfaces that people touched in that building," said University of Arizona researcher Charles Gerba, who presented the study at the 54th ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590398/doorknob-whole-building-4-hours-how-quickly-viruses-spread
  4. News - World - SCIENCE

    Ozone layer showing first signs of recovery, UN study says

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 10:49am by AP

    ... actually been phased out," he said. Paul Wapner, a professor of global environmental politics at American University, Washington, said the findings are "good news in an often dark ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590001/ozone-layer-showing-first-signs-recovery-says-un-study
  5. News - World - SCIENCE

    Cue a more scientific brew: coffee plant’s genome deciphered

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 10:27pm by Reuters

    ... of the University at Buffalo, one of the researchers. "Without a genome, we couldn't do any real advanced research on coffee that would allow us to improve it- not in this day and age," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586133/cue-more-scientific-brew-coffee-plants-genome-deciphered
  6. News - World - SCIENCE

    Mystery of zigzagging stones in Death Valley National Park solved

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 09:40pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Death Valley, United States Mystery of Death Valley's zigzagging stones solved For years scientists have theorised about how large rocks, weighing up to hundreds of kilograms, zigzag across an area of California's Death Valley National Park, leaving trails. Now, researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581816/mystery-zigzagging-stones-death-valley-national-park-solved
  7. News - World - SCIENCE

    Humans coexisted with Neanderthals for millennia, new study shows

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 09:45pm by Reuters

    ... six-year project by researchers at the University of Oxford used modern methods to remove contaminants and accurately date nearly 200 samples of bone, charcoal and shell from 40 important ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1578597/humans-coexisted-neanderthals-millennia-new-study-shows
  8. News - World - SCIENCE

    Scientists create fabric that mimics octopus camouflage

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:19pm by AFP

    ... science and engineering at the University of Illinois. "Having said that, we are a long way from colour-morphing wallpaper, but it is a step that could lead in that direction." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577810/scientists-create-fabric-mimics-octopus-camouflage
  9. News - World - SCIENCE

    Queensland university develops ‘super banana’ for Africa

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 09:15pm by AFP

    ... food," said project leader Professor James Dale. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) project, which is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hopes to see conclusive results ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1534170/queensland-university-develops-super-banana-africa-gates-foundation-help
  10. Lifestyle - Books - SCIENCE

    Book review: Smashing Physics, by Jon Butterworth

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 12:46pm by GDN

    ... their discovery of the latest subatomic particle to show its face, a so-called "Higgs boson" or "Higgs particle", named after Edinburgh University theoretician Peter Higgs. The total cost this time: a few billion pounds. This is good value, Jon Butterworth implicitly argues in Smashing Physics, a delightful account of his life as a Cern experimentalist, based at University ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1569125/book-review-smashing-physics-jon-butterworth

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