Archive for 2009

7 ghoulish archaeological discoveries

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: October 30, 2009   View Article

Remember the haunted house in grade school where your hand was guided into a bowlful of “brains”? Those skinned grapes have nothing on what happened to Rachel Cubitt of the York Archaeological Trust in England.

Sea Slime Killing U.S. Seabirds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 30, 2009   View Article

Hundreds of birds are washing up on the shores of the U.S. Pacific Northwest coated with a foamy sea slime, scientists say.

The slime, which comes from algae blooms in the ocean, saps the waterproofing ability of the birds’ feathers, experts say.

Baseball in the cold a mental, physical challenge

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: October 26, 2009   View Article

Baseball fans looking over the equipment list — balaclavas, tights, parkas, and hand warmers — are forgiven if they think the Phillies and Yankees are headed for a ski vacation.

The World Series begins Wednesday, the latest start in the game’s history at Oct. 28. Odds favor some frigid nights of baseball with bundled-up players trying to keep their heads in the game.

7 cutting-edge and weird robots

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: October 21, 2009   View Article

While robots as sophisticated – and quirky – as R2D2 are still only fantasy, researchers around the world are hard at work making innovative – and sometimes just plain weird – robots come alive in the real world.

Radioactive Rabbit Droppings Help Spur Nuclear Cleanup

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 21, 2009   View Article

Putting a new spin on the term “nuclear waste dump,” radioactive droppings from Cold War-era critters have spurred a high-tech cleanup funded by the current U.S. government economic stimulus program.

Government contractors this September flew a helicopter equipped with radiation detectors and GPS equipment over scrubland in eastern Washington State near the vast Hanford Site, a 1950s plutonium-production complex.

“Rejected” Protons Offer a New View of the Moon

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 16, 2009   View Article

Solar particles “rejected” by the lunar surface are helping astronomers better understand how the sun affects the moon, a new study says.

The moon has virtually no atmosphere, so its surface is constantly being bombarded by solar wind, the charged particles flowing outward in all directions from the sun.

Arctic Largely Ice Free Within Ten Years?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 15, 2009   View Article

The Arctic Ocean could be largely ice free in summer within a decade, scientists announced today—the latest in a stream of wildly varying predictions.

This past spring scientists had taken measurements along a 280-mile (450-kilometer) route across the northern part of the Beaufort Sea (map). Most of the ice, they found, was young and thin.

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