University of Veterinary Medicine, ViennaIn spring 2010, nearly a third of the chamois living in a region of northern Austria suddenly died of unexplained causes. Concerned hunters and foresters sent the carcasses to the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna for analysis. Extensive investigations have now revealed that the animals …

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WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new NASA Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch.http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGOThe International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat scatterometer instrument arrived May 12 after a cross-country trip from …

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Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionThe ocean is an increasingly industrialized space. Shipping, fishing, and recreational vessels, oil and gas exploration and other human activities all increase noise levels in the ocean and make it more difficult for marine mammals to hear and potentially diminish their range of hearing.“Hearing is the …

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April Bailey, University Of GeorgiaPlacing children into a mixed reality-part virtual environment and part real world-has great potential for increasing their physical activity and decreasing their risk of obesity, according to University of Georgia researchers.Sixty-one Georgia 4-H'ers, 9-12 years old, participated in a study designed to increase awareness and …

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Marlene Cimons, National Science FoundationEnvironmental scientists connect with community colleges and diverse communities to engage in STEM topicsEnvironmental scientists Todd and Susannah Sandrin both want to ignite students' passion for science. But they are using different approaches and age groups to get there.Susannah Sandrin works with fourth graders and …

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NASAJupiter's trademark Great Red Spot -- a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth -- has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured.According to Amy Simon of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot now is approximately 10,250 miles …

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NASAThe Expedition 39 crew returned to Earth Tuesday after 188 days in space, completing a journey of over 79 million miles and more than 3,000 orbits of the Earth since launching to the International Space Station back in November.The Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft carrying Expedition 39 Commander Koichi …

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Sarina Gleason / Joshua Bartoe, Michigan State UniversityMichigan State University researchers have identified a genetic mutation in Doberman pinschers that causes albinism in the breed, a discovery that has eluded veterinarians and breeders worldwide up until now.Paige Winkler, a doctoral student in the College of Veterinary Medicine, co-led the …

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Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-RossendorfAlthough Dark Energy and Dark Matter appear to constitute over 95 percent of the universe, nobody knows of which particles they are made up. Astrophysicists now crossed one potential Dark Matter candidate – the Dark Photon or U boson – off the list in top position. This is the …

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[ Watch The Video: Ants Dueling ]North Carolina State UniversityThe ritualized fighting behavior of one ant species is linked to increases in dopamine levels that trigger dramatic physical changes in the ants without affecting their DNA, according to research from North Carolina State University, Arizona State University and the U.S. …

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)Scientists think Nereus imploded exploring the Kermadec TrenchOn Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned …

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[ Watch The Video: Asteroid Initiative: Practicing For A Future Mission To An Asteroid ]NASANASA is planning to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s, and preparations are already being made.Stan Love and Steve Bowen have between them spent more than 62 hours in the vacuum of …

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[ Hubble Videos ]Rob Gutro, NASAOn April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its bay. The following day, Hubble was released into space, ready to peer into the vast unknown of space.NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently …

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DOE/Joint Genome InstituteDespite its name, the Dead Sea does support life, and not just in the sense of helping visitors float in its waters. Algae, bacteria, and fungi make up the limited number of species that can tolerate the extremely salty environment at the lowest point on Earth.Some organisms …

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Jeff Mulhollem, Penn StateCoyotes are a major predator of white-tailed deer across the East, especially fawns born each spring, but wildlife managers nonetheless are able to stabilize and even grow deer herds, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.Coyotes -- Canis latrans -- are a relatively …

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University of British ColumbiaA genomic investigation by University of British Columbia researchers has revealed that a lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond scum, but has completely shed its green past on its evolutionary journey.A team led by UBC Botany Prof. Patrick Keeling sequenced the …

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Centre for Ecology & HydrologyA team of scientists has found that the woody growth of forests in north Borneo is half as great again as in the most productive forests of north-west Amazonia, an average difference of 3.2 tons of wood per hectare per year.The new study, published today in …

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By Angela Herring, Northeastern UniversityNortheastern University ecologist David Kimbro claims to have watched a lot of TV growing up, particularly The Brady Bunch. “You could kind of get a flavor for how an episode was going to turn out based on how Jan or Peter were faring—you know, the …

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[ Watch The Video: TRMM Satellite Sees Thunderstorms In the South ]Hal Pierce, NASAThe Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite captured rainfall and cloud height information about the powerful thunderstorms and severe weather that affected the Great Plains over May 8 and 9.Severe weather extended from Minnesota to …

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By Iqbal Pittalwala, University of California - RiversideLikely related to our ancestors, 'Plexus ricei' was much like a tapeworm or modern flatworm, say UC Riverside researchersScientists at the University of California, Riverside have discovered a fossil of a newly discovered organism from the "Ediacara Biota" — a group of …

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By James Hataway, University of GeorgiaThe 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout discharged roughly five million barrels of oil and up to 500,000 metric tonnes of natural gas into Gulf of Mexico offshore waters over a period of 84 days. In the face of a seemingly insurmountable cleanup effort, many were …

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[ Watch The Video: Southern Ocean Winds Keep Antarctica Cool, Australia Dry ]Australian National UniversityNew Australian National University-led research has explained why Antarctica is not warming as much as other continents, and why southern Australia is recording more droughts.Researchers have found rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere …

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ESAAviation accidents sometimes highlight how much we still rely on old-fashioned radio contact by pilots and vulnerable tracking systems. But satellites are set to change sky safety, thanks to international collaboration.ESA’s Iris program is looking to satellites to make aviation safer through modern communications. Worldwide digital data links via satellite, …

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Carol Rasmussen, NASA's Jet Propulsion LaboratoryFor the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada. The new results complement other satellite measurements and could provide a reality check for computer models used to estimate the …

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By Matt Swayne, Penn StateA naturally occurring fungus might help curb the spread of an invasive tree species that is threatening forests in most of the United States, according to researchers.Researchers tested the fungus -- Verticillium nonalfalfae -- by injecting it into tree-of-heaven, or Ailanthus, plots, according to Matthew …

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