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Reindeer thermal image
Could Rudolph Be Real? Reindeers Can Have Red Noses Due To Densely Packed Blood Vessels [VIDEO]
Dec 24, 2013 10:43 AM E
Researchers in Sweden used thermal imaging to show that the Rudolph the red nosed reindeer's nose color is possibly based on scientific fact.
plants cold weather
These Three Coping Mechanisms Help Plants Deal With Cold Weather
Dec 22, 2013 13:13 PM E
Three particular coping mechanisms help plants deal with cold weather, according to a study on over 32,000 species of flowering plants.
ice sheet
Newly Discovered Water Reservoir In Greenland Ice Sheet Could Affect How We Predict Rising Sea Levels
Dec 22, 2013 13:10 PM E
A 27,000-square-mile aquifer within the Greenland Ice Sheet could affect the way that scientists calculate the rate of sea level rise, as the ice sheet melts.
Aztec Calendar from Mexico
Winter Solstice 2013: The Shortest Day Of The Year Is Loaded With Tradition, Customs, And Scientific Meaning
Dec 20, 2013 12:04 PM E
Ever wonder why the winter solstice - the shortest day and longest night of the year - invariably falls on December 21? The answer in a word is earth's tilt.
Cow Farm
Want To Stop Global Warming? Stop Eating Meat: Reducing Methane-Producing 'Ruminant' Population Will Abate Climate Change
Dec 20, 2013 10:05 AM E
While CO2 emissions are damaging to climate, they are also just a part of the problem; in reality, a more serious cause of climate change are the methane-emitting ruminant animals we raise for food.
Drought in Texas
Fracking Not Responsible For Water Shortages In Texas; In Fact, Natural Gas SAVES Water, Study Claims
Dec 19, 2013 18:28 PM E
According to a new study of Texas power usage, huge amounts of water could be saved if we changed from thermal to natural gas for electricity generation — even with including significant amount of water used in the hydraulic fracturing process (AKA "fracking") needed to generate natural gas.
Floppy Disk
We’re Losing 80% Of Our Scientific Data Because of Hotmail Email Addresses And Floppy Disks (And Other Outdates Storage Devices)
Dec 19, 2013 12:22 PM E
A new study in Current Biology found that if you try to find scientific data published 20 years ago, there's an 80% chance it no longer exists. The culprits? Old email addresses and outdated storage devices.
DNA
DNA Study Proves Early Humans Were Inbred, And Also Bred Liberally With Neanderthals And Other Hominid Ancestors
Dec 18, 2013 13:08 PM E
The most complete DNA sequencing of the Neanderthal genome to date shows that there was inbreeding and interbreeding with at least 4 different species of early hominids, a new study claims.
Bullet Cartridges
7 Myths About Mass Shootings, And Why Current Violence Control Policies Are Ineffective
Dec 18, 2013 10:13 AM E
A new study published in the journal Homicide Studies claims that the rate of mass murders has little chance of declining primarily because of policies have developed based on these myths.
Reindeer in its natural winter habitat in the north of Sweden
Are Reindeer And Caribou The Same Thing? New Study Says They Are Lost Cousins, Driven In Different Directions By The Ice Age
Dec 17, 2013 19:00 PM E
A recent genetic mapping published in Nature Climate Change of the Rangifer tarandus (AKA caribou and reindeer) shows the migration pattern of these mammals in North America over the last 21,000 years, and claims that they are actually different animals — but closely related cousins.
Skull discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints
Neanderthal Funerals: Human Ancestor May Have Buried Their Dead Ritualistically, And Protected Remains From Weather And Scavengers
Dec 17, 2013 18:53 PM E
A new study argues that the Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints was intentionally buried, which confirms the theory that Neanderthal held funerals (or at least, buried their dead ritualistically).
Tel-Aviv University's Wise Observatory in Israel
Fast Radio Bursts Might Originate From Nearby Stars, Not Distant Galaxies
Dec 16, 2013 16:43 PM E
Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics claimed in a new study that fast radio bursts could originate from flaring stars within our own galaxy
Electronic Waste
Solving The Electronic Waste Problem: Report Predicts 33% Growth In E-Waste By 2017, With China and US Leading The Way
Dec 16, 2013 12:47 PM E
According to a new report published by the UN-backed organization StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative"), by 2017 there will be a 33 percent global jump in e-waste.
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