Articles by Ben Wolford

Lake Tahoe
As California Drought Gets Worse, Governor Declares Emergency And A Submerged Ghost Towns Rises From A Lake
Jan 20, 2014 17:48 PM E
The drought in California has gone on so long that government officials, farmers, and even clergy are now more worried than ever.
Iron Beam
Israel's Laser Beam Defense System Can Blow Up Incoming Rockets In Mid Air
Jan 20, 2014 15:01 PM E
Israel has plans to deploy a missile-defense laser called Iron Beam, a high-powered weapon that can heat up incoming short-range missiles until they explode, Israeli media reported over the weekend.
Honey Bees
How 5,000 Honey Bees With Tiny 'Backpack' Sensors Will Explain Vanishing Populations
Jan 18, 2014 12:21 PM E
For the first time, scientists are undertaking a bold espionage program to find out why bees are disappearing. And it involves 5,000 tiny backpack sensors.
Mangalitsa
Sheep-Pig Is More Real Than Bigfoot And CatDog — And Makes Amazing Bacon
Jan 17, 2014 11:34 AM E
This once proud lard-bearer, popular in the plains of Eastern Europe, was condemned to live as an oddity by vegetable oil.
Jellyfish
Moon Jellyfish Life Cycle Controlled In A Lab; Discovery Could Prevent Disruptive Jellyfish Invasions
Jan 16, 2014 13:01 PM E
Scientists in Japan announced Thursday they have found the secret hormone that causes moon jellyfish to shape-shift. Best of all, they say they can manipulate the moon jellyfish life cycle themselves using a synthetic impostor hormone.
Robot Internet
'RoboEarth' Is World Wide Web For Robots: Machines Will Be Able To Share Information And Learn From Each Other
Jan 15, 2014 15:41 PM E
Scientists in The Netherlands have created a new World Wide Web — for robots. Called RoboEarth, the group is hosting its first public demonstration Thursday.
Solar Twin
Sun's Twin Discovered In Star Cluster; Planets Around It Too Hot For Liquid Water
Jan 15, 2014 11:48 AM E
In a distant star cluster, scientists have discovered a star that is almost an identical twin to our Sun — and it even has a planet orbiting it.
Galactic Center
Milky Way Black Hole Predicted To Swallow Gas Cloud Might 'Light' Up The Skies, Astronomers Say
Jan 14, 2014 16:16 PM E
The black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, is expecting a visitor about as massive as the earth sometime this spring. It's a gas cloud, and scientists can only wait to see what will happen as it passes by.
Cloned Pigs
China Cloning Pigs On 'Industrial Scale' To Test Medicines And Treatments
Jan 14, 2014 14:17 PM E
China is cloning pigs so rapidly that BBC science editor David Shukman, in a new report from Shenzhen, called it "an industrialization of cloning technique."
Seattle Seahawks NCF divisional playoffs 2014
Seattle Seahawks Fans Literally Caused Earthquake At Saturday's Game; Comes After Previous Records For Noise
Jan 13, 2014 14:07 PM E
In the past, they have split eardrums and caused earthquakes, but on Saturday they made another notable contribution to tectonic unrest by setting off a possible magnitude 2 or higher earthquake as the team defeated the New Orleans Saints.
Super Earth
Galaxy's Abundance Of Gaseous Mini-Neptunes, Super-Earths Makes Possibility Of Life There Impractical
Jan 12, 2014 12:52 PM E
Somewhere around 85 percent of the galaxy's planets fall in a gray zone between our rocky, smallish Earth and the fairly large, gaseous Neptune — meaning they aren't necessarily ideal for life as we know it.
Alexander the Great
Alexander The Great Could Have Died From Toxic Wine; Ancient Ruler May Have Been Poisoned By Little White Flower
Jan 11, 2014 12:36 PM E
Historians have long assumed Alexander the Great died from typhoid fever or malaria. But there might be a more sinister explanation: that he was poisoned by the toxic wine of a little white flower.
Hubble Photo
Crowdsourcing Astronomy: NASA Enlists Citizen Scientists With New Hubble Galaxy Photo
Jan 10, 2014 15:55 PM E
NASA and its partners have been on a mission lately to crowdsource the universe. So on Thursday the Hubble Space Telescope released another galaxy picture in the hope that citizen scientists will comb it for star clusters.
Universe Map
Universe Measured With Near-Perfect Accuracy: Scientists Say It's Probably Infinite, Flat, And Eternal
Jan 09, 2014 15:29 PM E
Scientists announced Thursday that they've pretty much figured out the universe, unlocking potential clues to mysterious "dark energy;" bolstering theories that the universe is flat, eternal, and infinite; and mapping 1.3 million galaxies down to about 1 percent accuracy.
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