Articles by Ben Wolford

Nuclear Fusion
Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion: How Fuel Created More Energy Than It Contained
Feb 13, 2014 16:07 PM E
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory accomplished a feat of modern nuclear engineering, creating more energy through nuclear fusion than the original fuel source contained.
Jade Rabbit
'Jade Rabbit' Officially Dead, Chinese State Media Reports Of Its Celebrated Moon Rover
Feb 13, 2014 09:42 AM E
China's much-hyped moon rover, Jade Rabbit, has been out of commission for more than two weeks. On Wednesday, news organizations, citing Chinese state media, said it was done for good.
TeleBot
Real 'RoboCop': Undergrads In Florida Develop A Remote Control Police Officer [VIDEO]
Feb 12, 2014 17:08 PM E
Undergraduate students at Florida International University have been developing a "RoboCop" of their own. Called TeleBot, they say it would allow disabled veterans to gain employment in law enforcement.
Venus, Moon, and Jupiter
Neuroscientists Finally Solve Astronomical Optical Illusion That Puzzled Galileo 400 Years Ago
Feb 12, 2014 16:37 PM E
Optometrists and neuroscientists have discovered why Venus appeared larger than Jupiter to Galileo four centuries ago and why black letters on a white page are easier to read than white on black.
Beetle
New Beetle Species Named After Both Charles Darwin and David Sedaris
Feb 12, 2014 09:04 AM E
Charles Darwin discovered a new species of rove beetle in 1832, but the specimen was lost to science. Now, more than 180 years later, a University of Tennessee entomologist describes and names the beetle in a new paper.
Neckties
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie? Mathematicians Say 177,147 Thanks Partly To 'The Matrix'
Feb 11, 2014 16:12 PM E
Mathematicians have long pondered the enduring question of how many necktie knots are possible. Because of a new fashion trend based on "The Matrix Reloaded," that number now seems to be 177,147.
pest control
Third World Crop Pest: As Invasive Species Threatens Production, Harvest Destruction Goes Underreported
Feb 11, 2014 11:44 AM E
Crop pests and diseases are severely underreported in developing countries, which could undermine efforts to promote food production. New research shows that if every country were as wealthy as the United States, the average number of invasive insects and pathogens would increase by 200.
Marius the Giraffe
Danish Zoo Kills Healthy Giraffe And Feeds It To Lions To Prevent Inbreeding, Promote Education
Feb 10, 2014 11:25 AM E
The Copenhagen Zoo put down a healthy, 2-year-old giraffe called Marius because its genes were not diverse enough from the rest of the captive giraffe population. Worldwide reaction was fierce and swift.
Supernova
The Oldest Star In The Universe: Evidence Suggests That Some Early Star Explosions May Not Have Been So Powerful
Feb 09, 2014 17:38 PM E
Scientists have discovered the oldest star in the universe. It has been alive for 13.7 billion years, nearly as old as the universe itself, and it's right in our Milky Way backyard.
Mesopelagic Fish
Deep-Sea Fish Populations 10 Times Greater Than Previously Thought: New Census Uses Acoustic Observation, Not Nets
Feb 09, 2014 16:11 PM E
There are way more fish in the ocean than scientists previously thought. A new deep-sea census of the most populous ocean zone revealed 10 times greater biomass than other estimates.
Dimetrodon
Serrated Teeth Of First Land Predators Offer Fresh Clues About What Animals Were First To Walk The Earth
Feb 07, 2014 16:33 PM E
A new analysis of Dimetrodon fossils shows that the first land predator had serrated teeth. For paleontologists, the finding offers new clues about what animals walked the Earth about 275 million years ago.
Chicken With Tail
How To Make A Chicken Walk Like A Dinosaur: Strap A Tail To Its Butt
Feb 07, 2014 16:31 PM E
To better understand the way dinosaurs moved, scientists have been experimenting with chickens. To make the research more realistic, they've employed prosthetic tails.
Martian Crater
NASA Photos: High-Resolution Image Captures New Martian Crater
Feb 07, 2014 13:46 PM E
The high-resolution camera orbiting Mars has sent back a dramatic new photo of an impact crater on the surface of the Red Planet. NASA scientists say the crater is probably only a few years old.
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