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fear
Overcoming Fear: Researchers Use Scents To Manipulate Memory And Treat Anxiety During Sleep
Sep 24, 2013 11:56 AM E
Overcoming fear is a complicated process. Researchers in Chicago think they may have found a way to alleviate people’s fears by manipulating memories during sleep.
termite poop
Could Termite Poop Hold Antibiotic Properties? New Research Reveals What Makes Insect Resistant To Deadly Microbes
Sep 23, 2013 20:50 PM E
Scientists studying termites’ ability to survive deadly microbes may have discovered antibiotic properties in the insects’ poop. After analyzing bacteria from material collected from five termite colonies in Florida, researchers found that 70 percent of these bacteria actually killed a wide range of pathogens.
explosion
U.S. Almost Nuked N.C. In 1961: Secret Document Reveals Air Force’s Near-Catastrophic Error
Sep 23, 2013 16:20 PM E
The U.S. almost detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961. A secret document released under the Freedom of Information Act reveals just how close the error was to becoming a total catastrophe.
bomb
America’s Nuclear Bomb Problem: Outdated B61s Need Expensive Upgrades If U.S. Wants To Keep Them Around
Sep 23, 2013 13:38 PM E
The U.S. stockpile of B61 nuclear bombs could be lost to time if the bombs aren’t upgraded. But making sure America’s oldest nuclear weapon stays safe for deployment will require millions of dollars’ worth of refurbishments.
t
Landslides In Philippines Kill 20 In Mountainside Villages Weakened By Typhoon Usagi
Sep 23, 2013 11:43 AM E
Landslides along mountainside villages in the northwestern Philippines have claimed 20 lives. The landslides came during powerful monsoon rains just days after typhoon Usagi brushed by the islands, weakening areas in the north.
kinetic sand
Silly Putty Sand Toy Acts Like Dough, Takes Any Shape: Does ‘Kinetic Sand’ Have Any Other Applications?
Sep 20, 2013 17:23 PM E
A new Silly Putty sand toy has the same ingredient in it as Silly Putty and looks like a lot of fun to play with. But does Kinetic Sand have any other applications?
goldfish
Goldfish Survives House Fire In UK: How Did ‘Smokey’ Endure Two Years Under Rubble With No Food Or Fresh Water?
Sep 20, 2013 15:28 PM E
After a fire burned down a couple’s home in Essex, England, they thought they’d lost it all. But two years later, a cleanup crew came across one lone survivor.
wine microwave
Does Microwaving Wine Improve Quality? It Might Sound Strange, But One Scientist Says Yes
Sep 20, 2013 13:23 PM E
One researcher in Australia is testing whether heating wine up in the microwave improves its flavor and quality. What were the results of her experiment?
stratosphere
Extraterrestrial Life Above Wakefield, UK? Don't Hold Your Breath
Sep 20, 2013 11:48 AM E
Is there alien life in the stratosphere above Wakefield? Scientists in the UK say the tiny specks of organic matter they recovered from the atmosphere must have come from aliens.
chickadee
Chemicals In The Environment Could Be Changing Birds’ Voices
Sep 19, 2013 21:17 PM E
Chemicals in the Hudson River Valley area might be causing birds in New York to sing off pitch.
rare bumblebee
Rare Western Bumblebee Reemerges In Oregon After Mysterious Disappearance 15 Years Ago
Sep 19, 2013 17:33 PM E
Biologists have spotted 12 rare western bumblebees buzzing around the Mount Hood Natinoal Forest in Oregon, an area where the bee hasn’t been spotted for almost 15 years.
space exploration
NASA Fuel Shortage: Will Plutonium Scarcity End Deep-Space Exploration By 2020?
Sep 19, 2013 16:24 PM E
NASA’s fuel supply is low. The space program is running out of plutonium-238, a manmade radioactive isotope that powers NASA’s space probes and rovers. Is space exploration doomed?
flying dino
Model Dinosaur In Wind Tunnel Suggests Microraptor Feathers Were For Mating, Not Flying [VIDEO]
Sep 19, 2013 11:17 AM E
A dinosaur model placed in a wind tunnel has shed light on how one of modern birds’ earliest ancestor, the microraptor, flew.
robot
Robotic Bartender: Scientists Study Human Body Language To Aid In Development Of Humanoid Server
Sep 18, 2013 22:51 PM E
Scientists in Germany have been studying the way people interact with bartenders in order to develop programming for their robotic server.
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