Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Science

Calgary teen wins Google Science Fair award for research into oilsands cleanup

A Calgary teen has won a $25,000 scholarship from Google for her science project about speeding up the detoxification of oilsands tailings ponds.
Hayley Todesco’s project beat all the other submissions from 17- and 18-year-old students around the world at the Google Science Fair.
It’s Todesco’s second big award win this month.

NASA’s Maven explorer arrives at Mars after voyage of nearly a year, enters red planet’s orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Maven spacecraft arrived at Mars late Sunday after a 442 million-mile (711 million kilometre) journey that began nearly a year ago.
The robotic explorer fired its brakes and successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet, officials confirmed.
“This is such an incredible night,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s chief for science missions.

Falcons romp over Bucs

ATLANTA—Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history.
Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 last night.

25 years after CF gene isolated, researchers still building on its discovery

TORONTO — Twenty-five years ago this month, the medical world was turned on its ear with the isolation of the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, a devastating inherited disease that usually killed children by their late teens.

European Space Agency announces site for first comet landing in November

BERLIN — Talk about a moving target.
Scientists at the European Space Agency on Monday announced the spot where they will attempt the first landing on a comet hurtling through space at 55,000 kph (34,000 mph).
The manoeuvr is one of the key moments in the decade-long mission to examine comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and learn more about the origins and evolution of objects in the universe.

Rare calico lobster, a 1-in-30 million find, turns up at Maine bait shop

BETHEL, Maine — The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state’s coast.
Sarah Lane says the crustacean, covered in orange blotches, appeared in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol last weekend. The University of Maine says the odds of finding one are about one in 30 million.

DNA spills beans on what makes coffee tick: Caffeine was genetic accident, study finds

WASHINGTON — Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee — and analyzed its DNA.
They found that what we love about coffee — the caffeine — is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.

Massive ‘fearless’ dinosaur from Argentina should help reveal secrets of ancient behemoths

NEW YORK — Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur — a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants — have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or “fearing nothing.”
Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth.

Global poll indicates support for stronger Arctic conservation: Greenpeace

A poll commissioned by Greenpeace suggests that a clear majority of people in 30 countries want to see stronger efforts made to preserve the Arctic environment from industrial development.
The four-question poll of more than 30,000 people found some of the strongest support for conservation comes from Canada.

New study finds global warming, melting sea ice connected to polar vortex chilly outbreaks

WASHINGTON — A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and stronger visits of cold air as the world gets warmer.

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