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Russia Loses Contact With Satellite Containing Gecko Experiment

Russian space officials said that they have lost contact with a satellite containing geckos participating in an experiment to see what impact microgravity will have on their biology and their...

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Scientists Urge Greater Efforts To Protect Orangutan Forests

Protecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost-effective way of boosting the great apes’ chances of survival in the long-run, international scientists have found.

Mars Probe May Be In United Arab Emirates Future

On Wednesday, the United Arab Emirates announced plans to establish a space program and send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 – the first such announcement by an Arab country.

Belizes No-take Zones Help Rebuild Lobster Conch And Fish

A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas.

Overfishing Leaves Fisherman Scraping The Bottom Of The

Decades of overfishing in the English Channel has resulted in the removal of many top predators from the sea and left fishermen 'scraping the barrel' for increasing amounts of shellfish to make up their catch.

UK Neuroscientists Threaten Boycott Of Human Brain Project

It has been called the most ambitious neuroscience project ever attempted, but a proposed 10-year, $1.6 billion initiative designed to develop technology capable of simulating a person’s brain is now facing a possible boycott from scientists over concerns the project is too expensive and has too narrow a focus.

ATM Skimmers Are Becoming Virtually Invisible

The automated teller machine (ATM) is colloquially known as the "money machine" to many people – and for hackers this is increasingly true thanks to account-stealing bank machine skimmers, which security researchers warn are getting smaller and thinner.

Netflix Wants To Pay A Few People To Watch TV And Tag Titles

For many, a lazy Saturday on the sofa watching movies and TV shows seems the perfect way to unwind after a long week of work. Netflix, however, is looking for a couple of lucky individuals for whom this act of relaxation by tuning in and tuning out would actually be their work.

Legislative Measures Needed To Keep Illegal Wild Elephant

In recent years, legislation passed in Thailand has successfully cracked down on the illegal elephant trade, but a new report from the conservation organization TRAFFIC has suggest that more legislation and measures are needed to further reduce the threat to elephants.

War On Superbugs Spearheaded By British PM David Cameron

In the latest development in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Wednesday that former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill would lead an independent review panel to find market-based solutions to the emergence of so-called ‘superbugs.’

ISPs Parliament Launch Lawsuit Against Britains GCHQ Over

In a twist that seems more fitting of a John Grisham courtroom-based drama than a James Bond adventure the British spy community is reportedly being sued by a number of Internet Service Providers as well as members of Parliament.

Malaspina Expedition Finds Worlds Oceans Littered With

The result of a 2010 ocean voyage around the world, a new study has found evidence of tiny “microplastics” in five large accumulations across the world, accumulations which match the five large open-ocean currents called gyres.

Australia Invaded By European Newts

Once confined behind pet shop windows, the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) –a ‘controlled pest animal’ in Victoria – has made a new home in Melbourne’s peri urban fringe.


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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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Every attempt to employ mathematical methods in the study of chemical questions must be considered profoundly irrational and contrary to the spirit of chemistry if mathematical analysis should ever hold a prominent place in chemistry

- an aberration which is happily almost impossible

- it would occasion a rapid and widespread degeneration of that science.

- Auguste Comte
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