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BBC News - Science & Environment

Researchers capture the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.
The space agencies of India and the US sign an agreement on future co-operation at Mars and at Earth.
Nasa is facing a delay to work on two new commercial spacecraft after a formal protest about the contract award process.
Panama inaugurates a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to celebrate one of the world's richest eco-systems.
The team looking for missing flight MH370 releases detailed images of the seabed for the first time, revealing extinct volcanoes and deep depressions.
The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, with wildlife populations halving in just 40 years, a report says.
The discovery of a branched carbon molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth suggests the building blocks of life may be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.
Europe's daring attempt to put a small robot on the surface of Comet 67P will take place on Wednesday 12 November.
Nasa's Curiosity rover on Mars drills its first full hole since May - into a mudstone at the base of Mount Sharp in Gale Crater.
US President Barack Obama expands a marine reserve in the Pacific, creating the largest network of oceanic protected areas in the world.
 

Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's GOCE satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Researchers have found that the decrease in the mass of ice during this period was mirrored in GOCE's measurements.
In a meeting Sept. 30, 2014 in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12. Philae's landing site, currently known as Site J, is located on the smaller of the comet's two "lobes," with a backup site on the larger lobe.
NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument leading up to its debut on the International Space Station in late 2016.
Summer 2014 marked another milestone for the Aral Sea, the once-extensive lake in Central Asia that has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried.
 

Biology News Net

Researchers say there should be an international database containing the very latest information about organ donations and transplants, so policy makers can make informed decisions on whether to adopt an opt-out or opt-in system.

Cell division, the process that ensures equal transmission of genetic information to daughter cells, has been fundamentally conserved for over a billion years of evolution. Considering its ubiquity and essentiality, it is expected that proteins that carry out cell division would also be highly conserved. Challenging this assumption, scientists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that one of the foundational proteins in cell division, previously shown to be essential in organisms as diverse as yeast, flies and humans, has been surprisingly lost on multiple occasions during insect evolution.

Eyeless Mexican cavefish show no metabolic circadian rhythm in either light and dark or constant dark conditions, according to a study published September 24, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Damian Moran from Lund University, Sweden, and colleagues.

Achieving complete breakdown of plant biomass for energy conversion in industrialized bioreactors remains a complex challenge, but new research shows that termite fungus farmers solved this problem more than 30 million years ago. The new insight reveals that the great success of termite farmers as plant decomposers is due to division of labor between a fungus breaking down complex plant components and gut bacteria contributing enzymes for final digestion.

Most organisms, including humans, have parasitic DNA fragments called "jumping genes" that insert themselves into DNA molecules, disrupting genetic instructions in the process. And that phenomenon can result in age-related diseases such as cancer. But researchers at the University of Rochester now report that the "jumping genes" in mice become active as the mice age when a multi-function protein stops keeping them in check in order to take on another role.

 

New Scientist - Online news

Human lifespan is rising fast everywhere, but the Global AgeWatch Index shows that some places do better than other at making the most of their old people






What happens at the fishy equivalent of a cocktail party with too many male guests?






We need willpower to resist our desire for instant gratification, but first we need to know our enemy, says Walter Mischel (full text available to subscribers)






It was a fight between vested interests and institutional boneheadedness, but as Cool: How air conditioning changed everything explains, common sense won out






A study of how a chimp trick for drinking water spread throughout the social network is the first time social learning has been seen in wild chimps






Newly discovered asteroid 2014 OL339 is the latest member of the entourage of space rocks that temporarily join Earth in its orbit around the sun






Populations of vertebrate species have declined by an average of 52 per cent between 1970 and 2010, and habitat destruction by people is to blame






An assessment of the extreme weather events concludes that five heatwaves across the world would have been unlikely without greenhouse gas emissions






All the latest on newscientist.com: what dolphins really think, being yourself online, how Hong Kong protesters network and more






To communicate with one another, activists on the city's streets are relying on the free FireChat app to send messages without any cell connection






 
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