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Apr 06,2007
WASHINGTON - A new NASA study has found that in 2005 the Arctic replaced very little of the thick sea ice it normally loses and replenishes each year. Replenishment of this thick, perennial sea ice each year is essential to the maintenance and stability of the Arctic summer ice cover. The findings complement a NASA study released in fall 2006 that found a 14-percent drop in this perennial ice between 2004 and 2005. The lack ... [full story]
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May 18,2007
WASHINGTON - A team of NASA and university scientists has found clear evidence that extensive areas of snow melted in west Antarctica in January 2005 in response to warm temperatures. This was the first widespread Antarctic melting ever detected with NASA's QuikScat satellite and the most significant melt observed using satellites during the past three decades. The affected regions encompass a combined area as big as California.Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
With all scheduled tasks accomplished, International Space Station Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Sunita Williams ended a nearly seven hour spacewalk at 2:06 p.m. CST Thursday. It was the last in a series of three spacewalks in nine days from the Quest airlock. Major tasks of this spacewalk included removing and jettisoning two large shrouds and installing an attachment for cargo carriers. Lopez-Alegria and Williams moved from the airlock out to Crew Equipment Transfer ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Chimps in Sen­e­gal are reg­u­lar­ly mak­ing and us­ing spears to hunt oth­er, small pri­ma­tes, with­out hu­man help, ac­cord­ing to re­search led by an an­thro­po­l­o­gist. It’s the first study to re­port reg­u­lar tool use by non-hu­mans while hunt­ing oth­er ver­te­brates, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Na­tion­al Ge­o­graph­ic So­ci­e­ty, which helped fund the work. A bush­ba­by (Otole­mur gar­netti) was a re­ported vic­tim of a spear-wielding chimp. (Im­age cour­te­sy U.S. Nat'l Hu­man Ge­nome Inst.) Anthropologist Jill Pruetz of Io­wa State ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
New research conducted by the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University reveals how individual cells perceive and decode communication signals, much like a radio tunes in individual radio stations. The research helps explain how intra-cellular communications are received and understood by cells. The findings are to be printed in the FASEB Journal, which is published by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The article currently is published online."While ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
For the second time in four days, two residents of the International Space Station stepped outside for a spacewalk to complete connecting cooling loops from a temporary to a permanent system. This time the excursion lasted just over seven hours. Wearing U.S. spacesuits, Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni Williams began their spacewalk at 7:38 a.m. CST, a few minutes ahead of schedule. After setting up tools and tethers outside the Quest ... [full story]
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Jan 26,2007
This week, the crew aboard the International Space Station prepared for an unprecedented series of spacewalks. NASA astronauts Mike Lopez-Alegria and Suni Williams are scheduled to begin a 6.5-hour spacewalk from the station around 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 31. It will be the first of a record four spacewalks planned during the next month. Lopez-Alegria and Williams will conduct other spacewalks on Feb. 4, 8 and 22. The first three spacewalks will originate ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
A team of researchers, led by Oregon State University anthropologist Deanna Kingston, has discovered a prehistoric village on a tiny island in the Bering Sea. The archaeological site, shown by carbon dating to be 800 to 900 years old, indicates that King Island, Alaska, was inhabited by a band of Inupiat walrus hunters for at least a millennium, said Kingston. The archaeological investigation is part of a four-year study of the plants, birds, place names, ... [full story]
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Feb 09,2007
Immersion works, but can joggle your recall Can't recall the right word? People returning from immersion in a second language often report such confusion. University of Oregon scientists have found that such lapses reflect the successful inhibition of memory that allows one to quickly learn a new language. Their study, detailed in the January issue of Psychological Science, finds that repeatedly producing words in a new language inhibits the ability to produce corresponding words in ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
Two residents of the International Space Station stepped outside their orbital home Wednesday for spacewalk that lasted just under eight hours to begin the connection of recently activated cooling systems to their permanent locations and to conduct other station assembly work. Wearing U.S. spacesuits, Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni Williams began their spacewalk at 9:14 a.m. CST. After setting up tools and tethers, they moved to the area that connects the ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
(Eugene, Oregon) — A whirling kaleidoscope of light, color and scientific discovery is the heart of an interactive exhibit that will be on display at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History for four months beginning Wednesday, Jan. 31. "Light and Color," on loan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, features interactive stations where visitors can view amazingly lifelike holograms, split white light into a rainbow of colors, discover the ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
Developing countries will suffer most from sea-level rise resulting from global warming, with potentially hundreds of millions of people in developing country coastal regions being forced to relocate, according to a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Of the 300 million people who could be forced to relocate by rapid sea level rise, 80 percent live in the developing world, including 200 million in Asia (90 million in China alone); 17 million in ... [full story]
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Feb 02,2007
A spaceship inspired by beautiful novelist Vanna Bonta is for sale on eBay, winning the high bidder a place in aerospace and literary history and possibly half of a million-dollar grand prize. A rocket competing in a NASA Lunar Lander competition has been named 'Lauryad,' after the spaceship from American novelist Vanna Bonta's quantum fiction FLIGHT trilogy, and is being auctioned on eBay, Integrated Media announced. eBay auction Lunar LanderThe rocket's team is competing in ... [full story]
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