Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Best Seat in Yosemite

Under a blanket of stars, a man takes in the landscape of Yosemite National Park from the edge of the Diving Board, a rock formation at Glacier Point.

Fernandez’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

from National Geographic http://bit.ly/1LH99Xx

South Africans used milk-based paint 49,000 years ago

New model of cosmic stickiness favors 'Big Rip' demise of universe

Scientists program solitary yeast cells to say 'hello' to one another

Eye color may be linked to alcohol dependence

Repeated courses of antibiotics may profoundly alter children's development

How small genetic change in Yersinia pestis changed human history

Biodegradable, flexible silicon transistors

Patients with recurrent depression have smaller hippocampi

Platelet-like particles boost clotting, slow bleeding

Smell fingerprints? Each person may have a unique sense of smell

Exit dinosaurs, enter fishes

Seeing a supernova in a new light

New genetic form of obesity, diabetes discovered

Eruption of Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands

Monday, June 29, 2015

Getting Their Shot

“The Oslo Opera House is a very special place,” writes Wim Uyttenbroeck, who captured this picture in the Norwegian capital. “These three colorful photographers make a nice contrast against the white stone and plate glass of the building. The white clouds in the sky make the picture complete.”

from National Geographic http://bit.ly/1FMjGIS

How dramatic climate change in Southern Sahara reduced largest freshwater lake on Earth to desert dunes we see today in just a few hundred years

First-ever possible treatments for MERS; researchers identify two promising candidates

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide

How petunias know when to smell good

Humans around the world dance to the same beat

How your brain knows it's summer

Key element of human language discovered in bird babble

Spiky monsters: New species of 'super-armored' worm

His and her pain circuitry in the spinal cord

Retreating sea ice linked to changes in ocean circulation, could affect European climate

Even stars older than 11 billion years have Earth-like planets

Spirals in the D Ring

How a newborn baby sees you

Extreme makeover: Humankind's unprecedented transformation of Earth

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Put a Wing on It

In this picture by Mohd Khorshid, a willow warbler splashes in a pool of water in Al Ahmadi, Kuwait. Willow warblers pass through the country in large numbers during their long seasonal migrations.

from National Geographic http://bit.ly/1Ns5af7

Friday, June 26, 2015

Tree Top

A lone tree grows on a pillar of quartz and sandstone in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There are more than 3,000 such peaks in the Hunan Province park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its diverse landscape—dense forest, gullies, cliffs, and valleys—shelter macaque and rhesus monkeys, pangolins, and Chinese giant salamanders, as well as rare birds and trees.

from National Geographic http://bit.ly/1LM16pr

Watching Meteors From the Space Station

3-D heart printed using multiple imaging techniques

Attractive female flies harmed by male sexual attention

Solving Saturn’s 2-billion-year age problem

Unexpectedly little black-hole monsters rapidly suck up surrounding matter

Spiral arms cradle baby terrestrial planets

Rapid Ebola diagnostic successful in field trial

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bay Breach

“This image was captured as we were returning from a fruitless search for active humpback whales,” writes David Howells, who took this picture on Canada’s Witless Bay. “We had given up as the sun was setting and were returning to harbor when this young humpback started breaching right in front of us. Sometimes you just get lucky!”

from National Geographic http://bit.ly/1Nh3Vzj

Supercomputer model shows planet making waves in nearby debris disk

Some forestlands cool climate better without trees, study finds

Earth's daily rotation period encoded in an atomic-level protein structure

Corals are already adapting to global warming, scientists say

Faster internet? Electrical engineers break power and distance barriers for fiber optic communication

Backward-moving glacier helps scientists explain glacial earthquakes

New class of compounds shrinks pancreatic cancer tumors, prevents regrowth

Chimps are sensitive to what is right and wrong

Experimental treatment sends deadly leukemia into remission

Starfish that clone themselves live longer