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Gene plays key role in monarch butterfly's miraculous migration

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world's fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from as far north as Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn. Scientists who scoured the genome of these colorful insects offered new insight on Wednesday into this annual airborne adventure. They pinpointed a single gene related to flight muscle efficiency that plays a major role in the monarch butterfly's migration. ...

Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia. ...

China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops
By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) - China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security. The agriculture ministry earlier this week announced it would try to educate the public on GMO via TV, newspapers and the Internet. It hopes to stifle anti-GMO sentiment that has gathered momentum in the wake of incidents such as reports that genetically-modified rice had been illegally sold at a supermarket in the center of the country. ...
Protest over contract award to delay work on NASA space taxi

By Irene Klotz TORONTO (Reuters) - Work on a pair of U.S. commercial spaceships to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station will be delayed after a losing contender protested the NASA awards, agency Administrator Charles Bolden said on Monday. The U.S. space agency awarded contracts worth up to $6.8 billion to Boeing and privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, to finish designs, build, test and ultimately fly crews to the station, a $100 billion research laboratory that orbits about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth. The awards, announced on Sept. ...

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday. The conservation group's Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind's demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover. ...
Drone Captures Incredible Footage of Massive Hong Kong Protests

A high-flying drone swept over throngs of protesters lining the highways of Hong Kong's central business district yesterday (Sept. 29), capturing sweeping panoramic shots of the thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators. On Sunday (Sept. 28), a small student-led group in Hong Kong started a sit-in to demand democratic elections in the city. After police used tear gas, pepper spray and batons to disrupt the peaceful sit-in, other Hong Kong residents flocked to the movement, joining the demonstration by the thousands, the New York Times reported.  Hong Kong is a semiautonomous Chinese territory, but Beijing does not allow open nominations for the city's chief executive leader.

Your Sense of Smell Could Predict When You'll Die
Known as "olfactory dysfunction," the loss of smell is an even stronger predictor of when a person will likely die than conditions such as heart failure, cancer or lung disease, according to researchers at the University of Chicago. "We think loss of the sense of smell is like the canary in the coal mine," lead author Dr. Jayant Pinto, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, said in a statement. For the study, researchers administered a simple smell test to 3,005 participants ages 57 to 85. Five years after this initial smell test, the researchers confirmed which of the study participants were still alive.
Antarctica Meltdown Weakens Earth's Gravity

West Antarctica's incredible weight loss can be felt from space, a new study reports. So much ice has disappeared from West Antarctica in recent years that Earth's gravity is now weaker there, researchers reported in the Aug. 28 issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The new results come partly from the European Space Agency's GOCE satellites, a four-year endeavor to finely map Earth's gravity. The GOCE gravity map was combined with gravity measurements recorded from the GRACE satellites, an ongoing NASA-Germany mission that tracks changes in Earth's ice sheets via gravity.

US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

India's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement comes just one week after India put its first-ever Mars probe in orbit around the Red Planet, becoming just the fourth entity ? after the United States, the Soviet Union and the European Space Agency ? to do so. NASA and ISRO also signed an agreement Tuesday that lays out their respective roles on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission, which is scheduled to launch to Earth orbit in 2020 to study the consequences of climate change on a fine scale.

Huge Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Is Made of Toxic Cyanide

nature: It's made of cyanide gas. The discovery suggests that the air above Titan's poles can get much cooler than previously thought, scientists said. Cassini images show that the giant spinning cloud growing over Titan's southern pole covers an area of more than 386,000 square miles (1 million square kilometers). "The cloud was first seen in images from Cassini's cameras taken in 2012," study co-author Nick Teanby at the University of Bristol in England said in a statement.

Scientists find potential way to treat cold-triggered asthma
LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have identified a sequence of biological events that could trigger life-threatening asthma attacks in people suffering from colds -- a finding that holds the potential for developing more effective medicines. In a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the researchers found that a small molecule, or 'cytokine', called IL-25 may play a central role in the effect that viruses causing colds have on people with asthma. ...
Ditch U.N. temperature target for global warming, study says
By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday. The world's environment ministers agreed in 2010 to cap a rise in average surface temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times as the yardstick to avoid more floods, heat waves, droughts and rising sea levels. ...
Gene plays key role in monarch butterfly's miraculous migration

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world's fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from as far north as Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn. Scientists who scoured the genome of these colorful insects offered new insight on Wednesday into this annual airborne adventure. They pinpointed a single gene related to flight muscle efficiency that plays a major role in the monarch butterfly's migration. ...

Spooky Quantum Physics Demonstration Tonight: How to Watch Live

Dive headlong into the weird world of quantum mechanics tonight (Oct. 1) with Harvard physics professor Subir Sachdev who will explain the link between the strange phenomena of spooky quantum entanglement and the wonder of weightless levitation made possible by superconductors. You can watch a live webcast on Live Science of Sachdev's presentation at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, tonight at 7 p.m. EDT, where he will discuss ongoing research with high-temperature superconductivity and will also perform a demonstration of superconductor levitation. "What I hope people will take away is some understanding of what quantum mechanics is really about and why it's so important," Sachdev said in a video trailer for the presentation. Sachdev will focus on how a greater understanding of the bizarre nature of quantum entanglement can lead to more-practical superconductors, which are materials through which electricity can flow without resistance.

Rare Evolutionary Twist Morphed Dino Arms into Bird Wings

When dinosaurs evolved into birds, they had to adapt their arms into wings in order to take flight ? a process that altered their skeletal structure. The pisiform, a crumb of bone that helps keeps birds' wings rigid on the upstroke, had vanished in the birdlike dinosaurs that were modern birds' closest ancestors, the researchers report today (Sept. 30) in the journal PLOS Biology. "It is rare," study researcher Alexander Vargas, who leads the ontology and phylogeny lab at the University of Chile in Santiago, told Live Science. Of the few accepted cases of such a disappearing trick, the bird pisiform is among the clearest cases, Vargas said.

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New genetic 'operating system' facilitated evolution of 'bilatera...
( University of California - San Diego ) The evolution of worms, insects, vertebrates and other 'bilateral' animals -- those with distinct left and right sides -- from less complex creatures like jellyfish and sea anemones with 'radial' symmetry may have been facilitated by the emergence of a completely new 'operating system' for controlling genetic instructions in the cell.
Marketing Evolution Is Failing In The C-Suite
You can almost picture yourself in the room. It?s the time of year again where the marketing team has to put together a strategy, a plan and a budget for the next fiscal year.  After carefully considering the seismic shift that is happening across the digital web, the team has come back and said it is time to eradicate the marketing of old. Doing things differently is the only way. Our brand ...
Evolution Launches Dedicated Live Casino Environment for Rational Group's...
Evolution Launches Dedicated Live Casino Environment for Rational Group's Full Tilt Brand
Fit Evolution announces 15-minute workout DVD Nationally
?Fit Evolution Steel Strong? fitness DVD groundbreaking workout that keeps the weight off (PRWeb October 01, 2014) Read the full story at
The Evolution of miCatalog: One Year Later
One year after the launch of miCatalog, an innovative product management repository and foundation of Product and Pricing Lifecycle Management , Zafin reports an emerging tre
The Dark Web Gets Darker With Rise of the ?Evolution? Drug Market
Evolution?s popularity has been driven not only by a more secure and professional operation than its competitors, but also by a more amoral approach to the cryptomarket than the strict libertarian ethos the Silk Road preached. The post The Dark Web Gets Darker With Rise of the ?Evolution? Drug Market appeared first on WIRED .
Africa: How Should the G20 Act to Improve Global Trade Governance?
[The Trade Beat]The evolution of the world trading system no longer supports the delivery of opportunities that follow from innovations in international business. This article is a statement by participants at a roundtable held in the EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide, on 22 August 2014, which offers suggestions to improve global trade governance. Given that Australia is ...
Watch the iPhone?s entire evolution unfold in one mesmerizing GIF
We?ve already seen great still pictures that show the iPhone?s evolution all the way from the original device in 2007 up to this year?s massive new iPhone 6 Plus. GadgetLove, however, has done something even cooler and has put together a fantastic GIF that slides through every major iPhone design iteration released so far, from the original iPhone to the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 ...
Chimps Sharing Skills Recorded in Wild for First Time 'Sheds Light on Hum...
Chimpanzees sharing skills in the wild have been recorded for the first time by scientists who were in the "right place at the right time".
IDX Broker Announces Acquisition of Agent Evolution
EUGENE, Ore. -- via PRWEB - IDX, LLC (IDX Broker) today announced that it has acquired Agent Evolution, LLC, one of the leading WordPress theme developers for the real estate industry. Adding Agent Evolution ...

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