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The Magic of the Vernal Equinox

published about 3 hours ago
Here is a short story, in the style of Dr. Seuss. “Hip hip Hooray!” yelled young Timmy on that crisp autumn day. His Mom replied“Why such jubilation and celebration so joyous?”   “Don’t you know the day?  Don’t you know the time? Haven’t you heard? It happens but twice a year, the day of the […] The post The Magic of the Vernal Equinox appeared first on WIRED.
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10 thoughts after Bears' win over Jets

published about 3 hours ago
10 thoughts after Bears' win over Jets
Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears’ 27-19 road victory Monday night over the New York Jets that raised their record to 2-1.

Connecting Telephony To CRM--Invoca Tips Its Hat To Commercial Reality

published about 3 hours ago
Connecting Telephony To CRM--Invoca Tips Its Hat To Commercial Reality
It’s easy to believe the hype from digital marketing proponents and take for granted that digital channels account for the vast majority of inbound sales calls to organizations. This is a view that is attractive since it is significantly easier to integrate digital communications into sales and marketing platforms than it is for more traditional channels. The statistics tell a more nuanced story however. According to industry sources, around 70% of mobile users have clicked to call from a smartphone. ... more

Including female animals in scientific studies really pays off

published about 3 hours ago
Including female animals in scientific studies really pays off
Pretty much any animal medical researchers test is male. Despite the loads of research demonstrating important biological differences between how men and women react to various drugs or diseases, the default study subject is male. "These awards are investments in science, helping us go deeper, and enabling a transformative shift that can overcome historical gaps in our knowledge of female biology," said Janine Clayton, NIH’s associate director for research on women’s health.


Stubborn Port of L.A. fire spurs toxic-air quality concerns

published about 1 hour ago
Stubborn Port of L.A. fire spurs toxic-air quality concerns
A plume of toxic fumes from a stubborn fire at the Port of Los Angeles that continues to burn World War II-era lumber pylons soaked ... more

Dot Earth Blog: New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China’s Central Role in Shaping World’s Climate Path

published about 2 hours ago
Dot Earth Blog: New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China’s Central Role in Shaping World’s Climate Path
Fresh data reveal the central role of China in driving the global buildup of greenhouse gases — and its daunting challenge if it chooses to ... more

Nature in the Balance: Warming Temperatures Threaten Fragile Balance in Canadian Arctic

published about 12 hours ago
Nature in the Balance: Warming Temperatures Threaten Fragile Balance in Canadian Arctic
Hot summers are becoming more frequent, an ominous sign for the polar desert ecosystems that rely on stable ground ice.

Forest Service thinks California's drought caused a massive mudslide

published about 13 hours ago
Forest Service thinks California's drought caused a massive mudslide
Jonathan Dove was patrolling Mt. Shasta on a clear, warm afternoon when a group of backpackers asked him if Mud Creek Canyon on the Northern ... more

West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

published about 16 hours ago
West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes
Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West ... more
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Oleg Ivanovsky, Soviets’ Space-Age Designer, Dies at 92

published about 14 hours ago
Oleg Ivanovsky, Soviets’ Space-Age Designer, Dies at 92
Mr. Ivanovsky worked on the first satellite to orbit Earth and the craft that carried the first man into space.

Study Confirms Criticism of Big Bang Finding

published about 23 hours ago
Study Confirms Criticism of Big Bang Finding
Astronomers who say they detected ripples from the Big Bang appear to have underestimated the extent to which interstellar dust could have contaminated their results.

Op-Ed Contributor: The Sex Geckos' Sacrifice

published 1 day ago
The demise of these lizards should make us question the ethics of animal research in space.

NASA Craft, Nearing Mars, Prepares to Go to Work

published 2 days ago
The orbiter, called Maven, will keep tabs on a comet passing by and analyze the planet’s upper atmosphere to learn how it has changed.

Midterm Calculus: In Senate Battle, the Wild Cards Become Alaska and Kansas

published Fri, Sep 19 2014 17:06 GMT
Midterm Calculus: In Senate Battle, the Wild Cards Become Alaska and Kansas
The two states would probably decide the election if it were held today, and they pose unusual challenges for election forecasters.