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Scientists solve 'sliding rocks' puzzle

Scientists have finally worked out how rocks on a dry lake bed in California move across the ground.

Fri 29 Aug 14 from BBC News

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Bárðarbunga briefly shows its fiery side

Iceland cancels flight alert after eruption ends

Fri 29 Aug 14 from Science Now

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ALS Association abandons its effort to trademark the 'ice bucket challenge'

Following backlash, the ALS Association says it's given up on its attempt to trademark both "ice bucket challenge," and the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." In a note on its Facebook page ...

23 hours ago from The Verge

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Snails tell of the rise and fall of the Tibetan plateau

The rise of the Tibetan plateau—the largest topographic anomaly above sea level on Earth—is important for both its profound effect on climate and its reflection of continental dynamics. In this ...

Fri 29 Aug 14 from

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Not all phytoplankton in the ocean need to take their vitamins

Some species of marine phytoplankton, such as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi, can grow without consuming vitamin B1 (thiamine), researchers have discovered. The finding contradicts the ...

Fri 29 Aug 14 from

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Aging Africa

In the September issue of GSA Today, Paul Bierman of the University of Vermont–Burlington and colleagues present a cosmogenic view of erosion, relief generation, and the age of faulting in southernmost ...

Fri 29 Aug 14 from

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Maps reveal how climate change is poised to drown Louisiana

The fragile state of coastal Louisiana's defenses against rising seas were laid bare nine years ago to the day, when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans. But the horrific ...

Fri 29 Aug 14 from The Verge

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Global warming pioneer calls for CO2 to be taken from atmosphere and stored underground

Wally Broeker, the first person to alert the world to Global Warming, has called for atmospheric CO2 to be captured and stored underground. He says that Carbon Capture, combined with limits ...

Thu 28 Aug 14 from

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Ozone in Colorado mountains surprises researchers

Researchers say they're surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the Colorado mountains from urban and rural areas below.

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Philippe Starck's latest bike design puts fur between your legs

Industrial designers love to be provocative almost as much as they enjoy being original. Fulfilling both briefs with a furious disregard for common sense, leading French designer Philippe ...

Fri 29 Aug 14 from The Verge

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