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Rare Saharan Cheetah Captured on Camera: Photos

Jan 28, 2015

Rare Saharan Cheetah Captured on Camera: Photos: A hidden camera set up in the Sahara Desert captures some of ... bit.ly/1trXNz5

Patents: Help or Hindrance to Innovation?

news.discovery.com — One way to kick-start the spread of green technology is for companies to make their patents available to other innovators. Toyota announced earlier this month that it was releasing 5,680 patents on its Mirai fuel cell vehicle between now and 2020, including 1,970 patents that deal with the actual fuel cell itself.
Jan 28, 2015

Do patents bottle up green technology innovation? Dispute may surface at Paris #climatechange talks in Nov. @DNews bit.ly/1Eq4ANV

Itchy Skin, Diarrhea Evolved to Promote Good Health

news.discovery.com — From rashes to irritable bowels, people today face certain health challenges because our ancestors evolved the genetic variations associated with these conditions in order to benefit human health, a new study has found. It's ironic that the genes responsible for certain health problems evolved to help us, but it's a reminder that physical traits are not always all good or bad.
Jan 28, 2015

Itchy Skin, Diarrhea Evolved to Promote Good Health: Flatulence, diarrhea, rashes and other health issues have... bit.ly/15Puprj

NASA Probe Gets Best Ever View of Dwarf Planet Ceres

news.discovery.com — A NASA spacecraft en-route to the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter returned its sharpest images yet of its target, the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn spacecraft, which previously spent 14 months exploring Vesta, a protoplanet and second-largest body in the main asteroid belt, is due to put itself into orbit around Ceres on March 6.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @Discovery: A NASA spacecraft returned its sharpest images yet of the dwarf planet Ceres >> dsc.tv/I3nzE

Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

news.discovery.com — Astronomers have found a star system that bears striking resemblance to our inner solar system. It's a sun-like star that plays host to a system of five small exoplanets - from the size of Mercury to the size of Venus.
Jan 27, 2015

A compact version of our inner solar system has been found orbiting Kepler-444... but it's like really, really old: a-eng.in/1Cv51UI

Zookeepers Work 24/7 to Protect Animals in Blizzard

news.discovery.com — Many zoos and aquariums in the Northeast remain closed today due to Winter Storm Juno, but zookeepers are working around the clock behind the scenes to help ensure the safety of their animals. Some zookeepers are even camping out in unusual locations in order to remain on site.
Jan 28, 2015

Zookeepers Work 24/7 to Protect Animals in Blizzard: Animals, including aquarium residents, are receiving arou... bit.ly/15Kzdyf

Earliest Known Snakes Slithered Around Dinosaurs

news.discovery.com — The earliest known snakes slithered around dinosaurs and likely ate the behemoth's eggs and young during the heart of the Middle Jurassic when dinosaurs were becoming the dominant predators on land. Four newly discovered ancient snake fossils date the reptiles to between 140 and 167 million years ago, according to a new study, published in the journal Nature Communications.
Jan 27, 2015

Earliest Known Snakes Slithered Around Dinosaurs: Snakes have been around far longer than anyone expected, acc... bit.ly/15J9Cpy

Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms

news.discovery.com — The gradual warming of the Arctic Ocean over the next century will weaken a natural barrier that has separated fish from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for millions of years, leading to a mixing of species that could make life difficult in fishing communities from Alaska to Norway.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @shankman: Study: Alaska fishermen could be catching Atlantic cod by 2050, as Arctic melts and Atlantic/Pacific species mix news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/a…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @shankman: Study: Alaska fishermen could be catching Atlantic cod by 2050, as Arctic melts and Atlantic/Pacific species mix news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/a…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @shankman: Study: Alaska fishermen could be catching Atlantic cod by 2050, as Arctic melts and Atlantic/Pacific species mix news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/a…

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Flyby Asteroid Has its Own Moon

news.discovery.com — NASA has released radar observations of the 325 meter-wide asteroid that flew safely past Earth today, but in those grainy observations, asteroid 2004 BL86 appears to have company -- a small moon.

Monster Ring System Circles Giant Alien Planet

news.discovery.com — If you thought Saturn's ring system was impressive, spare a thought for the rings surrounding the giant exoplanet J1407b - the rings of J1407b wouldn't only dwarf Saturn's, the system is so big that it eclipses the massive world's host star!
Jan 28, 2015

So pretty RT @EuroGeosciences: Monster ring system circles giant alien planet. egu.eu/9ASH26 via @DNews http://t.co/W8a7IbSxyr

Jan 26, 2015

"Monster," "Giant" and "Alien" in one headline? Blogging achievement UNLOCKED! a-eng.in/1JRiGWN pic.twitter.com/agjB9ckrLU

Rosetta Captures Comet's Dusty Old 'Snowflakes'

news.discovery.com — While in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Rosetta mission has reached out to grab particles being flung into space from the cometary surface and taken microscopic photographs of the comet's 'snowflakes.' However, in results published today in the journal Nature, these snowflakes are anything but - they are devoid of ice and are instead composed of old dust rich in sodium.
Jan 26, 2015

Comet 67P is shedding its old coat of dust and @ESA_Rosetta is there to catch the 'snowflakes' a-eng.in/1wy1MW1 pic.twitter.com/TSDvidkyAY

Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday

news.discovery.com — A mountain-size asteroid will zoom past Earth Monday (Jan. 26), marking the closest pass by such a large space rock until 2027. Asteroid 2004 BL86, which is about 1,800 feet (550 meters) wide, will come within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of our planet Monday - about three times the distance between Earth and the moon.

Spacecraft's Double-Take Reveals Changes on Mars

news.discovery.com — Here today, gone tomorrow; a bright layer of frost lining a crater wall is vanquished by the springtime sun - and seen by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter high overhead. The image above shows a 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) wide crater in Mars' southern hemisphere, its northern wall and coated with frozen carbon dioxide, what we call "dry ice."

Chilean Farmer Finds 'Chupacabra'; Probably Cat Mummy

news.discovery.com — A goat farmer in Chile who recently found two mysterious dead animals has concluded that he may have the remains of the Hispanic vampire beast known as el chupacabra. The creature, whose name is Spanish for "goat sucker," is said to suck the blood from small animals such as chickens and goats.