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Weirdest Worm Ever? Clawed Creature Finds Its Family Tree
Offbeat  (tags: science, discovery, research, fossil worm )

Beatrice
- 120 days ago - livescience.com
When researchers first discovered the fossil worm Hallucigenia in the 1970s, they were so perplexed they identified its head as its tail and its legs as its spines. Now, this 505-million-year-old worm, whose fossil was discovered in Canada's Burgess
How Pot Plants and Crisp Packets Could Be Spying on You
Offbeat  (tags: science, technology, sound, conversations, microphones, pot plants )

Beatrice
- 140 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a way to turn inanimate objects like crisp packets and pot plants into 'visual microphones' which can pick up conversations even in a sealed room
Just 4 Fracking Wastewater Sites Cause 20 Percent of All Central US Earthquakes - Study
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Fracking, Science, USA )

Ray
- 174 days ago - rt.com
Just four wastewater wells in Oklahoma - where energy companies dump water after completing the hydraulic fracturing process - have caused scores of earthquakes this year, some 30 km from the site, according to a new study by top US universities.
UK Bans Teaching of Creationism Theory in Free Schools
Offbeat  (tags: Education, Religion, Science, UK )

Ray
- 189 days ago - rt.com
UK free schools are now banned from teaching creationism as an alternative to evolution. The theory faces rising opposition in the UK, unlike in the US where private schools championing creationism receive millions of dollars of taxpayers' money.
Genetically Modified 'Super Banana' to Be Tested on Americans
Offbeat  (tags: Africa, Australia, Food, GMO, Science, USA )

Ray
- 191 days ago - rt.com
A vitamin-enhanced 'super-banana' developed by scientists is to be tested on humans. The trials are to take place in the US over a six-week period. Researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020.
Mystery 'Super Predator' Hunted in Australian Waters After Devouring 3-Meter Shark
Offbeat  (tags: Animals, Australia, Science, Thrills&Spills )

Ray
- 197 days ago - rt.com
Scientists and a filmmaker have gone after an unknown sea monster which they believe has eaten a great white shark traced with a tag. Some say a bigger shark or whale could have been behind the killing, but the gathered data points to other possibilities.
US Pressures El Salvador to Buy Monsanto's GMO Seeds
Offbeat  (tags: Biology, Conflict, Ecology, Food, GMO, Global economy, Globalization, Health, Human rights, Law, Monsanto, Politics, Scandal, Science, Security, USA )

Ray
- 198 days ago - rt.com
As one of the preconditions to authorizing close to $300 million in aid, the United States is pressuring El Salvador to purchase genetically modified seeds from Monsanto instead of non-GM seeds from local farmers.
Americans Prefer Bible Over Darwin's Theory of Evolution - Survey
Offbeat  (tags: Religion, Science, USA )

Ray
- 204 days ago - rt.com
The majority of Americans believe that humanity was created by the Almighty or guided by God in its evolution, a Gallup poll reveals. Only 19% believe humans evolved from a more primitive form of life without any help from the celestial powers that be.
Study: World On The Brink Of A 'Sixth Great Extinction'
Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, interesting, photos, habitat, science, wildlife )

Connie
- 209 days ago - charlotte.cbslocal.com
Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.
In Pictures: Kids in Space - Children Draw Their Visions of the Future for Nasa
Offbeat  (tags: drawings, children, nasa, science, education, beautiful )

Giana
- 215 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
To infinity and beyond! Winners and finalists in the 2014 Nasa LaRC Art Contest, open to all students in an area of the US state of Virginia. This years theme, The Future Is Now, encouraged young artists to explore today's technology.
UK to Hush Fracking Victims With $1.35mn as Vast New Reserves Uncovered
Offbeat  (tags: EU, Earthquake, Fracking, Health, Law, Politics, Protest, Science, UK )

Ray
- 216 days ago - rt.com
The UK government will attempt to buy off communities by increasing compensation for fracking operations after announcing plans to deny them the use of trespass laws. This comes just as several more billion barrels of oil were found in southern England.
Animal Research 'Pledge on Openness' Agreed
Offbeat  (tags: bio-industry, scientists, science, research, animals )

Ray
- 224 days ago - bbc.co.uk
UK animal researchers have signed a pledge to be transparent about the nature of their experiments, The Concordat on Openness on Animal Research has initially been signed by 72 organisations, including universities, bio-industry companies,
Body Clock: What Makes You Tick?
Offbeat  (tags: Body Clock, health, Science, Research )

Ray
- 226 days ago - bbc.co.uk
As leading scientists warn that society has become "supremely arrogant" by ignoring the importance of sleep and the body clock, we examine the profound impact our internal clocks have on our body.
Pesticides Blamed for Spike of Illnesses in Washington State
Offbeat  (tags: Accident, Biology, Children, Ecology, Food, Health, Medicine, Science, USA )

Ray
- 226 days ago - rt.com
Washington state health officials are pointing the finger at pesticides as they try to explain the recent surge in illnesses in the central part of the state.
Fracking-Linked Earthquakes Likely to Worsen - Seismologists
Offbeat  (tags: Earthquake, Energy, Fracking, Gas, Oil, Science )

Ray
- 238 days ago - rt.com
Ongoing hydraulic fracking operations will only exacerbate seismic activity, leading to heightened earthquakes in areas where wastewater is injected deep underground, according to new research.
 

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