Rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse to dim skies with photos

The sun and moon will align over the earth in a rare astronomical event on Sunday – an annular eclipse that will dim the skies over parts of Asia and North America, briefly turning the sun into a blazing ring of fire. “It will look [...]

Pacific coasts in line for solar eclipse

Moon will block sun, almost, for four minutes on Sunday Black Hole Sun Look down late Sunday afternoon, and you might notice that shadows littering the ground seem different — perhaps they’re a bit more curvy, a bit more ringlike? That’s [...]

Exercise modifies brain to help weight loss

A study examining the neuro-relationship between exercise and diet has found that in addition to fostering healthy eating habits, exercise also increases people’s sensitivity to signs of fullness and satiety and helps overcome food temptations. According [...]

India deadliest place in world for girl child

NEW DELHI: It’s official – India is the most dangerous place in the world to be a baby girl. Newly released data shows that an Indian girl child aged 1-5 years is 75% more likely to die than an Indian boy, making this the worst gender [...]

Books on Science: Fiddling With a Two-Year Gap in the Busy Life of Copernicus

Dava Sobel has long taken a quirky approach to science history. In “Galileo’s Daughter” (1999), for instance, she focused not on the standard biographical material but on the scientist’s love for his illegitimate daughter, consigned [...]

News in Brief: Life

Birds’ share of dinosaur extinction, the ‘battle’ between cattle and wildlife and more in this week’s news An extinction to crow about Ancient birds took a heavy hit in the global catastrophe that wiped out the dinosaurs, [...]

How Asteroid Mining Will Work

If you enjoy science fiction, then you know that the thought of colonizing the moon makes for some incredibly imaginative stories. But there is a good possibility that lunar cities will become a reality during the 21st century! Colonizing [...]

Green Column: Airlines Weigh the Advantages of Using More Biofuel

The world’s airlines will carry 2.8 billion passengers and 46 million tons of freight this year. They will burn somewhere between 210 million and 220 million tons of fuel and generate 650 million tons of carbon emissions in the process. Strong [...]

State Dept. Assigned Keystone XL Review to Company With Ties to TransCanada

Crews in Michigan last month worked to clean up a July 2010 spill from a pipeline similar to the one that has been proposed. The State Department assigned an important environmental impact study of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to a [...]

Cosmic Vision:Dark and bright: ESA chooses next two science missions

The powerful influence of the Sun and the nature of the mysterious ‘dark energy’ motivate ESA’s next two science missions. Solar Orbiter and Euclid were selected today by ESA’s Science Programme Committee for implementation, [...]