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1:34am

Thu July 17, 2014
Science

Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 9:09 am

Physicists put diamonds at the center of this massive laser, to see what would happen.
Matt Swisher Matt Swisher/LLNL

Physicists have used the world's most powerful laser to zap diamonds. The results, they say, could tell us more about the cores of giant planets.

"Diamonds have very special properties, besides being very expensive and used for jewelrey etc.," says Raymond Smith, a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. "It's the hardest substance known to man."

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5:09am

Wed June 18, 2014
Science

Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 6:29 am

DNA from these crab plovers, collected in Djibouti, Africa, should help scientists figure out how the unusual species fits into the family tree, says the Smithsonian's Helen James.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, there's a vast, warehouse-like room that's filled with metal cabinets painted a drab institutional green. Inside the cabinets are more than a half-million birds — and these birds are not drab. Their colorful feathers make them seem to almost glow.

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6:23am

Tue June 10, 2014
Science

Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:03 pm

Hairlike sensors on the the legs of the golden silk spider help it "listen" to the thrum of its web.
I'll Never Grow Up Flickr

Some of the toughest stuff in nature is spider silk — as strong, ounce for ounce, as nylon. And a silk web makes a great trap for prey, as well as a nice place for a spider to live.

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5:00am

Fri May 23, 2014
Space

What's A 'Camelopardalis' And Where Can I See It?

The May Camelopardalid radiant is in the constellation Camelopardalis.
Credit D. Moser using Starry Night Pro / NASA

Look up Colorado, and you may witness the birth of a new meteor shower late Friday night. That’s when the Earth passes through the orbit of a comet named Linear.

The shower’s name is a tongue twister: Camelopardalids. It’s named after the giraffe constellation.

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7:41am

Fri May 9, 2014
Science

Former Commando Turns Conservationist To Save Elephants Of Dzanga Bai

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Kalron and his team have set up video cameras that transmit real-time images of the bai via satellite.
Courtesy of Maisha Consulting

In the spring of 2013, poachers looking for elephant ivory took advantage of the chaos of a civil war raging in the Central African Republic, and massacred 26 rare forest elephants at a special place called the "Dzanga bai."

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