Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune, But What To Call It?

Even the Voyager 2 spacecraft missed the new moon when it flew past Neptune in 1989.

Astronomers have found a new moon orbiting the solar system's outermost planet, Neptune.

The tiny moon, just 12 miles across, was discovered in more than 150 pictures of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope between 2004 and 2009.

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Sat July 13, 2013

Forest Service Hits Home Run To Prevent Shattered Bats

A screen capture of a YouTube montage showing broken MLB bats

The U.S. Forest Service and Major League Baseball don’t have much in common, but a new report says the agency’s research is resulting in significantly fewer shattered wooden baseball bats.

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Fri July 12, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Stars: A Mosquito's Idea Of A Delicious Human

Many criteria β€” from blood type to body temperature β€” can play a role in affecting who attracts mosquitoes.

If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant or holding a beer.

That's some of what we take away from a post today on the Surprising Science blog from the Smithsonian.

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Thu July 11, 2013
The Two-Way

True, Blue Planet Found Orbiting Nearby Star

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:37 pm

Move over, Earth. There's another blue planet in town β€” or at least in our corner of the Milky Way.

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope deduced for the first time the atmospheric hue of a planet outside our own solar system β€” and it turns out to be a "deep cobalt blue."

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Wed July 10, 2013

Barking Up The Family Tree: American Dogs Have Surprising Genetic Roots

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 6:58 pm

Modern Chihuahuas trace their genetic roots in America to back before the arrival of Europeans, a new study suggests.

America is as much of a melting pot for dogs as it is for their human friends. Walk through any dog park and you'll find a range of breeds from Europe, Asia, even Australia and mutts and mixes of every kind.

But a few indigenous breeds in North America have a purer pedigree β€” at least one has genetic roots in the continent that stretch back 1,000 years or more, according to a new study. These modern North American breeds β€” including that current urban darling, the Chihuahua β€” descended from the continent's original canine inhabitants and have not mixed much with European breeds.

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