Five high-school girls, all members of a Minnesota 4-H club, helped raise the two turkeys that were sent to Washington, D.C., for the president's annual turkey pardon. The students cared for the turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, by checking on their food and water, cleaning their pens and helping them get used to people.
Dark streaks seen on Martian slopes may not be evidence of water after all, according to findings published in Nature Geoscience. Instead, the streaks may be caused by granular material such as sand flowing down the sides of hills after they've reached a particular height, researchers say.
Blue whales, who normally exhibit a right-side bias, change to a left-side bias when feeding on small crustaceans, according to findings published in Current Biology. Researchers attached cameras, hydrophones and sensors to blue whales and noticed that they typically roll to the left during feeding, likely to allow their dominant right eye to more effectively go after krill.
Researchers in Penticton, British Columbia, have received a grant of approximately $71,360 from the Canadian Rheumatology Association. Funding will go toward developing treatments to help fibromyalgia patients manage their pain.
The Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research, a collaboration between the University of Delaware and Delaware State University, has been awarded a $10.9 million grant from the NIH to examine brain function. Research topics will include brain changes due to traumatic stress, as well as neurodegeneration in people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
A bovine birth simulator -- which is on display at a trade show in Canada, is the same size as a cow and has a working udder, uterus and full-size calf -- will be used to teach veterinary medicine students how to deal with birth complications. The cow "is a great way to get kids interested in asking questions and understanding where their food comes from," adds veterinarian Chris Clark, associate dean of the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Students at an Ohio high school soon will be able to design and build their own electric guitars through a new program. School officials say that students will learn all aspects of guitar production -- from design to assembly -- and will develop science, technology, engineering and math skills in the process.
A huge pencil-shaped asteroid, likely from another star system, zoomed past Earth in October, according to a description published in Nature. "It's extraordinarily elongated, which is extremely unusual -- we don't see anything like that in our solar system," said Karen Meech, leader of the study.
An image of a temporary hole in the sun's atmosphere that's letting solar winds loose into space has been captured by NASA. These coronal holes can occur occasionally, caused by bends and kinks in the sun's magnetic field.
The Earth is expected to slow its rotation a tiny bit in 2018, which could cause a rise in the number of earthquakes, according to findings presented at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting. Researchers looked at Earth's slower rotation periods over the past century and found that more earthquakes occur during these periods.
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