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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

ScienceDaily: Top Science News

Living near major roads may increase risk of sudden cardiac death in women

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 04:06 PM PDT

Living near a major road was associated with an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in women. Environmental exposure may increase heart disease risk as much as smoking, poor diet or obesity.

Crocodiles are sophisticated hunters: Work as a team to hunt their prey

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 12:26 PM PDT

Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New research shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.

Nanoparticles can act like liquid on the outside, crystal on the inside

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 10:49 AM PDT

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while their interiors retain a perfectly stable crystal configuration.

Space-based methane maps find largest U.S. signal in Southwest

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 01:38 PM PDT

An unexpectedly high amount of the climate-changing gas methane, the main component of natural gas, is escaping from the Four Corners region in the US Southwest, according to a new study. Four Corners sits on North America's most productive coalbed methane basin. Coalbed methane is a variety of the gas that's stuck to the surface of coal. It is dangerous to miners (not to mention canaries), but in recent decades, it's been tapped as a resource.

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