How do you count octopuses? Very carefully

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Bummed out by winter? Try running from a volcano! One of South America's most active volcanoes has erupted. It is located in southern Chile. It was spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes. The volcano has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of people. Authorities worried that mudslides caused ... - Posted on March 6, 2015
Was the dress black and blue or gold and white? It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace. To many an eye, the dress transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Optomet... - Posted on March 6, 2015
We dump 8.8 million tons of plastic into oceans Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans. The quantity is much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study. It tracked marine debris from its source. That's the equivalent of five grocery bags full of plastic debris dotting each fo... - Posted on March 5, 2015
Three men get bionic hands Three Austrians have replaced their injured hands with bionic ones. They can control the artificial hands by using nerves and muscles. Those were transplanted into their arms from their legs. The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as "bionic reconstruct... - Posted on March 2, 2015
Are cute little gerbils to blame for Bubonic Plague? Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit. Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years? It began with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353. Maybe you can blame gerbils in Asia. The disease is caused by a bacterium.... - Posted on March 2, 2015
Spacewalking astronauts turn cable guys Spacewalking astronauts have routed more than 300 feet of cable outside the International Space Station. It was tricky and tiring advance work for the arrival of new American-made crew capsules. It was the first of three spacewalks planned for NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore a... - Posted on February 27, 2015
How to build the perfect snowman Building the perfect snowman can be a challenge. Often snowmen can turn out a little lumpy or lopsided. They can quickly melt into unrecognizable shapes. When you decide to build one, it helps to have science on your side. Understanding the physical properties of snow can he... - Posted on February 27, 2015
Frozen continent could be key to Earth's future Earth's past, present and future come together on the northern peninsula of Antarctica. It is the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of continents. Clues to answering humanity's most basic questions are locked in this continental freezer. The continent is the size of the ... - Posted on February 25, 2015
Girl may get to “hear” for the first time At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. She was born without working auditory nerves. But now she can detect sounds for the first time, and start to mimic them. The progress came after Angelica underwent brain surgery. A device was imp... - Posted on February 23, 2015
How do you count octopuses? Very carefully To check on the health of the giant Pacific octopus population in Washington's Puget Sound, an unusual census takes place every year. Volunteer divers are enlisted by the Seattle Aquarium. They take to inland waters to look for their eight-tentacle neighbors. Weighing as muc... - Posted on February 19, 2015