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17-Oct-2014
Carnegie Mellon to host second annual nationwide high school computer security contest
Carnegie Mellon University professor David Brumley and two student-run teams will host the second annual PicoCTF competition, a nation-wide computer security contest aimed to help high school students learn the basics of hacking in the context of a story-driven game. Nearly 2,000 teams from 1,000 schools participated in last year's event. This year's competition will be held Oct. 27-Nov. 7 at http://picoctf.com.

Contact: Daniel Tkacik
dtkacik@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-1187
Carnegie Mellon University

16-Oct-2014
When herbivore numbers drop, plants ditch thorny defenses
Plants can persist in landscapes full of hungry plant eaters, or herbivores, either by shielding themselves with special defenses like thorns, or by putting down roots in risky regions where carnivores -- who hunt the herbivores -- roam.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

15-Oct-2014
Baby stars caught in a galactic spider web
Galaxy clusters are the largest groups in the entire Universe, containing hundreds or even thousands of gigantic star-filled galaxies. This week astronomers have been looking at the Spiderweb Galaxy forming at the center of a galaxy cluster. The Spiderweb Galaxy is one of the oldest galaxies ever discovered, and it's made up of dozens of smaller galaxies all merging together!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

8-Oct-2014
Prosthetic hands and arms that 'belong'
Scientists are getting closer to making prosthetic hands and arms look and act like real hands and arms. Dustin Tyler at Case Western Reserve University and colleagues show that two adult male amputees can perform everyday tasks for over a year (including strenuous outdoor activities such as chopping wood) without problems.

Contact: Science Press Package Team
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

2-Oct-2014
Cheetahs and pumas balance their needs to be effective hunters
It's not easy being a predator. Finding, chasing and killing your prey is hard work, and it requires a lot of energy. That's why researchers have been studying medium-sized predators (mesopredators) like cheetahs and pumas so much: they want to know how these wild cats are able to hunt so effectively without exhausting themselves.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

1-Oct-2014
Six months aboard the International Space Station
Astronaut Alexander Gerst is currently halfway into his six-month mission on the International Space Station called the 'Blue Dot.' This mission will deliver over 100 science experiments designed to improve life on Earth, test out new technologies and prepare for further exploration of the solar system and space!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

1-Oct-2014
Flock of space ducks caught on camera!
Using a large telescope in Chile, astronomers have spotted a flock of space ducks! Unless you have the eyes of a hawk, you'll need a telescope or pair of binoculars to see this cluster of stars. Or a photograph, like this one! This beautiful picture shows the Wild Duck Cluster.

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

29-Sep-2014
'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander
When Rosetta left Earth 10 years ago it carried with it a little probe called Philae. Soon Philae will heads out on a mission of its own -- to become the first probe to land on the surface of a comet! Choosing a landing site on the unusually shaped comet has been a challenging task, but has now been decided that Philae will land on the head of the 'comet' at the so-called 'Site J'!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

25-Sep-2014
The solar system's water: Older than the sun
Where did the water in our solar system come from? For years, researchers have been debating whether it came from processes that took place after the sun was born, when the planets were just beginning to form -- or if it was created much earlier, before a cold cloud of gas even formed the sun. Now, it appears that researchers finally have an answer.

Contact: Science Press Package
scipak@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science

22-Sep-2014
Cosmic crashes get galaxies in a spin
For many years astronomers have believed that when two similar-sized spiral galaxies collide, they will mash together a type of galaxy called an elliptical galaxy. But, if this is correct, how are there still so many spiral galaxies in the universe. Just last week they finally found the answer!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
44-292-087-5121
Leiden University

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