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30-Oct-2014
Asian fungus threatens world's salamanders and newts
A fungus from Asia that recently made its way to Europe, where it has killed many salamanders, may have traveled through the international pet trade, according to researchers. This fungus, known as Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, is lethal to at least a dozen European and North American salamander and newt species, which means that it could pose a threat of extinction unless steps are taken to halt its spread, they say.

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

30-Oct-2014
Ringside seats to a planetary bake off
Most Sun-like stars are found in binary systems, made up of two stars that tug at each other like fighting siblings, making it difficult for planets to form. However, astronomers have just discovered the ingredients for a potential planet around a binary star, and thanks to a nearby disc providing a nourishing lifeline it might just survive to become a planet!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
robertss38@cardiff.ac.uk
0044-292-087-5121
Leiden University

27-Oct-2014
Orbital sciences' third mission to Space Station ready to educate and inspire
On the next Orbital Sciences Corporation's commercial resupply trip to the space station, students and space go together like the Cygnus spacecraft's docking to the orbiting laboratory.

Contact: Laura Niles
Laura.E.Niles@nasa.gov
281-244-7069
NASA/Johnson Space Center

23-Oct-2014
When lizards invade, it's time to evolve -- quick!
You might think of evolution as something that takes millions and millions of years to happen -- and yes, sometimes it does take that long for an animal or plant species to change. But scientists watching two species of lizards got a chance to see one of those lizard species evolve in just 10 years -- a biological blink of an eye.

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

22-Oct-2014
Interstellar snowball fight seen for the first time!
For 30 years astronomers have been watching with fascination at the strange, flickering light of a young nearby star. We now know that this strange twinkling effect is caused by hundreds of comets passing in front of the star!

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

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

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