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Praying mantis looks long before it leaps

Slowed-down video footage of a series of praying mantises leaping towards a target has demonstrated the extraordinary precision of the insect while jumping. British scientists Malcolm Burrows and Gregory Sutton studied the insect’s jump, which from take-off to landing lasts … Continue reading

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Fresh coat: scientists develop tough new self-cleaning paint

LONDON (Reuters) – British and Chinese scientists say they have developed a new paint that can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel to make resilient surfaces that can self-clean even after being scratched or scuffed. In research published … Continue reading

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Hubble captures quadruple image of ancient exploding star

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens captured surprising multiple images of the same exploded ancient star, research published on Thursday shows. The four images captured … Continue reading

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Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday. The … Continue reading

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Earliest Human Species Possibly Found in Ethiopia

An ancient jawbone fragment is the oldest human fossil discovered yet, a bone potentially from a new species that reveals the human family may have arose a half million years earlier than previously thought, researchers say. This find also sheds … Continue reading

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Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines

More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been leading an expedition to find the Musashi — … Continue reading

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Cleaner Air Really Does Improve Kids’ Lung Health

Tougher air pollution control strategies in California may have resulted in better lung health in children, a new study suggests. Researchers found that children in California experienced improved lung function as levels of air pollution in the state declined between … Continue reading

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Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race

By Ari Rabinovitch HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. Using the expertise of a defense industry that created … Continue reading

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Ceres Science: NASA Probe to Study Dwarf Planet’s Bright Spots and More

There’s something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week. The bright-spot mystery is just one question Dawn will … Continue reading

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Image Captures Light’s Spooky Dual Nature for 1st Time

It’s a wave. It’s a particle. It’s … both. Scientists have long known that light can act as a particle or a wave, depending on the experiment. But for the first time, scientists have captured a glimpse of light acting … Continue reading

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