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Mars Fossils? Curiosity Rover Team Questions Report on Potential Microbe Traces

Scientists on the Curiosity team have brought into question a recent report about potential trace fossils in the NASA Mars rover’s images of the Gillespie rock outcrop. Astrobiology Magazine reached out to the team and to the study’s author for … Continue reading

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Quantum Experiment Helps Prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

Building a quantum computer can sometimes yield unexpected benefits — like providing the right environment to demonstrate that Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity is, in fact, correct. Using atoms in certain quantum states, researchers at the University of California, … Continue reading

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Who’s Who? Centuries-Old Owl Mix-Up Fixed

Once mistaken for another species of owl, the golden-eyed “desert tawny owl” is now finally getting its due. In a new report, researchers examined the plumage and body shape of owl specimens from museums around the world that had previously … Continue reading

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Fugitive Shipwreck Hunter Captured After 2 Years on the Lam

Tommy Thompson — a famous shipwreck hunter who located a Gold Rush-era wreck, and then became embroiled in a long legal drama over the spoils — has been captured in Florida after more than two years in hiding. The U.S. … Continue reading

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What Makes Bill Gates Feel Stupid

Bill Gates built the world’s largest software company, and with his billions, he’s also become one of the world’s most prolific philanthropists. But there’s still one thing that he says makes him feel dumb: not being able to speak a … Continue reading

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Birdbrains? Hardly: Baby Chicks Know How to Count

It’s not just humans who can count; chicks seem to have a number sense, too, new research suggests. Scientists found that chicks seem to count upwards moving from left to right — they put smaller numbers on the left and … Continue reading

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Americans Will Vote for Climate-Loving Politicians, New Poll Suggests

Most Americans support government action to combat the effects of global warming and will likely vote for candidates who put forth a promising stance on environmental issues, a new poll has found. The telephone poll — conducted by The New … Continue reading

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NASA satellite to map soil moisture poised for launch

By Irene Klotz (Reuters) – An unmanned Delta 2 rocket is being prepared for launch on Saturday to put a NASA satellite into orbit that is expected to improve drought monitoring and flooding forecasts. The 127-foot-tall (39-metre) rocket, built and … Continue reading

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Rare Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite Park for 1st Time in a Century

The elusive and rare Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, park officials said yesterday (Jan. 28). Camera traps caught the sleek animal in a remote northern corner … Continue reading

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Evolution Deniers Believe in ‘Smorgasbord’ of Science

Well-educated religious people are just as scientifically literate as their more secular counterparts — yet most still overwhelmingly reject theories of human evolution and the Big Bang, new research finds. These well-educated believers have positive views of science, in general, … Continue reading

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