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NASA Spacecraft Just One Year Away from Pluto

Less than a year from now, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of the dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far away — it orbits the sun at an average distance of … Continue reading

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Got Cavities? Ancient Teeth Reveal Bacteria’s Evolution

Ouch! The bacterium that causes toothaches has become more diverse over the course of human history, a new study finds. Streptococcus mutans is a nasty little bacterium that lurks in the mouth, frequently causing tooth decay and cavities. Now, a new … Continue reading

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Survival of the Flight Test: Airplanes Evolve, Too

Living creatures aren’t the only things capable of evolution. Airplane designs are constantly evolving, too, a new study suggests. Traditionally, people have thought it impossible to witness biological evolution, since it takes place on timescales much longer than a single … Continue reading

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Weird! Robot ‘Emotions’ Mirrored by Humans

Without thinking, humans tend to mimic the facial expressions of others. When other individuals smile, people smile and feel warmth. When others frown, people frown and share their sadness. This empathetic response is so strong that people might even instinctively … Continue reading

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Elephants Can Outsniff Rats and Dogs

Elephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell. In a study of 13 mammals, African elephants were found to be superior sniffers, possessing … Continue reading

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Supersonic missile downed Malaysia Airlines plane, photos suggest

New photographic evidence of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 suggests that a Soviet-era supersonic missile most likely took down the Boeing 777 jetliner over Ukraine last week. Photos published by the New York Times yesterday (July 21) offer … Continue reading

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Schizophrenia has many genetic links, study says

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK – More than 100 locations on the human genome may play a role in a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study. While the results do not have an immediate effect … Continue reading

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Hacking experts build device to protect cars from cyber attacks

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks. At last summer’s Def … Continue reading

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Apollo 11′s Scariest Moments: Perils of the 1st Manned Moon Landing

Apollo 11 was four minutes into its landing sequence when the terse words of its commander, Neil Armstrong, came from the speaker in Mission Control: “Program alarm.” Buzz Aldrin, sitting next to Armstrong in the descending Lunar Module, stared at … Continue reading

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New Schizophrenia Gene Links Uncovered

A new genetic analysis of people with schizophrenia — and the largest study investigating the genetic basis of any psychiatric disorder to date — provides hints that the disease may sometimes be connected with infections as some researchers have long … Continue reading

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