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New Exotic Particle Could Help Explain What Holds Matter Together

A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world’s largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered. The new particle, called Ds3*, is a meson — a type of unstable particle  made of one … Continue reading

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Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects. Abundant natural gas in the United States has been displacing coal, which … Continue reading

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Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime Flyby

A comet zoomed by Mars today (Oct. 19) in an extremely rare close encounter that scientists billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime” event that may help researchers better understand the earliest days of our solar system. Comet Siding Spring came within just 87,000 … Continue reading

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Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

By Irene Klotz NEW YORK (Reuters) – A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies. Comet Siding Spring … Continue reading

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Female orgasm: battleground of science?

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Hapless lovers are not the only ones who get lost down there: even sexologists can’t agree on what’s what, and where, among women’s female parts. At least, that’s according to a father-daughter … Continue reading

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Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult. That’s exactly what unfolded on Saturday … Continue reading

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Comet Flies By Mars Today in Rare Encounter: Watch It Online

A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system is due to give Mars a close shave on Sunday (Oct. 19), and you can watch the flyby live online. While Comet Siding Spring (also called Comet C/2013 A1) isn’t … Continue reading

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Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland. In an important discovery … Continue reading

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Saturn moon may have ‘life-friendly’ underground ocean

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – Saturn’s battered moon Mimas may have a thin global ocean buried miles beneath its icy surface, raising the prospect of another “life-friendly” habitat in the solar system, scientists said on Thursday. An … Continue reading

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Comet’s Mars Flyby Sunday Has Scientists Abuzz

A comet’s close shave with Mars this weekend could reveal some key insights about the Red Planet and the solar system’s early days, researchers say. Comet Siding Spring will zoom within 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of Mars at 2:27 p.m. … Continue reading

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