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Buzz Aldrin Wants NASA Astronauts to Visit Asteroid in Deep Space

While moonwalker Buzz Aldrin thinks that a mission sending humans to an asteroid is a good idea, the Apollo astronaut isn’t so happy with NASA’s current plan to use a robot to shrink-wrap a space rock and park it near … Continue reading

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Not Just for Sex: Why the Y Chromosome Hasn’t Vanished

Men have lost most of the genes originally included on the Y chromosome during evolution, but those genes essential for survival have persevered, new research finds. Many of the remaining Y chromosome genes appear to have little if any role in … Continue reading

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The Costs of Fresh Water in a Changing World (Op-Ed)

Lynn Wilson is academic department chair for public administration at Kaplan University, a science journalist and an academic author. She is also the founder and CEO of the SeaTrust Institute, a delegate and organizational NGO Focal Point for the UNFCCC … Continue reading

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Not So Harmless? Pot Linked to Heart Problems

Pot may not have a chilling-out, calming effect on everyone — evidence is emerging that for some people, smoking marijuana could increase the risk of heart problems, doctors say. In a new study, researchers used data from a database called … Continue reading

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‘Chameleon’ Crystals Could Camouflage Clothing & Cars

Just as a chameleon can instantly morph its skin color to match its surroundings, a new method of controlling crystals using light and chemistry could make clothing or cars change color on demand. The method involves shining a laser on … Continue reading

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Astronaut Photo Reveals River’s History

Twisty, turny lakes near Little Rock, Ark., show where the mighty Arkansas River once traveled. These meander lakes, as they’re called, are the subject of a new astronaut photograph. An astronaut on the International Space Station snapped the new picture … Continue reading

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Study in Europe eclipses notion home in the sun equals happiness

LONDON (Reuters) – Sun seekers who leave northern Europe for warmer climes are marginally less happy than those left behind, a study found. A sample of more than 300 migrants from Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, France and Britain who … Continue reading

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Spacewalkers to replace failed computer outside space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – Two U.S. astronauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace a failed computer that serves as a backup to critical control systems, including the outpost’s solar panel wings. Flight engineers Rick Mastracchio … Continue reading

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Is Global Warming a Giant Natural Fluctuation? (Op-Ed)

Shaun Lovejoy is a professor of physics at McGill University and president of the Nonlinear Processes Division of the European Geosciences Union. He contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed Insights. Last year, the Quebec Skeptics Society threw … Continue reading

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Science Suggests ‘The Dog’ Doesn’t Exist (Op-Ed)

Marc Bekoff, emeritus professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is one of the world’s pioneering cognitive ethologists, a Guggenheim Fellow, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Bekoff’s latest book is Why Dogs … Continue reading

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