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Largest dinosaur predator was a water-loving quadruped

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest. Scientists announced on Thursday the discovery in Moroccan desert cliffs of new fossil remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 50-foot (15-meter) long, … Continue reading

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity reaches base of target mountain

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has arrived at the base of a mountain of layered rock that scientists suspect holds clues about whether the planet most like Earth in the solar system had the ingredients to … Continue reading

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Double solar storms headed to Earth raise disruption concerns

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms will hit Earth Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said on … Continue reading

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Ancient flying reptile named after ‘Avatar’ creature

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the most visually stunning sequences from director James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” involved graceful flying creatures that were ridden by blue human-like beings facing ecological destruction on a moon called Pandora. It … Continue reading

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Nearly two dozen fish species off U.S. West Coast deemed sustainable

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Nearly two dozen species of fish have been deemed sustainable seafood options once again after rampant overfishing left areas off the U.S. West Coast devastated, a marine watchdog group said on Tuesday. The Monterey Bay Aquarium … Continue reading

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New map shows Milky Way lives in Laniakea galaxy complex

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – The Milky Way galaxy resides on the outskirts of a massive, previously unknown galaxy super-cluster scientists have named Laniakea, from Hawaiian words for “immeasurable heaven.” The discovery, reported in this week’s issue … Continue reading

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Ancient nightlife: Forebearers of mammals were nocturnal partiers

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A nocturnal existence is a way of life for numerous mammals, from bats that swoop through dark skies to skunks that emit their noxious spray under moonlight and majestic lions, tigers and leopards that … Continue reading

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Behemoth Argentine dinosaur Dreadnoughtus made T. rex look puny

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The word big does not do justice to a massive, long-necked dinosaur that shook the Earth in Argentina about 77 million years ago. Try colossal, enormous, gargantuan and stupendous – and you might come … Continue reading

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Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could threaten homes, scientists say

By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) – State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii’s Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood. … Continue reading

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Lava flow from Hawaii volcano could threaten homes, scientists say

By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) – State scientists and officials are warning some residents of Hawaii’s Big Island that their homes could be jeopardized by a lava flow from Kilauea Volcano that is moving through a forest preserve toward their neighborhood. … Continue reading

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