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Earliest Human Species Possibly Found in Ethiopia

An ancient jawbone fragment is the oldest human fossil discovered yet, a bone potentially from a new species that reveals the human family may have arose a half million years earlier than previously thought, researchers say. This find also sheds … Continue reading

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Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Located in the Philippines

More than 70 years after it sank during World War II, the legendary Japanese battleship Musashi has been discovered off the coast of the Philippines. Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been leading an expedition to find the Musashi — … Continue reading

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Cleaner Air Really Does Improve Kids’ Lung Health

Tougher air pollution control strategies in California may have resulted in better lung health in children, a new study suggests. Researchers found that children in California experienced improved lung function as levels of air pollution in the state declined between … Continue reading

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Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race

By Ari Rabinovitch HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) – Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. Using the expertise of a defense industry that created … Continue reading

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Ceres Science: NASA Probe to Study Dwarf Planet’s Bright Spots and More

There’s something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week. The bright-spot mystery is just one question Dawn will … Continue reading

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Image Captures Light’s Spooky Dual Nature for 1st Time

It’s a wave. It’s a particle. It’s … both. Scientists have long known that light can act as a particle or a wave, depending on the experiment. But for the first time, scientists have captured a glimpse of light acting … Continue reading

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UK scientists work out weight of Sophie the Stegosaurus

LONDON (AP) — Scientists at a British museum have worked out the living weight of Sophie, one of the world’s most complete Stegosaurus skeletons. London’s Natural History Museum said Tuesday that Sophie, a young adult when it died around 150 … Continue reading

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Norm Carlson, Who Gave ‘Go’ for NASA’s Saturn V, Shuttle and Beans, Dies at 81

When NASA astronauts next launch to space from Florida, the flight control team that oversees their liftoff may celebrate with a traditional crock of beans. If they do, they will be honoring Norm Carlson, too. The test director who oversaw … Continue reading

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars Sidelined By ‘Short Circuit’ Glitch

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity experienced an electrical problem last week, and the robot will stay put for a few days while mission engineers try to figure out exactly what happened. The car-size Curiosity rover suffered a “transient short circuit” on … Continue reading

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Kids Get Flu Every 2 Years, Adults Twice a Decade

Children get the flu more often than adults do, a new study finds. Kids typically catch the flu once every two years, whereas adults over age 30 get the flu about twice a decade, a study of people living in … Continue reading

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