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Chasing Wormholes: The Hunt for Tunnels in Space-Time

Science fiction literature is full of stories in which tunnels in space-time — known as wormholes — are used for time travel. How much fact lies within the fiction? The answer is, more than you might think. Scientists are looking … Continue reading

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Search For Intelligent Aliens Near Bizarre Dimming Star Has Begun

The search for signs of life in a mysterious star system hypothesized to potentially harbor an “alien megastructure” is now underway. Astronomers have begun using the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), a system of radio dishes about 300 miles (483 kilometers) … Continue reading

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Sunscreen ingredient toxic to coral, killing off reefs: research

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – A common ingredient found in sunscreen is toxic to coral and contributing to the decline of reefs around the world, according to new research published on Tuesday. Oxybenzone, a UV-filtering chemical compound found … Continue reading

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One tough bird: vulture’s genes help it thrive on rotting flesh

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A diet of putrid rotting flesh may not be your cup of tea, but to the cinereous vulture, found across southern Europe and Asia, it is positively delightful. This tough bird, it turns out, … Continue reading

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Puzzling Reaction: Sudoku Brainteasers Trigger Man’s Seizures

Sudoku puzzles can be brainteasers, but one man’s brain had an unusual response to solving the numerical grid puzzles: He developed seizures. The 25-year-old German man didn’t always react this way to Sudoku, according to a new report of his … Continue reading

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Meet Jane, the Most Complete Adolescent T. Rex Ever Found

An adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex named Jane may settle a dispute more than 70 years in the making: Whether small carnivorous dinosaurs are younger versions of T. rex, or another species altogether, a new study finds. The authors of the new … Continue reading

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Bloody Ancient Arrowhead Reveals Maya ‘Life Force’ Ceremony

An ancient arrowhead with human blood on it points to a Maya bloodletting ceremony in which a person’s “life force” fed the gods, two researchers say. The ceremony took place around 500 years ago in Guatemala at a temple at … Continue reading

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Obama, budding astronomers look at moon, dream of Mars at White House

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama got a guided tour of the moon on Monday, peering at its craters through a large reflective telescope set up on the South Lawn of the White House to promote science … Continue reading

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Apple-1 Computer & Rare Enigma Machine Up for Auction

Forget scanning electron microscopes, high-speed centrifuges and computer-controlled telescopes — some of the coolest science tools ever made are totally analog, incredibly old and available for purchase as part of a new online auction. Hosted by Christie’s auction house in … Continue reading

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Signal-Scrambling Tech ‘Freezes’ Drones in Midair

A new device that can detect, target and deter commercial drones could be used to keep the flying robots away from areas where they’re not wanted, like government properties, airports or your own backyard. The new Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS) … Continue reading

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