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Rare Red Fox Spotted in Yosemite Park for 1st Time in a Century

The elusive and rare Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century, park officials said yesterday (Jan. 28). Camera traps caught the sleek animal in a remote northern corner … Continue reading

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Evolution Deniers Believe in ‘Smorgasbord’ of Science

Well-educated religious people are just as scientifically literate as their more secular counterparts — yet most still overwhelmingly reject theories of human evolution and the Big Bang, new research finds. These well-educated believers have positive views of science, in general, … Continue reading

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US Spike in Measles Cases Due to People Skipping Vaccinations

The sharp rise in measles cases in the U.S. is due to some people not being vaccinated against the disease, officials say. “This is not a problem of the measles vaccine not working. This is a problem of the measles … Continue reading

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U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

By Toni Clarke and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an … Continue reading

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‘Expensive’ placebo beats ‘cheap’ one in Parkinson’s disease: study

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – When patients with Parkinson’s disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported … Continue reading

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Prehistoric skull a key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in story of humanity

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of … Continue reading

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Laser’s co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported. … Continue reading

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Poll finds gaping chasm in views between U.S. public, scientists

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American scientists and the general public hold vastly different views on key scientific issues including the role of people in causing climate change, the safety of genetically modified food, and evolution, a poll released … Continue reading

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NASA Launching Satellite Thursday to Track Earth’s Dirt from Space

NASA’s next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world. The space agency’s Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) is scheduled to launch from California’s Vandenberg … Continue reading

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Oldest Known Snake Fossils Identified

New fossils that may be the oldest known remains of snakes are helping researchers to better understand how the slithering beasts evolved, according to a new study. The fossilized remains of four ancient snake species were found in England, Portugal … Continue reading

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