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Want an affordable earthquake warning system? Use animals, scientists say

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Wild animals can predict earthquakes several weeks before they strike, and motion-activated cameras that track their movements could be adopted in quake-prone countries as an affordable early warning system, scientists said on … Continue reading

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A Year in Space: The Science Behind the Epic Space Station Voyage

Science experiments conducted on the International Space Station during the orbiting outpost’s first yearlong mission could help open the door to deep space for NASA. Officials hope that  one-year stint on the space station by astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will … Continue reading

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Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – A World Health Organization group’s controversial finding that the world’s most popular herbicide “probably is carcinogenic to humans” was based on a thorough scientific review and is a key marker in ongoing evaluations of the … Continue reading

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Grants help level the playing field for young moms in science

By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) – Thanks to a generous benefactor, young mothers doing laboratory research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston can receive major grants to keep them from falling behind while they raise their children. Since 1993, … Continue reading

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Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals. The … Continue reading

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One-Year Crew Begins Epic Trip on International Space Station

Three new crewmembers just arrived at the International Space Station, and two of them won’t be leaving for about one year. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are expected to spend about 342 days living and working on … Continue reading

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Star Power: Spring’s Night Sky Dazzles with Constellations Aplenty

With spring officially underway in the Northern Hemisphere, the evening sky is transitioning to the stars and constellations that will adorn the heavens for the next few months. So, if you are a fan of Orion and its retinue, get your … Continue reading

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U.S.-Russian crew reaches space station for year-long stay

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, sending a U.S.-Russia crew to the International Space Station for a year-long flight, a NASA Television broadcast showed. … Continue reading

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Deadly Oklahoma Twister Ends Slow Start to Tornado Season

After some of the quietest three months of a U.S. tornado season in 60 years, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma and Arkansas yesterday. A damaging tornado touched down outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, last night (March 25). One person was … Continue reading

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Ancient 4-Eyed Predator Wielded Wicked Toothy Claws

A newly discovered Cambrian predator with a wicked set of arms under its four-eyed face reveals that early arthropods were experimentalists when it came to using their limbs. The marine creature, now called Yawunik kootenayi, lived 508 million years ago … Continue reading

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