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Astronomers discover most 'habitable,' Earth-like planet yet

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:23pm
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

Northern California bat population declining amid drought conditions

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:48pm
A rescue organization says it is receiving an unusually high number of reports of dead or dying bats at this time of year as drought conditions grip Northern California.

Modern sharks are sleeker, faster than their ancestors, fossil find suggests

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:46am
Sharks turn out to be more modern and sleek than anyone had ever imagined, given a new study that negates a prior theory that today’s sharks are “living fossils,” changing little over time.

Tiny land-dwelling carnivore evolved into huge vegetarians

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:29am
The earliest ancestor of land-dwelling plant eaters has been found, a new study reports, and there's a surprising fact about the beastie: it was a meat lover.

SpaceX will try again Friday to launch cargo to ISS

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:16am
SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Ancient wrestling was fake too: Document shows match was fixed

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:45am
Who says only modern-day pro wrestling is fake?

NASA hands over historic Apollo-era launch pad to SpaceX

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — One of NASA's most historic launch pads is now under new management.

Watch live: Scientists explore life in the mysterious depths of the Gulf of Mexico

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:39am
This month, you can fly along the Gulf of Mexico seafloor and explore a strange ecosystem fueled by chemicals instead of sunlight, all from your computer.

10 ways animals live longer

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:45am
10 ways animals live longer

Vision risks for astronauts could be a Mars mission 'showstopper,' NASA scientist says

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:55am
Mars may possess a stark and austere beauty, but a manned Red Planet mission will likely not be easy on the eyes.

Portland's Packy the elephant turns 52, celebrates with 40-pound cake

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00am
More than a half century has passed since Packy the elephant's newsmaking birth at the Oregon Zoo. He's now a six-ton senior citizen and considered geriatric at age 52.

Herb supplements are the most common complementary medicine in US

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 6:27am
Herbs and other dietary supplements besides vitamins are the most commonly used type of "complementary medicine" (also called alternative medicine) in the United States, followed by visits to chiropractors, yoga and massage, a new report finds.

T. rex skeleton gets new home in Smithsonian dinosaur hall

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 1:01pm
More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana.

World must act quickly to reverse buildup of heat-trapping gases, UN climate change panel says

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:08pm
The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.

Pollution from Asia strengthening storms in North America, study finds

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:00am
Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter storms over the northwest Pacific Ocean and changing North America's weather, a new study finds.

Saturn may have given birth to a baby moon, astronomers say

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:29am
NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has imaged something peculiar on the outermost edge of the gas giant’s A-ring. A bright knot, or arc, has been spotted, 20 percent brighter than the surrounding ring material and astronomers are interpreting it as a gravitational disturbance caused by a tiny moon.

Under a 'Blood Moon': First total lunar eclipse of the year wows stargazers

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:27am
The moon took on an eerie blood-red hue early Tuesday during the first total lunar eclipse of 2014, a celestial sight that wowed potentially millions of stargazers across North and South America.

Tiny fossils found in China appear to be 500-million-year-old embryos

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 7:00am
Tiny, spherical fossils found in southern China appear to be the embryos of a previously unknown animal.

SpaceX delays delivery launch to International Space Station

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:59pm
With less than two hours remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch from Cape Canaveral.

Total lunar eclipse to reveal 'blood moon' in night sky

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:00pm
For most U.S. states east of the Mississippi River, tonight's total lunar eclipse will likely turn out to be a total bust, while in contrast, much of the central and western United States will likely get a fine view of the "blood moon" in all its brilliance.