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New Report Suggests Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Plunged Into Sea

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 9:52am

A new analysis of debris found from the plane suggests it was not attempting an emergency landing.

Why Tobacco Companies Are Spending Millions To Boost A Cigarette Tax

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 4:03am

The tobacco giant is supporting its first cigarette tax — 60 cents more per pack. But some health groups oppose Missouri's ballot measure, as do some education groups that would benefit from the tax.

Science Rewards Eureka Moments, Except When It Doesn't

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 4:03am

An easier way to edit genes, called CRISPR-Cas9, is revolutionizing biomedical research. But as patents and big prizes hover, some contributors to the discovery aren't getting much credit.

CRISPR's Million-Dollar Question: Who Gets Credit For The Gene-Editing Discovery

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 4:03am

It has been called the biggest biotech breakthrough of our time. Now, patents and Nobel prizes loom, but many scientists in many labs contributed — some that continue to toil in obscurity.

Alaskan 'Ice Monster' Sparks Imaginations Online

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:45am

An employee with the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska took a video of undulating ice in the Chena River — and added a creepy soundtrack. Facebook users took care of the rest.

$151 Million Settlement Deal Reached Over West Virginia Water Poisoning

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 9:40am

A federal judge has tentatively signed off on the agreement between local residents and two companies over a 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people.

How A Theory of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 11:00pm

Decades ago, researchers introduced a new theory of policing. It's called Broken Windows, and is seen by many as a cure-all for crime. But the idea is often used in ways its creators never intended.

Early 20th Century Earthquakes May Have Been Caused By Calif. Oil Boom

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 4:28pm

A new study suggests a handful of earthquakes in the 1920s and 1930s were associated with increasingly deep and frequent drilling for oil near Los Angeles. Since then, drilling practices have changed.

PHOTOS: Astronauts Touch Down After 115 Days In Space

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 1:28pm

A Russian Soyuz space capsule touched down in Kazakhstan on Sunday morning local time, delivering Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi safely back to Earth.

NASA's New 'Intruder Alert' System Spots An Incoming Asteroid

Sun, 10/30/2016 - 4:17am

A space rock zips by earth Sunday night. Astronomers know it doesn't pose a threat, in part thanks to a new automated warning program called Scout.

Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 1:19pm

The egg industry may soon eliminate a wasteful – and to some, horrifying – practice: Slaughtering male chicks. New technology can identify male embryos in eggs before they enter incubation chambers.

Discovering The Science Secrets Of Sourdough (You Can Help)

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 10:25am

Many bakers treat their sourdough starters like a family heirloom. Some starters date back decades, even centuries. Now researchers want to analyze your starters to unlock their flavor secrets.

Nations Agree To Establish World's Largest Marine Reserve In Antarctica

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 6:49am

At 600,000 square miles, the sanctuary covers an area twice the size of Texas and is known as polar "Garden of Eden." This unanimous agreement is the result of years of negotiations.

The Social Science Research Behind Political Campaign Ads

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 4:03am

U.S. presidential candidates advertise in battleground states to increase voter turnout. But a new study says ads also have a big impact on campaign contributions.

Do Parents Invade Children's Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 4:00am

The kids look so darned cute in that photo, it's hard not to post it online for all too see. But there are privacy risks to sharing children's images, and children often don't want the exposure.

This Bird Can Remain Airborne For 10 Months Straight

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 4:38pm

These birds fly from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, but they don't touch down on the continent. The researchers say new findings raise questions about "when and to what extent swifts need to sleep."

Report Declares Global Wildlife Populations Are Plunging. But It's Complicated

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:47pm

The WWF report asserts that wildlife populations have dropped by a startling percentage since 1970. The details and extent of that decline, however, are more complex than any one number can capture.

How Is A 1,600-Year-Old Tree Weathering California's Drought?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 2:45pm

Four years of too little water is killing millions of trees in the Sierra, yet some giant sequoias still thrive. Tree-climbing scientists are exploring sequoias branch by branch to find their secret.

Researchers Say They've Found A Bit Of Fossilized Dinosaur Brain

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 12:01pm

A small rock might contain tissue from a 130 million-year-old dinosaur brain. If confirmed, it would be the first bit of fossilized dino gray matter ever found.

Is It Still A Placebo When It Works And You Know It's A Placebo?

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:20am

Most research on placebos involves people who think they're getting an active treatment, but aren't. But they may also work when people know full well they're getting a sham treatment.

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