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Sighting Of Sixth Newborn Orca Calf In Puget Sound Delights Conservationists

Newborn orca brought the population of orcas living around Puget Sound in Washington to a healthy 83, researchers say. Newest calf spotted swimming with its mother by whale researchers.

October 26, 2015

New Horizons Spacecraft Sends Back Image Of Pluto's Tiniest Moon, Heads For New Target

Kerberos, the dwarf planet's tiniest moon, is even smaller than predicted, new images show. Researchers study it as the New Horizons spacecraft makes course adjustments heading for new target.

Space October 26, 2015

Group Of Great White Sharks Off California Raises Concern For Safety Of Swimmers, Surfers

A group of 20 great white sharks, some as long as 18 feet,have been seen swimming close to shore in Northern California. Although attacks on humans are rare, some urge caution for locals heading for the water.

October 25, 2015

Plague Afflicted Humankind Thousands Of Years Earlier Than Thought, DNA Study Shows

The Black Death of the 14th century wasn't the first time plague infected humans, researchers say. DNA evidence shows people were dying of plague almost 5,000 years ago.

October 23, 2015

Hiker In Norway Finds A Sword By The Side Of A Trail - And It's 1,200 Years Old!

A Viking-era sword in exceptional condition was found alongside an ancient route across Norway. Such a weapon would have been a symbol of high status for a Viking, archaeologists say.

October 23, 2015

Antibiotics Are Causing Weight Gain In Children, Research Shows

Repeated treatment with antibiotics in childhood can lead to weight gain, a study finds. Effect can be cumulative, progressive and continue into adulthood.

Life October 23, 2015

Study Finds US Marijuana Use Doubled In Just 12 Years, Abuse Also On The Rise

As attitudes and laws about marijuana change in the U.S., usage is on the rise, a study finds. In 2013, twice as many people reported they used marijuana than was recorded in 2001.

Life October 22, 2015

Showers Of Comets And Asteroids May Be Linked To Many Of Earth's Mass Extinction Events

The asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs was not a one-off event, researchers suggest. Similar extinctions triggered by cosmic bombardments may have happened a number of times in the past, they say.

October 22, 2015

New Tortoise Species In The Galapagos Islands Went Unidentified For More Than A Century

Giant tortoises on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, long thought to all be the same species, are in fact two separate ones, researchers find. Although visually almost identical, genetic studies show one group is a new, previously-unidentified species.

October 22, 2015

Two Closely Orbiting Stars Heading For A 'Kiss Of Death'

Two stars in a binary system are so close, they're sharing material as they spin about each other, scientists say. The end result is likely to be a cosmic cataclysm, they say.

Space October 21, 2015

Scientists Fear Drug-Resistant Form Of Malaria Could Invade Africa

Parasites carrying a drug-resistant variant of malaria can infect mosquito species that are the main disease carrier in Africa, researchers find. Scientists worry the drug-resistant form spreading in Southeast Asia could threaten Africa's vulnerable populations.

Life October 21, 2015

Chemicals In Sunscreens Bad For Coral, Pose Threat To Global Reef Systems: Study

While sunscreen may be good for you - no one wants skin cancer - it is having a serious impact on the health of the globe's coral reef systems, researchers say. A chemical common in many sunscreens, oxybenzone, is the culprit, they say.

Earth/Environment October 21, 2015

Many More Earth-Like Worlds Are Waiting To Be Born, Study Suggests

Earth evolved early in the history of the universe, so the universe is likely to create billions more Earth-like planets throughout its existence, a study suggests. More than 90 percent of such worlds are waiting to come into existence, researchers suggest.

Space October 20, 2015

Gene Study Suggests Domestication Of Dogs Began In Asia

Genetic markers in DNA of modern dogs suggest Central Asia as the site of domestication of dogs. Despite that, a debate of when wolves were first domesticated to become today's dogs is not likely to end soon, experts say.

Animals October 20, 2015

Distant 'Hot Jupiter' Exoplanet Is Actually Two Planets, Astronomers Find

Scientists use Kepler space telescope data to discover two giant planets closely orbiting a distant star. The finding of 'hot Jupiter' planets could give clues to how planets form and move, they say.

Space October 20, 2015

A Blood Test That Can Reveal Onset Of Alzheimer's Is A Step Closer, Researchers Say

A blood test could reveal the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease long before the first symptoms appear, researchers say. That would allow a chance for lifestyle changes to slow the progression and create an opportunity for early treatment, they say.

Life October 20, 2015

Discovery Suggests Life On Earth Began Millions Of Years Earlier Than Previously Assumed

Carbon in early Earth rocks may be clue to origin of life on our planet, researchers say. And that evidence suggests it may have arisen hundreds of millions of years earlier than we thought, they say.

Animals October 20, 2015

Russian, European Space Agencies Mull Permanent Moon Bases

Officlals in Russian, European space programs say a series of cooperative missions to the moon could eventually see a permanent human settlement there. First in a series of lunar exploratory missions could launch in 5 years, they say.

Space October 19, 2015

Meet Scott Kelly: This U.S. Astronaut Has Spent Most Time Living In Space (Video)

Scott Kelly has spent a full year on the International Space Station. Kelly, who has accumulated 383 days on Oct. 16, has set a new record for the most numbers of days an American has spent in space.

Space October 19, 2015

Novartis Cancer Drug Beneficial To Parkinson's Disease Patients, Reveals Early Stage Trial

Drug meant to treat leukemia shows promise of halting or even reversing the symptoms of Parkinson's, researchers find. Finding of small trial spurs scientists to plan larger trials to test drug with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's.

Life October 19, 2015

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