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Thomas Jefferson's Secret Chemistry Lab In UVA Rotunda Is 'Oldest Intact Example Of Early Chemical Education'

Renovations at University of Virginia uncover part of a chemistry classroom from Thomas Jefferson's time. Jefferson took part in the design, equipping of the room, historians say.

October 19, 2015

Pluto's Patterns And Pits Captured By NASA LORRI Puzzle Scientists

Puzzling surface features on the dwarf planet suggest the tiny, distant world is still active, researchers say. It is just one of the many intriguing discoveries being sent back by the New Horizons’ spacecraft.

Space October 19, 2015

Strange Geological Feature On Our Moon Unlike Anything Ever Seen Before

Scientists try to solve the puzzle of a giant mound at the moon's south pole, different from anything else seen on the lunar surface. A combination of a giant impact and resulting volcanism may have created it, they suspect.

Space October 19, 2015

Caramel Apples, Traditional Halloween Treat, Could Be Listeria Risk

Caramel apples may harbor dangerous Listeria bacteria, researchers find. When pierced with dipping sticks then left unrefrigerated, bacteria can grow, they say.

Life October 18, 2015

Bees Are Caffeine Addicts, And Some Flowers Are Happy to Oblige

Some flowers attract bees to lower-quality nectar by spiking it with caffeine, researchers find. Bees will ignore flowers with better nectar in favor of getting a caffeine buzz, they say.

October 16, 2015

Fossil of 125-Million-Year-Old Mammal So Exquisitely Preserved It Shows Evidence Of Hair

A fossilized mammal shows evolution of sophisticated hair and organ systems even in the age of the dinosaurs. The small, rat-sized mammal was probably a ground-dwelling insectivore, researchers say.

October 16, 2015

Don't Blame Modern Life For Lack Of Sleep, Our Ancient Ancestors Didn't Sleep Any Better

Hunter-geatherer societies, whether modern or ancient, sleep less than people in industrialized societies do, a study finds. The study challenges the common assumption that stress and activity of modern life has ruined sleep.

Life October 15, 2015

Federal Report Urges End To 'Conversion Therapy' Attempts To Alter Sexuality Of LGBT Youth

There is 'no evidence' of the efficacy of such therapy, an expert panel says in a report. Rather, conversion therapy can put young people at risk of serious harm, report authors say.

Life October 15, 2015

Dietary Supplements Have Thousands Ending Up In Emergency Rooms Every Year

Side effects of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements are the cause of a significant number of ER visits annually, a study finds. Many people end up admitted to hospitals for treatment, researchers say.

Life October 15, 2015

California To Require Vaccinations For Workers, Volunteers At Daycare Centers

Daycare facilities will be required to maintain records proving measles, flu and whooping cough vaccinations for staff and volunteers. California now has some of the nation's toughest mandatory vaccination laws.

Life October 15, 2015

Ancient Teeth Show 'Out-Of-Africa' Humans Arrived In China Before They Got To Europe

The finding may be reason to re-examine the accepted date for modern humans' migration out of Africa. It may also help explain why Homo sapiens took so long to reach Europe, researchers say.

October 15, 2015

Scientists Take Dinosaur Temperatures To Solve 150-Year-Old Mystery

Fossils help researchers determine body temperatures of dinosaur species, helping answer a long-standing question: warm- or cold-blooded? The answer, they say, falls somewhere in between.

October 13, 2015

New Hubble Images Delve Deep Into Jupiter's Mysterious Red Spot [Video]

An annual 'portrait' of the giant planet shows its famous Red Spot is shrinking. Images also capture unique atmospheric waves, similar to ones sometimes seen on Earth.

Space October 13, 2015

California Coastal Commission Rules Against Orca Breeding At SeaWorld

The Commission approved expansion of the orca habitat at the marine park but attached a breeding ban as a condition. SeaWorld currently has 11 orcas, whose shows are the park's top attraction.

October 13, 2015

Kids Born In Summer Tend To Grow Into Healthier Adults: Study

Babies born in summer months have higher birth weights and tend to be taller and healthier as adults, researchers find. Expectant mothers' exposure to more summer sunlight means more vitamin D for unborn babies, they suggest.

Life October 13, 2015

Dissolving Heart Stent Passes First Major Test On Path To US Approval

Like dissolving stitches, an arterial stent can break down and disappear after helping keep a repaired artery open, its maker says. A trial with 2,000 patients taking part is seeking FDA approval.

Life October 12, 2015

Cracks Are Opening In The Moon, And It's Our Fault, Scientists Say

Earth's gravity is opening cracks on the moon by tugging and pulling at its surface, researchers say. Our gravity affects the lunar surface just as the moon's gravity creates tides here on Earth, they explain.

Space October 12, 2015

The UK Is The Best Place To Die...And These Are The Worst

Study ranks end-of-life palliative care in 80 countries around the world. High-income countries score best, although much remains to be done, researchers say.

Life October 12, 2015

Tiny Flies Suspected In Turning Honeybees Into 'Zombees'

Parasitic flies laying eggs inside honeybees cause the bees to become zombie-like and abandon their hives, researchers find. Finding adds to concern over colony collapse disorder, they suggest.

Earth/Environment October 12, 2015

Roche Drug Ocrelizumab Proves Effective Against Multiple Sclerosis In Three Late-Stage Studies

Results of clinical trials show promise in reducing the progression of the disease, researchers say. New drug could be on the market by 2017.

Life October 12, 2015

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