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Sea Snakes Thought Extinct Found Swimming In Australian Waters

Sea snakes of a species believed to be extinct have been found in ocean waters off Western Australia. The snakes were discovered more than a thousand miles from their only known natural habitat, researchers say.

December 22, 2015

PTSD In Veterans Can Emerge Years Later If Left Untreated, Study Finds

Post-traumatic stress disorder experienced after return from deployment can recede, but then come back even five years later. Findings suggest that the screening of returning veterans should continue for longer.

Life December 21, 2015

Hubble Spots Cosmic 'Star Wars' Lightsaber In Star-Birthing Nebula (Video)

A young star is seen blasting out jets of material, creating an image reminiscent of lightsabers in 'Star Wars.' The Hubble image captures the phenomenon happening inside our Milky Way home galaxy.

Space December 18, 2015

Link Found Between Specific Brain Chemical And Autism

Dysfunctional activity involving an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain shows links to autistic behavior, researchers say. The result could be sensory overload resulting in autistic symptoms, they suggest.

Life December 18, 2015

Possible Inhabitable 'Super-Earth' Discovered - And It's Not That Far Away (Video)

A planet orbiting a nearby red dwarf star is in the habitable zone, suggesting the possiblity of life, astronomers say. It's the closest such planet to Earth ever found, they note.

Space December 18, 2015

Red Deer Cave Fossil Suggests Ancient Human Ancestor May Have Hung Around Longer Than Thought

Partial bone found in China has showed very primitive features but has been dated to just 14,000 years ago, researchers said. Study findings suggested at least one species of human ancestor survived until much more recently than previously believed.

Animals December 18, 2015

What Makes A Memorable Photo? Computers Can Predict Almost As Well As Humans Can

Artificial intelligence allows computers to look at a photo and predict how memorable people will find it. A 'deep learning' algorithm mimics what the human brain does, researchers say.

Computers December 17, 2015

Monster Salamander Living In Chinese Cave May Be 200 Years Old (Video)

An example of a 'living fossil,' the world's largest amphibian, has been found in southwestern China. Hunting and habitat destruction has pushed the giant salamander to critically endangered status.

December 17, 2015

Parrot Species Observed In Rare Behavior Of Making, And Sharing, Tools

Parrot species native to Madagascar can use tools to grind seashells as a way to get their daily calcium intake, researchers find. It's the first time a nonhuman species has been observed using a tool for grinding, they say.

December 17, 2015

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Carried A Mysterious Sail On Its Back, Fossil Shows

The sail on the back of a dino found in Spain could have been a natural 'radiator' helping to maintain the creature's body temperature, scientists speculate. Or, like a camel's hump, it could have been storage for fat during lean times, they say.

Animals December 17, 2015

Captive Panda Matings Most Successful When Partners Can Choose Each Other, Researchers Find

The notoriously difficult challenge of getting pandas in captivity to mate could be overcome by letting the animals indicate their choice of a partner, researchers suggest. Pandas who select each other are the most successful in producing cubs, they say.

December 16, 2015

Scientists Trying To Genetically Resurrect Extinct Galapagos Tortoise

Researchers hope to recreate the extinct Galapagos tortoise species, the last example of which died three years ago at age 100. Tortoises with similar genetics from other Galapagos Islands will be bred in an effort to resurrect the extinct species, researchers say.

December 16, 2015

A Case Of Shingles Can Up Your Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke, Study Finds

The risk of cardiovascular conditions goes up in the first few months after the appearance of shingles, a study finds. Risks of heart attack and stroke return to normal levels after six months, researchers note.

Life December 16, 2015

Arctic Region Warming Faster Than Other Parts Of The Planet, Report Says (Video)

Warming temperatures in the Arctic are having a profound effect on the region and on its wildlife, researchers say. Temperatures are rising there twice as fast as anywhere in the world, they report.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2015

Autism In Children Linked To Mothers' Use Of Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Use of antidepressants by expectant mothers may increase risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, a study suggest. Still, autism remains a rare condition even with the increased risk.

Life December 15, 2015

Hubble Eyes Atmospheric Mysteries Of 10 'Hot Jupiter'-Like Planets

Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes help solve mystery of 'missing' water on giant 'hot Jupiter' planets. The water's there, astronomers say, just hidden in the cloudy, hazy atmospheres of the distant exoplanets.

Space December 15, 2015

World's Most Sensitive Detector Gets Upgrade As Search For Dark Matter Goes On

Scientists tweak and recalibrate a detector deep within the Earth designed to spot mysterious particles of dark matter. The experimental detector is now 20 times more sensitive to particles known as WIMPS, the leading candidates for invisible dark matter.

December 15, 2015

Toxic Marine Algae Causing Brain Damage In California Sea Lions

A toxin in algae causes sea lions to become confused, interfering with their search for food, researchers say. The result is stranding of malnourished animals on California beaches.

Earth/Environment December 15, 2015

Timing Counts In Treating Breast Cancer As Delays Can Be Deadly, Researchers Confirm

Delays in either surgery or chemotherapy for breast cancer can reduce survival odds, studies show. A delay in surgery of even 30 days can see survival rates decline by 10 percent; a 90-day delay in follow-up chemo also presents risks, studies show.

Life December 11, 2015

Massive Storm Seen Raging Across Surface Of A Distant Star

NASA space telescopes have spotted a dark, swirling storm on a relatively cool, distant star. The storm is similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter in our solar system, researchers say.

Space December 11, 2015

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