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Astronomers Capture First-Ever 'Baby Pictures' Of A Planet Being Born

The formation of a planet from the dust and gas around a star is directly observed and imaged for the first time. A gas-giant planet is being born around a young star 450 light-years from Earth, astronomers say.

Space November 20, 2015

Sleeping In On The Weekend May Be Bad For Your Health, Researchers Find

Differences between our work week and weekend sleep habits can increase health risks, researchers find. So-called 'social jetlag' can up risks of diabetes, heart disease or obesity, they say.

Life November 19, 2015

Vocal Cords Grown In A Lab May Someday Cure Voice Or Speech Impairment

People whose voices are impaired because of severely damaged vocal cords could someday get help from bioengineered cords, researchers suggest. Cords grown from donor cells show promise, they say.

Life November 19, 2015

As Fewer Men Get Screened For Prostate Cancer, Early Detection Figures Also Drop

A debate on PSA screening for prostate cancer continues, as new studies show a decline both in testing and detection. New guidelines recommending less screening are at the center of the controversy.

Life November 18, 2015

Guinea Enters Countdown Toward Official Declaration Of The African Nation Being Ebola-Free

A three-week-old baby girl called the 'last patient' of the Ebola epidemic has tested free of the virus, officials say. If no new cases are found in six weeks, Guinea will be considered officially free of the virus, they say.

Life November 18, 2015

Half The Natural History Specimens In The Word's Museums May Be Misnamed, Scientists Say

Years of accumulating mistakes leave a significant portion of museum specimens with the wrong name, a study finds. Incorrect identification presents a big problem for science, researchers say.

Animals November 18, 2015

Researchers Reveal First Map Of All The World's Available Groundwater

Immense amounts of groundwater beneath the Earth have been mapped for the first time. A study finds only a small percentage is accessible to us, and we're using it at an unsustainable rate, researchers report.

Animals November 17, 2015

Super Laser Providing Temperatures Hotter Than The Sun Could Bring Fusion Energy One Step Closer

Researchers suggested that ultra-powerful laser heating materials to 10 million degrees Celsius could create fusion like that occurring in our sun. This technique could bring us closer to fusion reactors providing limitless energy.

Energy November 17, 2015

Speed Of Ancient Climate Change Has Been Consistently Underestimated, Study Suggests

The assumption that climate change is more rapid today than it has been in the past is flawed, researchers said. Difficulty in examining the geologic record of the past Earth has led to that assumption, they added.

Earth/Environment November 17, 2015

Short Circuit Degrades Space Station Power, May Need Spacewalk For Repair

Electrical problems cut one of the space station's eight power channels and a spare part will have to be sent up from Earth for the repair spacewalk. The crew is in no danger, NASA says.

Space November 16, 2015

DNA Reveals 'Fourth Strand' Of European Ancestry In Ancient Tribe, Researchers Say

Genetic study shows ancient populations of hunter-gatherers sheltering in the Caucasus Mountains during the ice age contributed to a significant portion of the genome of modern Europeans. The discovery rounds out our knowledge of European ancestry, researchers say.

November 16, 2015

Earth's Water May Be As Old As Our Planet Itself, Present When Our World Formed

The chemistry of water found deep within the Earth suggests it has been there since our planet formed. Majority of Earth's water may not have come from comets or asteroids as some scientists have argued.

November 13, 2015

Push For More Exercise And Less Junk Food Not Working: US Obesity Rates Still Rising, CDC Says

Despite significant efforts to combat obesity, more Americans are becoming overweight, a CDC report says. Age is a factor: the older we get, the more we face the risk of obesity, researchers say.

Life November 13, 2015

Huge Greenland Glacier Crumbling Into The Sea Has Enough Ice To Raise Global Sea Levels

A massive glacier in northeast Greenland is in retreat, breaking up into the sea. Warmer air above and warmer sea water below is accelerating the process, researchers say.

Earth/Environment November 13, 2015

Fossil Of 'Superduck' Dinosaur Shows How Some Species Evolved Distinctive Head Crest

A duckbilled dinosaur fossil found in Montana shows the development of the unique head crest beginning in this 'transitional species.' Later duckbilled dinosaurs sported even larger crests.

November 12, 2015

Astronomers Find The Closest Earth-like Planet Ever Discovered [Video]

A rocky planet just 39 light-years from Earth, similar to our world in size and mass, is being hailed as the 'most important planet ever found outside the solar system.' Scorching temperatures of its atmosphere make it more like Venus, though.

Space November 12, 2015

Dust Devils On Mars Could Reveal Secrets Of The Red Planet's Interior And Climate, Scientists Say

A seismic signature of dust devils on Mars could help in understanding processes occurring on and below the planet's surface, scientists suggest. Experiments in the California desert have allowed researchers to identify such signals.

Space November 12, 2015

Stone Age Farmers 9,000 Years Ago May Have Been The First Beekeepers, Researchers Discover

Pieces of Stone Age pottery show signs of having been used to store beeswax, scientists discover. The finding suggests prehistoric farmers were benefiting from honeybees thousands of years ago.

November 12, 2015

Signs Of Heart Disease Seen In Obese Children As Young As 8

Tests on young obese children show evidence of potential heart disease, researchers say. Thickening of the heart muscle, which can interfere with the heart's ability to pump blood, has been seen in obese children as young as eight years old.

Life November 11, 2015

When Is A Planet Not A Planet? UCLA Prof Suggests A Simple Test

As discoveries of distant objects increase, we need a simple test to help define what is or isn't a planet, a UCLA scientist says. The current official definition works for our solar system but not for possible distant exoplanets, he says.

Space November 11, 2015

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