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'Little Foot' might be human's 3mn year old ancestor: Scientists

Scientists have announced the probable age of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot. The latest dating procedure was conducted 13 years after the excavation process began.

SCIENCE March 18, 2014

'Life from Space' TV special gives Earth sneak peek of space life, food, and dangers astronauts face

"Life from Space," a new show from the National Geographic, is now helping regular people understand what it really means to be an astronaut aboard the ISS. The new show, which premiered last Friday, highlights the "human side" of the ISS crew.

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

Oops we got it wrong: Stable Greenland ice sheets are melting faster than scientists thought

Scientists have released a new study showing that Greenland's ice sheets are now melting faster than previous data suggested. The new findings indicate that the ice sheets are not as stable as previously thought.

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

What's eating up Mercury? Tiny planet gets tinier by nine miles

Using the latest data from NASA's Messenger, scientists have discovered that Mercury is shrinking. Recent measurements have shown that the planet as shrunk by as much as nine miles.

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

Ice age fossils discovered in LA subway dig

Subway diggers in LA have found a veritable treasure trove of fossils. The fossils were unearthed while workers were digging a shaft near the La Brea Tar Pits in LA's West side.

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Americans don't care about climate change but NASA's worried

NASA is warning of increasing temperatures. So, why is the American public so apathetic?

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

Dry days to become more common?

The number of days with no rain or precipitation will likely climb by the end of the year, says a new study.

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

Paris now greeting tourists with smog (Beijing, you've got competition)

Paris is now covered in smog. And the government is responding by asking the public to avoid using automobiles if at all possible, and to take public transportation or carpool. Is Beijing listening?

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson - What to expect from Episode 2 'Some of the Things Molecules Do'

'Some of the Things Molecules Do' will be the second episode of the new Cosmos series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. What can we expect from it, and is Tyson worthy of being Sagan's successor?

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Huge asteroid 163 Erigone to blot out bright star Regulus in Leo constellation: How to watch

A once-in-a-lifetime event will take place on Thursday - a huge asteroid, named 163 Erigone will blot out a bright star in Leo constellation. Here's what you need to do to see it happen, and contribute to science!

SCIENCE March 15, 2014

NASA helps in search of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Space agencies around the world, including NASA, are now on the lookout for missing Malaysian airliner MH370. How can they help?

SCIENCE March 15, 2014

Crater counting becomes crowdsourced...and it works

Amateur astronomers are just as good as professionals at finding craters in photographs. What could this mean for the future of space?

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon ISS cargo mission Sunday launch delayed till end of month

A mission to resupply the International Space Station has been delayed for two weeks. When it gets there, a special passenger is going to get a new set of legs.

SCIENCE March 15, 2014

Complex self-assembling nanocages made from DNA

The largest nanocages, made entirely of DNA, have been developed by Harvard researchers. But what does that have to do with stools and building blocks?

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

Pi Day: What's so irrational about that?

Pi Day is now in it's 27th year. How are people celebrating this 'nerdy' day?

SCIENCE March 14, 2014

Humpback whale entangled in fishing gear still missing

Hawaii officials are currently searching for a humpback whale that was entangled in a length of fishing line. The hapless whale was last spotted near Niihau but it is currently missing.

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Teen scientist Eric S. Chen wins $100K at Intel Science Talent Search for swine flu-inspired research

Eric S. Chen, a budding scientist from San Diego has been named the winner of the Intel Science Talent Search for his research on swine flu. Chen took home a $100,000 prize for his efforts.

SCIENCE March 14, 2014

Extinct porpoise had 33-inch long lower jaw for a purpose

Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of an extinct porpoise. Compared to other similar species, the newly discovered porpoise has a larger than normal chin.

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Oklahoma Fox station thinks news promo is more interesting than watching evolution on Cosmos: Do you? [VIDEO]

KOKH Fox-25 in Oklahoma cut off Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about evolution on Cosmos reboot. Was it operator error or a planned edit?

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Second War of the Roses looms over Richard III remains as British court plays referee

Is the second War of the Roses already being fought in England's judicial system? And why do the remains of one man - Richard III - mean so much to the English people?

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Native Americans and Siberians on Beringia land bridge may have shared common language 10,000 years ago

A linguistic study of dozens of languages spoken around the Bering Strait suggests people may have stayed on the temporary land bridge between Asia and Alaska for up to 10,000 years. But why?

SCIENCE March 17, 2014

T. rex cousin discovered in Arctic, albeit much smaller

A 20-foot-long relative of Tyrannosaurus rex lived in Alaska. What does that tell us about the long-dead creature?

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Whale fossil holds clue to origin of echolocation

Researchers have discovered fossilized remains of an ancient whale in South Carolina. The discovery can help scientists solve the mystery of how marine animals developed the ability to use sonar.

SCIENCE March 15, 2014

Thin spin ice films follow third law of thermodynamics in breakthrough nanotech research

Researchers have discovered a way to restore the third law of thermodynamics in spin ice. The team's findings may have applications in magnetricity and data storage.

SCIENCE March 15, 2014

Mineral in rough diamond hints at oceans of water deep inside Earth

A seemingly worthless brown diamond found in Brazil and bought by scientists for $20 contained evidence that there is water deep inside earth.

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Light pollution affects rainforest regrowth by altering feeding habits of fruit bats

Fruit-loving bats may avoid eating in areas illuminated by artificial light. But what is seed rain, and why do you not want to be caught in it?

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

International Astronomical Union, Uwingu butt heads over Mars craters naming: To name or not to name?

Uwingu and the International Astronomical Union are in a vigorous debate over the right to name craters on Mars. What good could it do? You might be surprised.

SCIENCE March 14, 2014

Largest yellow hypergiant star spotted by Observatory in Chile

A giant peanut in space? It's so large, it would extend from the Sun to Jupiter, destroying everything in between, including the Earth.

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Mars Orbiter goes to sleep after suffering glitch, NASA fix on way

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself in hibernation mode this week, and no one is sure why it happened. But help is on the way.

SCIENCE March 16, 2014

Satellite helps determine ocean carbon export flux

What role does the feces of microscopic animals play in regulating the global environment? And why did it take a satellite to see it?

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Europeans became fairer 5000 years ago because of diet and sexual preference

An international team of scientists have discovered that Europeans gradually became lighter over the last 5,000 years. The change was caused by natural selection and a combination of diet and sexual preference.

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Some galaxies matured faster in early universe

Scientists have discovered distant and ancient galaxies located at a record breaking distance of 12 billion light years from Earth. These galaxies were also surprisingly massive and mature.

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Cosmos and Neil deGrasse Tyson may just help reignite our waning interest in science

Will Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey re-awaken interest in science among Americans?

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

Asian grass carp pose threat to Great Lakes

Asian grass carp could pose a significant threat to the Great Lakes by possibly pushing other species into extinction.

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

Pre-Bible era masks go on display in Jerusalem

Ancient stone masks, dating from 9,000 years ago, are now on display in Jerusalem. But what is so special about the way they are displayed?

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Volcano heat saved species from Ice Age death

Could volcanoes - usually the harbingers of death - be responsible for saving species from ice ages? A new study of lifeforms in Antarctica shows this may be the case.

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

So there you are: New cosmic map locates Milky Way hiding among 'Council of Giants'

Beyond our own Local Group of galaxies lies another family of star systems. But why are they arranged in a ring?

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

Beware! Fukushima radiation leak waters to hit west coast in April

Experts are predicting that the radiation from Fukushima will reach the West Coast by next month. Scientists are recommending frequent sampling and testing of Pacific Ocean waters.

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Pregnant great white shark Lydia first on record to swim transatlantic

Lydia, a tagged great white shark, has successfully reached the UK after a trans-Atlantic journey. The shark's route has been documented by scientists by using GPS tracking.

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

Genghis Khan rose to power in Asia...with a little help from the weather gods

Genghis Khan may have had more than a fierce horde of warriors behind his back when he established his empire in Asia. New research has shown that the weather may have played an important part in the rise of the Mongol Empire.

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

Elephants can listen and understand us better than we think

A new study indicates that elephants can tell the difference between certain human language. By listening to a human voice, elephants can also estimate a person's age and gender.

SCIENCE March 13, 2014

Death stars in Orion decide fate of planetary systems

Bright, massive stars can doom young planetary systems. So, how do they help give birth to new stars?

SCIENCE March 11, 2014

World's thinnest LED is thinner than human hair and yet strong and energy efficient

The thinnest LED ever designed may be the thinnest type ever possible. So, where does this take the electronics industry?

SCIENCE March 11, 2014

Help NASA save the world by hunting down dangerously close asteroids and maybe win $35,000

How can you win $35,000 and (maybe) save the Earth at the same time? Take a look into NASA's newest challenge for private scientists!

SCIENCE March 12, 2014

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