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Old planets need companions too if they want to host life

Older worlds with planetary companions may be the place to find the most ancient life in the galaxy, according to a new study.

Science August 1, 2014

Rosetta approaches deep space comet with ‘dark, dusty crust’

Spacecraft takes a comet's temperature, finds it too warm to have a cover of pure ice. Dark dust believed to cover much of its surface, scientists say.

Science August 1, 2014

Hubble glimpses most distant ‘lensing’ galaxy, looks back 9.6 billion years

Distant galaxy acts as magnifying glass, revealing another galaxy even farther away. We are seeing the two galaxies as they appeared almost 100 billion years ago, astronomers say.

Science August 1, 2014

Binary star system spotted with mysteriously skewed orbits

Scientists find a binary star system, HK Tauri, in the Taurus constellation with skewed orbits. The stars are around 450 light-years away from the Earth.

Science August 3, 2014

Mysterious blue sea creatures on California shores are known as Velella velella

Marine scientists call the unusual-looking blue creatures found in California shores "Velella velella" which may have been washed up on the beaches because of the wind.

Science August 2, 2014

Wildfires may be more dangerous than previously thought

Scientists at Stanford University created a computer model simulation to calculate the degree to which biomass burning--from agriculture and wildfires--contributes to global warming, and found the results to be more dire than they expected.

Science July 31, 2014

Rosetta comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveals more weirdness

Scientists are fascinated by the latest images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko coming out of Rosetta’s OSIRIS showing a feature not found in most other comets.

Science August 1, 2014

Discovery of lens galaxy that doubles as a cosmic 'magnifying glass' excites boffins

Astronomers have stumbled upon a galaxy so huge it serves as a magnifying lens for whatever is behind it. And what’s behind it is another galaxy that is the farthest discovered galaxy to date.

Science August 3, 2014

And the winner is…nature. Hummingbirds out-hover military’s mini-drones

Researchers say micro-helicopter can't match hovering ability of hummingbirds, but they're getting close. Still a lot to learn from nature, they say.

Science August 1, 2014

To boldly grow: Mars Plant Experiment team vies for spot on 2020 Mars rover

NASA's Mars Plant Experiment aims to attach a small greenhouse to its 2020 Mars rover to test the growth of plants in a low gravity environment.

Science July 31, 2014

Researchers improve cost-effective method to convert CO2 to fuel

New catalyst brings low-cost production of synthetic fuels one step close, researchers say. Process is simple and cost-effective, they say.

Science August 1, 2014

Xamaleon: Ice cream that magically changes color as you lick it

Color-changing ice cream is the latest development from a physicist and cook from Barcelona.

Science August 3, 2014

NASA’s future toy: Check out the 2020 Mars rover

New instruments for upcoming NASA rover on Mars will make it "Curiosity on steroids." A twin of the current Curiosity rover will take upgraded scientific capabilities to the Red Planet in 2020.

Science July 31, 2014

Mars 2020 rover by NASA will carry better laser, have x-ray vision and make oxygen

NASA announced the instruments to be carried aboard the Mars 2020 rover, designed to search for life on the Red Planet.

Science August 2, 2014

Dinosaurs went through evolutionary downsizing to become birds

Some dinosaur species went through a "shrink cycle" to get smaller and smaller and evolve into birds, study finds. "Sustained miniaturization" morphed dinosaurs into birds.

Science July 31, 2014

Dinosaurs shrank and evolved into birds to survive

Theropods, a type of flightless meat-eating dinosaur, evolved into smaller forms over 50 million years, developing into birds, according to a new study.

Science August 1, 2014

Tree-killing invasive insect makes its way through Boulder and Boston

Emerald ash borer beetles continue their deadly march though the country's ash trees. New sighting in Massachusetts and Colorado said to be a cause for concern.

Science July 31, 2014

Depression revealed as risk factor for dementia

A new study reveals that older people with depression are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, and more likely to face rapid cognitive decline once diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Science July 31, 2014

Hummingbirds KO micro drones in hover test

Mini-drones, meant for surveillance, are now able to fly nearly as efficiently as hummingbirds, Based on a new international study.

Science August 1, 2014

Young twin stars may host protoplanets with weirdly misaligned orbits

Astronomers have discovered a young binary system with two potential exoplanets beginning to form.

Science July 31, 2014

Space rocks pummeled early Earth, computer simulation depicts 'violent past'

Violent impact history in first 500 million years of Earth's existence drove planet's evolution, study finds. Cosmic bombardment may also have set the stage for early life, researchers say.

Science July 31, 2014

Early Earth was bombarded by massive space rocks and oceans 'boiled away into steam'

The Hadean era of the Earth, the first era of our planet's formation, may have seen the crust melt and the oceans boil away.

Science August 1, 2014

The moon is not round, it's slightly flattened: Why?

It's official, our moon is weird since it is not actually round as images might have us believe, but is slightly flattened on one side and has an overall shape similar to a lemon. We have a lemon moon, how about that.

Science August 3, 2014

Deep-sea octopus watches over eggs for 53 months. Best mom in the world?

An octopus mom protected her brooding eggs for 53 months without leaving to eat. She wins a world record.

Science August 3, 2014

Xamaleón ice cream changes color when you lick it

Ice cream is great. It is cold, sweet and refreshing. Xamaleón takes ice cream enjoyment to a different level by changing colors with a lick.

Science August 1, 2014

Milky Way Galaxy is just half as massive as Andromeda

Andromeda is twice as massive as the Milky Way. Scientists say that Andromeda has twice the mass, made of dark matter, than the Milky Way.

Science August 3, 2014

Interaction between global warming, air pollution threatens global food security: Study

A new study reveals that interactions between global warming and air pollution can further threaten global food supply. Lawmakers should take these into consideration when solving food supply security issues.

Science August 3, 2014

Massive collection of ancient amber leads to discovery of tiny pygmy locust

Scientists have found a new type of grasshopper, the pygmy locust, after studying an ancient amber collection. The fossilized remains of the insect have given researchers insight into the evolutionary process of locusts.

Science August 3, 2014

Mystery of lemon-shaped moon solved

Researchers revealed they have finally discovered the true shape of the moon and provided an explanation on how this shape was formed.

Science August 2, 2014

Firefighters battle Yosemite wildfire, protect giant sequoias

A wildfire expanded to 3,545 acres on the western side of Yosemite National Park. Firefighters tried to prevent the blaze from reaching a grove of giant sequoia trees.

Science August 2, 2014

Antarctic ice sheet formed by CO2 reduction, not shifting continents, says study

Scientists model the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet and argue that the textbook theory of climate change caused by continental rearrangement did not cause the glaciation 34-million-years ago, but rather a steep reduction in CO2 levels caused climate patterns to shift.

Science July 31, 2014

More of a lemon, less of a sphere: Our moon’s odd shape explained

Tugged, pulled, spun and squashed; how the moon got its less than perfect shape. It's not a perfect circle, but it's an interesting shape, researchers say.

Science July 31, 2014

Deer mouse sperm engage in 'group swim' to up fertility: Harvard study

There's safety -- or at least mating success -- in numbers for some species whose sperm can cooperate, study finds. Groups of sperm found to swim faster than solo sperm.

Science July 30, 2014

Forgotten amber collection is a new window to the past

A new species of ancient locust has been discovered in a collection of 1950s Dominican amber.

Science July 31, 2014

Deep sea octopus mother broods young over four years

Egg brooding in one species of deep-sea octopus can last 4.5 years, longer than any other known type of animal.

Science August 1, 2014

Thousands of dead anchovies stink up Oregon coast town

Thousands of anchovies died this week swimming upstream in an Oregonian river.

Science July 31, 2014

Amber collection opens window to ancient world (Video)

A wealth of information about life in the Dominican Republic 20 million years ago has been revealed in amber. The collection was unseen for decades in a museum closet.

Science August 1, 2014

Patient octopus protects eggs for record-breaking 4.5 years

Devoted mother octopus shows longest egg-brooding time seen in the animal kingdom. Creature neither moved nor ate during 4.5-year vigil, researchers say.

Science July 30, 2014

Researchers develop bio-adhesives inspired by barnacles

Researchers at Clemson University develop strong adhesive material for medical and industrial applications while improving anti-fouling coatings on naval ships after understanding the mechanisms used by immensely sticky barnacles.

Science July 31, 2014

Europe sends its last supply ship to space station, marks beginning of the end

A new spacecraft bearing supplies for the International Space Station launched on July 29. It will be the last launched by the ESA.

Science July 31, 2014

Debate about X-ray glow settled: Origin is local hot bubble of gas

Scientist send X-ray detector aloft on a rocket to solve 50-year-old mystery. Origins of X-ray "fog" surrounding Earth confirmed.

Science July 30, 2014

Extreme waves in Arctic Ocean: Another threat to sea ice

Arctic sea ice, already threatened by global warming, faces new onslaught from giant waves. Shipping and oil exploration in the regions could be at risk, researchers say.

Science July 30, 2014

16-foot waves spotted in Arctic Ocean: Blame climate change?

Water in the Arctic Ocean is becoming exposed due to melting ice, and that could lead to a runaway effect in the region.

Science August 3, 2014

Two new mysterious holes appear in Siberia. Natural phenomenon or work of aliens?

Siberia is home to two more holes, catches the attention of the world as the mystery continues. First hole at "the end of the world" explored by scientists, cleared some issues.

Science August 1, 2014

Scientists report 16 feet waves in Arctic Ocean. Why is this worrying?

Scientists have measured giant waves in a region of the Arctic Ocean, which used to be covered with ice. The phenomenon has been brought about by the changing climate, researchers say.

Science August 1, 2014

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