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Have you seen a zonkey? Meet Khumba, a zebra-donkey cross born in Mexico zoo

A crossbreed of a zebra and donkey was born in a Mexican zoo. Named Khumba, it is one of the few zonkeys existing today.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

Bronx Zoo welcomes two baby gorillas, infant primates ready to welcome visitors this spring

Two adorable baby gorillas arrived at the Bronx Zoo in New York this spring, becoming the newest additions to the largest band of western lowland gorillas in the North America.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

Elon Musk sees red as SpaceX vows to break Lockheed-Boeing monopoly over US military satellite launches

SpaceX founder to sue for chance to compete for Pentagon satellite launches. Elon Musk says his company can save the government on launch costs.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

X-class solar flare hits Earth, causes major disruption of communications

Strong solar flare temporarily knocks out some radio communications on Earth. Flare was an X-class event, strongest category.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Hello, Zonkey: Cute and rare zebra-donkey crossbreed born at Mexican zoo draw curious onlookers

On April 21 in a Mexico zoo, a rare but cute little baby Zonkey was born. It's a strange and rare birth because the chromosomes for donkeys and zebras are incompatible.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

NASA telescopes spy Sun's frosty neighbor: The coldest 'brown dwarf' seen to date

Brown dwarf found as cold as Earth's North Pole. A close neighbor, the cosmic object is just 7.2 light years away.

SCIENCE April 27, 2014

Drifting B31 iceberg, six times larger than Manhattan, is under watch by NASA scientists

An iceberg half the size of Greater London is now on the loose in open water. Where will it head next? Scientists tracking it call it a slow waiting game.

SCIENCE April 27, 2014

China finally wakes up to growing pollution problem and changes laws to allow fines, lawsuits

China makes first changes to its environmental laws in 25 years. Public participation and more severe fines for polluters are included.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

Nano chisel: IBM scientists and NatGeo Kids team up to create world's smallest magazine cover

The smallest magazine cover in the world has been created by IBM and NatGeo. Technology used to create this tiny object could have a big impact on the future.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

Rubik's Cube still puzzling as ever after 40 years

Anniversary celebrated of famous puzzle cube that has both delighted and frustrated millions. Exhibition in New Jersey includes a solid gold version of Rubik's Cube.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Kryptodrakon, the ancestor of pterodactyls, terrorized the Cretaceous skies, fossil study reveals

The Kryptodrakon was a small creature compared to the ones that follows it, but that doesn't make these majestic flying reptiles any less interesting.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity captures amazing photo of asteroids

Ceres and Vesta have just been photographed by the Mars rover Curiosity. Here is the story of the picture!

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Hubble Space Telescope turns 24: The journey so far

The Hubble Space Telescope just turned 24-years-old -- Here's the tale of Hubble's journey.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

Great Lakes still iced over: Get ready to put on woolens this summer

Ice cover on the Great Lakes is melting much more slowly than normal. Could this foretell a cool summer?

SCIENCE April 27, 2014

Experts breed fish that bite hooks...but you have to wait four years for the results

Fishermen in Oregon worried that less and less fish are getting caught during fishing season have decided to get help from scientists. Researchers from the Oregon Hatchery Research Center are now trying to breed fish that are more inclined to bite hooks.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

UK invests £200 million on icebreaker to boost polar research efforts

The UK government has announced that it will be investing £200 million into a new polar research vessel. The new icebreaker will be ready by the year 2019.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Rising sea levels, storm tides make NYC more prone to big floods every four years: Study

A new study revealed that New York City is 20 times more likely to flood than it was 170 years ago and researchers point to the drastic sea level rise and the storm tide's current maximum height.

SCIENCE April 27, 2014

Genetic study reveals how farmers took over hunters during the Stone Age

Scientists have finally figured out how farmers overtook their hunter-gatherer brethren in the early days of humanity. New research indicates how early humans transitioned to an agricultural society.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

All eyes on B31 iceberg: NASA monitors stowaway from Antarctica with satellite, GPS trackers

NASA has spotted a monstrous iceberg escaping into open waters in Antarctica. The giant chunk of frozen water is estimated to be around 240 square miles in size.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Happy 24th birthday Hubble Telescope! What's the cosmic eye been busy with?

The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 24th birthday with a yet another magnificent shot of the infinitesimal portion of space, reinforcing Hubble's prowess in capturing more than what meets the eye.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Scientists doubt that the blood in gourd came from beheaded French King Louis XVI

Bloodstains on bloody relic of the French Revolution not those of King Louis XVI, DNA shows. Scientists suspect relic was faked to make money.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Kryptodrakon fossil discovery in China may hold clues to origin of Pterodactyl

Earliest known example of flying reptile found in China, dubbed "hidden dragon." Find pushed back the age of the flying creatures millions of years.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Y chromosome study suggests men aren't going to become extinct anytime soon

Evolution has stripped large numbers of genes off the Y male sex chromosome. But that doesn't mean men will become an endangered species.

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

Asimo surprises Obama with its soccer skills

At a Tokyo science expo, the president exchanged greetings with a Japanese humanoid robot. Then a little soccer practice took place between the two.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Massive supernova not so bright after all

An "ordinary" Type 1a supernova was seen, apparently giving off the same amount of energy as 100 billion suns. How did nature dupe astronomers?

SCIENCE April 28, 2014

New reliable qubit array brings us one step closer to quantum computing

Quantum computing could change the world. That day is one step closer, thanks to new technology.

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

This selfie by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is out of this world... literally

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio took a selfie while outside the International Space Station. This is the latest step in a long history of amateur photography in space.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Discovery of passenger steamship wreckage off SF Bay sheds light on history of Chinese Americans

A steamship, the City of Chester, has been rediscovered after it crashed to the bottom of the bay in 1888. If it weren't for the Chinese immigrants aboard another ship on that day, many lives would have been lost.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Harvard scientists discovered hemihelix, a rare shape, using rubber bands

A strange shape has been found by Harvard researchers, using rubber bands. What kept this simple discovery from science for so long?

SCIENCE April 26, 2014

Watch this amazing time-lapse video of growing quail embryo: It won Nikon '2013 Small World in Motion' competition

Nikon lately held a contest for videos of tiny subjects. Here are the top three winners!

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

NASA, littleBits partner to launch Lego-like space kits for kids

Kit of snap-together modules helps kids learn space science in fun way. NASA scientists and engineers helped in the design.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Bubbles that can display images and pop a scent? SensaBubble should be fun

A chrono-sensory mid-air display system called SensaBubble produces fog-filled bubbles to which computer-generated images can be projected onto and releases a scent relevant to the notification when they pop.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

What quacks in the Southern Ocean? A giant duck? Minke whales, of course

After more than 50 years of wondering, scientists have finally gotten to the bottom of the mystery of the Antarctic “Bio-Duck.” The real source of the mysterious duck-like sounds in Antarctica has finally been revealed.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Hello, hemihelix: Scientists stumble upon a new shape during experiment

Researchers from Harvard have discovered a new type of shape while experimenting with rubber bands. The new shape, called a 'hemihelix,' is said to be uncommon in the natural world, unlike other types of helixes.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Earth is no stanger to asteroids exploding like atomic bombs

Latest statistics on asteroid impacts show that Earth has been hit by a total of 26 asteroids during the past 14 years. The statistics were obtained from readings taken by sensors designed to measure nuclear detonations, which is a testament to the force of an asteroid impact.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Why the Y chromosome is important. Let us count the ways

New research sheds new light on the function of the Y chromosome. Scientists used to think that the chromosome merely differentiated between males and females but the new studies show that the Y chromosome also serves other essential functions.

SCIENCE April 25, 2014

Pair of supermassive black holes spotted in cosmic tango by European astronomers

Scientists from Europe have discovered two supermassive black holes orbiting around each other. This is the first time that astronomers have found a pair of supermassive black holes co-existing in an ordinary galaxy.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Congo rainforest browning at an alarming rate: Culprit? Climate change

Satellite shows Congo rainforest changing from green to brown at worrying rate. Drought, climate change suspected as cause.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Your money is dirtier than it looks: 3,000 different bacteria thrive on the bills

'Dirty money' becomes more than just a phrase; bacteria are lurking in your wallet or purse. And some are not so benign.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower: Last chance to watch it this year

Lyrid meteor shower passes its peak, but skywatchers might still get a glimpse, experts say. Bright moon might make it a bit harder, though.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Y chromosome isn't disappearing anytime soon: Here's why

The Y chromosome, carried by all male mammals, has functions beyond determining gender. Men are in no danger of disappearing anytime soon.

SCIENCE April 23, 2014

Monkeys are pretty good at math: What about other animals?

Monkeys are able to count and perform arithmetic, according to a recent study. They are not the only animal with a taste for math.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Nuclear explosion-level asteroid impacts more common than previously thought: Is Earth in danger?

Earth may face greater threat of catastrophic asteroid impact than previously believed. Video visualization shows many latest impacts.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

Baby lobster population declining in Maine at alarming rate, may prompt menu price hike

The population of young lobsters is on the decline in 11 locations. This problem, which is caused by environmental changes, could have a negative effect on the market.

SCIENCE April 23, 2014

Mantis shrimp pincers inspire new airplane material design

A tiny shrimp with a powerful punch is the inspiration of a new material design stronger than that used in aircraft standards.

SCIENCE April 24, 2014

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