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Pentagon wants to play weather god: Laser beams developed to make rain and lightning

A dual-laser system may be able to cause rain and lightning in clouds. So, what could be done with such a device?

SCIENCE April 21, 2014

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing 'a success,' though critics disagree

A launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket is being described as a success by SpaceX. What was that strange billow of smoke on liftoff?

SCIENCE April 21, 2014

SpaceX wishes ISS a happy Easter, brings 5,000 pounds of supplies and equipment

The SpaceX Falcon 9 has successfully launched on a resupply mission to the ISS. The Dragon Spacecraft is now en route toward the space station.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Extraterrestrial vitamins: Scientists find loads of B3 on meteorites

Scientists have successfully identified the presence vitamins in meteorite samples. Traces of Vitamin B3 or Niacin have been extracted from small samples of space rocks.

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

'Genetic switches' spelled the difference between Neanderthals and modern humans

Scientists have discovered that genetic switches controlling the activation of certain genes resulted in the differences between Neanderthals on modern humans. The switches caused differentiations in the DNA between the two species.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Chimps like their beds firm and stable, preferably Ugandan ironwood: Study

Chimps are picky when it comes to building material for their nighttime sleeping nests, scientists find. In fact, only one kind of wood will do.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Viper gulps monster centipede, which chews its way out of reptile stomach

Small snake takes on large centipede, doesn't live to regret it. Attempted escape by the centipede out of the snake's stomach ends in death of both.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Google, NASA Tango to bring 3D mapping technology to ISS robots

Google and NASA hope that Project Tango and 3D mapping technology can help map the space station. Robots inside spheres will be able to assist astronauts and perform maintenance.

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Kepler-186f: Scientists go gaga over this exoplanet but no proof yet of alien lifeform

An exoplanet that may be the most Earth-like planet yet discovered could house life - but don't get excited about the prospect just yet.

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Nebula Gum 41 blushes around hot young stars

Dramatic red hue of distant nebula shows effects of bright, new stars being formed within. Special photographic techniques have revealed its scarlet glow, astronomer say.

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Japan will launch Pacific whale hunt next week despite ICJ ruling, environmental activists fume

Japan has announced plans to resume 'scientific' whaling in the Pacific Ocean and Antarctic waters in defiance of global ban. Environmentalists have slammed the decision as a cover for commercial whaling.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Neotrogla: The female of this insect species have spiny penises and can copulate for days...What??!?

During mating, the females of a newly-discovered group of insects grow penis-like organs they then insert into males. What is the reason for this unusual sexual reversal?

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Blood moon: Why the brouhaha and which lunar eclipse in the tetrad will be most magnificent?

The first of four lunar eclipses occurred on 15 April is causing some pastors to claim great changes are coming. What's next?

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Lunar spacecraft LADEE makes moon its final resting place

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer has come to its end after being intentionally crashed on the moon. So, why were mission planners so happy sending their creation to its doom?

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Three-million-year-old landscape found intact deep below Greenland ice sheet

Deep beneath the ice sheet of Greenland lies a tundra, once alive with forests. What can the ice sheet tell us about global climate change?

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Ubinas volcano coughs ash cloud two miles high, prompts evacuation of 4,000 local Peruvians

The Ubinas Volcano's latest explosions have prompted government authorities in Peru to evacuate residents and take further necessary measures. What could have caused it to erupt?

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Meteorites from Mars may hold clues to early Martian atmosphere: How different was it from ancient Earth?

A new study focusing on the Martian meteorites found on Earth reveals that the early atmospheres of these two planets were very varied, but the nature of their differences remains unclear.

SCIENCE April 20, 2014

Sex reversal: Neotrogla females have spiny penis, can copulate for nearly 3 days

Scientists have found strange cave insects in Brazil that exhibit sex reversal. The females of this strange insect group have spiny "penises" while the males have vagina-like openings.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Kepler-186f: Discovery of Earth-like exoplanet in 'habitable zone' of star suggests we may not be alone

Kepler has discovered what appears to be an Earth-sized planet in a star’s habitable zone. The discovery is considered to be the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Alternative ID methods urgently needed for threatened species: ASU researchers

Researchers say that new ID methods may be needed for endangered animals. Changes in global climate and loss of habitat may necessitate the need for changes in gathering information about animal populations.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Hello, Saturn: How's Peggy doing today?

Scientists have new discoveries about the fate of Saturn's newest moon-child, Peggy. Could Peggy survive or disintegrate in space?

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Kepler-186f exoplanet may hold liquid water and signs of alien lifeforms

Planet around distant star is first Earth-size world found in habitable zone, scientists say. It could possess the liquid water necessary for life.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Neotrogla females have penis, can have sex for up to 70 hours: Discovery of Brazilian insect stuns scientists

Insects in Brazil have reversed their roles when it comes to sex, researchers say. The females have a "penis-like" organ with which they penetrate the males.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Last supper: This viper's last meal gave it more than a bellyache

A centipede swallowed by a viper chewed its way to safety - almost.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Wobbly or tilting planets may host alien life-forms, new study suggests

Less-than-steady planets that 'wobble' around their stars may be candidates for sustaining life, scientists say. That 'wobble' could keep them from freezing solid.

SCIENCE April 21, 2014

Western U.S. should brace for more, bigger wildfires, study says

Rising temperatures and ongoing droughts have caused a 30-year increase in wildfires in the U.S. West, researchers say. With global warming, it's likely to continue.

SCIENCE April 21, 2014

Forget silicon: Next-generation computers may boast plastic chips

Flexible plastic processor chips could replace expensive silicon in computing devices, researchers say. The result could be cheap, almost "throwaway" electronics.

SCIENCE April 21, 2014

Squeaky-clean NASA rover Opportunity says, "But first, let me take a selfie"

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity took a photo of itself, showing cleaner-than-usual solar cells. What does this mean for the mission?

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Who's your daddy? Some large herbivores had smaller carnivores as ancestors

Eocasea martini, may have been the ancestors to all modern herbivores on land.

SCIENCE April 19, 2014

Fossils suggest modern sharks are better predators than ancestors

Sharks are not "living fossils" after all, says study of a 325-million year old fossil. Modern sharks are even better hunters than the ancient carnivore.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Meteorites hint that we can't call Mars our second home: Here's why

New research about meteorites from Mars helps scientists understand the composition of the Red Planet's early atmosphere. The new findings also highlight the divergence between the Earth’s atmosphere and the Martian atmosphere over four and a half billion years ago.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

Fit for a king: Chimpanzees choose the best woods to create firm beds

Scientists have found that chimpanzee’s can be quite finicky about where they sleep. New findings show that chimpanzees make beds in trees that offer the best safety and comfort.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

Ancient shark-like fossil challenges old belief that sharks have not evolved much

Scientists have found fossil evidence that indicates modern sharks may not be as primitive as previously thought. The 325 million year old fossil shows that sharks have not been left untouched by evolution.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

From small carnivores to large herbivores: 300-million-year-old fossil hints of evolution

Scientists have discovered the earliest ancestor of land herbivores. The discovery could lead to a deeper understanding on how carnivores evolved into herbivores on land.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

Micro Phone Lens turns a smartphone into a microscope: Here's how it works

The use of smartphones and tablets now go beyond being a portable computer and a camera, a new discovery shows they can also be used as a hand-held microscope. Find out here how.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

UK has low hedgehog, red squirrel sightings: Where have they gone?

A new survey shows that hedgehog and red squirrel sightings in the UK are getting less and less common. Results show that people in the UK see these garden animals not as common as they used to be.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

Titanic remembered on 102nd anniversary, echoes some of the deadliest maritime disasters in the last century

Sinking of the Titanic took more than 1,500 lives in April, 1912. Still, it was not the worst maritime disaster ever.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

SpaceX cargo mission sets sights for Friday launch but weather gods may play spoilsport

Private space launch firm SpaceX is all set to launch cargo craft to the International Space Station. However, the launch attempt could face problems with the weather as thunderstorms and showers are being predicted.

SCIENCE April 18, 2014

Floating nuclear plants may withstand dangerous tsunamis

Nuclear power plants built on floating ocean platforms could survive earthquakes and tsunamis, researchers say. Surrounding seawater could cool fuel rods and prevent any meltdowns.

SCIENCE April 17, 2014

Blood moon: What has Christian apocalypse got to do with lunar eclipse?

A tetrad of four lunar eclipses started on April 15. Why are some people calling this the end of the world?

SCIENCE April 16, 2014

Titanic 102nd anniversary: A look at how safety features in ocean liners have developed over the last century

The Titanic sunk 102 years ago - what did the tragedy teach us about maritime safety?

SCIENCE April 16, 2014

T. rex fossil arrives at Smithsonian after 2,000-mile journey

FedEx has delivered on its promise, safely transporting one of the most complete T. rex skeletons to the National Museum of Natural History. The fossil will serve as the centerpiece of its new dinosaur and fossil hall after the facility is completed in a few years.

SCIENCE April 16, 2014

'Blood Moon' wows the world, triggers apocalyptic debates: When's the next lunar eclipse?

While millions around the globe marveled at the “Blood Moon” eclipse last April 15, some religious groups say that the eclipse may be a sign of things to come. Some believe that the “bloody” spectacle may be an omen signaling the coming of the apocalypse.

SCIENCE April 16, 2014

Saturn gives birth to new icy moon? Hello, 'Peggy'!

Are we saying hello to the 63rd moonchild of planet Saturn? It appears the most fertile planet has given birth to a new moon, a new study says.

SCIENCE April 16, 2014

New imaging technology may help us see microscopic images sharper and clearer

Technology borrowed from astronomy yields sharper microscopic images of biological material.

SCIENCE April 16, 2014

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