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Meet Putnisite, the newest mineral discovered in Western Australia

Meet 'putnisite,' a unique mineral found in a surface outcrop at Polar Bear peninsula in western Australia. It's unusual combination appears unrelated to other minerals.

Science April 24, 2014

NASA chief defends Mars mission, colonization of Red Planet necessary for human survival

The head of NASA has come forward to defend the agency's plans of sending humans to the Red Planet in the future. The agency's chief added that human colonization of other planets is a necessity for survival.

Science April 24, 2014

Swedish cosmetic company wants to brighten the moon: Science or just a marketing event?

In a bid to bring down electricity costs and the carbon footprint caused by maintaining streetlights, a Swedish company has proposed a strange and otherworldly solution. The company says the Moon should be brightened.

Science April 24, 2014

World's longest running experiment on blob of tar reaches another milestone after 83 years [Video]

The “pitch-drop experiment,” well known as the longest running experiment in the world, finally ended after 83 years. The 9th pitch drop finally fell eight months after the scientist who tirelessly watched over the experiment passed away.

Science April 24, 2014

DNA editing technique to cure adult genes

Gene editing system in laboratory mice is now linked to correcting human diseases such as Huntington's disease, hemophilia and other diseases caused by single mutations.

Science April 24, 2014

Monkeys are actually good at math: A skill used in the wild, a study finds

Monkeys have a new trick up their sleeves; they can actually calculate using basic mathematics. With such skills, no wonder monkeys are not easy prey in the wild.

Science April 23, 2014

Graphene and carbon nanotube ultracapacitors boast high performance and low cost

Two different carbon nanostructures when combined make for efficient energy-storage devices, researchers say. Result could be smaller, more powerful electronic devices.

Science April 23, 2014

Pelican with throat slashed rescued in Long Beach, hunt on for culprit

Pelican had throat pouch slashed in attack, leaving it unable to eat. Animal rescue group is offering reward in search for perpetrator.

Science April 24, 2014

Scientists want to capture Earth sound on Earth Day

Scientists enlist help of smartphone owners to record "soundscapes" around the world. Free recording app offered for iOS and Android devices.

Science April 23, 2014

Vacuum ultraviolet lamp: Why scientists are going gaga over it

A new method of manufacturing lights capable of producing vacuum UV light promises a new generation of the devices. Here's what so special about this newest advance.

Science April 23, 2014

Giant iceberg six times the size of Manhattan, could threaten shipping during Antarctic winter

Massive iceberg only known as iceberg B31 is making its way to the Southern Ocean where NASA would find it difficult to track due to long winter darkness.

Science April 23, 2014

Mule deer complete marathon 150-mile migration [VIDEO]

Mule deer make the longest migrations of any land mammals in the continental United States. Why didn't we know about this before now?

Science April 24, 2014

Antarctic once had climate like the coast of California, study shows

Antarctic climate millions of years ago was more like California, scientists say. And its surrounding ocean waters were as warm as those around Florida today.

Science April 23, 2014

Asteroids explode like nuclear blasts in the sky...and that's quite common [VIDEO]

Explosions happen high in the sky more often than most people believed. How powerful were these blasts?

Science April 24, 2014

KOI-3278, a bizarre 'self-lensing' binary star system, discovered in Lyra

A binary star system, resembling an upside-down planet, has been discovered in data from the Kepler Spacecraft.

Science April 23, 2014

Google Doodle celebrates Earth Day with Rufous hummingbird and other cute critters

Google really went all out this Earth Day with multiple Google Doodles featuring different creatures from around the world. Although the doodle opens with a Rufous hummingbird, there's also a puffer fish, dung beetle, chameleon and other awesome creatures.

Science April 22, 2014

Rachel Sussman photographs world's oldest living organisms

The oldest living organisms in the world have been photographed by Rachel Sussman. What has killed two of the 30 "Oldest Living Things in the World" in the last ten years?

Science April 23, 2014

Scientists spot 'upside-down planet' by accident, discover binary star system 2,600 light years from Earth

Researchers have discovered an 'upside-down planet' with unusual gravitational lensing characteristics. The self-lensing planet may lead to the development of new techniques that could be used to study binary star systems.

Science April 23, 2014

Earth Day 2014 focuses on need for 'Green Cities,' fight against climate change

Earth Day Network leaders say that Earth Day 2014 will be all about “Green Cities.” The Earth Day initiative will focus on the use of sustainable urban development to help combat the effects of climate change.

Science April 23, 2014

Antarctica as warm as California 50 million years ago. Yes, perfect to get that tan

Scientists have found that Antarctica may have been just as hot as California and Florida in the past. New research indicates that 50 million years ago, parts of Antarctica had temperatures similar to modern day Florida.

Science April 23, 2014

Modern humans, Neanderthals have hairline-thin genetic difference: Scientists

Using genetics, scientists have found key differences between Neanderthals and modern humans. The new findings show that the differences between the two species is more than skin deep.

Science April 24, 2014

New X-ray method can detect hidden nuclear materials. Sorry terrorists and smugglers.

Scientists have developed a new type of X-ray technique that can be used to detect nuclear materials. The new method is being eyed for use in combating nuclear terrorism and illegal smuggling of radioactive materials.

Science April 23, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson Cosmos Episode 7 'The Clean Room' recap: Clair Patterson, Earth age and danger of lead

The story of the search for the age of the earth features prominently in latest "Cosmos" episode. As does some dangers lying within.

Science April 23, 2014

Scientists use Krypton to date ancient Antarctic ice...ummm, Superman?

Krypton -- relax, Superman, not kryptonite -- was used to identify oldest ice in Antarctica. Analysis could help fill gaps in knowledge of Earth's ancient climate.

Science April 22, 2014

Genesis: Over half of Americans doubt Big Bang theory, poll suggests

Generally accepted scientific facts are not so cut-and-dried for many Americans, poll finds. From the Big Bang to evolution, many express doubts.

Science April 22, 2014

Look Ma, I'm a scientist: Make graphene using soap and kitchen blender

Graphene, dubbed a "wonder material" by many people, can be made in a kitchen blender. Here's how to do it.

Science April 22, 2014

9-year-old boy finds 'pretty cool' 10,000-year-old tooth of mastadon

Boy dubbed 'Huckleberry' by friends makes barefoot discovery of mastodon tooth in Michigan. Wooly creatures roamed North America 10,000 years ago.

Science April 23, 2014

#GlobalSelfie: NASA puts selfie to good use for Earth Day

The entire world is invited to participate in a global selfie, coordinated by NASA. Here's how you can be a part of the global picture!

Science April 22, 2014

Murmansk meteor strikes fear in Russians, reminds of Chelyabinsk incident

Meteor exploding over Russian city troubles people, keenly reminded of damage and injuries caused by similar event last year. Thankfully, this one did not have same result.

Science April 22, 2014

Loch Ness 'Nessie' sighting excites then disappoints fans of the Scotland myth

The current take is that the sighting by satellite photography was boat wake. The Loch Ness myth lives on.

Science April 21, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower: How and when to watch the celestial light show

The Lyrid meteor shower will delight viewers worldwide. Here's how to see this astronomical show.

Science April 22, 2014

Apple touts environmental initiatives in Tim Cook-narrated 'Better' video

Apple is pushing out new environmental initiatives and hopes that, ahead of Earth Day, the company will be seen as a leader. CEO Tim Cook narrates a new video detailing the company's efforts.

Science April 23, 2014

Impact glass from asteroid traps ancient plant life and has secrets to tell

Plant material from millions of years ago was preserved in glass, created in an asteroid impact. What does the discovery tell us about Mars?

Science April 22, 2014

SpaceX Dragon spacecraft makes Easter delivery at ISS: What goodies did it bring?

The Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on Easter Sunday. What was inside the orbital basket?

Science April 22, 2014

Bighead Asian carp found in Muskingum River: Could damage fishing industry

The Asian carps are invading at an alarming rate in the Muskingum River. Authorities are racing against time to keep things under control.

Science April 22, 2014

'Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey: The Clean Room' looks into the real age of Earth

Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates the real age of the Earth in the latest episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The episode explores dating methods calculate the age of the planet.

Science April 22, 2014

Graphene mass production now possible, says Irish scientists: What does this mean for the technology industry?

Scientists from Ireland have an efficient and cost effective method of mass producing graphene. Graphene is an advanced material with many potential applications and the new procedure could revolutionize the development of a slew of new products.

Science April 22, 2014

Michigan boy unearths prehistoric Mastodon tooth

A 10,000 year old Mastodon tooth was found by a boy from Michigan. The 9-year-old boy found the ancient tooth while walking along a creek thinking it was a strange looking rock.

Science April 22, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower peaks April 22, coincides with Earth Day

Skygazers are in for a double-treat this April 22 with the peaking of the annual Lyrid meteor shower coinciding with this year’s Earth Day. The shower will be visible throughout the whole week but the most spectacular show will happen this Tuesday.

Science April 21, 2014

Northern Russia witnesses another meteor explosion, space fireball caught on video

It has been slightly over a year since the Chelyabinsk meteor incident but Russia may have had another encounter with a fiery meteor. The spectacular incident was also caught on video.

Science April 20, 2014

Blind Luck: It's what saves Earth from getting destroyed from asteroid impact, say former NASA astronauts

Network meant to detect nuclear testing is picking up massive asteroid impacts instead, former astronauts say. The number is much higher than previously thought, they say.

Science April 21, 2014

RIP LADEE: NASA lunar spacecraft ends moon mission on triumphant note

Moon orbiting satellite crashes into lunar surface after completion of mission. Impact site was chosen to avoid historic Apollo mission artifacts.

Science April 20, 2014

Peru's Ubinas volcano eruption gets worse: 4,000 people and 28,000 llamas and alpacas from evacuated from vicinity

People and livestock evacuated in surrounding regions as Peru's most active volcano still erupting. State of emergency declared by officials.

Science April 21, 2014

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