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NASA gives green light for construction of InSight Mars lander

NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport or InSight will serve as the groundwork for the agency's bold step of sending astronauts to Mars by 2030.

Science May 22, 2014

Scientists complete genome study of dampwood termite, compare sequence with other social insects

Scientists have finally mapped the termite genome. The new findings could lead to a deeper understand of social insects and how they evolved.

Science May 22, 2014

Scientists discover bush tiger praying mantis at Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

The thick forest of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda is a cradle of unknown insects yet to be discovered. Recently, scientists found a new species of bush tiger mantis that hunts like the world's biggest cats.

Science May 21, 2014

Baby mammoth Lyuba arrives at Natural History Museum in London

The best specimen of mummified mammoth ever found known as Lyuba has finally arrived at the Natural History Museum in London to grace an exhibition on mammoths running until September 7.

Science May 22, 2014

Urine is not sterile as previously thought...ummm, so what?

Bacteria found in so-called "sterile" urine could help identify urinary tract problems, researchers say. Women with overactive bladders could especially benefit, they say.

Science May 22, 2014

Does mobile phone use impact brain development of children? Huge study launched in the UK

Study will track British schoolchildren to see if cellphone use impacts mental development and will follow them for 2 years.

Science May 22, 2014

Florida scuba diver fends off great white shark with just a spear

Close encounter of the great white shark kind ends well for scuba diver off Florida. The encounter is captured by the diver on a helmet cam.

Science May 22, 2014

Climate change may destroy historic national landmarks, scientists warn

Landmarks everywhere could be destroyed by global climate change, including Jamestown, the Statue of Liberty and Boston.

Science May 21, 2014

Fanged Lancetfish found in North Carolina is a cannibalistic, ambush predator, scientists say

Lancetfish are cannibals, able to ambush their prey in an instant. What other cannibals live under the water?

Science May 21, 2014

Discovery of long-lost nightsnake species on volcanic island off Mexico excites scientists

Clarion nightsnakes have been seen for the first time in 80 years. What makes these animals so tough to find?

Science May 21, 2014

Answer humanity's biggest problem and £10 million Longitude Prize can be yours

The Longitude Prize has been revived 300 years after it was first introduced. The organizers of the prize are hoping that it could spur the development of solutions to some of humankind's greatest problems.

Science May 22, 2014

Scientists discover ancient underwater Hawaii volcano off Oahu and Kauai

Researchers have discovered another volcano in Oahu. The ancient underwater volcano may have helped formed Hawaii's third largest island.

Science May 20, 2014

Climate change threatens many American historical sites

From worsening wildfires to rapid sea level rise, climate change has been posing a major threat to United States' most treasured historical sites in the past years, a group of scientists said. It's time to take steps to minimize risks and lessen the impact of such changes on these sites.

Science May 22, 2014

Prepare for cluster of strong earthquakes in Bay Area, experts warn

History is bound to repeat itself soon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Only this time, California would not be revisited by another Great San Francisco earthquake. Instead, a cluster of similarly powerful earthquakes could take place.

Science May 22, 2014

NASA commissions Kepler telescope for K2 mission to search for exoplanets

Kepler spacecraft, the most prolific space laboratory designed to probe the universe's immensity in search of Earth-like planets, is back for redemption after NASA approved the K2 mission proposal.

Science May 20, 2014

As lovely as a tree? Poem in UK cleanses air pollution

An interesting collaboration of science and the arts may result in cutting air pollution worldwide by half. All it takes is a simple poem printed in a huge and special type of tarpaulin in praise of air.

Science May 21, 2014

One drunk zebrafish swims faster...sober peers act tipsy, too: Study

Drinking moderately, as per alcohol advertisements, surprisingly does well, at least for zebrafish. In fact, when these one-inch-long fishes are drunk, they can be quite influential to their peers.

Science May 20, 2014

13000 year old skeleton of Naia will be recovered from its watery grave in Mexico

Skeleton of young girl that yielded proof of first American origins in Asia to be recovered from Mexico cave. Teenager is thought to have died from fall into cavern.

Science May 20, 2014

Longitude Prize is back: Win £10 million by solving the biggest problem facing science today

The public will choose which of the world's most pressing problems will be addressed by a multi-million-dollar science prize. Award echoes a similar prize of 300 years ago.

Science May 20, 2014

NASA confident that ISS can survive without Russian cooperation

The International Space Station will continue with American involvement even if Russia cuts off funding for the outpost, says administrator.

Science May 20, 2014

Great white shark Katharine, tagged in Cape Cod, spotted in Florida

Conservation group follows tagged shark almost 4,000 miles from Massachusetts to Florida. Great white dubbed "Katharine" is heading toward The Bahamas.

Science May 20, 2014

Forest fires and climate change led to record Greenland ice sheet melt in 2012: Study

Global warming and forest fires could be responsible for melting over nearly all of the Greenland ice sheet. Dartmouth researchers profiled how the process works.

Science May 20, 2014

Underwater volcano discovery in Hawaii challenges notion of O'ahu origin

The two volcanoes thought to have formed O'ahu may have stood on the shoulder of a third, underwater one, researches say. Discovery solves some puzzles of Hawaiian Islands formation.

Science May 20, 2014

ESA CryoSat sees Antarctic ice melting twice as fast, will affect rise in sea levels

Melting in the Antarctic is happening faster than believed. This is the story of the discovery.

Science May 19, 2014

Titanosaur towered over Tyrannosaurus rex: Is the Argentinian sauropod really the world's largest?

Fossil dinosaur thighbone taller than a man may have belonged to the biggest dinosaur to ever roam the earth. Massive beast may have weighed 80 tons, more than 14 elephants.

Science May 20, 2014

SpaceX Dragon makes successful splashdown, brings back nearly two tons of goodies

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returned to Earth with a load of experiments. Here is what was on-board.

Science May 20, 2014

Creating matter from light is now possible: 80-year-old theory proved correct, but what next?

Matter could soon be created from light. Researchers hope these experiments may lead to a better understanding of subatomic physics and cosmology of the early universe.

Science May 20, 2014

U.S. should expect worse wildfires due to climate change, studies say

The future of Southern California is bright and fiery but in a foreboding way, based on drought conditions, high temperatures and wildfires, according to studies conducted by scientists.

Science May 21, 2014

Remembering the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens

Exactly 34 years after the major explosion of Mount St. Helens, scientists relive the fateful day by setting up the explosion themselves for further studies.

Science May 20, 2014

SpaceX Dragon brings home 3,500-lb. cargo from ISS, parachutes safely into Pacific Ocean

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft was carrying over 3,500 pounds of important scientific cargo brought down to Earth from the International Space Station.

Science May 20, 2014

Newly mapped Greenland valleys up risk of faster glacier melting

New research shows that Greenland may be a larger contributor to rising sea levels. The findings show deep valleys that have formed under the Greenland ice sheet may erode ice even faster and dump large amounts of water into the world's oceans.

Science May 20, 2014

Scientists excavate fossils of titanosaurs, biggest dinosaurs to walk on Earth, in Patagonia

Paleontologits have found the remains of what could be the biggest dinosaur to have ever walked the Earth.THe giant sized fossils were unearthed in Argentina.

Science May 19, 2014

Turn light into matter. This 80-year-old theory can be a reality in 12 months.

An experiment physically proving the Breit-Wheeler theory in 1934 could even unlock two of physics' greatest unsolved mysteries: the first 100 seconds of the universe and the composition of gamma ray bursts.

Science May 21, 2014

Plastic microbeads in cosmetics and toiletries poison humans and endanger food sources

Thousands of microbeads are inadvertently washed down by humans to the seas and lakes as current treatment plants fail to filter these tiny non-biodegradable pellets.

Science May 20, 2014

Measles may help cure cancer? Yes, Stacy Erholtz can vouch for it

Dose of measles virus that could vaccinate millions given to one women, whose cancer goes into remission. Mayo Clinic says it's seeking "single-shot" cancer cure.

Science May 19, 2014

Honeybee colony losses less this winter but concerns remain

Colony Collapse Disorder, leading to mass deaths of bees, were down last year. But, what is responsible for the killing?

Science May 18, 2014

Prosthetic arm-fitted injured sea turtle swims against all odds

After losing two fins to a fisherman's net, green sea turtle learns to swim with prosthetic limbs. Wings of a jet fighter were the inspiration for the fins' design.

Science May 18, 2014

Rare, fanged lancet fish discovered along NC beach: What was the deep-sea monster doing there?

A lancetfish, a rarely-seen deep-sea animal, beached itself on a beach on North Carolina. But why?

Science May 17, 2014

Baidu doing voodoo on Google's backyard by poaching on ex-Google AI expert Andrew Ng

Baidu joins race to bring AI to Internet services. The "Google of China" woos Google AI researcher away.

Science May 20, 2014

Kepler telescope to continue planet hunting mission after getting new lease of life

The K2 mission will provide the orbiting Kepler telescope with a new mission. This could mean the discovery of thousands of new planets.

Science May 18, 2014

Godfather of all dinosaurs discovered in Argentina: 'World's largest' stuns paleontologists

A dinosaur, which may be the largest animal to ever walk the Earth, has been discovered in Argentina.

Science May 17, 2014

Russian telecommunication satellite destroyed during failed launch attempt

Russian Proton-M rocket fails to achieve orbit in satellite launch. Communications satellite breaks up, falls to earth.

Science May 18, 2014

Take that, Google! Baidu hires former Googler Andrew Ng to head new AI lab in Sunnyvale

Baidu, a Chinese internet company modeled after Google, has hired one of their competitor's top research scientists. What does this mean for the future of technological innovation?

Science May 18, 2014

United Launch Alliance rocket brings $245 million GPS satellite into orbit

United Launch Alliance successfully launches a $245 million U.S. military GPS satellite. Next launch expected on May 22.

Science May 17, 2014

Jupiter's Great Red Spot shrinks to 10,250 miles across. What's happening?

Could the Great Red Spot of Jupiter be demoted to just the Red Dot? It's still too early and the scientists have yet to find out why the Jovian "landmark" is shrinking.

Science May 20, 2014

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