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Flip the 'switch': New method makes quantum computing possible

Quantum computers may be one step closer, thanks to new breakthroughs developed by MIT and Harvard researchers and a German team.

Animals April 12, 2014

Otters can get the flu, too; human flu virus found in otters living off Washington coast

Flu virus that caused a human pandemic also found in sea otters, suggesting human viruses can infect them.

Animals April 12, 2014

New software can automatically show how a child will look as he or she ages

Automated age-progression software gives uncannily accurate images of how a child will look as they age.

Animals April 12, 2014

Scientists reconstruct ancient impact event bigger than 'dinosaur killer' blast

Ancient asteroid's impact on Earth dwarfed the better-known 'dinosaur-killer' event, scientists say. The asteroid was as big across as Rhode Island and may have carved out a crater in the Earth's crust around 300 miles wide.

Animals April 10, 2014

Two rare sea serpent oarfish seen in shallow water [VIDEO]

A pair of oarfish were filmed off the coast of the Baja Peninsula. But, what brought the deep sea animals to the shore?

Animals April 8, 2014

PBS weighs in on evolution with 'Your Inner Fish'

'Your Inner Fish,' a new three-part series premiering on PBS starring Neil Shubin, will explore the evolution of a strange relative of human beings and fish.

Animals April 9, 2014

Ancient shrimp-like creatures have well-developed heart and blood vessels

Scientists have found the fossil of an interesting shrimp-like creature in China. The fossil shows evidence of the earliest known cardiovascular system.

Animals April 8, 2014

T. Rex in a box? Smithsonian Museum expects fossils from Montana via FedEx

FedEx will soon have a new claim to fame after they complete a rather strange shipment. The company will be shipping a T. Rex skeleton found in Montana all the way to the Smithsonian Museum.

Animals April 8, 2014

Zombie bass - is there something fishy about electrofishing?

Lake Wheeler in Alabama was the site of a study using electrofishing to stun fish, creating zombie bass. Is this practice humane?

Animals April 7, 2014

Volcano swallows island near Japan

Niijima, a small volcanic island born just months ago, is swallowing it's larger companion island

Animals April 8, 2014

Cosmos explores the hot topic of infrared astronomy in 'Hiding in the Light'

Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the scientific method and infrared astronomy in the newest episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Journey - Hiding in the Light.

Animals April 6, 2014

Deer have close encounter with UFO: Take us to your Lea-deer?

A Mississippi couple says they have taken photos of a strange object flying over deer on their property. Is it a UFO?

Animals April 6, 2014

Scientists discount 'permanent' El Niño theory, say tropics could get even hotter in future

El Niño conditions in the Pacific are not a 'permanent thermostat' that will keep future ocean temperatures stable, researchers say.

Animals April 8, 2014

Hummingbird evolution accelerated in the 'Eden' of South America starting millions of years ago

Evolutionary explosion of hummingbirds into today's 140 species began when the tiny birds arrived in South America, research shows

Animals April 8, 2014

Yellowstone about to erupt soon? Geologists say no, despite bison

Bison seen running away from Yellowstone National Park was filmed weeks before a tremor hit the park. Here's why there is no sign yet disaster is about to strike.

Animals April 4, 2014

Genetics unveil history of lions, resurrection of extinct Barbary lion subspecies possible: Study

Scientists may soon pull a “Jurassic Park” on the Barbary Lion. New DNA evidence supports the idea that the extinct lion could be “resurrected.”

Animals April 4, 2014

Hummingbirds hum 22 million years of extremely fast evolution: Study

Beating their wings isn’t the only thing hummingbirds can do at a rapid pace. New research shows that these furious flyers also evolved extremely fast.

Animals April 4, 2014

Chupacabra caught alive in Texas?

The chupacabra is a mythical creature said to live in the Americas and drain livestock of their blood. Has one been caught alive by a Texas couple?

Animals April 3, 2014

Spit on this: Tiny power generator utilizes unexpected fuel source in human saliva

Micro-sized fuel cell powered by human saliva could lead to tiny implantable medical devices with many uses.

Animals April 12, 2014

Dinosaur chase re-created in 3D

A dinosaur chase has been recreated in 3D by researchers, using 70 year-old photographs.

Animals April 4, 2014

Shark or Supershark? They use more senses than you think in the hunt

Sharks are able to hunt even when senses are blocked off. So, how do they find prey they can't see or smell?

Animals April 4, 2014

Jane Goodall praises Google, mapping tech to help communities

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall has praised Google and its efforts in mapping technology that have helped local communities and their environment.

Animals April 6, 2014

One never asks a lady her age, but scientists have put a new figure on the birth date of our moon

Computer simulations and study of the Earth's interior puts birth of our moon at around 100 million years after solar system began forming.

Animals April 3, 2014

Tiny microbes nearly wiped out life on Earth: It's the end of the world as we know it

A tiny microbe may have been the cause of the greatest extinction in the history of the world. Here's what happened.

Animals April 2, 2014

NASA says new satellite will measure global carbon dioxide levels and human impact on the world's carbon cycle

U.S. satellite to monitor effect of human activity on carbon dioxide emission levels, climate change.

Animals April 6, 2014

Wolf? No. Dog? No. Dingo is in a class of its own

Dingos are neither dogs nor wolves, based on new research from Australia. So, just what are these furry animals?

Animals April 3, 2014

Ancient tomb in Egypt with 18 human skeleton remains dates back to King Tutankhamen's era

A newly excavated tomb in Egypt has been found to contain 18 human skeletons. The human remains found in the tomb date back to the time of Tutankhamen.

Animals April 3, 2014

Diet low in calories makes monkeys live longer. Can humans do the same?

Researchers have unlocked the secret to prolonging the lives of rhesus monkeys. Find out what's with the monkey's diet and calories involved.

Animals April 2, 2014

Australia's dingo: Not a wolf, not a dog but a distinct species says study

Scientists from Australia have finally proven that the dingo is a separate species from dogs. Thanks to the new findings, the dingo has finally taken its rightful place as a distinct Australian animal.

Animals April 2, 2014

World's earliest domestic grains were spread along Silk Road by ancient nomads: Study

Ancient campsites in Kazakhstan show Bronze Age nomads were moving domesticated grains into Eurasia from Asia at least 5,000 years ago.

Animals April 4, 2014

Ancient Egyptian stone might be world's oldest weather bulletin

Inscription on a 3,500-year-old block of Egyptian stone speaks of unusual weather, could be evidence of huge ancient volcanic eruption.

Animals April 4, 2014

Zebras have stripes for a reason - and it's not what you may think!

Zebra stripes have puzzled biologists since the days of Darwin and Wallace. Now, we may know why they developed.

Animals April 2, 2014

Methane-producing microbes responsible for mass extinction 252 million years ago

New research shows that methane producing microbes may have killed off 90 percent of all species on Earth in the past. The new findings may unlock the mystery of the biggest extinction event on the planet.

Animals April 1, 2014

Japan Agrees to Whaling Ban

An international court has ordered the end to whaling by Japan in the Southern Ocean. So, why are the marine mammals still not safe?

Animals April 1, 2014

Rare panther body found in Florida state preserve

A dead panther has been found in a Florida wildlife preserve and fewer than 160 of the animals live in the wild. So, why are increasing deaths from automobiles good news for the wild cats?

Animals April 1, 2014

'Blood Moon' watching? Stay up late for the lunar eclipse on April 15

The first of four total lunar eclipses will occur this coming April. The lunar eclipse is expected to be a "blood moon" and will bathe the sky with a blood red hue.

Animals March 31, 2014

Raspberry crazy ants march toward Houston -- will arrive in weeks

Tawny crazy ants are on the way to Houston. They may wipe out stinging fire ants there. Here's why the raspberry ant is even less welcome than that unpopular insect.

Animals March 28, 2014

Crows as intelligent as a seven-year-old child? Research says 'yes!'

Aesop's Fables featured The Crow and the Pitcher. Now, investigators have put that story to the test in the real world. What they found is amazing.

Animals March 29, 2014

Arroyo toad doing better, wildlife protections removed

Arroyo toads are coming back from extinction. But, has the species made enough improvement to be reclassified? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service thinks so. Others are not so sure.

Animals March 28, 2014

U.N. chief witnesses climate change in Greenland

Ban Ki-moon toured Greenland, where the United Nations chief says he saw evidence of global warming first hand.

Animals March 27, 2014

Students get chance to contribute to scientific knowledge, bag a new spider species

Students on a field course in Malaysia practiced real-world science, submitting a new spider species they discovered to a major biology journal.

Animals March 29, 2014

Future rockets could be powered by high-energy biofuel from engineered bacteria

Scientists are using tree enzymes to modify bacteria in the search for alternate high-energy fuels for aerospace uses.

Animals March 29, 2014

Prehistoric large shrimp-like creature shows how top predator evolves to a gentle giant

A bizarre looking shrimp-like sea creature that swam in the oceans around 520 million years ago was recently found in Greenland. The strange animal was considered as the top predator of the seas during its time.

Animals March 28, 2014

Why woolly mammoths became extinct? Cervical ribs may hold the answer

Woolly mammoths went extinct 10,000 years ago. The last of the animals may have suffered from skeletal deformities, which could have doomed the species.

Animals March 27, 2014

Goats are smarter than you think - here's how we know what they know

Barnyard animals are cute, but are not known for their intelligence. It turns out, goats are smarter than most people think!

Animals March 27, 2014

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