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Deadly MERS virus might be airborne

Finding of deadly MERS virus in infected barn suggests disease might spread through the air. If true, disease might spread to humans more easily, researchers say.

Science July 23, 2014

Kepler spots exoplanet with longest year yet - 704 days

Kepler 421b - an exoplanet with a year nearly as long as Mars, has been discovered in data from the Kepler Spacecraft.

Science July 24, 2014

Tracking the cell: Scientists reconstruct animal development

Scientists team up microscopes and computers to track cells in a developing embryo. Technique yields a 3D view of how each cell grows and changes, they say.

Science July 23, 2014

Bats reset compasses using polarized light

Greater mouse-eared bats use polarized light to reset their internal navigation systems, solving the mystery of how they carry out long hunting trips.

Science July 22, 2014

Anti-cancer drug can expose hidden HIV in the body

HIV hibernating in human cells can be "flushed out" into the open by an anti-cancer drug, study shows. Finding could open new avenue for eventual HIV cure.

Science July 22, 2014

June hottest month since 1880: NOAA

The duo of El Niño and climate change is to blame for the record-breaking heat experienced globally particularly in New Zealand, Greenland, central Africa, and northern South America.

Science July 22, 2014

Dancing dwarf galaxies around giant galaxies baffle boffins

Many astronomers have concluded that dwarf galaxies orbit giant galaxies randomly. New findings, however, suggest that pairs of small galaxies orbit around bigger galaxies in a coordinated dance-like manner.

Science July 22, 2014

Seals develop fondness for offshore wind farms: Here's why

Researchers observed a portion of GPS tracked seals frequently visit offshore wind farms and pipelines. It turned out these man-made structures serve as attractive hunting grounds for these marine mammals.

Science July 22, 2014

Alien life needs ocean to survive: Study

A research report determines the importance of oceans in sustaining life in alien planets. The research was published in the Astrobiology journal.

Science July 24, 2014

Gray seal population resurges, cheering a few but annoying many

The gray seal population in the Cape Cod area has been restored to pre-1950s numbers, to the joy of environmentalists and the ire of a few residents.

Science July 22, 2014

Government considered using Carl Sagan to help them blow up the moon - report

Newly-released plans show the United States once considered spying or launching missiles from the moon. It even tried to enlist Carl Sagan to help them blow it up.

Science July 22, 2014

Oceans needed for alien life? Study says look for water on other worlds

Oceans may be needed for life to exist on alien worlds, a new computer model reveals.

Science July 22, 2014

Without oceans there is little chance of finding life, study shows

A new study shows that oceans may play a bigger role in sustaining life on planets than previously thought.

Science July 21, 2014

June hottest since 1880 - May was sweltering as well NOAA says

June 2014 saw rising temperatures around the world, following May - another record breaker.

Science July 23, 2014

Apollo 11 mission patch to fly with first astronauts to Mars

A mission patch from the first human mission to the Moon will fly on NASA's first crewed flight to Mars.

Science July 22, 2014

Snooty manatee celebrates 66th birthday with hundreds of fans and friends

Happy birthday, Snooty! Possibly the world's oldest manatee celebrates his 66th birthday with a bang at the South Florida Museum surrounded by fun and friends.

Science July 21, 2014

Does Jupiter icy moon Europa contain alien life? NASA wants to hear you

In an effort to find life beyond this planet, NASA is calling for proposals on science instruments that could be carried on a spacecraft. Here’s how you can participate.

Science July 23, 2014

Bird song decoder can now identify the singer

Scientists have found a way to decode the sounds of birds from large collections of audio. Their findings indicate that birdsongs are similar to human language.

Science July 23, 2014

MIT researchers lend a hand...or at least 2 more fingers

Researchers at MIT have developed a device that, when worn, gives the user two extra fingers to increase efficiency and easiness of routine tasks that involving basic objects. Study aims to create device for disabled and elderly people.

Science July 20, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity finds 'Lebanon' on Red Planet aka huge iron meteorite

An iron meteorite nearly 7-feet long discovered on Martian surface by NASA rover. The iron-rich space rock has been dubbed "Lebanon" by scientists.

Science July 21, 2014

MIT robotic hand gives users two extra fingers

Robotic fingers provides extra grip for humans, but what can this mean for the future of wearable robots?

Science July 20, 2014

Deadly eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) detected in mosquitoes in Massachusetts: How to protect yourself

Mosquitoes infected with dangerous horse disease that can be contracted by people found in Massachusetts. Residents urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Science July 21, 2014

3D printing in space could even produce new rocket engines

Space travelers could, one day, print everything from food to new rockets using 3D printers,

Science July 20, 2014

NASA utilizes U2 spy plane to study Arctic ice

The ER-2, NASA's version of the Cold War U2 aircraft, is being used to study Arctic ice, laying the groundwork for a future mission.

Science July 20, 2014

Mexican gray wolves born in wild for first time in decades

Wolf puppies born in Mexico are the latest step forward for the Mexican wolf, which nearly went extinct 37 years ago.

Science July 21, 2014

Scientists recreate core conditions on Jupiter, Saturn using lasers

Scientists used the largest laser in the world to mimic core conditions in giant gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn, discovered a new way of approaching how the universe is studied.

Science July 20, 2014

'State of the Climate' report is out and there's no good news

The "State of the Climate 2013" report reveals data regarding Earth's climate changes in 2013. The report highlights that 2013 was one of the warmest years since 1880.

Science July 21, 2014

45 years of Apollo 11: Of first words and of aliens on moon

The world is preparing to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the landing of the Apollo 11 space mission on the moon, which is a historic event that unified the United States.

Science July 19, 2014

Scientists decode genome of wheat. Why is this a big step for mankind?

Decoding the genome of bread wheat took three years for an international team of scientists. The results can be used to help plant breeders cultivate plants for specific purposes.

Science July 20, 2014

Obama opens Eastern Seaboard for oil search with a ‘sonogram of the earth’

The Obama Administration recently approved seismic testing to prepare for offshore drilling on the Eastern coast, which may prove damaging for marine wildlife there such as dolphins and whales.

Science July 18, 2014

On the move: whale sharks find new home in more northern waters

A new study shows that in light of global warming, whale sharks seem to be driven to waters with cooler temperatures.

Science July 18, 2014

Fireball spotted in North Carolina night sky: Meteor or alien spaceship in distress?

A series of meteors lit up the skies in North America on 17 July. One particularly bright fireball was seen over North Carolina - but what was it?

Science July 19, 2014

Conservationists rejoice: Bald eagles make a comeback on California’s Channel Islands

Nesting pair of bald eagles spotted on island off California is an encouraging sign, conservationists say. Sighting confirms the birds are returning to their historic range.

Science July 18, 2014

Eastern U.S. faces high risk of earthquakes

New earthquake hazard map shows U.S. Midwest and East Coast at higher risk of earthquakes than previously believed. Seismic hazard map given first update since 2008.

Science July 18, 2014

Wheat genetic sequence mapping may pave way for better crop

A chromosome-based draft sequence for common wheat has been developed, giving researchers a chance to develop strains of the crop that could be more resistant to disease and droughts.

Science July 19, 2014

Giant hole in Siberia may be because of global warming as new details emerge

The first pictures from inside the hole in the ground discovered in Siberia show a frozen lake at its bottom.

Science July 19, 2014

Fireball flying through Australia's skies was Russian rocket debris

The site of a fireball streaking across the sky in Australia cause alarm. But it wasn't an alien invasion, just metal pieces from a Russian rocket.

Science July 19, 2014

Bald eagle pair spotted off California in Channel Islands after 50 years

Bald eagles continue their comeback from the edge of extinction, as additional pairs nest in the Channel Islands.

Science July 20, 2014

Latest Mars map is best one ever made of Red Planet

Scientists used over 16 years worth of data from four spacecraft to produce the most detailed map of the planet Mars to date.

Science July 20, 2014

Crushing diamond with most powerful laser may help scientists understand planet core

Scientists crushed a diamond using the most powerful laser on Earth to have a better understanding of the pressure found inside the core of giant planets made up of gas such as Saturn and Jupiter.

Science July 18, 2014

Magma flow underground might help predict volcanic eruptions

Using seismic and magnetotelluric imaging technology, scientists were able to have a better understanding of how Mount Rainer's magma forms.

Science July 18, 2014

Rosetta comet-chaser hot on tail of space 'rubber duck'

The Rosetta comet-chasing probe showed images of a comet shaped like a rubber duck. Scientists, however, aren’t jumping into conclusions yet as to the physical attributes of the said comet.

Science July 18, 2014

Does Europa harbor an ocean? NASA asks for ideas on how to study Jupiter’s moon

Space agency seeks proposal for instruments to study Jupiter's moon Europa. Main focus will be liquid water ocean believed to exist under moon's icy surface.

Science July 17, 2014

Bread wheat is less simple than you’d think; scientists finally about to unlock complex genome

Effort to determine genome of bread wheat is on the home stretch, researchers say. Knowledge could bring better, hardier varieties of the globally-important grain.

Science July 17, 2014

Dramatic decline in Indus river dolphins, irrigation and habitat fragmentation to blame

A decline in river dolphin population may be due to river fragmentation caused by dams, a new research paper says.

Science July 17, 2014

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