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Space bling: White dwarf star may have crystallized into super-massive diamond

A diamond in space, the size of the Earth, has been discovered 870 light years from Earth, using a system of radio telescopes.

Science June 24, 2014

Curiosity rover celebrates first anniversary on Red Planet with a selfie

NASA's Curiosity rover has now spent one full Martian year on the red planet, and celebrated by taking a selfie.

Science June 26, 2014

Swarm mission uncovers Earth's weak point

European satellite mission detects weakening in Earth's magnetic field. Field is what keeps us safe from cosmic rays.

Science June 24, 2014

SpaceX satellite launch postponed to July due to tech glitches

Technical problems and bad weather push SpaceX launch of satellite-carrying Falcon 9 rocket into July. Engineers are looking at fuel-pressure problems.

Science June 24, 2014

Tokyo museum exhibit boasts remarkable human-like robots. Creepy or cool?

Android robots with a startling human appearance are on exhibit in Tokyo. Human-like looks ignite debate: are they remarkable or creepy?

Science June 24, 2014

Ancient stellar remnant is an Earth-sized diamond, definitely a girl's best friend

Faint, cool white dwarf star is almost all crystallized carbon, researches say. That makes it a giant cosmic diamond.

Science June 25, 2014

Curiosity rover celebrates its first extra-long year on Mars

NASA happy with successful first year on Mars for rover Curiosity. That's a Martian year, of course, 687 Earth days long.

Science June 24, 2014

Students crowdfunding as part of Time Capsule to Mars effort

Social media will be gateway for young people to participate in a mission to Mars. Small 'CubeSats' with digital payloads envisioned for mission to the Red Planet

Science June 24, 2014

NASA's Curiosity rover takes selfie to celebrate first Martian year

NASA's Curiosity rover completes a Martian year and takes a selfie to commemorate the occasion. The rover will continue to explore Mars till its wheels continue to be operational.

Science June 25, 2014

Plastic waste translates to $13 billion financial damages annually: UN

The UN estimates that at least $13 billion is lost every year to the destruction of marine environments due to the use of plastic, and the overall environmental cost of plastic waste could be far higher than that.

Science June 25, 2014

Forget the moon, NASA now wants to colonize Mars

Landing a human crew on Mars is a primary goal of NASA, says their chief scientist, Ellen Stofan.

Science June 24, 2014

Large Hadron Collider with almost double the energy level on track to relaunch in 2015

The largest particle accelerator in the world is receiving an upgrade, providing physicists a chance to glimpse the workings of the greatest mysteries in the Universe.

Science June 24, 2014

Mysterious 'Magic Island' on icy sea of Titan, plays peekaboo with Saturn moon watchers

Titan - the largest moon of Saturn, showed a mysterious white blob in its northern sea, which then disappeared. A Cornell astronomer thinks he can explain the strange feature.

Science June 24, 2014

High altitude wind patterns influence extreme weather conditions: Study

Extreme weather events may be driven by fluctuations in winds high above the ground, a new study reveals.

Science June 24, 2014

Atmospheric wind pattern changes result in extreme weather in some regions

Researchers find significant associations between variations in high-altitude wind patterns with largely amplified waves and the extreme weather conditions, droughts and wet spells seen in certain regions of the northern hemisphere.

Science June 25, 2014

New evidence suggests Higgs boson particle was discovered in 2012

The Higgs boson - the elusive "God particle" may have been discovered through distinctive particle accelerator tracks in 2012.

Science June 23, 2014

Earth's North Pole shifts, confirms ESA Swarm mission

The first findings from the ESA Swarm mission suggest that the Earth's North Pole is shifting. The Swarm mission may provide more valuable data to scientists in the near term.

Science June 24, 2014

Saturn's moon Titan has a 'Magic Island', baffles astronomers

A new geological feature seems to have suddenly formed on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, and astronomers have no idea where it came from.

Science June 23, 2014

Fabien Cousteau on mission to beat grandfather's record - spend 31 days in undersea lab

In a bold attempt to beat his grandfather's record, Fabien Cousteau is already well on his way to spend 31 days in undersea lab that is the size of a school bus.

Science June 24, 2014

BP oil spill slows juvenile Mahi-Mahi swimming speed by half

Recent findings show that the BP oil spill of 2010 is still causing issues in aquatic life today. The spill has slashed mahi-mahi fish swimming speed by half.

Science June 24, 2014

Obama sets up task force to curb decline in honeybee population

The Obama administration released a memorandum outlining the strategies and planned actions of the new Pollinator Health Task Force. It's an effort to support and fund research about pollinator deaths and encourage protective measures.

Science June 22, 2014

Google $50 million 'Made with Code' campaign will help create more tech workforce diversity

Women make up just one in five computer programmers in America, and just 12 percent of people receiving computer science degrees. Google has promised $50 million to change that situation.

Science June 23, 2014

Dwarf galaxies play bigger role than previously thought in formation of universe's stars

Stars may be born in dwarf galaxies more often than believed. Astronomers studied these tiny collections of stars in a field of larger galaxies.

Science June 22, 2014

SpaceX Falcon 9 eyes Orbcomm OG2 launch on Saturday: 2nd time lucky?

SpaceX engineers scramble to get Falcon 9 ready after Friday launch scrubbed for technical glitch. Six satellites intended for low Earth orbit are aboard.

Science June 21, 2014

Climate change prompts Emperor penguins to find new breeding grounds

Emperor penguins may be adapting to climate change better than expected, a new satellite study claims.

Science June 22, 2014

Emperor penguins are adapting to climate change in surprising ways

Penguins that usually depend on the same breeding grounds every year are adapting to changes in temperature. Sightings of new colonies show they're willing to relocate.

Science June 22, 2014

Honeybees in danger and there's a presidential memorandum to save them

The White House has released a memorandum to save the population of bees and other pollinators. The memorandum calls for the establishment of a Pollinator Health Task Force.

Science June 22, 2014

SpaceX aborts launch of Falcon 9 due to technical glitches

SpaceX scrubs scheduled Falcon 9 mission to put satellites into orbit after engineers discover pressure issues inside the rocket’s upper-stage engine. No plans yet for a second attempt at liftoff.

Science June 21, 2014

Great white shark population on the rise along coasts off U.S., Canada

Great white shark population has increased in the ocean waters off the U.S. and Canada. White shark population is critical to maintain the population of other species in the water.

Science June 21, 2014

Great white shark population increasing off East Coast and Canada (bad news if you're a seal)

White shark populations are on the comeback, according to a new study.

Science June 20, 2014

Chile mountaintop blasted to prepare home for world's largest telescope

The top of the Cerra Armazones Mountain in Chile was blasted by the European Southern Observatory to make way for the European Extremely Large Telescope, expected to be complete in 10 years.

Science June 22, 2014

La Brea Tar Pits reopen to public after 20 years: Watch scientists excavate fossils

The observation pit at La Brea Tar Pits has re-opened for the first time in 20 years. The location has 50,000 years of history.

Science June 22, 2014

Big Bang evidence now being doubted by scientists

Harvard astrophysicists announced evidence for the big bang and cosmic inflation in March. Now, analysis of data from the BICEP2 telescope is casting doubts on their findings.

Science June 22, 2014

Researchers claiming evidence of Big Bang foiled by dust problem

Scientists from the BICEP2 collaboration stated in March that they found strong evidence of the Big Bang and cosmic inflation, but images from Planck satellite show excess cosmic dust clouding the data, leading to high uncertainty in the team's findings.

Science June 20, 2014

Yellow River flooding blamed on anti-flooding efforts by ancient Chinese

Flooding over 20 centuries may have been the result of modifications to the Yellow River, created to prevent the disasters. One flood may have even toppled a dynasty.

Science June 23, 2014

Supermassive black hole spotted belching gas, stuns NASA scientists

Gas streaming from a supermassive black hole in NGC 5548 could explain its brilliant core and help shape the galaxy.

Science June 22, 2014

CDC scientists may have been exposed to anthrax due to safety lapse

Workers in several labs at the Centers for Disease Control may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria, officials say. A breakdown in safety protocols is being blamed.

Science June 20, 2014

NASA catches super big black hole passing some gas

Black hole at the center of a distant galaxy displays 'unusual' behavior of gas escaping its pull, researchers say. Findings yield clues to black hole formation and growth, they say.

Science June 20, 2014

Russian cosmonauts set up antenna, conduct residue sampling during spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station complete several tasks in seven-hour spacewalk. Balky antenna tamed with use of cable zip tie.

Science June 20, 2014

Scientists acknowledge Big Bang research findings might have been a big boo-boo

Scientists who made a headline-grabbing announcement about some Big Bang research say they might have gotten it wrong. Evidence of earliest moments of the universe may have to be reconsidered, they say.

Science June 20, 2014

Neanderthal skulls: Is this where 'Game of Thrones' really started?

Prehistoric skulls found in Spain suggest 'Games of Thrones' scenario of different 'houses' of species competing for land and resources. Skulls may answer questions about Neanderthal evolution, researchers say.

Science June 20, 2014

Summer Solstice Saturday: What's it all about?

The planet's Northern Hemisphere to experience its longest day of the year. It's all because the Earth is not an "upright" world, scientists explain.

Science June 20, 2014

NASA adds asteroid 2011 MD to list of potential 'Armageddon' mission

NASA wants to save the world, and it needs $1.25 billion to do that so it can launch a mission to capture an asteroid in a giant airbag, heave it out of orbit and carry it over to the moon.

Science June 20, 2014

Galactic burp: Gas from super black hole obscures light of bright galaxy's nucleus

The center of a galaxy that was once brimming with bright lights has dimmed significantly, and scientists, for the first time, have discovered why.

Science June 20, 2014

Dwarf galaxies small but scrappy, form massive amounts of stars

Researchers using NASA's Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 discover that dwarf galaxies, while of small mass, form large amounts of stars at enormously high rates.

Science June 20, 2014

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