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NASA to test Mars-bound flying saucer in Hawaii...if weather permits

NASA is looking to test a flying saucer that will be used to land in Mars off the coast of an island in Hawaii. The test has been delayed for weeks due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Science June 28, 2014

Cherokea attakullakulla, new moth species named after Cherokee chief

Scientists have revealed the presence of a new species of moth fluttering through the canebrake habitats in the southern Appalachian mountains. The moth has been named in honor of a Cherokee tribe leader.

Science June 28, 2014

Orcas are still threatened by extinction

Southern resident Orcas, otherwise known as killer whales, face several threats to their survival as a species. Ten years after protective efforts began by NOAA, they face problems.

Science July 2, 2014

Cloudina - how one of the first animals built an ancient reef

One of the world's first animals made an ancient reef out of cement. This is how the creature did it.

Science June 29, 2014

Pablo Escobar hippopotamus population now invasive in Columbia

Hippopotamuses owned by Pablo Escobar outlived their owner, and are now becoming an invasive species in the near-ideal climate.

Science June 29, 2014

Air quality improves across U.S. - are you breathing easy yet?

NASA images show air quality is improving across the U.S., but tens of millions still live in polluted areas.

Science June 28, 2014

Elephant Shrew was size of the mouse, with genes (and trunk) of a pachyderm

Elephant shrews are more like their mammoth cousins than shrews. A new variety of the creatures has been discovered in Namibia.

Science June 28, 2014

Wood Stork may soon fly off the endangered species list

America's only native stork is doing well enough to be upgraded from endangered to threatened, officials say. Wood stork populations are increasing as birds move into new habitats.

Science June 27, 2014

Good news! Our air is cleaner than ever report satellite images

Images from NASA satellites show improved air quality, especially in major U.S. cities. Improvement seen across 10 years of satellite data.

Science June 27, 2014

Russian Angara rocket grounded due to tech glitches

Russia postpones launch of first new rocket design since the Soviet era. Technical glitch aborts launch just before blast-off, rescheduled for next day.

Science June 27, 2014

Baby eagle's death on webcam hits viewers hard

Despite outcry from webcam viewers, officials decline to interfere to save dying eaglet in nest. Nature must be allowed to take its course, they say.

Science June 27, 2014

Want to win $10K? Just prove global warming is a farce

Physicist challenges deniers of climate change to prove their claims. He says he'll pay $10,000 to anyone who can.

Science June 27, 2014

Is it a mouse? A miniscule elephant? New mammal discovered in Africa

Tiny mouse-like creature known as a shrew shows surprising genetic similarities to one of the world's largest animals, the elephant. New species was found in the deserts of Namibia in Africa.

Science June 27, 2014

Car fumes, foul odors distract pollinators from finding their targets

Fumes coming from cars and trucks aren’t just bad for humans. They’re awful on moths and possibly other pollinators too by preventing the insects from finding their nectar source and pollinating flowers.

Science June 28, 2014

World Cup on ISS: U.S. vs. German astronauts on goal celebrations, wagers

The International Space Station has caught World Cup Fever, with U.S. astronauts making a wager with a German astronaut on the recently concluded match between the two countries.

Science June 27, 2014

Electric eel genome sequence shocks evolutionary biologists. Surprised?

Fish have evolved the ability to generate large magnetic fields at least six times, and now, the genetic code has been revealed that gives muscle cells the ability to deliver large voltages, like electric eels.

Science June 27, 2014

Monkeys evolve differing faces to avoid crossbreeding

Guenon monkeys have distinctive faces, making it easy to tell one species from another - but why did these stylish animals evolve?

Science June 27, 2014

Wildlife webcams expose ugly side of nature: Viewers shocked by death of abandoned eaglet

The death of an eagle chick on a wildlife webcam upset some viewers. Here is why conservationists won't rescue its sibling.

Science June 27, 2014

Private space tourism balloon passes flight test, may go commercial in 2016

Space tourists could head to the edge of space by 2016, at a price lower than a trip around the world.

Science June 30, 2014

Neanderthal poop suggests early humans loved veggies

Vegetables, as well as meats, may have been an important part of Neanderthal diet, a new study reveals.

Science June 27, 2014

Alaska humpback whales making a healthy comeback

Alaska petition asks federal government to take humpback whales off endangered species list. Petition cites recovery of Pacific populations of the whales.

Science June 26, 2014

Mars Curiosity now traversing former ancient glacier territory

Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA rover Curiosity is traveling, shows signs of ancient water, glaciers. Features in the crater match many glacial features seen on Earth today.

Science June 26, 2014

Fracking may not be freaking good for soil, wildlife or humans

Wastewater from fracking operations to recover natural gas may present risks to people and the environment, study finds. Pollution risk could be increased with accidental wastewater spills.

Science June 26, 2014

Orion parachute passes its toughest test yet in prep for December launch

Parachutes intended to bring Orion crew capsule safely back to Earth pass latest test in Arizona desert. Orion's first full space launch is set for December.

Science June 26, 2014

Neanderthals were a veggie-loving group - as poop don't lie

Analysis of Neanderthal feces shows vegetables were at least part of their diet. Finding contradicts assumptions of a meat-only lifestyle for the ancient relatives of modern humans.

Science June 26, 2014

Three supermassive black holes revealed in distant galaxy

Discovery of black hole 'triplets' in far-off galaxy suggests such groupings are not that rare. Discovery could help in search for gravity waves that warp fabric of the universe.

Science June 26, 2014

Supermassive black holes discovered...not one, not two, but THREE...at heart of distant galaxy

Black holes, with masses of millions of suns, sit at the centers of galaxies, spewing out jets of gas. Now, astronomers have found one family of stars that has a trio of the bodies at their core.

Science June 26, 2014

Three Stooges? Scientists discover three supermassive black holes 4 billion light years away

An international group of researchers have found three supermassive black holes that are 4 billion light years away. The mass of the black holes is 10 times more than normal black holes.

Science June 27, 2014

Oldest poop discovery shows Neanderthals loved veggies

A new study suggests that Neanderthals consumed veggies in their diet along with meat. The researchers have based their findings on samples of ancient fecal matter found in a Spanish cave.

Science June 29, 2014

This balloon can take tourists to the edge of space... for $75000

World View is one step closer to sending passengers up to the edge of space in a balloon after a successful June 18 testing of a prototype of the service.

Science June 27, 2014

Fracking fluid spills increase risk of contaminated groundwater

A research group at Cornell University studied the effects of hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid on soil and water retention of pollutants and found that a high percentage of pollutants and heavy metals in the soil leach into groundwater when exposed to flowback fluid.

Science June 25, 2014

Your beautiful backyard garden could be bee killer

Neonicotinoids could be killing off bees, and many other lifeforms, according to a new meta-analysis of the effect of the powerful insecticide.

Science June 26, 2014

MIT students on Earth want to send time capsule to Mars by 2017. Cool!

Mars colonists in the future could find a time capsule from modern-day Earth, if a group of students at MIT get their way.

Science June 26, 2014

Mysterious X-ray signal 240 million light years away may indicate dark matter presence

Researchers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the XMM-Newton Observatory detected an X-ray emission line in the Perseus galaxy that may be strong evidence pointing to the particles that make up dark matter.

Science June 26, 2014

Smartphones carry more than contacts, photos; they also carry our personal microbiomes

Research reveals smartphones and cell phones are home to bacteria and not all that bacteria is bad. Women's handsets boast more bacteria than a man's, notes study.

Science June 26, 2014

Global Ocean Commission wants an end to overfishing and pollution to protect world's fragile oceans

The world's oceans are in danger from pollution and overfishing, an international group reports in a new study.

Science June 27, 2014

Physicist offers $10,000 to anyone who disproves man-made global warming

Physicist Christopher Keating challenged deniers of global warming to produce scientific proof to convince him it's not happening or, if it is happening, that it's not man-made. The prize for evidence is $1,000. The prize for proof is $10,000.

Science June 27, 2014

Disco clams underwater light show mystery finally solved

The underwater light show of disco clams has now been revealed in some detail by a California researcher.

Science June 26, 2014

Brain chip implant helps quadriplegic gain use of hand (Video)

Sensor implanted in his brain helps young Ohio man move a paralyzed arm. Technology dubbed Neurobridge can bypass injured spinal column.

Science June 25, 2014

Saturn moon Titan may pre-date Saturn

Evidence in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan suggests the moon is older than its parent planet. Titan shows similarities to ancient comets from the far reaches of the solar system, researchers say.

Science June 25, 2014

Pesticides not just killing pests, use is decimating bee population and posing wildlife risk

Survey of all available research suggests pesticides are main cause of decline of pollinating bees. Other species are at risk as well, researchers say.

Science June 25, 2014

NASA detects X-ray signal, may be evidence of dark matter

Mysterious signal from distant collection of galaxies could be coming from dark matter, astrophysicists say. More detailed observations may confirm it, they say.

Science June 25, 2014

Cousteau wants more time living underwater as it's a comfortable environment

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, is involved in month-long project to live and study underwater. Cousteau and researchers live full-time in underwater habitat off Florida.

Science June 25, 2014

Disco clam is rocking on the sea floor and giving a special light show (Video)

A marine bivalve that creates its own 'disco' light show reveals its secret. Tiny 'disco balls' on the clam's shells create the strobe effect, researchers determine.

Science June 25, 2014

Monarch butterflies beat radar systems, navigate with own magnetic compass during migration

Monarch butterflies do not just rely on the sun to find their way says a new study. The recent findings show that monarch butterflies use their own magnetic compasses to navigate when migrating.

Science June 25, 2014

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