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Astronaut Vine video from space goes viral

The first Vine video in space, showing a full orbit of Earth, has gone viral on the internet.

Science June 10, 2014

Citrus genome analysis suggests need for genetic diversity

Citrus fruits evolved over millions of years, but they could be in danger from a lack of genetic diversity.

Science June 10, 2014

Rising sea level reveals WWII soldier remains on Pacific's Marshall Islands

Climate change is changing sea levels in the Marshall Islands. A strange discovery of the skeletons of WWII Japanese soldiers is the latest sea level revelation for the Pacific nation that faces extinction as a result of carbon emissions.

Science June 9, 2014

Eugene Goostman beats Turing Test: The '13-year-old Ukrainian kid' who duped humans

The Turing Test was developed in 1950, as a test of artificial intelligence. A computer passed the exam for the first time.

Science June 10, 2014

Rats regret bad decision making. No wonder we all say "Rats!"

A new study has shown rats regret poor decisions. The new research debunks the myth that only humans have feelings of regret.

Science June 9, 2014

Evolution of face: Violence had a role to play

Australopithecus evolved a flatter face in males, due to the development of the use of fists during fights.

Science June 11, 2014

Rats regret making poor decisions. No wonder we are in a rat race

Scientists have found that rats can express regret when making a poor decision. This was once believed to be a uniquely human emotion.

Science June 10, 2014

USDA Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013. Justified or just too much?

In 2013, the federal government culled more than 4 million wild animals. The state-sanctioned culling included black bears, prairie dogs, coyotes, bobcats and even a bald eagle and golden eagles.

Science June 9, 2014

Rats feel regret, recognize missed opportunities: Study

Neuroscientists have determined that rats may also be capable of feeling 'regret.' This marks the first time that this type of emotion was scientifically verified in an animal.

Science June 9, 2014

'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey' by Neil deGrasse Tyson looked to bring down curtains with Unafraid of the Dark

Fox's 'Cosmos' series by Neil deGrasse Tyson has come to an end. The final episode delved into dark matter as it sought to continue to capture its viewers' attention.

Science June 12, 2014

NASA selects 12 cutting-edge proposals for space science as candidates for further research

NASA picks 12 proposals aimed at cutting-edge science. A submarine for one of Saturn's moons and an asteroid capturing technique among those chosen.

Science June 9, 2014

Polar bear collar cam lets you get up close and personal

The USGS released a new video, showing life as a polar bear. The film could help researchers trying to protect the species.

Science June 8, 2014

Citrus greening may possibly be halted by gout treatment, UF researchers find

The disease decimating Florida's $9 billion citrus industry may be susceptible to several compounds, researchers say. One of them has been used to treat gout in humans.

Science June 9, 2014

'The Beast' asteroid 2014 HQ124 will fly past dangerously close to Earth on Sunday

An asteroid that could devastate a city will pass harmlessly by the Earth on 8 June. This is the story of its discovery.

Science June 8, 2014

World Oceans Day 2014: Time to do something to protect the marine ecosystem

Global events Sunday, June 8, to honor and celebrate the world's oceans. Protecting the ocean is theme for 2014 event.

Science June 9, 2014

2014 HQ124 asteroid 'The Beast' will blow Earth a kiss on Sunday: Time to panic?

Asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier will make a close fly-by of Earth on June 8. The space rock will pass within just under a million miles.

Science June 7, 2014

Celebrating womanhood: Lego launches all-female line of scientist minifigures

Legos will now be offered in a new set, representing a new generation of female scientists.

Science June 7, 2014

Prehistoric forest fire fossils capture amazing diversity of ancient plant life

Fossils in Canada show how ancient forests recovered from forest fires. The find dates to the last days of the dinosaurs and will help scientists determine the environment just before the mass extinction.

Science June 9, 2014

Parentage of moon confirmed: Earth and Theia, say scientists

The moon was born out of an intense collision between Earth and Theia, confirms a new study. But other scientists are not convinced and impressed by the recent findings.

Science June 8, 2014

Climate change is bad for your health? Yes, so says White House

It’s a given that climate change badly affects our health. But a recent White House report states this and more on why Americans should be taking part in combating it.

Science June 7, 2014

Dinosaur-era forest fire evidence sheds light on ancient biodiversity

A team of researchers discovered that ancient forests recovered from wildfires the same way our forests today recover from it, thanks to fossil evidence. Here’s what they have to say.

Science June 7, 2014

Climate change causes rising seas to rattle skeletons of Japanese WWII dead

Rising sea levels in the Pacific region haunt the living, with skeletons -- believed to be of Japanese soldiers during World War II -- washed ashore. With climate change, it’s time for vigilance.

Science June 7, 2014

Chimps better than humans at tactical games

Chimps are stronger than humans, and have better short-term memory. Now, it appears they are better at planning strategies, as well.

Science June 8, 2014

Tree frogs croak their way from storm drains to heart of mates

Mientien frogs, like the one shown here, are learning to use storm drains and other structures as amplifiers for mating calls.

Science June 9, 2014

China's plan to bulldoze mountains poses environmental threat, warn researchers

Hundreds of mountains are being flattened in China to make way for new construction. But a group of university researchers are warning of the environmental dangers involved.

Science June 6, 2014

Prehistoric 3D dinosaur fossil eggs of flying reptile discovered in China

Fossilized eggs of flying reptile uncovered in China. Fossils called the first three-dimensionally preserved eggs of the creatures ever found.

Science June 6, 2014

China's bulldozing of mountains not such a great idea environmentally, say experts

Researchers warn of environmental impact of China's effort to expand cities by lopping off tops of mountains. Flooding, landslides and decrease in water quality likely results, they say.

Science June 6, 2014

Asteroid 'The Beast' is on its way; arriving near Earth come Sunday

Asteroid the size of a football stadium to make close fly-by of Earth on Sunday. Planet group has classified it as "potentially hazardous."

Science June 6, 2014

Myanmar boasts flower, fauna never known to science

As Myanmar emerges from global isolation, species previously unknown to science are being discovered, Conservation efforts are urged to protect "biotreasures."

Science June 6, 2014

Chobani marketing ignites social media backlash, yogurt maker offers apology sample to scientists

Yogurt maker Chobani is back tracking from marketing effort that many saw as anti-science. "Nature ... not science" tagline draws criticism.

Science June 6, 2014

U.S. temps heating fastest in southwest, northeast as entire country gets warmer

Opposite corners of the Unites States seeing the fastest rate of temperature increases. Thirty years of continual warming studied.

Science June 6, 2014

Watercress tops list of powerhouse vegetables and fruits

A researchers from the William Paterson University came up with a clear definition of powerhouse foods and identified 41 fruits and vegetables that meet the criterion. Watercress received the highest nutrient density score of 100.

Science June 6, 2014

Discovery of preserved eggs of flying reptile Pterosaur in China excites boffins

The pterosaur species of ancient reptilian birds are creatures that lived in a colony, according to the findings of 5 eggs and 40 adult bones in China.

Science June 14, 2014

Moon was born when Earth and Theia smooched 4.5 billion years ago

Apollo rocks show a slightly different composition to similar objects on Earth. Lending an evidence of an impact 4.5 billion years ago between the Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia.

Science June 6, 2014

French book on soul and afterlife is bound in human skin, confirm Harvard University researchers

A 19th Century book in the hands of Harvard Library is likely bound with human flesh, say university researchers.

Science June 6, 2014

Spiders communicate with own kind and identify prey by plucking at their webs

Spider webs could communicate a wide variety of information to spiders, a new study out of England, shows.

Science June 6, 2014

Monarch butterfly population dying due to loss of milkweed habitat

Milkweed losses may be the reason for declining Monarch butterfly populations, a new study reveals.

Science June 6, 2014

Truvia artificial sweetener can moonlight as human-safe pesticide. Don't believe it? Ask the fruit fly

Erythritol, a natural sweetener found in some fruits, is toxic to fruit flies, and could become a safe pesticide.

Science June 7, 2014

Harvard rare tome bound by human skin

Scientific tests confirm a volume in Harvard University's rare book collection is bound in human skin. The practice was one common, researchers say.

Science June 5, 2014

New tech may bring vibrancy to fading Leonardo da Vinci portrait

Nondestructive testing of fading Leonardo da Vinci portrait could help in future conservation efforts, researchers say. Exposure to light, humidity is causing image to fade.

Science June 6, 2014

Truvia sweetener not so sweet for fruit flies as it kills them dead

An ingredient found in the artificial sweetener Truvia is shown to be a safe insecticide while nontoxic to humans. Fruit flies that consume Truvia die within a day, researchers say.

Science June 5, 2014

Spiders tune-up webs to communicate, assess caught prey and check out potential mates

Spiders "tune" their webs to create a communications tool, British researchers find. Spider can "play" their webs like a musical instrument, they say.

Science June 5, 2014

Monarch butterfly population in decline due to milkweed drought

Loss of plant vital for survival of monarch butterflies is decimating their populations, researchers say. Milkweed losses to herbicides linked to 90 percent drop in numbers.

Science June 5, 2014

Here's why you don't bite your tongue while chewing

Researchers used a special form of rabies virus to better understand why we seldom bite our tongue when we eat, whether or not we pay attention to out chewing movement.

Science June 5, 2014

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