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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:01:00 -0500Monkeys weren't thought to have the right sort of vocal tracts to speak. But a study finds they can make many sounds common in human speech; it's just that their brains aren't "language ready."
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:36:00 -0500Graphene comes in sheets barely an atom thick and is extremely good at conducting electricity. By adding the unusual form of carbon to Silly Putty, scientists created flexible sensors.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:24:00 -0500Scientists have found the oldest complete set of smallpox genes in a sample of skin from a mummified child in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:08:00 -0500Millions of years ago, a dinosaur about the size of a sparrow had a bad day. It got stuck in tree resin. Paleontologists recently came across the rare amber fossil containing its tail in Myanmar.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:57:00 -0500The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:02:00 -0500Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.
Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500An analysis of car accidents found that drivers who slept only five or six hours in the previous 24 had nearly twice the accident rate of drivers who slept a full seven hours or more.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:02:00 -0500Italian archaeologists found a pair of mummified knees in Nefertari's tomb in 1904. For the first time, tests indicate that the knees belonged to the great queen herself.
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:41:00 -0500A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be a gold mine for its inventors, but it's not clear who owns the idea. U.S. patent judges will soon hear oral arguments to decide the issue.
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:50:00 -0500Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to a horrible bacterial disease called citrus greening.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:19:00 -0500A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:36:00 -0500Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:04:00 -0500When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:05:00 -0500Ball's Antarctic Tundra Beetle was small and brown, and it has been extinct for millions of years. The scientists who discovered it named it in honor of another beetle scientist's 90th birthday.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:00 -0500Despite assumptions that peanut and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.