Sunday, February 14, 2016

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WASHINGTON (AP) - It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.
Several members of Congress wrote to government officials about the recent Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and a suspected rise there in the number of...
The most telling information at a Philadelphia Department of Public Health staff briefing about the Zika virus on Thursday was this slide: "Stay tuned: With the dynamic nature of this situation, updates . . . are expected."
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Ancient Babylonian astronomers were way ahead of their time, using sophisticated geometric techniques...
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Thirty years after the space shuttle Challenger exploded during liftoff, a new generation of spaceships...
When police fail to find a DNA match to either victims or suspects, the forensic avenue of an investigation can run into the sand. But forensic biomedical...
Where do you suppose that Champagne bottle is you uncorked on New Year's Eve? And whatever did you do with the cork?
A week after world officials reached a historic agreement in Paris to limit greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change, a group of local environmental activists gathered Saturday in Philadelphia to energize each other for the city's role.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On a platform of rock jutting into the Atlantic on Scotland's Isle of Skye, hundreds of newly discovered dinosaur tracks are changing...
Here are some actual quotes from mail. e-mails, and phone messages to climate scientists: “You and your colleagues…ought to be shot, quartered and fed to the pigs.” “Just a quick note to encourage you to do the right thing and shoot yourself in the head.”
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, nearly five years after a deadly, more powerful quake destroyed much of the city center.
NEW YORK (AP) - The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery.
BERLIN (AP) - European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago.
HONOLULU (AP) - A group building one of the world's largest telescopes wants to start construction no later than April 2018- even if that means it will have to build the telescope somewhere other than Hawaii.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.
WASHINGTON (AP) - They are bits of space graffiti hidden from the public for decades: a crude calendar, scrawled lunar coordinates and markings warning of a locker containing "smelly waste."
HONOLULU (AP) - Most of Hawaii's species of coral is unlike other coral around the world in that it grows very slowly, making restoration projects for endangered reefs in the state difficult.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Utility says it has stopped natural gas leak near Los Angeles after nearly 4 months.
NEW YORK (AP) - A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) - Sonja Thompson lives so close to the edge of an 80-foot bluff above the Pacific Ocean that when paragliders fly by "you can almost high-five them."
A rare white giraffe, photographed last week at a national game reserve in East Africa, could become a target for poachers, an ecologist said.