• I failed to get into an IIT—and 10 years later I could not be happier

    The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are among the most difficult schools in the world to get into. The University of Oxford accepts one out of five applicants. IITs take in just one out of 50. So it is little wonder that for any Indian child with ambitions of becoming an engineer, getting…

  • Hollande, activists gear up for critical climate talks

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande met with environmental groups Saturday, pushing for an ambitious global deal to reduce man-made emissions blamed for global warming — with emphasis on helping developing countries adapt to a changing world.

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  • Why Menstruation Remains a Medical Mystery

    Humans are among the few species in which the process occurs, and although researchers have ideas about why menstruation happens, there are many unknowns. But a better understanding of the hows and whys of menstruation is needed, researchers say. "There's so much we don't understand about why this…
  • 'Alien megastructures' orbiting distant star are most likely comets, as expected

    Last month, the online world went into a tizzy over the possibility of intelligent alien life lingering near a distant star in our galaxy. The star in question is called KIC 8462852, and the reason it caused such a ruckus is because it exhibits strange dimming behavior that doesn't follow a…

    The Verge
  • Radar points to a hidden chamber in king Tutankhamun’s tomb

    Egyptian officials believe they have found a hidden chamber—the possible resting place of queen Nefertiti—alongside king Tutankhamun’s tomb. The Egyptian government gave permission for the Antiques ministry to conduct infrared scans of the tomb in September, after British archeologist Nicholas…

  • Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.

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  • Brazil confirms zica virus link to fetal brain-damage outbreak

    By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A link between a form of fetal brain damage and the mosquito-born zica virus has been confirmed by Brazilian health authorities on Saturday. The link between zica, first medically identified as a new disease half a century ago, and birth defects has never…

  • Don’t Compare Blue Origin’s Success to SpaceX’s Failures

    Last week the space tourism company Blue Origin became the first company to launch a rocket into space and land it safely back down on the ground. The concept seems simple enough. Yet, to the space industry, this is an historic accomplishment because it means a big step toward rocket…

  • Google, Facebook in race to build high-altitude aircraft

    Of all the risky 'moonshot' experiments that Silicon Valley tech giants are throwing money at this year, few seem as odd and starry-eyed as the race between Google's Titan and Facebook's Aquila to dominate ...

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  • Worldwide climate rallies draw hundreds of thousands

    PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in rallies around the world on Sunday, calling on leaders to halt climate change on the eve of a major conference in Paris.

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  • Negotiators grab head start on monumental climate challenge

    By Barbara Lewis and Bate Felix PARIS (Reuters) - Senior negotiators from almost 200 nations on Sunday began thrashing out a new global deal to curb climate change as the president of China, the world's biggest polluter, landed in Paris. The United Nations conference begins at summit level on…

  • Another American Ebola Survivor Had Eye Problems

    Ebola survivor Dr. Ian Crozier wasn't the only American to experience eye problems following the disease — a new report describes eye problems in another American doctor who lived through the disease. Dr. Richard Sacra, who works for the Christian mission organization SIM USA, contracted Ebola last…
  • NASA's 'Chemical Laptop' could help future rovers find life on alien planets

    NASA scientists have a new device up their sleeves to help find life on other planets. The rectangular box is being called the "Chemical Laptop," but it's really more of a portable, automated chemistry lab that can be built into future NASA rovers. The Chemical Laptop has one primary goal,…

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  • How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

    Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.Sickle-cell anemia, HIV, schizophrenia and autism -- essentially, anything involving bad DNA is now fair game.…

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  • Egypt says 90 percent chance of hidden rooms in Tut tomb

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Saturday said there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun's tomb, based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3,300-year-old mausoleum.

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  • Beijing aims to refill medicine chest with 'Made in China' drugs

    By Ben Hirschler and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China, already a global powerhouse in high-tech areas from solar panels to bullet trains, is turning its industrial might to the challenge of making more of its own drugs for a vast and aging population. Given the 10 years or more it typically…

  • Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk Clash in Reusable Rocket Race

    Musk expresses congratulations and frustration on Twitter about Bezos' rocket company.

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  • The Science Nerd Turned Big-Think VC

    Investor Josh Wolfe is looking for his money to build more than the next killer app.

  • California governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to the U.N. Climate Change conference, which opens Monday, where he will promote the state's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and urge other states and provinces to sign on to his climate pact.

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