• 'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    NEW YORK (AP) — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.

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  • One year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

    Six people shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii, in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars. In a place with no animals and little vegetation around, they closed themselves in at 3:00 pm Hawaii time (0100 GMT Saturday),…

  • S.Africa's Kruger Park still a magnet for rhino poachers

    By Ed Stoddard PRETORIA (Reuters) - The poaching of rhinos has risen in South Africa's Kruger National Park this year but is on the decline elsewhere in the country, Environment Minister Edna Molewa said on Sunday. The Kruger Park, South Africa's main tourist draw, is on the frontlines of a surge…

  • New Math Could Reveal Hidden Sources of Chaos

    It's that point when a smooth river turns into a tumultuous swirl of white water, the tornado that unpredictably changes course on a dime or the wild interactions of three planets under one another's gravitational pull. Although most people instinctively know chaos when they see it, there hasn't…
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    What Science Says About Women In Combat - DNews

    Lt. Shaye Haver and Capt. Kristen Gries are the first women to graduate from U.S. Ranger training, but they may never see combat.

  • NASA simulates Mars mission by locking up people in a tiny dome

    A group of six people bade the rest of the world farewell on Friday to begin their year-long stay in a cramped dome on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano. The French astrobiologist, German physicist and American ...

  • South Dakota's Underground Lakes May Hold Purest Water On Earth

    WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.The crew of National Park Service…

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  • Driverless Cars, Analytics and Tough Standards for 21st Century Innovation

    Everybody talks about innovation these days, but the word is used so lightly. Every new app, gadget or product feature is now “innovation”. A few decades ago, “innovation” implied a life-changing advance in technology: the transistor, the computer, space flight. Does it mean anything that we speak…

  • Why Oliver Sacks was so ambivalent about becoming a best-selling author

    To hear Oliver Sacks tell it, writing books for a mass audience was once considered one of the worst things a doctor could do. In his new memoir On the Move, Sacks recalls the day his first book was published in 1970. Born in 1933 to two prominent doctors, Sacks happened to be staying in his…
  • Here Comes the Bionic Brain!

    Our digital devices might have as many memory limitations as we do. But a bionic brain could change all of that - and much more.

  • Lucy Liu Welcomes a Baby: 4 Reasons Why Couples Use Surrogates

    Actress Lucy Liu has announced the arrival of her baby boy, which she had through the help of a surrogate. Although surrogacy is not very common, there are many reasons why women and couples may chose surrogates to be part of their fertility treatment. The 46-year old Liu made the announcement…
  • NASA-funded recruits begin a year-long isolation mission to simulate conditions on Mars

    Three men, three women, 365 days. NASA, the US space agency, is concerned about the effect that prolonged isolation could have on the members of any potential mission to Mars—a mission that, they estimate, could take as long as three years. To test how confined conditions and the lack of contact…

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  • Kerry, Obama to raise global warming issues in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists are "overwhelmingly unified" in concluding that humans are contributing to global climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday night, and the public is slowly getting the full picture.

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  • Europe fails on electronics recycling goals

    By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Only a third of Europe's electronic waste is properly recycled, with vast numbers of cellphones, computers and televisions illegally traded or dumped, a study led by the United Nations and INTERPOL said on Sunday. Sweden and Norway were close to European targets of…

  • Venus Displays Its Brilliant Morning Finery for the Fall

    All through the spring and early summer, the planet Venus dominated the western evening sky. Now, as summer turns into fall, Venus will dominate the eastern sky before sunrise. Venus has erupted into view in the eastern morning sky for the past couple of weeks.
  • 'Science of Mom': Author Sifts Through Childrearing Facts & Fictions

    Some new moms might feel as if they need to be scientists to understand what's best for their babies: Vaccinate on schedule or not? Sink $20 into one of those CDs promising to turn my baby into a genius? Alice Callahan, who earned a Ph.D. in nutritional biology and went to do research on fetal…
  • This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft

    Researchers have been working on creating self-healing materials for a while now, and if you look around YouTube, you can find a handful of videos of them in action. But this week a research team described a new material that they claim is even faster at healing, able to repair a puncture wound in…

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  • NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has a new destination: a 30-mile-wide chunk of ice

    NASA's New Horizons probe, which completed an unprecedented flyby of Pluto in July, has a new destination: a 30-mile-wide chunk of ice known as 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles farther out. Scientists have always planned for the spacecraft to visit to another Kuiper belt object (KBO) —…
  • Canadian Upstart Aims to Upset Elon Musk and SpaceX

    Could a start-up space company build a space elevator -- and put SpaceX out of business?

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