• New 'Autopsy' Reveals Big Surprises About Boy King

    An international team of researchers studying King Tutankhamun are reporting some surprising new discoveries about the ancient boy king. The scientists say that a 'virtual autopsy' of Tut -- essentially a close analysis of a life-size image of the king made from more than 2,000 CT scans of his…

    Huffington Post
  • Ebola: Why virus kills some, other people survive

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American…

    Associated Press
  • For $100,000, You Can Clone Your Dog

    Sooam Biotech brings cloning to China, has plans to save Korean cattle, and will clone your pet dog for $100,000

  • How to Gladden a Wealthy Mind

    Why doesn’t more money always buy more happiness? A growing body of research is showing that modern work demands and brain’s chemistry are mostly to blame.

    The New York Times
  • Read About the Potential Food Crisis of Tomorrow in a Graphic Novel Today

    It’s 2025, and a climate-change-fueled worldwide drought is putting an immense strain on farmers and has resulted in a global food shortage. A family in Guatemala loses its farm to a land grab orchestrated by a group of plantation owners; declining crop yields are resulting in more expensive food…
  • Cosmonauts Take Spacewalk Outside Space Station Today: Watch It Live

    Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station today (Oct. 22) to perform maintenance on the orbiting outpost, and you can watch the spacewalk live online. Cosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev are expected to spend about six hours outside the station removing…
  • Oldest DNA ever found sheds light on humans' global trek

    Scientists claim to have unravelled the oldest DNA ever retrieved from a Homo sapiens bone, a feat that sheds light on modern humans' colonisation of the planet. Teased out of collagen in the ancient bone, the genome contains traces from Neanderthals -- a cousin species who lived in Eurasia…

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    Scientists Resurrect Treasure Trove Of Satellite Data From The 1960s

    A group of climate scientists has brought satellite imagery from the 1960s back from the dead, not only extending the record of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice by at least another decade compared to what researchers had previously known, but also providing new opportunities for studying the planet to…

  • Tom Hanks Flies Alan Bean to the Moon in 'The New Yorker'

    There's a certain irony to the observation that Tom Hanks today may be better known for flying to the moon than Alan Bean, who actually went there. "I named the capsule the Alan Bean, in honor of the lunar module pilot of Apollo 12, the fourth man to walk on the moon and the only one I ever met,"…
  • Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Brazilian government said on Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware. The new reserve, called Alto Maues, has 6,680 square km (668,000 hectares or 1.65…

  • Washington's Smithsonian launches $1.5 billion fundraising campaign

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Smithsonian Institution, the world's biggest museum and research complex, publicly launched a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign this week, the largest in history for any cultural institution. The effort marks the first organization-wide fundraising campaign for the…

  • NASA's new SoundCloud account will make you feel spaced out

    Space has never sounded better (literally it hasn't, as it is a near vacuum where sound waves don't propagate). NASA launched its first official SoundCloud account last week in time for Twitter's introduction of embeddable audio clips, and already the space agency has posted over 60 recordings from…

    The Verge
  • Ferran Adrià at Harvard: Why elBulli Will Never Reopen as a Restaurant

    Harvard University's annual Science & Cooking public lecture series brings chefs from around the world to lecture on the intersection of science and cooking. "I’ve been here since noon," declared a woman, aggressively claiming her space at the front of a growing line of people who hadn’t reserved…

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  • Study shows U.S. forced-labor victims unclear where to seek help

    By Megan Twohey (Reuters) - A study of human labor trafficking in the United States released today shows that many of the victims arrived in the country legally, and some had college degrees. Even so, the study by researchers at the non-profit Urban Institute and Boston's Northeastern University…

  • Cellular Immunotherapy & Unum Therapeutics: Out Of Many, One

    More exciting news has emerged from the immuno-oncology field over the past couple weeks from both Penn/Novartis and NCI/Kite.  The former released new CAR-T data, widely heralded as “unprecedented” in its efficacy: in a trial of relapsed, refractory ALL patients, 90% had complete remissions after…

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    Chemical romance (18 photos)

    These beautiful shots may look like works of modern art - but they are actually close-ups of chemical reactions. The works were snapped with the help of a group of scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Anhui, China. Titled Beautiful Chemistry the project was…

    Yahoo News
  • Energy Department inspector blocked from probing dismissal of Hanford engineer

    Inspector says DOE contracts allowed access to key documents, but Hanford contractors refused to provide them

    Center for Public Integrity
  • 23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees

    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history. California-based 23andMe, which is backed by Google, is a pioneer in the sale of…

  • [video] Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Million-Years Event

    A comet named Siding Spring skimmed past Mars on Sunday and missed the Red Planet by only 88,000 miles in what scientists consider as a once-in-a-million-years event. WSJ's Monika Auger reports. (Photo: ...