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  • After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.

    Associated Press
  • It turns out Genghis Khan made a whole lot of us

    Genghis Khan is said to have millions of descendants. New DNA evidence says significant chunks of humanity may carry genes from a few powerful men.

    CNBC
  • 50-foot-long 'dragon' dinosaur species discovered in China

    The long-necked Qijianglong lived about 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period. Did its fossils inspire ancient dragon legends?>

    CNET
  • Why Doesn't Earth Have Rings? - DNews

    Early this week, scientists discovered a super Saturn, which got us thinking: Why doesn't Earth have rings?

    DNews
  • Obama launches a DNA data drive to revolutionize disease treatments

    New Precision Medicine Initiative aims to catalog the DNA of at least 1 million Americans in order to ‘bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes.’

    Fortune
  • In Boston and Aurora, Jurors May Risk Mental Health for Justice

    In Massachusetts and Colorado right now, thousands of ordinary citizens are answering jury summons, undergoing screenings that will decide if they will sit on the panels that will determine the fate of two young accused killers.

    LiveScience.com
  • Ebola likely to persist in 2015 as communities resist aid - Red Cross

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday. The virus is "flaring up" in new areas in the region and not all infections are being…

    Reuters
  • Have Scientists Finally Found A Cure For Hair Loss?

    Hats off to researchers in California. They've taken what appears to be a big step toward the development of a cure for hair loss, a condition that affects 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. alone.The scientists, working at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla,…

    Huffington Post
  • Obama thinks "precision medicine" will make us healthier. Experts are skeptical.

    The White House is committing $215 million to support efforts to develop personalized medicine, a priority the President touched on in his State of the Union earlier this month. "Most medical treatments have been designed for the 'average patient,'" the White House statement read. Precision…

    Vox.com
  • 5 New Species of 'Shimmering' Goblin Spider Discovered

    Five new species of tiny, shimmering spiders have been discovered in Madagascar, according to a new study. In the study, researchers looked at 326 spider specimens they had previously collected in Madagascar over the course of a few years. "It is a remarkable discovery — a genus comprising a number…

    LiveScience.com
  • Europe's 1st Zero-Gravity 3D Printer Headed for Space

    Europe is set to send its first 3D printer into the final frontier this year to experiment with zero-gravity manufacturing on long space voyages. The European Space Agency plans to deliver its new Portable On-Board 3D Printer (POP3D for short) to the International Space Station by the end of June,…

    SPACE.com
  • Quantum computing gets some love with D-Wave taking in $29M

    Quantum computing specialist D-Wave Systems now has $29 million in new funding and plans to go on a hiring spree to add to its staff of over 120 people, according to the company. The cash infusion follows ...

    Gigaom
  • Novartis and J&J back UK biotech working on 30-minute STD test

    Novartis and Johnson & Johnson have stepped up investment in a UK molecular diagnostics company developing a 30-minute test for sexually transmitted diseases. The healthcare groups' venture capital arms ...

    Financial Times
  • A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

    Every bird, every bug, every human being on Earth is enveloped at all times by the signals of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Its 32 satellites, operated by the U.S. government, do far more than just tell you where you are. On Thursday, a San Francisco-based company called Spire announced its…

    The Atlantic
  • Stoppard's new play lifts the lid on brain science

    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Tom Stoppard, the grand old man of British theatre, is back with his first new stage play in nine years, tackling typically big ideas: consciousness, science and God. "The Hard Problem" is a 100-minute gallop, with no interval, through neurobiology, religion and…

    Reuters
  • The Visit (An Alien Encounter)

    This film documents an event that has never taken place – man’s first encounter with intelligent life from space”, but ever since the invention of radio, humans have been sending signals into space, announcing their existence to other civilizations. With unprecedented access to the UN Office for…

    Internet Video Archive
  • Obama's 'precision medicine' initiative gets Bay Area face

    As President Barack Obama offers more details on a "precision medicine" plan outlined in last week's State of the Union speech, the Bay Area will have strong representation Friday at the White House and as a growing number of local companies seek to blend health care and Big Data. Two UCSF…

    American City Business Journals
  • AAAS Scientists: Consensus on GMO Safety Firmer Than For Human-Induced Climate Change

    In sharp contrast to public views about GMOs, 89% of scientists believe genetically modified foods are safe. That's the most eye-opening finding in a Pew Research Center study on science literacy, undertaken in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and…

    Huffington Post
  • Eye-Tracking Tech Could Detect Concussions in Football Players

    New eye-tracking technology could help doctors measure the severity of concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which are sometimes difficult to diagnose, researchers say. A team of scientists used the eye-tracking device on both people with brain injuries and healthy people, to measure…

    LiveScience.com