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If Planet Nine Exists, It Could Spell Disaster For Other Planets in The Solar System

Uh oh.<p>While it's hard not to get excited about the prospect of Planet Nine – the hypothetical world scientists are trying to find at the outskirts of …

Astronomy

Costa Rica Extends Medical Benefits To Same-Sex Couples

SAN JOSE, May 23 (Reuters) - Costa Rica's social security system has agreed to extend medical benefits to same-sex couples, in a fresh step toward equal rights for gays and lesbians in Latin America.<p>The board of directors of the country's social security system, known as the Caja, voted unanimously …

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Uncertainty Swirls Saturday's Predicted Meteor Shower

Alan MacRobert of <i>Sky and Telescope</i> magazine says that Earth on Saturday may pass through relatively dense streams of debris, resulting in a vivid display of shooting stars — or it won't.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>If you're willing to gamble tonight, stay up and look up at the sky. You might see …

Analysts blame cheap food for obesity across all groups

Our food is cheap – perhaps too cheap, if you look at the intersection of economics and obesity.<p>Researchers have found that obesity hits all groups of Americans – those with more money and education and those with less. That, and some other findings, challenge the common views about what's fueling …

What Happens When Mice Eat Nothing But Powdered Food

Possible hints of the consequences of a long-term Soylent diet<p>A new study has found that eating powdered food for weeks on end gave mice higher blood pressure, higher levels of glucose in the blood, and higher levels of certain hormones in the blood. That's compared to mice who ate the exact same …

A brand new meteor shower tonight? How to see it online

A brand new, never-before-seen meteor shower may peak tonight, and you can watch it live, right here.<p>The new meteor shower has been dubbed the May Camelopardalids (Camel-Oh-par-dalids) because its meteors should appear to emanate from the little-known constellation Camelopardalis near the North …

Meteor Showers

Top 10 New Species and the First Fusion Reactor

Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family Tree

Complete sequence of comb jelly genome reveals a separate course of evolution.<p>A close look at the nervous system of the gorgeously iridescent animal known as the comb jelly has led a team of scientists to propose a new evolutionary history: one for the comb jelly, and one for everybody else.<p>"It's a …

Look to the Skies! A Meteor Shower Is Coming