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Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

Scientists working in Ethiopia say they've found the earliest known fossil on the ancestral line that led to humans. It's part of a lower jaw with several teeth, and it's about 2.8 million years old. Anthropologistssay the fossil fills an important gap in the record of human evolution.<p>Although it's …

Vast Saharan dust plumes shown heading across Atlantic to the Amazon in images

The world’s largest rainforest depends on its hottest desert to survive as 28 million tons of dust delivers the life-sustaining nutrients on which Amazon ecosystem depends<p>Huge dust clouds swirling across the Atlantic from northern <b>Africa</b> to <b>South America</b> are pictured in stunning new images released …

Yaks May Be Climbing Higher Due to Climate Change

A lack of snow on the Tibetan Plateau may be pushing thirsty yak females into steeper habitat.<p>High on the Tibetan Plateau of Central Asia, you'll find the largest remaining population of wild yaks (Bos mutus). This long-horned, shaggy creature has persevered through more than a century of poaching, …

Pee-powered 'green' toilet to light up refugee camps

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A toilet that uses urine to generate electricity and can charge a mobile phone will soon light up dark corners of refugee camps after being tested by students in Britain.<p>The pioneering toilet, the result of collaboration between global aid agency Oxfam and the …

NASA Picks Prime Target for 2016 InSight Mars Lander

NASA says it's zeroing in on the Martian touchdown site for its InSight lander, which is scheduled to blast off one year from now. The top-rated landing site is in a flat, equatorial region known as Elysium Planitia.<p>"This is wondrous terrain, exactly what we want to land on because it is smooth, …

Spotted: A planet 10 times the size of Jupiter with four suns

Astronomers have discovered a massive planet with four suns only 125 light-years from Earth.<p>The planet is at least 10 times as big as Jupiter, and scientists say it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But if you could fly a spacecraft into its atmosphere and look up, you would see one …

Universe

Lack of Snow Leaves California's 'Water Tower' Running Low

Rising temperatures and declining snowpack in the mountains mean that the drought across the western U.S. is about to get even worse.<p>Snowpack—which essentially serves as a water tower for the western United States—produces vital meltwater that flows off the mountains each spring. Like a …

Inside Nasa’s amazing airport simulator

With air traffic becoming busier every year, how do controllers train to the limits? At Nasa’s Ames Research Center, they can simulate any airport in the world at the click of a button.<p>The skies are getting crowded. Every year more and more commercial aircraft join the world’s fleets. In the last …

Injectable Enzyme Stops Wounds From Bleeding

It could help save thousands of lives per year<p>Traumatic injuries, like falls or car crashes, can cause the victim to lose a lot of blood very quickly. The result is thousands of preventable deaths per year, especially among Americans under age 44, for whom injury is the leading cause of death. …

Medicine

America's First Offshore Wind Farm Might Spin Up In 2016

Deepwater Wind thinks it can blow through the red tape<p>Offshore wind farms in the United States are the new flying car. We keep saying that it's just around the corner but somehow practical results never manifest. Europe has 2,488 offshore wind turbines up and running, with 408 installed in the last …

Wind Power

Towering dust devil on Mars

Dust devils on Mars can be some 10 times larger than any tornado on Earth. They’re a Martian version of extreme weather.<p>This image ran as an …

Astronomy

Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.<p>Rising temperatures resulting from increased greenhouse gas emissions mean warm and dry periods are coinciding more frequently, the study …

Men of all ages tend to be more narcissistic

On average, men are more narcissistic than women, report researchers, who say the findings apply across multiple generations and regardless of …

Why McDonald’s Is Moving Toward Antibiotic-Free Chicken

If the Food and Drug Administration won’t act, apparently, McDonald’s will.<p>The announcement that McDonald’s is moving to ban chicken raised using antibiotics important to human medicine was a bold step for two reasons: 1. The company is the world’s second largest buyer of chicken (it’s number one …

Galactic ‘rain’ can slow down birth of stars

Some galaxies, like the Milky Way, are veritable star nurseries, giving birth to at least one baby star every year. Others are barren. Until now, …

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems.<p>Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year …

Peru’s Prehistoric Croc Hotspot

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>The “Age of Reptiles” was supposed to have ended long ago. The 170 million year reign of dinosaurs, pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, and their ilk was brought to an close 66 million years ago by an unfortunate combination of earthly and extraterrestrial causes, opening the way …

NOAA: El Nino is 'too little, too late' for California drought

El Niño is here, but don't expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.<p>"Unfortunately, this El Niño is likely too little, too late and too weak to provide much relief for drought-stricken …

Scientists create self-cleaning paint

Researchers from University College London have developed a resilient super-hydrophobic paint, impervious to water and oils, that cleans itself<p>A new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers.<p>The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass …

Scientists Can Now Tell Where A Puff Of Methane Originated

Silent and deadly<p>Carbon dioxide emissions make the big headlines in climate change news, and with good reason--we've now seen the impact of carbon dioxide on global temperature. But carbon dioxide has a far more potent cousin lingering in her shadow. Methane comes in second to carbon dioxide in the …

Natural Gas

Get a Drone's-Eye View of the Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider

Hubble captures quadruple image of ancient exploding star

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens captured surprising multiple images of the same exploded ancient star, research published on Thursday shows.<p>Multiple images of a single distant supernova within a cluster …

Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday.<p>The star, known as US 708, is traveling at about 746 miles (1,200 km) per …

Transgenic E. coli Spin Tough Spider Silk

That's some bacteria!<p><i>Escherichia coli</i> (<i>E. coli</i>) has a bad reputation as the cause of particularly disgusting food poisoning incidents and other illnesses. But not all types of <i>E. coli</i> are bad--there are plenty of harmless varieties found just about everywhere, and some of them are getting put to …

NOAA Satellite Watches Vast Winter Storm on the March

A late winter storm created awful driving conditions in Kentucky and other parts of the eastern United States and contributed to a jetliner's scary skid at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday. Meanwhile, a weather satellite sent down the big-picture perspective on the storm — and it was an …

Even with breaks for exercise, lengthy sitting linked to heart disease

Bad news for the desk-bound office worker, the long-haul road warrior and the couch surfer: even a heart-pumping regimen at the gym, apparently, won't undo the harm done by sitting, a new study finds.<p>Irrespective of hours spent in moderate-to-intensive physical activity, says the new research, …

Los Angeles

March 20 eclipse and the Saros

There are currently 40 different Saros series in progress, each with its own assigned number. The total solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 belongs to …

Solar Eclipse