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Is There Really A 2 Billion-Year-Old Nuclear Reactor In Africa?

An ancient nuclear reactor that was churning away 2 billion years ago sounds like a myth. Maybe it's because the term reactor usually implies a …

Only carnivores could handle Late Triassic tropics

Extreme heat and a lack of plants may be why dinosaurs didn’t start living in the tropics until about 30 million years after they arrived on …

Animals roam streets of Tbilisi after flooding kills 12, frees zoo animals

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wild animals roamed the streets of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on Sunday, after raging floodwaters damaged the city's zoo and set many of the animals free.<p>Twelve people died in the flooding, according to Civil Georgia, a news website run by the nongovernmental organization UN …

75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments

Photograph: Laurent Mekul<p>This ungual claw from a theropod yielded structures which appear to be red blood cells.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/6/9/1433861139967/248811f3-ad85-48ca-9c91-bc31fa6c618a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Laurent Mekul<p>This ungual claw from a …

If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

It's been more than 20 years since <i>Jurassic Park</i> came out, and scientists have been cloning animals almost as long.<p>So where are the baby velociraptors already?<p>In Russia, there is a park all ready for woolly mammoths and scientists there say it's just a matter of time before they can bring back …

Spectral Readings Bring Alien Planet Into Sharper Focus

Space<p>Astronomers have detected an exoplanet's visible-light spectrum directly for the first time ever, a milestone that could help bring many other alien worlds into clearer focus down the road.<p>The scientists used the HARPS instrument on the European Southern Observatory's 3.6-meter telescope at …

Universe

Four people accused of witchcraft and allegedly tortured in Papua New Guinea

Human rights defenders, church groups and police preparing to stage a rescue in the village of Kaiwe if a ‘glass man’ is brought in to confirm accusations<p>Four people have been accused of witchcraft and allegedly tortured in a Papua New Guinea village, following recent deaths in the community which …

ISIS releases video purportedly showing killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

The Islamic State expanded its extermination of Christians to another country with the release of a video Sunday purportedly showing a mass execution of Ethiopians in Libya.<p>"We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Ocean acidification triggered devastating extinction, study finds

Ocean acidification triggered by massive volcanic eruptions helped cause the worst mass extinction in the history of life on Earth, according to a new study.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, shed light on the dangers of rising ocean acidity – a phenomenon that is contributing to the …

Want to Save Coral Reefs? First, Save the Fish: Study

Want to save coral reefs? More fish may be the answer, researchers say in a new study.<p>The colorful underwater ecosystems around coral can host a great diversity of life, but overfishing on the reefs and other threats like pollution can lead to collapse of those populations. The researchers say …

Brother of UK’s youngest convicted terrorist feared to have joined Isis

The teenage brother of Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist is feared to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State militants.<p>Hassan Munshi and his friend Talha Asmal secretly left their homes in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, last week and caught a flight from Manchester airport to Turkey.<p>The …

Top NASA Scientist: We'll Find Signs of Alien Life 'Within a Decade'

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say.<p>"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday …

Paranormal

Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About

Just like onions and cartoon ogres<p>Our perspective of Earth tends to be very shallow--literally. Everything we experience, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks, only skims the top of the outermost layer of the Earth, the crust, which is about 4 miles thick under the …

Geology

Key smartphone ‘ingredients’ could soon run out

Some of the metals that are critical for making newer technologies—like smartphones, infrared optics, and medical imaging—may be extremely difficult …

26 arrests after mob beats, burns Afghan woman

<b>Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) —</b> Grieving women carried her coffin high on their shoulders in scenes many said they had never witnessed before in the Afghan capital.<p>Men are traditionally pallbearers in Kabul, where days earlier a mob of male attackers beat and kicked 27-year-old Farkhunda before tossing …

Human Rights

Pakistan says 80 militants killed in heavy Khyber clashes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani troops killed 80 militants in heavy clashes in the lawless northwest, near the mountainous border with Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Sunday, while the Pakistani Taliban said at least six soldiers had been killed.<p>Fighter jets have pounded positions in the Tirah …

Pakistan

Scientists explore 2,000 miles of the ocean floor -- and you can too

Now you can explore the ocean floor without leaving your desk.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey this week posted thousands of photos and videos of the U.S. coastline and adjacent seafloor, allowing users to explore sections of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts in an interactive map. Most of the areas …

Seafloor

Brazil prosecutors charge ruling-party treasurer with corruption

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors on Monday formally charged 27 more people in a broadening corruption scandal, including the treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party João Vaccari and the former head of services at state-run oil company Petrobras Renato Duque.

CIA money from secret fund ended up in hands of al-Qaida – report

Money used to pay a ransom for an Afghan diplomat reached al-Qaida in 2010, according to Afghan and Western officials, but CIA declined comment<p>About $1m provided by the CIA to a secret Afghan government fund ended up in the hands of al-Qaida in 2010 when it was used to pay a ransom for an Afghan …

Osama Bin Laden

Substance used to poison Litvinenko could only have come from Russia – inquiry

Expert in theoretical physics tells inquiry that polonium was produced at Soviet-era nuclear plant<p>The rare radioactive substance used to poison Alexander Litvinenko in London could only have come from Russia, a world-leading expert has told the inquiry into the former spy’s murder.<p>Norman Dombey, …

Russia

Isis tricked victims into appearing calm with beheading rehearsals

Foreign hostages captured by Islamic State were subjected to numerous mock beheadings and were unaware they were about be killed, a former member of the jihadi group has said, offering an apparent explanation for why they seem so calm when reading statements to camera.<p>A former translator, “Saleh”, …

North Africa