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White-furred animals could die out because of climate change, study suggests

White-furred animals are in danger of dying out because climate change is causing a fall in snow cover, leaving them exposed and vulnerable, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists in Poland have been following the worrying case of the white-coated weasel, which sheds its tawny covering in the winter for a …

Northern Europe

These white animals are struggling to hide in a world with less snow

The best-preserved remnant of primeval European woods is the Bialowieza Forest, which grows along the border of Poland and Belarus. A World Heritage site since 1979, the 550-square-mile forest covers an area larger than the city of Phoenix. Wolves and rare European bison walk beneath the old-growth …

Zoology

Does cannabis cure cancer? We asked an expert

For thousands of years people have used cannabis for recreational, ritualistic and medicinal purposes. In the modern era, the latter property excites …

Cannabis

Sploot 101: 12 Animal Slang Words Every Pet Parent Should Know

For centuries, dogs were dogs and cats were cats. They did things like bark and drink water and lay down—actions that pet parents didn’t need a …

Zoology

Why is NASA Going Back to the Moon Before Heading to Mars?

NASA's new space plan sounds a bit like a time warp. The agency wants to bring humans back to the moon, a place that twelve people already walked …

Space Science

Versions of Han Solo's blaster exist – and they're way more powerful than real lightsabers would be

People who think physics is boring couldn’t be more wrong. It can explain everything from spooky interactions on the tiny scale of atoms and …

Physics

Chimp evolution was shaped by sex with their bonobo relatives

Humans and chimpanzees might have one more thing in common: they both seem to have benefitted from sex with a closely related species.<p>During the last …

Anthropology

The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow between 1932 and 1934<p>On May 23, 1934, the American robbers <b>Bonnie and Clyde</b> are ambushed by police and killed in Black …

Crime

This quaillike creature was the only bird to survive the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact

Scientists have long wondered just how many birds survived the asteroid impact that wiped out the rest of the dinosaurs some 66 million years ago. …

Dinosaurs

These were the unlikely survivors after dinosaurs went extinct

<b>(CNN) —</b> When an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago, it unleashed a violent force millions of times more massive than an atomic bomb. Known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene fifth mass extinction event, it wiped out three-quarters of all plant and animal life on Earth -- including the dinosaurs.<p>A …

Paleontology

Ancestor of all living birds survived asteroid strike because it couldn't fly

The common ancestor of all living birds was a flightless, partridge-like creature which only survived the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs because it lived on the ground, scientists have concluded.<p>Birds had to rediscover flight all over again after tree-dwelling varieties were killed …

Paleontology

Satellite photos show the before and after of Hawaii volcano's destruction

As lava continues to spew from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano, the eruption is forever changing the landscape on the Big Island.<p>Kilauea first erupted nearly three weeks ago and since then more than 20 fissures have opened up and dozens of structures have been destroyed.<p>Satellite photos provided by …

Red Cross

Asteroid Impact That Wiped Out The Dinosaurs Also Caused Abrupt Global Warming

The asteroid impact that ended the age of the dinosaurs also released so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that the planet warmed up by about 5 degrees Celsius — and the hot spell persisted for roughly 100,000 years.<p>That's according to a new study in the journal <i>Science</i> that offers a …

Climate Change

Giuliani tries to clarify comments on Trump’s reimbursement of payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani sought Friday to clean up a series of comments he had made about a settlement with an adult-film actress who allegedly had a relationship with Trump, backtracking on his previous assertions about what the president knew and why the payment was made.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Quakes, lava and gas: Hawaii residents flee volcanic threats

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Many rural residents living on an erupting volcano in Hawaii fled the threat of lava that spewed into the air in bursts of fire and pushed up steam from cracks in roadways Friday, while others tried to get back to their homes.<p>Officials ordered more than 1,700 people out of Big …

Natural Disasters

Hawaii volcano eruption destroys 35 structures -- and the lava keeps flowing

<b>Leilani Estates, Hawaii (CNN) —</b> The destructive tear of this volcanic eruption isn't over yet.<p>Lava and hazardous fumes continued to spew on Hawaii's Big Island on Monday, four days after the Kilauea volcano erupted.<p>The Hawaii Civil Defense said 35 structures -- including at least 26 homes -- had …

Geology

Trump withdraws from Iran nuclear deal, isolating him further from world

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is quitting the Iran nuclear deal, pitting him against the United States' closest allies and leaving the future of Tehran's nuclear ambitions in question.<p>"It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the …

South Asia

U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will expire on June 11: FCC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Landmark U.S. "net neutrality" rules will expire on June 11, and new regulations handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet will take effect, the Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday in setting the date.<p>The FCC in December …

Net Neutrality

The History of Mother’s Day: How an Antiwar Protest Became a Commercial Holiday

Mother's Day honors “the best mother who ever lived — your mother,” according to Anna Jarvis, who is widely credited with making the holiday an …

Hampton Roads

House Farm Bill Fails As Conservatives Revolt Over Immigration

<b>Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET</b><p>The House rejected a $867 billion farm bill on Friday — after spending days negotiating with key conservatives in an attempt to pass the bill without the support of Democrats.<p>The vote was 198-213. Every Democrat voted against the measure, as did 30 Republicans. Many of the …

Republicans

Supreme Court Says Employers Can Bar Worker Class-Action Lawsuits

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers can force workers to use individual arbitration instead of class-action lawsuits to press legal …

Class Action

Trump’s Blocking of Twitter Users Is Unconstitutional, Judge Says

Apart from the man himself, perhaps nothing has defined President Trump’s political persona more than Twitter.<p>But on Wednesday, one of Mr. Trump’s Twitter habits — his practice of blocking critics on the service, preventing them from engaging with his account — was declared unconstitutional by a …

Social Media

Shedding light on the faintest galaxies with the world's biggest steerable dish

Astronomers are one step closer to understanding a mysterious class of optically faint galaxies thanks to deep radio observations with the Green Bank …

Universe

NASA looks to send a small nuclear reactor to the moon and Mars

California may be about to shut down its last remaining nuclear power plant, but NASA is looking at a couple of far-flung locations to place small, …

Nuclear Energy

Does Humanity Need a Backup Earth?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a vision: He wants to get humans to Mars as soon as possible. He already wowed the world this year, when the Falcon Heavy …

Science Fiction

Bridenstine: NASA may ask Congress for more money for James Webb Telescope

Image 1of/4<p>Caption<p>Close<p>NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told U.S. senators on Wednesday that the agency might need even more money for its …

Space Science

New Research Shows How The Beautifully Windswept Dunes Evolved On Saturn’s Moon Titan

The dunes on Titan are so massive that scientists have now determined that they extend one million square miles beyond what had been previously …

Astronomy

Why live on Earth when you can live in a hole on Mars? No, really.

Most people try their best to avoid residing six feet (or more) underground. But if you want to live on Mars, that might be your only option. This …

Habitats

13 Facts You Never Knew About the Summer Solstice

Did you know that the sun is NOT close to the earth on the summer solstice and it's NOT the hottest day of the year? Here are some other facts about …

Astronomy

NASA’s Juno satellite captured Jupiter’s red spot from a new angle

Jupiter’s best-known feature, its red beauty mark so large it could swallow two or three Earths, was pictured in newly released images in a way it’s rarely been before.<p>Images from the Hubble telescope and the two Voyager missions typically rendered the gas giant’s red spot as a sitting below the …

Astronomy