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Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Scientists announced Thursday that they have built a single-celled organism that has just 473 genes — likely close to the minimum number of genes necessary to sustain its life. The development, they say, could eventually lead to new manufacturing methods.<p>Around 1995, a few top geneticists set out …

It’s a Girl! Paleontologists Examine Pregnant T. rex

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Sexing a dinosaur isn’t easy.<p>As far as gross skeletal anatomy is concerned, male and female dinosaurs are practically identical. And the shape of saurian bones provides no help. So far as anyone has been able to tell, the skeletons of dinosaurs were not sexually dimorphic …

Organic Chemistry

Black hole emitted red flashes with power of 1,000 suns, study reveals

Black hole that was first to be identified in our galaxy underwent dramatic brightening as it devoured material stripped off orbiting companion star<p>British astronomers have observed violent red flashes, lasting just fractions of a second, during one of the brightest black hole outbursts in recent …

Prof Stephen Hawking: disaster on planet Earth is a near certainty

Prof Stephen Hawking said the biggest threats to planet Earth were of our own making, including nuclear war, global warming and genetically engineered viruses<p>Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that a disaster on Earth within the next thousand or ten thousand years is a ‘near certainty'.<p>The …

Most distant massive galaxy cluster

Astronomers have detected a massive, churning galaxy cluster – with potentially thousands of individual galaxies – in the early universe.<p>A team of …

Andromeda galaxy in high-energy X-rays

A space mission turned its X-ray vision on the Andromeda galaxy and spotted 40 X-ray binaries, exotic objects thought to play a role in our …

Four new elements added to periodic table

Millions of science textbooks now out of date after four new elements are added to the periodic table - though their names are yet to be decided<p>Four new elements have been added to the periodic table, rendering millions of science textbooks out of date.<p>The new elements, the first to be added since …

A nearby dark matter galaxy?

Measurements of the velocities of just six stars in a galaxy of only 1,000 visible stars suggest the highest concentration of dark matter of any …

Gymnast Shawn Johnson Admits She Struggled with 'Eating Disorders' But Says 'I'm Finally Healthy'

Looking at Shawn Johnson, you wouldn’t expect the Olympic gold medalist and <i>Dancing with the Stars</i> champion to be someone who struggles with her body …

Islamic State threatens attack on Washington, other countries

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State warned in a new video on Monday that countries taking part in air strikes against Syria would suffer the same fate as France, and threatened to attack in Washington.<p>The video, which appeared on a website used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news …

Big Bang Theory Recap: Will Sheldon Propose to Amy?

All week CBS touted the exclusive casting news that Leonard Nimoy's son, Adam Nimoy, would be guest-starring as himself in last night's episode of <i>The Big Bang Theory</i>. It was a sentimental casting choice, given how beloved Nimoy's father was to fans and those on <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> set, but what CBS …

Two Reasons to Get Excited for Rio: Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles, Who Ruled the Gymnastics World Championships – And Now They're Looking Ahead

Clear the mats – the champions have officially arrived.<p>Setting the stage for next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. teen gymnasts Simone …

Storm to Bring Damaging Winds, Rain From Plains to Carolinas

Weather<p>A sprawling storm stretching 1,200 miles from Minnesota to the Carolinas was set to bring damaging winds and soaking rains to more than a dozen states on Wednesday.<p>The vicious cocktail of two systems — one that brought flooding to the South last week and another that came down from Canada — …

Weather

Why Elephants Don't Get Cancer

Cancer<p>Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. Now researchers think they may have an explanation — one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer.<p>Elephants' cells contain 40 copies of a major …

Ebola scare in Nigeria false alarm: WHO

<b>A man who died in southern Nigeria in a suspected case of Ebola did not have the deadly virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.</b><p>The country was declared free of the virus a year ago.<p>Ten people were quarantined after coming into contact with the man, who was said to have shown Ebola-like …