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PHOTOS: These Images Were Captured Nearly 3.8 Billion Miles From Earth

At first glance the images are unremarkable. They're grainy, ill-defined, seemingly more akin to television static or an 8-bit video game than they are to the high-resolution masterworks sent back by the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>But take another look.<p>NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured these …

Solar System

Bill Cosby arraigned, doesn't enter plea

<b>Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (CNN) —</b> Hours after Bill Cosby set foot in a Pennsylvania courtroom to face sexual assault charges, the comedian's attorneys called the criminal case against him "unjustified" and vowed to fight it.<p>"The charge by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office came as no …

Justice

LGBT Pride celebrations around the USA

Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage added a giant exclamation point to the weekend conclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.<p>Some of the celebrations:<p><b>NEW YORK</b>: The festivities, which began Friday, carry even more poignancy days after the Stonewall Inn, site …

LGBTQI

No indictment for Ferguson officer

FERGUSON, Mo. — Protesters torched a police car in a second night of unrest Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city.<p>Tensions rose after darkness fell, a day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer …

Surprising new study reveals dangers of anesthesia in kids

Kids who undergo general anesthesia before their first birthday have trouble recalling certain details later in life<p>Before the advent of anesthesia, surgical procedures were almost universally horrific, so it's pretty hard to argue with the idea that anesthesia has vastly improved medicine. And …

In US, 1 in 8 kids maltreated by age 18 - Futurity

By the time they reach 18, almost 1 in 8 American children experience some form of confirmed maltreatment, far more than the 1 in 100 currently …

What is the zodiac?

You might associate the word zodiac with astrology, but it has an honored place in astronomy, too. It’s defined by the annual path of the sun across …

Moon formed from Earth collision with planet-sized body: New evidence

The theory that the moon formed when a planet-sized body named Theia crashed into Earth is supported by new evidence using samples from Apollo …

First Vine from space

The first-ever Vine from space condenses the ISS’s 92-minute lap around the Earth into six seconds.<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky …

Bad sleep 'dramatically' alters body

<b>A run of poor sleep can have a potentially profound effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers.</b><p>The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people's sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week.<p>Writing in the journal PNAS, the researchers said the results …

University of Cambridge

Your phone can finally do something really great: help endangered animals

New apps enlist citizen scientists to map environmental change<p>Around the world, species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. They’re dying so fast and from so many different causes — habitat loss, climate change, hunting, competition with invasive species — that scientists no longer have a …

What’s Up With That: How a Swinging Pendulum Proves the Earth Rotates

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.27.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Once upon a time, you were probably on an …

Light from this 12-billion-year-old explosion just reached Earth

The rare gamma-ray burst occurred shortly after the Big Bang<p>It took 12 billion years, but light from a massive explosion that occurred shortly after the Big Bang has just reached Earth.<p>The rare gamma-ray burst could help scientists understand more about the early universe.<p>Recorded as GRB 140423A, …

7 Theories On Why We Evolved to Love Music - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers — Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

In the late 1990’s, our own Steven Pinker ruffled feathers in the cognitive psychology community after he called music “auditory cheesecake.” He was …

Teasing Out Fact From Hype In The War On Fructose

The nitty-gritty on sugar<p>If you're feeling confused about sugar, join the club.<p>Nutrition professionals continue to say that processed, or added, sugar--as distinct from the sugars consumed while eating whole fruits and vegetables--should be a small part of a person's regular diet. But beyond that, …

Diabetes

What’s The World To Do About Water?

The world's water problem, and how to solve it<p>In 2007, when my daughter was seven years old, we would brush our teeth together every night as part of our daily ritual. To conserve water, we would turn off the faucet after wetting our brushes and turn it back on only to rinse. One night, I didn’t …

John F. Kennedy

The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals!

Earth may 'remember' more of its infancy than previously thought

Ancient gases trapped deep within the Earth's mantle may reveal clues about our planet's earliest days, according to a new study.<p>For the past decade scientists believed our planet's memory was reset 4.5 billion years ago when an object the size of Mars slammed into the Earth, releasing enough …

When money's tight, humans define 'people like me' as more deserving

In the recession from which the United States is recovering, unemployment among blacks and Latinos has been deeper and more entrenched; incomes in black and Latino communities have fallen more sharply; and recovery has been slower and far less complete.<p>Labor economists cite a host of structural and …

Google Drive Partners With + Pool

Last summer, +Pool, a project to construct a floating swimming pool in the middle of New York City's East River, raised more than $273,000 on Kickstarter.<p>When complete, +Pool will give New Yorkers a clean place to swim, with a natural filtration system that could clean up to half a million gallons …

Google Drive

If You Think Humans Have Chimps Beat, This Study Will Have You Rethinking Your Theory

There's a lot of bad stuff in the world for sure. But let's all take a minute to consider just how lucky we are that chimps don't look particularly good in business attire. If they did, we might be working for them.<p>Chimps are way stronger than we are, of course, and studies have shown that their …

Protein could put antibiotic-resistant bugs in handcuffs

Through several years of laborious structural biology to figure out the specific shapes of the molecules involved, the research team has mapped out …

Better Know a Plague: Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is in the news again, in part because you’re more likely to get the illness in the summertime. But what is it?<p>Lyme disease is caused by the bacterial spirochete <i>Borrelia burgdorferi</i>, which is related to the <i>Treponema pallidum</i> bacterium that causes syphilis. Most <i>B. burgdorferi</i> are …

Disease

Carcinogens in hairdressers' blood linked to frequency of dye and perm use

The levels of a particular type of carcinogen in hairdressers' blood seem to be linked to how often these professionals use permanent dyes and …

Amazing Video Captures Polar Bear’s Point of View

Polar bears nuzzle potential mates and play soccer with a frozen seal carcass in an amazing new video captured by collar cameras attached to the iconic animals.<p>This rare peek at Arctic life is part of an ongoing research project led by the U.S. Geological Survey that aims to track the health of …

Wildlife