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Genes that decide how human nose looks found

Scientists at University College London (UCL) have found four genes that decide how human nose looks. The four genes, dubbed DCHS2, RUNX2, GLI3 and PAX1, affect the traits of human nose like width and "pointiness." These genes...


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New Horizons hopes to explore MU69, awaits NASA's approval

After exploring Pluto, New Horizons is now embarking on its new mission to explore another strange new world, 2014 MU69. New Horizons will explore the icy rock, which NASA believes could be a time capsule from the earliest...


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Rocks record Totten Glacier's rapid retreat history

A new study has warned that unchecked climate change could change the configuration of Totten Glacier in Antarctica over the coming centuries. The researchers added that if that happens, the ice loss could push up global...


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Spiders' silk inspires new 'liquid wire' material

The 'liquid wire' technique in spider webs has inspired a team of researchers to develop composite fibres which extend like a solid and compress like a liquid. "The thousands of tiny droplets of glue that cover the...


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NASA invests in futuristic plans

World's premier space agency NASA has selected eight futuristic proposals which may turn our dreams of travelling to Mars into a reality. As part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) project, funding is given...


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Small, yet possible, chance devastating tsunami hits Hawaii

A team of researchers at University of Hawaii at Manoa have concluded that there is a small, but potential, chance that a mega tsunami will hit Hawaii in the next 50 years. A study about the possibility of a tsunami generated...


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Ancient tools and bone found in Florida may rewrite story of the first Americans

A team of archaeologists have found ancient tools and bone in Florida which may rewrite the story of the first Americans. The archaeologists said the ancient tools and bone are 14,550 years old. The findings of the study were...


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Die-off of geese in Eastern Idaho may be due to rodent poison

A large die-off of migrating geese has occurred in eastern Idaho for the second year in a row. Local officials said tests show poison put on agricultural fields to kill rodents may be responsible for these deaths...


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'World's oldest ax' found in Australia

Australian archaeologists have discovered the world's oldest ax with a handle. The archaeologists from Australian National University found the ax fragments in the early 1990s in Western Australia. At the...


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Mercury completes rare transit across Sun

Astronomers on Monday witnessed a highlight of the skywatchers' year, when the Sun, Mercury and Earth all lined up. The event is rare because it happens just a dozen or so times per century. The astronomers were able to see...


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Starfish return in huge numbers on California coast

Sea stars, or starfish, have come back in large numbers along the Northern California coast. This is the first such boom since a huge number of starfish were killed by a virus along the West coast several years ago...


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Idaho nonprofit releases rescued black bears in Washington

Three black bears rescued by an Idaho-based nonprofit were released on Saturday in the forests around Spokane and five more will be released in the Olympic Peninsula Monday. Idaho Black Bear Rehab said that all...


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Several new galaxies discovered hidden in plain sight

Astronomers have discovered billions of "dust galaxies" that according to astronomers have been hidden in plain sight for far longer than we can even remember. A research paper that will be published in an upcoming edition...


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Scientists describe weird ancient hammerhead reptile

Scientists on Friday announced that they have discovered new fossils of a reptile in southern China, adding that the fossils of Atopodentatus are 242 million years old. The scientists also clarified the nature of this...


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NASA's Curiosity rover climbing a mountain on Mars despite wheel damage

NASA officials have said that the rugged terrain on Mars is damaging the space agency's Curiosity rover, but the rover is going to complete its mountain-climbing science mission despite a wheel damage.


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Ocean's Oxygen starts running low

A new study done by researchers at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has found that deoxygenation due to climate change would become more severe between 2030 and 2040. The findings of the study were...


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ExoMars Mission: Second phase of project postponed to 2020

The ESA announced on Monday that the second phase of the ExoMars Mission has been delayed by two years. The mission is a collaboration between the European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos.


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Jet-powered hoverboard sets new world record

A Frenchman created a new world record by flying over 2 kilometers (over a mile) on a jet-powered hoverboard. The Guinness World Records reported on its website that Franky Zapata, 37, covered 2.2km (7,388ft) off the French...


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Probability we're the only intelligent life ever? Not high, say astronomers

Astronomers revised the Drake equation, which tried to to calculate the probability of the existence of advanced alien civilizations, to find out whether aliens have existed in the past.


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Neural 'Atlas' showing where ideas originate in brain, created

A team of researchers at UC Berkeley have mapped the inner regions of brain, which is the birthplace of different ideas. This is the first time that the researchers have succeeded in creating such a complex neural atlas...


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Puma's robotic running companion can match Usain Bolt's speed

Puma's BeatBot developed by a NASA robotics engineer, a trio of MIT students and Puma's ad agency, is a robotic running companion which can keep pace with Olympic champion Usain Bolt. According to Fast Company, the...


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LHC goes offline after critter chews up power cable

The world's most powerful scientific instrument, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), went offline on Friday morning after a critter chewed up a power cable, causing a short circuit. The LHC is a 17-mile long particle smasher running...


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USDA not to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has refused to accept tort claims filed by two Idaho families who claim their crops and cattle were poisoned by a pesticide applied by the department.


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Carbon dioxide making earth greener

A new study has found that the earth is getting greener because of the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere. Observations by Nasa satellites over three decades show that the number of...


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Kepler spacecraft resumes K2 mission

The Kepler space telescope has resumed its job of the K2 mission, which is to lookout for exoplanets. Mission scientists said that the spacecraft was performing the tasks allocated to it by 8.30am PDT on Sunday...


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Coral reef discovered near the mouth of Amazon River

A vibrant coral reef ecosystem has been discovered by scientists near the mouth of the Amazon River. The coral reef stretches roughly 3,700 square miles and it is quite surprising because coral isn't supposed to...


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Psychologists study feeling of awe astronauts experience when viewing Earth

Psychologists have always shown in knowing more about astronauts who report feelings of awe and wonder when viewing the planet Earth from space. It is this curiosity which has prompted a group of researchers to launch a study...


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Munching on seeds saved bird-like dinosaurs from mass extinction

The mass extinction that took place around 66 million years back wiped off 70% of earth's species including the age of dinosaurs, but not every dinosaur perished then. There was a class of feathered theropod dinosaurs...


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Fossil teeth of 21-million-year-old monkey discovered in North America

It seems that the monkeys migrated to North America 21 million years ago as researchers have discovered seven little fossilised teeth around 21 million years old during excavations to expand the Panama Canal...


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Human limbs may have originated from shark gills

A new study has suggested that it was likely that human limbs have originated from shark gills. The study is important because it supports a once discredited, 138-year old theory. A team of researchers...


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