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  • Bigfoot hair samples mostly from bears, wolves Jul 2, 2014 8:45 AM
    DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.

  • AIDS researcher pleads not guilty to faking data Jul 1, 2014 4:01 PM
    A former Iowa State University scientist has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he falsified his research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.

  • Mars ‘flying saucer’ splashes down after NASA test Jun 28, 2014 6:31 PM
    After taking off at 11:40 a.m. from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the balloon boosted the disc-shaped vehicle over the Pacific. Its rocket motor then ignited, carrying the vehicle to 34 miles high at supersonic speeds.

  • Station astronauts getting espresso maker Jun 27, 2014 9:42 PM
    The astronauts in space will soon be sipping some good coffee. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

  • Woman or machine? New robots look creepily human Jun 24, 2014 6:15 PM
    The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine.

  • War zones: When drones fall from the sky Jun 20, 2014 6:57 PM
    Military drones have slammed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and, in one case, an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair. No one has died in a drone accident, but the documents show that many catastrophes have been narrowly averted, often by a few feet, or a few seconds or pure luck.

  • Doctors Without Borders: Ebola ‘out of control’ Jun 20, 2014 4:01 PM
    International organizations and the governments involved need to send in more health experts and increase public education messages about how to stop the spread of the disease, Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the medical group in Brussels, said Friday. “The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave,” Janssens said. “And, for me, it is totally out of control.”

  • 75 CDC scientists possibly exposed to anthrax Jun 19, 2014 4:57 PM
    About 75 scientists may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria in U.S. government laboratories in Atlanta and are being treated to prevent the infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.The scientists at the CDC in Atlanta were working in lower-security labs not equipped to handle live anthrax and received samples of the bacteria from a higher-security lab, the agency said.

  • Infrared image reveals hidden man in Picasso painting Jun 17, 2014 12:24 PM
    Scientists and art experts finally know what’s beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a hidden portrait of a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he?

  • Explore mysteries of the universe with the experts at Fermilab Jun 6, 2014 2:36 PM
    The Fermilab Summer Lecture Series continues with "The Quantum Universe" by University of California-Berkeley physicist Hitoshi Murayama at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. The universe was once much smaller than the size of an atom. Small things mattered in the small universe, where quantum physics dominated the scene. To understand the way the universe is today, scientists have to solve remaining major puzzles.

  • NASA to test giant Mars parachute on Earth Jun 1, 2014 7:56 PM
    The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hitched a ride to Earth's planetary neighbor using the same parachute design. But NASA needs a bigger and stronger parachute if it wants to send astronauts there.

  • Obama’s boldest move on carbon comes with perils May 31, 2014 2:46 PM
    “It’s going to be like eating spaghetti with a spoon. It can be done, but it’s going to be messy and slow,” said Michael Gerrard, director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.

  • White House proposes updated Great Lakes plan May 30, 2014 4:25 PM
    The Obama administration on Friday proposed an updated five-year blueprint for Great Lakes environmental protection that would put greater emphasis on climate change and using science to choose cleanup projects.

  • Study: Species disappearing far faster than before May 29, 2014 6:09 PM
    Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says. The study looks at past and present rates of extinction and finds a lower rate in the past than scientists had thought. Species are now disappearing from Earth about 10 times faster than biologists had believed, said study lead author noted biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University.

  • Physics panel to feds: Let Fermilab beam neutrinos May 22, 2014 2:41 PM
    The U.S. should build a billion-dollar project to beam ghostlike subatomic particles 800 miles underground from Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia to South Dakota, a committee of experts told the federal government Thursday. That would help scientists learn about these puzzling particles, called neutrinos, which zip right through us.

  • ’Aliens of sea’ provide new insight into evolution May 21, 2014 6:35 PM
    Exotic sea creatures called comb jellies may reshape how scientists view early evolution — as their genes suggest nature created more than one way to make a nervous system. These beautiful but little-known translucent animals often are called “aliens of the sea,” for good reason. Somehow, they rapidly regenerate lost body parts. Some even can regrow a very rudimentary brain.

  • States move to expand access to experimental drugs May 17, 2014 4:33 PM
    Gov. John Hickenlooper on Saturday signed Colorado’s “Right To Try” bill, which was passed unanimously in the state Legislature.Similar bills await governors’ signatures in Louisiana and Missouri, and Arizona voters will decide in November whether to set up a similar program in that state.

  • Jupiter’s Great Red Spot shrinking before our eyes May 15, 2014 5:29 PM
    Jupiter’s Great Red Spot seems to be on a cosmic diet, shrinking rapidly before our eyes. Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope calculate that the spot, a giant long-lasting storm, is narrowing by about 580 miles a year, much faster than before.

  • Quinn attends climate meeting in Iowa May 14, 2014 3:57 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has attended another meeting of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In a statement, Quinn says Illinois has faced a record number of natural disasters and he wants to make sure the state is prepared.

  • Cracks in concrete slab delay opening of new Oakton science building May 10, 2014 8:01 AM
    The opening of Oakton Community College’s $39 million Science and Health Career Center is being delayed until next year because a portion of a concrete slab under the building is experiencing cracking, settlement and underground utility issues, officials said. Problems with an 8,000-square-foot section of the slab on grade at the west end of the building have moved the opening to January 2015.

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