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  • Tiny camera in Illinois offers bug's eye view

    May 15, 2013 7:06 PM 73

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A tiny new camera developed at an Illinois university is giving researchers a bug's eye view. The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes. It features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus

  • Rainbow around the sun draws attention in NYC area

    May 15, 2013 2:10 PM 87

    Fans who came out to see Prince Harry as he toured the New Jersey coast earlier today got a glimpse of a phenomenon known as a sun halo. What looked like a rainbow ring around the sun drew the attention of people in the New York City area earlier today, according to ABC News, Gothamist and other news organizations. The colorful phenomenon is what's known

  • Warp speed, Scotty? It may actually be possible...

    May 14, 2013 10:34 PM 101

    "Star Trek's" warp drive isn't really physically possible -- or is it? Scientists at NASA are right now working on the first practical field test toward proving the possibility of warp drives and faster-than-light travel. In the "Star Trek" TV shows and films, the U.S.S. Enterprise's warp engine allows the ship to move faster than light, an ability that is, as Spock

  • Mysterious Minoans Were European, DNA Finds

    May 14, 2013 7:46 PM 94

    The Minoans, the builders of Europe's first advanced civilization, really were European, new research suggests. The conclusion, published today (May 14) in the journal Nature Communications, was drawn by comparing DNA from 4,000-year-old Minoan skeletons with genetic material from people living throughout Europe and Africa in the past and today

  • Study: Mount Everest losing its cloak of ice and snow as world warms

    May 14, 2013 3:26 PM 73

    CANCUN, Mexico, May 13 (UPI) -- A study of snow and ice on Mount Everest shows the world's highest mountain peak is shedding its frozen cloak as glaciers retreat with warming, researchers say. Glaciers on Mount Everest and the national park surrounding it have shrunk by 13 percent in the last 50 years and the snowline has shifted upward by 590 feet, Sudeep

  • Scientists Use Radar to Locate Clandestine Graves

    May 14, 2013 1:06 PM 93

    It's hard to convict someone of murder if their victim's body is never found. And it's hard to find a body once it's underground. This is the problem troubling researchers from the National University of Colombia in Bogota. The group of forensic geophysicists is developing techniques that may help officials locate clandestine graves, including mass graves

  • Bird Bones Reveal Human Effects on Ocean Food Chain

    May 13, 2013 9:03 PM 86

    Hawaiian petrels are now listed as endangered in the United States, but they are said to have darkened the skies of Hawaii for thousands of years. The birds' surprisingly well-preserved fossil record doubles as a time capsule for scientists studying fish populations of the past. The gray-and-white, tube-nosed seabirds spend most of their lives searching

  • Bulldozers destroy 3,200-year-old Mayan pyramid in Belize

    May 13, 2013 8:20 PM 94

    BELIZE CITY – Bulldozers and backhoes have essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids, which survived millennia of storms, rain and wind only to succumb to a construction company seeking gravel for road fill. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology says the destruction was detected late last week, and only a small portion of the center

  • Mexican wolf pups born in Westchester to be raised in Indiana

    May 13, 2013 7:43 PM 106

    Originally published: May 12, 2013 4:52 PM Updated: May 12, 2013 5:25 PM By CHRISTIAN WADE Photo credit: Courtesy of the Wolf Conservation Center | A worker bottle feeds one of two Mexican wolf pups born at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. (May 10, 2013) Two Mexican wolf pups born in captivity last week in Westchester

  • Scientists Create New Type of Quantum Computer: The Boson Sampling Computer

    May 13, 2013 5:40 PM 81

    Quantum computers hold enormous potential for speeding up information processing speeds and revolutionizing the way computers solved problems. Now, scientists have succeeded in prototyping a new and highly resource efficient model of quantum computer--the boson sampling computer. It's a huge leap forward for quantum computers. Quantum computers work by manipulating