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  • 3 states vie for SpaceX's commercial rocket launches

    May 7, 2013 6:02 PM 98

    Texas appears to lead Florida and Georgia in plans to build a new private launch complex. MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A multi-state competition to win SpaceX's commercial rocket launches takes another step Tuesday as the spotlight turns to Texas' bid. At a public meeting in Brownsville, Texas, residents will weigh a new private launch complex SpaceX has proposed

  • 'Monster' carcass washes ashore in New Zealand

    May 7, 2013 4:24 PM 103

    A mysterious carcass washed ashore in New Zealand last week, fueling speculation about sea monsters and dinosaurs. The rotting animal was discovered by a group on four-wheel vehicles speeding along the beach in Bay of Plenty. According to a story in New Zealand’s Sun Live newspaper, “beachgoers were stumped when they came across what they thought was a prehistoric

  • Why gamma-ray burst shocked scientists

    May 6, 2013 7:55 PM 105

    (CNN) -- On April 27, NASA's Fermi and Swift satellites detected a strong signal from the brightest gamma-ray burst in decades. Because this was relatively close, it was thousands of times brighter than the typical gamma-ray bursts that are seen by Swift every few days. Scientists are now scrambling to learn more. We already knew that when the biggest

  • Create your own invisibility cloak with a 3D printer

    May 6, 2013 7:45 PM 116

    Though desktop 3D printers are a relatively new method of manufacturing, you might argue that they’re already at a plateau. You can print cute figurines, teacups that might have a leak, and sometimes replacement parts for certain objects, such as gears — not the most useful items in the world. However, what if you were able to 3D-print an invisibility

  • East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

    May 6, 2013 6:16 PM 125

    This photo provided by the University of Connecticut, shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003. Any day now, cicadas with bulging red eyes will creep out of the ground after 17 years and overrun the East Coast with the awesome power of numbers. Big numbers. Billions. Maybe even a trillion. For a few buggy weeks, residents

  • Dinosaur Skeleton to Be Returned to Mongolia

    May 6, 2013 4:08 PM 97

    At a ceremony on Monday near the United Nations, Homeland Security officials are scheduled to turn over to Mongolian representatives the unusually complete skeleton of the giant raptor, 8 feet high and 24 feet long. It was seized last year from a confessed looter and commercial paleontologist, Eric Prokopi of Gainesville, Fla., who had smuggled in the bones

  • Alan Alda Urges Scientists To Cut Jargon, Use Simple Language

    May 5, 2013 5:03 PM 161

    STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on "M.A.S.H." was an end-to-end anastomosis. Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece of intestine and reconnecting the healthy pieces. Today, the award-winning film and television star is on a mission to teach

  • Casey: Cicadas, the wedding crashers who can jitterbug

    May 5, 2013 2:02 PM 179

    Published: May 3, 2013 2:30 PM By CONSTANCE CASEY, Bloomberg View Photo credit: Getty Images | A cicada sits on a fence at a forest preserve in Willow Springs, Illinois. (June 11, 2007) We are about to witness the largest insect emergence on the planet, and it happens only in the eastern United States. At the beginning of May, billions of Magicicada

  • Now We Know What Early Earth Smelled Like

    May 4, 2013 2:57 PM 161

    When one kind of microbe fed on another, the result was a rotten-egg stench—and a pathway for complex life. Early earth had a distinctive aroma. And it wasn't very nice. That's what scientists have now determined, using advanced imaging techniques to examine fossils nearly 1.9 billion years old that were collected from rocks around Lake Superior, Canada

  • Rain will get more extreme thanks to global warming, says NASA study

    May 4, 2013 10:35 AM 4499

    The forecast for the future of rainfall on Earth is in: over the next hundred years, areas that receive lots of precipitation right now are only going to get wetter, and dry areas will go for longer periods without seeing a drop, according to a new NASA-led study on global warming. "We looked at rainfall of different types," said William Lau, NASA's