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  • Space Mountain ride at Disneyland reopens after safety work

    May 4, 2013 3:02 AM 98

    After a three-week closure to complete safety work, the popular Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim reopened Friday evening. Disneyland voluntarily closed the 36-year-old ride April 13 after state regulators investigating the injury of a contract worker found violations related to safety procedures and equipment for maintenance staff

  • Tiny Baby Dinosaur Discovered in China

    May 3, 2013 8:01 PM 144

    Scientists have discovered the fossilized skeleton of a baby dinosaur representing a new species of coelurosaur, a group of theropods that includes ancient beasts like T. rex. With a skull that's barely taller than the diameter of a quarter, the remains are thought to have belonged to a dinosaur that was less than a year old when it died, and researchers

  • Scientists Discover a New Species of Dinosaur in Northern China

    May 3, 2013 6:48 PM 102

    Though the dinosaurs have long stopped roaming the Earth, it seems like we are still getting to know them. Researchers from George Washington University have found a fossil from a previously unknown species of dinosaur. The fossil was found in what is now northwestern China. The researchers have named the species Aorun zhaoi, to commemorate the Dragon

  • Florida teen arrested, expelled over science 'blast'

    May 3, 2013 6:07 PM 116

    She's facing felony charges for chemical experiment that produced small "pop" and smoke outside school. That's the division over the case of Kiera Wilmot, 16, of Bartow, Fla., who has been expelled and is facing felony charges for her scientific curiosity on school property 10 days ago. The April 22 incident — a week after the Boston Marathon bombings

  • Eta Aquarid meteor shower this weekend; was Wednesday night fireball sneak preview?

    May 3, 2013 7:29 AM 95

    Posted by Jason Samenow on May 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm A spectacular fireball shot through the D.C. region’s western skies Wednesday night, a possible prelude to the Eta Aquarid meteor shower which peaks this weekend. At least 3 dozen skywatchers in 6 states in the Mid-Atlantic reported the fireball around 11:45 p.m. according to the American Meteor Society

  • Third-grader names asteroid that is focus of NASA mission

    May 1, 2013 7:33 PM 121

    Asteroid (101955)1999 RQ36 doesn't really roll off the tongue, but asteroid Bennu? That's an asteroid that a person, a country and the world can get excited about. This week, NASA announced that 9-year-old Michael Toler Puzio of North Carolina had won an international student contest to name the asteroid that NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission plans to sample

  • Researchers Create Sheep that Glow in the Dark

    April 27, 2013 9:28 PM 104

    Scientists in Uruguay have recently come up with an announcement that the genetically-modified "glow in the dark" sheep have taken birth. A gene from a jellyfish has been used by the researchers, which has helped in seeing the production of a green fluorescent protein. The phosphorescent sheep, reportedly, glow beautifully in the dark. According to the scientists'

  • Bay’s smallmouth bass under siege, report says

    April 27, 2013 3:32 PM 114

    Bay’s smallmouth bass under siege, report says The catch rates of adult bass fell 80 percent between 2001 and 2005 in some areas of the Susquehanna River, the report said, citing a study by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The director of the commission, John Arway, said Thursday that he caught and released 200 bass on a summer night before

  • WPPC Native Plant sale

    April 27, 2013 10:06 AM 106

    The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee will hold its annual native plant sale on Sunday, May 5 at McHenry County College, Route 14, Crystal Lake, IL from 12 noon until 3 pm. Over 150 species will be available. Native plants use less water, eliminate the need for toxic chemicals; provide food and habitat for birds, butterflies and other

  • U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list

    April 26, 2013 1:24 AM 99

    The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico