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  • Living Dinosaurs: Fossil Eggs Reveal Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs

    April 18, 2013 4:36 PM 120

    By Catherine Griffin | Apr 18, 2013 12:24 PM EDT Birds may have more in common with dinosaurs than we once thought. Archaeologists have discovered a small North American dinosaur that incubated its eggs in a similar way to brooding birds. The finding could point to a strong, evolutionary link between the two. How dinosaurs cared for and hatched their

  • Volcano under Yellowstone bigger than previously thought

    April 18, 2013 4:19 PM 122

    SALT LAKE CITY – Yellowstone's underground volcanic plumbing is bigger and better connected than scientists thought, researchers reported Wednesday, April 17, at the Seismological Society of America's annual meeting. "We are getting a much better understanding of the volcanic system of Yellowstone," said Jamie Farrell, a seismology graduate student at the University

  • This Earth Day, share the many faces of climate change

    April 18, 2013 4:15 PM 153

    It is almost time for Earth Day, Monday, April 22, and this year's theme is The Face of Climate Change. To help put a human face on the challenge of climate change, the Earth Day Network is collecting images of people, animals and places affected by climate change, as well as images of people working to find solutions. On Earth Day itself, an interactive

  • JPL suspends June open house, cites U.S. budget woes

    April 18, 2013 3:06 PM 131

    The “difficult decision” to put off the event was reached Tuesday, JPL spokeswoman Veronica McGregor said in an e-mail to The Times. “If we can hold it later in the year after the budgetary dust settles, we will,” she wrote. Last month, NASA issued an internal memo suspending “all education and public outreach activities … pending further review” because

  • Sea-themed carousel set for Battery Park

    April 18, 2013 1:55 PM 133

    The $12 million '21st century' ride will simulate fish-swimming patterns and will emit light from within at night. The ride is set to open in October, but ticket prices have yet to be determined. But fishy in a good way. SeaGlass, a $12 million merry-go-round that will open in October in Battery Park, is a state-of-the-art carousel that features dolphins

  • Seismic Airguns Great Threat to Marine Life and Coastal Economies in Atlantic Ocean

    April 18, 2013 10:30 AM 129

    By Benita Matilda | Apr 18, 2013 06:27 AM EDT A latest report from Oceana states that marine life and coastal economies along the Atlantic Ocean are threatened by the seismic airguns that are used in testing for offshore oil and gas, according to a news release. According to the estimates made by the U.S. government, nearly 138,500 whales and dolphins

  • SN 1006: X-Ray View of A Thousand-Year-Old Cosmic Tapestry

    April 17, 2013 8:57 PM 179

    This year, astronomers around the world have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of X-ray astronomy. Few objects better illustrate the progress of the field in the past half-century than the supernova remnant known as SN 1006. When the object we now call SN 1006 first appeared on May 1, 1006 A.D., it was far brighter than Venus and visible during the daytime

  • Sea lion pups beaching on Southern Calif. shores at rate more than 5 times higher than average

    April 17, 2013 8:37 PM 159

    LOS ANGELES – Starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California beaches at a rate more than five times higher than usual, and scientists are scrambling to figure out why, officials said Wednesday. Since the beginning of the year, 1,293 emaciated sea lions found stranded on beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara have been treated at seven

  • NASA to announce new Kepler discovery: Watch it live [Video]

    April 17, 2013 6:39 PM 143

    What did NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission find now? Find out when you watch a NASA news briefing live, right here. At 11 a.m. Pacific time, NASA will host a news briefing detailing the latest discoveries from the agency's Kepler Space Telescope, and we'll be streaming the press conference live. The telescope has been scanning the skies for nearly

  • Cosmology's future lies with the dark side, Stephen Hawking says

    April 17, 2013 6:37 PM 174

    Turn to the dark side, says renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. “The missing link in cosmology is the nature of dark matter and dark energy,” Hawking said Tuesday night at Caltech, where he lectured on the origin of the universe. Results from the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope shows “that normal matter is only 5% of the energy