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Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

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WASHINGTON Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person.

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Thunder and lightning: scientists pair gravitational waves, light

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time paired the detection of gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, with light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday. | Video

Oct 16 2017
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Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

WASHINGTON The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people.

Oct 12 2017

Europe launches sixth Sentinel Earth observation satellite

FRANKFURT Europe launched the sixth of its Sentinel Earth observation satellites on Friday as part of the multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to monitor volcanic ash and ultraviolet radiation.

Oct 13 2017
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Earthlings test warning system as asteroid flies by

FRANKFURT An asteroid the size of a school bus flew remarkably near Earth on Thursday, providing scientists with an opportunity to test the warning systems that would kick in if a space collision was coming. | Video

Oct 12 2017
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Japan launches fourth satellite for high-precision GPS

TOKYO Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth.

Tech, Japan Oct 10 2017
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Pope to get closer to heavens with call to space station

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will get closer to the heavens this month when he puts in a call to the International Space Station.

Oct 09 2017
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What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

WASHINGTON Scientists have answered one of nature’s most pungent questions: what gives the world’s smelliest fruit its distinctive aroma.

Oct 09 2017
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DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

WASHINGTON When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick.

Oct 05 2017
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Microscope trailblazers win chemistry Nobel for 'freeze framing' life

STOCKHOLM/LONDON A trio of Swiss, American and British scientists won the 2017 Nobel chemistry prize on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to see biological molecules frozen in action. | Video

Oct 04 2017
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Trump's drug czar nominee withdraws from consideration

WASHINGTON The U.S. lawmaker who was President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar withdrew on Tuesday after it became public he spearheaded a bill that hurt the government's ability to crack down on opioid makers flooding the market with the addictive painkillers. | Video