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Watch Live Spacewalks continue to fix ISS cooling system

WATCH THE NASA LIVE STREAMING SPACEWALK CLICK HERE TO WATCH Two NASA astronauts began a high-stakes series of spacewalks to repair the International Space Station’s cooling system on Saturday, outfitted for the first time with snorkels in their helmets to keep them from drowning. Photo: Backdropped by Earth, the International Space Station is seen in…

Google buys new robots which run faster than humans: meet Wildcat

THEY run faster than people and are agile over rough surfaces and terrains that are challenging for most human beings. Wildcat is the latest mobile robot acquired by Google to join BigDog, Cheetah and Atlas. The internet giant has bought the machines in an acquisition of US company, Boston Dynamics, which has designed mobile research…

NASA scientists build robotic woman — ‘Valkyrie’ — to accompany astronauts in space

Meet Valkyrie, a 6-foot-tall human-like robot built at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Valkyrie will soon be a contestant in The Department of Defense’s Robotics Challenge where the world’s best robot will win a $2 million prize. 17 teams will compete in the Challenge at Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway, December 20-21. One winner will be chosen…

New type of cockroach found in US for 1st time

A species of cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold has been confirmed in the United States for the first time, AP reports. Scientists suspect the species Periplaneta japonica was likely a stowaway in the soil of ornamental plants used to adorn New York’s High Line park.

DNA study suggests dogs originated in Europe

A new DNA study published Thursday indicates dogs originated in Europe some 19,000 to 32,000 years ago. This large DNA study aligns with the earliest known doglike fossils, which also came from Europe. Other DNA studies have suggested that dogs originated in east Asia and the Middle East. Scientists agree that dogs became the first…

40 Billion ‘habitable Earths-size’ planets Discovered in Milky Way alone

Do they come in peace? Astronomers at the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Hawaii released a study Monday saying there are likely around 40 billion planets with Earth-like characteristics in our galaxy. The closest one? 12 light years away, or 72 trillion miles. And just in case you weren’t blown away yet, experts…

Partial Solar Eclipse Lights Up The US East Coast Sky Sunday

A rare solar eclipse was seen by millions at sunrise on Sunday morning. The display was seen on across the east coast of the United States as far west as eastern Ohio, and as far south as Florida. A total eclipse of the sun was visible to those in central Africa. USA Today

Dark matter not found in 1st results from powerful detector

The first results from the most sensitive dark-matter detector ever built shows the equipment did not find any conclusive evidence of the substance, scientists announced Wednesday. The LUX detector is buried one mile beneath the ground in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Scientists think that dark matter makes up the majority of matter in…

Skull Discovery Could Rewrite Early Human Evolution

The human family tree may be much simpler than previously thought, a newly released report finds. The report, which was sparked by the discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull, suggests that specimens that were previously thought to represent several different human species might actually be different-sized individuals of the same species. The fossil, known as Skull…

5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman has living relatives

Scientists say that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of Ötzi the Iceman currently living in Austria’s Tyrol region. Ötzi’s frozen 5,300-year-old body was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. The 19 genetic matches to Ötzi were found by examining DNA records of 3,700 Austrian blood donors. The Austrian researchers have not yet…

Diamond Rain Falls On Jupiter And Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn regularly experience diamond rain, scientists claim after examining new atmospheric data from the gas giants. After falling, the diamonds are melted by the extreme heats of the planets’ cores into a liquid sea. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society…

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To 3 US Scientists

The 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to US scientists Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshe who pioneered the use of computer models that mirror chemical reactions. Photo: Chairman Sven Lidin (L-R), permanent secretary Staffan Normark and professor Gunnar Karlstrom of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announce the winners of the…

Nobel Prize Awarded To ‘God Particle’ Theorists

The Nobel Prize in physics has been award to British physicist Peter Higgs and Belgian physicist Francois Englert for their work researching the elusive Higgs boson. Photo: Belgian physicist Francois Englert and British physicist Peter Higgs converse during the 2012 news conference announcing the discovery of a new subatomic particle matching the description of the…

Report: Health Of World’s Oceans Declining Fast

The health of the oceans is declining faster than previously thought, a report from the International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) warns. According to the report, the oceans are facing a multitude of threats, including overfishing and pollution. The current conditions threaten a mass extinction event similar to those that have afflicted…

The bird mummies of Natron: Lake’s waters petrify animals that fall in

The Rift Valley’s Lake Natron is the chosen mating ground of the endangered lesser flamingo. The long-legged waterfowl may flourish, but to any other living creature, Lake Natron is hell on earth. The lake’s steeply alkaline waters are a graveyard for thousands of small birds. Wildlife photographer Nick Brandt used the corpses littering the Tanzanian…

Expedition 37 Arrives At International Space Station

NASA has confirmed that a new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station, docking to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are scheduled for a five-and-a-half month stay in space,…

Tests Confirm National Zoo’s Panda Cub Is A Girl

The 2-week-old panda cub born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is a female, zoo geneticists have confirmed. Her father is the Zoo’s panda Tian Tian. Scientists confirmed the second, stillborn cub Mei Xiang delivered on Aug. 24, 2013, was a female and the cubs were fraternal twins.

‘Sharknado’ Dismissed As ‘Fantasy’ By Real-Life Shark Experts Who Will Be Ill-Prepared For Shark-Filled Tornadoes

Acknowledging nobody really thinks sharks can be picked up by a tornado and attack people from above, amused shark experts want to set the record straight in the wake of Sharknado, a TV movie about airborne sharks unleashed on Los Angeles. “This is fantasy at its best,” said George Burgess, director of the Florida Program…

Japan Approves Stem Cell Clinical Trials

Japan’s government on Friday gave its seal of approval to the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body. Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common medical condition…

NASA Aborts Spacewalk Over Dangerous Water Leak

NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet. Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from…

Hubble Telescope Spots Blue Planet Where It Rains Glass

The world, known as HD189733b, has a deep azure hue – probably the result of silicate (glass) rain in the atmosphere, which scatters blue light. The temperature of the planet’s atmosphere is a scorching 1,000C, and it rains glass, sideways, in howling 7,000km-per-hour winds. Its atmosphere has been found to be dramatically changeable and exotic,…

Shockwave From Russian Meteor Circled Globe Twice

The shock wave from an asteroid that burned up over Russia in February was so powerful that it traveled twice around the globe, scientists say. They used a system of sensors set up to detect evidence of nuclear tests and said it was the most powerful event ever recorded by the network. More than 1,000…