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Early this week offers skywatchers their best shot at seeing the comet Lulin as it makes its nearest approach to Earth. In some locales it may be possible to spot Lulin with the naked eye, but a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars will help to pick it out...
The next space shuttle launch has been pushed back again due to lingering safety concerns stemming from the last shuttle mission in November. NASA needs more time to analyze and possibly conduct further testing on the three flow-control valves that regulate the flow of hydrogen gas from the main engines to the external fuel tank, the space agency announced late Friday...
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The 81st Annual Academy Awards are tonight, and science would be in the running for best supporting theme—if there was an Oscar for that kind of thing.
A mystery came to Monterey Bay in 2007: Hundreds of seabirds washed ashore looking and even smelling as though they'd run into an oil spill. The slimy substance that covered the struggling and dead birds smelled "like linseed oil," says Raphael Kudela, an associate professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz...
We use light to transmit information, using fiber optics. That's great. But it doesn't work as well as it might in confined spaces—say, on a microchip—because it's tough to control, zipping around as it does at the speed of light...
Performance-enhancing steroids are the gifts that keep on giving. They help set home-run records and win cycling medals — never mind make for obvious nicknames like the latest instant classic, A-Roid...
Grainy images of a large snake in Borneo's Baleh River have some locals afraid the mythical Nabu snake is back. Is Borneo's 100-foot river snake—reported yesterday by London's Telegraph and captured in photographs (one appears to the left) —real?...
Kids with severe peanut allergies were able to eat the food after building up their tolerance with a daily dose of peanut flour, British doctors report today.
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