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Is NASA telling the White House something about life on Mars that it hasn't told anyone else?
That's what Aviation Week reported on Friday.
Nothing like a bizarre-looking sea "monster" to draw crowds to a tony resort town. The blogosphere has been abuzz since Gawker.com early this week featured a story and photo of a bulky hairless corpse with sharp teeth and a snout that reportedly washed up in Montauk on the eastern tip of Long Island, N.Y...
Little more than a month after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist strikes, the nation was shaken by a new wave of attacks. Five people died--and 17 more people were sickened by--anthrax (an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium) sent to unwitting residents, reporters and government officials...
Millions of people were treated to a rare view of a solar eclipse this morning. Some thousands who could make it to northern Canada or central Russia, Mongolia or China got the full monty—a total eclipse lasting more than two minutes...
Peppers were apparently the perps in the salmonella outbreak that sickened some 1,300 people in the U.S. and Canada since April. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it traced the responsible bacterial strain—Salmonella Saintpaul—to a Serrano pepper grown on a Mexican farm that irrigated its fields with water contaminated with it...
Remember when scientists announced three years ago that they had found the soft tissue of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a 70-million-year-old fossil? Never mind.
A drug called PBT2, developed by Australian company Prana Biotechnology, appears to improve cognitive abilities in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Researchers report in Lancet Neurology , that it was also successful in reducing protein buildup associated with the debilitating neurodegenerative illness, which plagues up to 4.5 million Americans...
BASF Corporation, General Electric Company, NanoFilm Ltd. and PPG Industries are the latest chemical companies to provide data to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of an effort to determine whether nano-sized particles they use in products pose health hazards...
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established 50 years ago today by the aptly named National Aeronautics and Space Act. NASA began operations on October 1, 1958, with a staff of 80 spread among four laboratories...
Sir Richard Branson's space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, provided a glimpse today of the completed mothership that it hopes will ferry adventuresome travelers to the fringes of space...
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