New evidence for the 'God particle'

By JOHN HEILPRIN and SETH BORENSTEIN July 02, 2012, 09:49 PM

All the excitement is over the subatomic particle that gives all matter in the universe size and shape. Summary.

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With George's death, group goes extinct

June 30, 2012, 05:49 PM

And then there were none. Lonesome George, known as the sole surviving Pinta Island tortoise, died in the Galapagos, possibly of heart failure. He was 100 or thereabouts. He may have been Earth's rarest creature, but Lonesome George's fate has been a common one for megafauna ever since humans came along. The Americas were once a dreamscape of giant mammals, from bears the size of Ford Explorers to giant sloths larger than today's elephants. They all disappeared around 10,000 B.C., not long after the first people are believed to have made their way down from the Bering land bridge.

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Forams: 'Nature's masons'

By By SEAN B. CARROLL June 30, 2012, 05:01 PM

Organisms called forams build ornate and beautiful shells, which contribute to long-lasting monuments and reveal Earth's secrets.

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Science notes: Weight gain from low vitamin D?

June 30, 2012, 04:58 PM

In a group of women older than 65 who had gained weight over 4 years, those whose levels of the vitamin were low had gained a little more weight, researchers said in a study published online by the Journal of Women's Health. The researchers say more study is needed about any possible connection between weight and vitamin D.

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Hanging up on E.T.

By DENNIS OVERBYE June 23, 2012, 04:54 PM

Scientist Jill Tarter, who for decades has been the most likely to announce We Are Not Alone, is stepping back from trying to make contact.

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'The little telescope that could'

June 23, 2012, 04:47 PM

A small telescope, no bigger nor more powerful than a high-end digital camera, has helped researchers discover two new planets, both similar in makeup to the gas giant Jupiter

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Robot learns words - just by talking with humans

By JON BARDIN June 23, 2012, 04:45 PM

In an attempt to replicate the early experiences of infants, researchers in England have created a robot that can learn simple words in minutes just by having a conversation with a human. The work, published in the journal PLoS One, offers insight into how babies transition from babbling to speaking their first words.

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Science notes: HIV linked to rish of heart attack

June 23, 2012, 04:45 PM

People with HIV have more than four times the risk of sudden heart attack as their uninfected peers, and they have them earlier in life, cardiologists reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Telescopes to seek out black holes

June 18, 2012, 06:38 PM

Scientists reported in the journal Nature that they have spotted hints of a methane-rich lake and several ponds near the equator of Saturn's biggest moon. It was long thought that bodies of liquid would evaporate at Titan's midsection. But the analysis suggested the presence of a 927-square-mile hydrocarbon lake. Said scientist Caitlin Griffith: "Titan may have oases."

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Supercomputer tames tangle of atmospheric science

By SCOTT GOLD June 16, 2012, 04:52 PM

In a little more than an hour, a new supercomputer can do as many calculations as there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

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Forgotten notebook reveals discovery, mentor's betrayal

By PETER PRINGLE June 16, 2012, 03:52 PM

Forgotten notebook reveals discovery, mentor's betrayal

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Science notes: An argument for slow but steady

June 16, 2012, 03:50 PM

The amount of exercise needed to improve health and longevity is modest, and more is not necessarily better, a new research suggests.

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Lake, ponds detected near equator of Saturn's Titan

By ALICIA CHANG June 13, 2012, 04:25 PM

In a surprise find, scientists say they have spotted hints of a methane-rich lake and several ponds near the equator of Saturn's biggest moon.

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Lonely outpost Pluto may hold implications for planetary systems

By KEN CROSWELL June 09, 2012, 06:47 PM

Planet or not, Pluto and its newest moons may tell us a lot about how other worlds orbit distant stars.

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Science notes: CT scans may raise cancer risk in kids

June 09, 2012, 06:44 PM

CT scans in children can cause small but significant increases in the risk of leukemia and brain cancer, a study finds.

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Space shuttle Enterprise arrives at Manhattan home

By KAREN MATTHEWS June 06, 2012, 10:30 PM

New Yorkers lined the West Side waterfront to welcome the space shuttle Enterprise as it sailed up the Hudson River on Wednesday to its new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

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For most of us, last viewing of Venus transit

By BRIAN VASTAG June 05, 2012, 06:45 AM

The annals of European astronomy burst with famous names: Copernicus, Kepler, Halley. Jeremiah Horrocks?

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Facebook testing how to allow kids under 13 on site without lying

By BARBARA ORTUTAY June 04, 2012, 07:57 PM

Like many other online services, Facebook prohibits kids under 13 because of federal law. But that ban is difficult to enforce.

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Microsoft unveils new streaming, sharing app at E3

By DERRIK J. LANG June 04, 2012, 04:23 PM

The Xbox 360 is getting a little smarter.

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Want to see Venus cross over the sun?

June 03, 2012, 09:14 PM

Hoping to see the planet Venus' passage over the face of the sun on Tuesday? Here's where you can watch.

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