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Children’s brains are most elastic, moldable in their first 20 years

New research shows that human brains are most elastic in the first two decades of life.
7 years ago
FILE – This Oct. 21, 1954 file photo shows Dr. Frederick C. Robbins, new chief of pediatrics ...
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Human fetal tissue long used for variety of medical studies

Controversy over Planned Parenthood's supplying fetal tissue for research has focused attention on a little-discussed aspect of science.
7 years ago
Malik Muhammad raises his fist during a demonstration calling for the firing and indictment of Texa...
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Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.
7 years ago
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Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious.
7 years ago
William “Bill” Kelso, Director of Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virg...
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Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.
7 years ago
n On Monday, July 27, 2015, Hermiston firefighters in hazmat suits carry what was reported as a sus...
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FBI: Packages sent to Oregon sheriffs were not toxic

The FBI said Tuesday that no toxic substances have been found in letters sent to about 20 Oregon sheriffs or their offices.
7 years ago
FILE – In this July 8, 2011 file photo Nabire, a white rhino sits in its enclosure at the zoo...
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Critically endangered northern white rhino dies at Czech zoo

One of the last five northern white rhinoceros left in the world has died.
7 years ago
This photo taken Friday, July 24, 2015 and released on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by The Etablissement ...
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French archaeology students find 560,000-year-old tooth

Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country and being rare from that period in Europe.
7 years ago
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Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence

Scientists and tech experts -- including Prof. Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak -- warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.
7 years ago
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Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Papua province

A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged.
7 years ago
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Scientist: Whale deaths off Alaska island remains mystery

Researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska's Kodiak Island, a scientist working on the case said Monday.
7 years ago
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NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense.
7 years ago
FILE -In this Jan. 15, 1998 file photo, a women sifts through rubble near her destroyed home after ...
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Worldwide strengthening El Nino giveth and taketh away

In California, they're counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they've already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It's both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it's likely to increase the price of coffee, chocolate and sugar.
7 years ago
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Stephen Hawking fields questions on artificial intelligence

Have a question about artificial intelligence and think theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the man to ask?
7 years ago
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Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying due to hot water

More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.
7 years ago
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China accepts group’s case against ConocoPhillips, CNOOC

A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.
7 years ago
This undated photo provided by the New England Aquarium shows the carcass of rarely-seen deep water...
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Rarely-seen whale washes up on Massachusetts beach

Biologists with the New England Aquarium are investigating what may have caused a rarely-seen deep water whale to wash up on a Massachusetts beach.
7 years ago
In this Friday, July 10, 2015 photo, a Karner Blue butterfly is seen after it was released at the A...
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Endangered butterfly recovering in some, not all, of range

More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.
7 years ago
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Judge rules Alzheimer’s project belongs to UC San Diego

A judge has ruled that control of a landmark project on Alzheimer's disease belongs to the University of California, San Diego -- handing the school a major victory in its lawsuit against the University of Southern California.
7 years ago
In this April 30, 2009 file photo, coral reefs grow in the waters of Tatawa Besar, Komodo islands, ...
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Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners.
7 years ago
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Mystery beach blast in Rhode Island blamed on hydrogen gas

A mysterious blast on a Rhode Island beach likely was caused by the combustion of hydrogen gas that had built up because of a corroded copper cable under the sand, investigators announced Friday.
7 years ago
This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows Pluto made by combining several im...
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Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.
7 years ago
This undated photo provided by Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shows African elephant Irin...
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1 of oldest African elephants in North America euthanized

An animal-welfare group says one of the oldest African elephants in North America has been euthanized in California because of chronic degenerative joint and foot disease.
7 years ago
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Ex-UN climate panel head accused of stalking loses India job

The former chairman of the U.N. climate panel has been removed from his job as head of a top energy institute in India following allegations of sexual harassment.
7 years ago