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NASA Mars rover finds clear evidence for ancient, long-lived lakes


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Three years after landing in a giant Martian crater, NASA's Curiosity rover has found what scientists call proof that the basin had repeatedly filled with water, bolstering chances for life on Mars, a study published on Thursday showed.

Ancient Ethiopian man's genome illuminates ancestry of Africans

WASHINGTON - DNA extracted from the skull of a man buried 4,500 years ago in an Ethiopian cave is providing new clarity on the ancestry of modern Africans as well as shedding light on an influx of people from the ancient Middle East into the Horn of Africa.

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Atlas rocket blasts off with U.S. spy satellite and 13 mini: satellites

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from California on Thursday to put a classified spy satellite and 13 tiny experimental spacecraft into orbit for the U.S. government. | Video

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Nobel discoveries on DNA repair now fueling cancer drug research

CHICAGO - Cancer researchers are just beginning to understand the ramifications of the fundamental discoveries behind the 2015 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, which were awarded on Wednesday to three scientists for explaining how cells repair mistakes in DNA that occur when cells divide. | Video

Health 07 Oct 2015

DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize

Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer. | Video

07 Oct 2015

Brain trauma widespread among high school football players, researchers say

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Football is a dangerous sport. Even with the best protective gear, sprained knees, pulled muscles and an occasional broken bone are part of the game. But seven years of research into the impact of head trauma in high school players points to new dangers that parents will find extremely alarming.  | Video

Health 07 Oct 2015

El Niño brings welcome rains to Chile's farmers, ski resorts

SANTIAGO - After eight years of drought which left fields parched and ski resorts dry, a burst of wet weather, likely triggered by the El Niño phenomenon, has been welcomed in central Chile.

Environment 07 Oct 2015

Ruffling the feathers: scientists formulate bird family tree

WASHINGTON - They come in many shapes, sizes and hues, from Cuba's tiny bee hummingbird to the flightless ostrich of Africa's plains, Antarctica's emperor penguin and the Southern Ocean's majestic wandering albatross.

Cuba 07 Oct 2015

Israeli team signs first launch deal in Google moon race

JERUSALEM - An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.

Tech 07 Oct 2015

Pentagon sees decision soon on Russian rocket engine waiver

WASHINGTON - (This October 6, 2015 story was refiled to clarify the number of engines affected by the ban in the seventh paragraph to 9 not 24)

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Ten quarantined in Nigeria over Ebola scare

ABUJA - Ten people have been quarantined after coming into contact with a patient with Ebola-like symptoms in the southern Nigerian city of Calabar, officials said on Thursday, a year after the country was declared free of the deadly disease.