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Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99


SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported.

Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

WASHINGTON - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

Environment 28 Jan 2015

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study

NEW YORK - When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Health 28 Jan 2015

How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility

Orange County, Ca - Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping.

Tech 27 Jan 2015

Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

WASHINGTON - Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Environment, 27 Jan 2015

Asteroid that buzzed Earth has a plus one, NASA says

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The mountain-sized asteroid that made a close pass by Earth on Monday has a small moon in tow, radar images released by NASA show.

27 Jan 2015

Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills

LONDON/DAKAR - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.

Health 27 Jan 2015

Commercial space rides for U.S. astronauts to save millions: NASA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - The U.S. space program should save more than $12 million a seat flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station on commercial space taxis rather than aboard Russian capsules, the NASA program manager said on Monday.

Russia 26 Jan 2015

University of Wisconsin closes laboratory, ending cat experiments

- A University of Wisconsin research laboratory that attracted controversy for using live cats in experiments is closing this year, the school said.

Environment 26 Jan 2015

The upper hand: study points to early tool use by human ancestors

WASHINGTON - Human ancestors may have been capable of using tools much earlier than previously thought.

23 Jan 2015

Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins

GENEVA - The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic.