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Temperature's rising: expert says dinosaurs were warm-blooded


WASHINGTON - Dinosaurs, those bygone masters of the planet, were warm-blooded just like today's mammals, according to a scientist who judged their metabolism using body mass and growth rates deduced from fossils of species including Tyrannosaurus rex.

Czech teacher battles bee-killing disease with hot hive

CHRUDIM, Czech Republic - Scientists battling a bee-killing disease are about to start testing a new weapon -- a sun-heated hive designed by a Czech high school teacher.

Health 2:23pm EDT

Serpent robot evolves into Snake Monster

Pittsburgh, Pensylvania - Researchers have taken their serpentine machines, developed over decades at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, and connected them to a central hub to create one of the most robust robots ever developed. Its creators have named it the Snake Monster.  | Video

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Science journal retracts gay-marriage study after evidence of fraud

NEW YORK - Amid evidence of fraud in a high-profile study on how canvassers can convince people to back same-sex marriage, the journal Science, which published the study, retracted it on Thursday.

Subjects, Gay Marriage 3:59pm EDT

Ethiopian fossils represent new member of human family tree

WASHINGTON - Jaw and teeth fossils found on the silty clay surface of Ethiopia's Afar region represent a previously unknown member of humankind's family tree that lived 3.3 to 3.5 million years ago alongside the famous human ancestor "Lucy," scientists say.

27 May 2015

Cold case: scientists encounter prehistoric murder mystery

WASHINGTON - This 430,000-year-old case may be the world's oldest murder mystery.

27 May 2015

U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for national security launches

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday said it has certified privately held SpaceX to launch U.S. military and spy satellites, ending a monopoly held by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, since its creation in 2006.

26 May 2015

White House: ethics of human genome editing needs further review

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Tuesday the ethical issues associated with gene-editing on the human genome need further study by the scientific community and should not be pursued until issues are resolved.

Health, Politics 26 May 2015

What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation

LONDON - The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents.

26 May 2015

SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific with space station cargo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A Space Exploration Technologies Dragon cargo capsule made a parachute splashdown into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, wrapping up a five-week stay at the International Space Station.

22 May 2015

U.S. Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap

WASHINGTON - U.S. personnel working at an Army facility in Utah appeared to follow correctly all the outlined procedures to inactivate anthrax before they mistakenly shipped off live samples of the deadly bacteria, the Army's top general said on Thursday. | Video