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Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all

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WASHINGTON - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides.

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

WASHINGTON - In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships.

23 Oct 2014

Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs

LONDON - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar.

China, Health, Africa 23 Oct 2014

French entrepreneurs launch test to detect pork in food

ASNIERES France - Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims who abide by dietary laws.

23 Oct 2014

The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved

WASHINGTON - In July 1965, two gigantic fossilized dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters), they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in Earth's history.

22 Oct 2014

Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station

- Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a speedy, 3 -1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas. | Video

Russia 22 Oct 2014

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch

NEW YORK - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies.

19 Oct 2014

Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

ATHENS - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday.

21 Oct 2014

23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees

TEL AVIV - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history.

Health 21 Oct 2014
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U.S. officials considering quarantines for returning healthcare workers

NEW YORK - The Obama administration is considering quarantines for healthcare workers returning from Ebola-ravaged West African countries, an official said on Friday, as authorities in New York retraced the steps of a doctor with the disease. | Video