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Snug as a bug: the hated cockroach inspires a helpful robot


WASHINGTON People use a lot of words to describe the reviled cockroach: disgusting, ugly, sneaky and repulsive, to name a few. But it may be time to add a surprising new one: inspirational.

Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact

RIO DE JANEIRO One major hurdle is thwarting efforts to measure the extent of the Zika epidemic and its suspected links to thousands of birth defects in Brazil: accurate diagnosis of a virus that still confounds blood tests.

Health, Brazil, 04 Feb 2016

Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India

CHENNAI Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years.

Oddly Enough 08 Feb 2016

New dinosaur species offers evolutionary clues

Paleontologists say a 201-million-year-old dinosaur fossil found two years ago on a Welsh beach could offer vital clues to understanding the evolution from the late Triassic to the early Jurassic Period. | Video

08 Feb 2016

Italian consortium set to win giant Chile telescope contract

SANTIAGO An Italian consortium, including construction company Astaldi Spa, is close to securing a contract to build the world's largest telescope in the Chilean desert, project owner the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said on Thursday.

Italy 04 Feb 2016

Ancient wildebeest cousin boasted bizarre dinosaur-like trait

WASHINGTON In an ancient streambed on Kenya's Rusinga Island, scientists have unearthed fossils of a wildebeest-like creature named Rusingoryx that boasted a weird nasal structure more befitting of a dinosaur than a mammal.

04 Feb 2016

Russian cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Two veteran Russian cosmonauts returned to the International Space Station on Wednesday after replacing experiment equipment that is testing how materials and biological samples fare in the harsh environment of space. | Video

Russia 03 Feb 2016

Short-legged Oregon arachnid gets 'behemoth' name

PORTLAND, Ore. Researchers have bestowed a grandiose scientific name on a tiny, spider-like cousin of the daddy longlegs, officially dubbing the newly discovered denizen of remote Oregon forests the Cryptomaster behemoth.

03 Feb 2016

U.S. private space companies plan surge in launches this year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. U.S. private space companies Space Exploration Technologies and United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and BoeingN>, have scheduled more than 30 launches from Florida this year, up from 18 last year, according to company and Air Force officials.

03 Feb 2016

Smart band-aid on the horizon

Cambridge, MASS Wearable electronics will revolutionize the way doctors diagnose and treat patients, according to researchers at MIT, who are developing stretchable hydrogels that share many of the same properties of human tissue. | Video

03 Feb 2016

Brazilian studies aim to unravel Zika's link to birth defects

CHICAGO At Roberto Santos GeneralĀ HospitalĀ in Salvador, Brazil, Dr. Antonio Almeida and a team of specialists are closely following two groups of women: Those who deliver babies with abnormally small heads and those who deliver apparently normal babies.