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Dawn of man: Ethiopian jawbone fossil pushes back human origins


WASHINGTON - A 2.8-million-year-old jawbone fossil with five intact teeth unearthed in an Ethiopian desert is pushing back the dawn of humankind by about half a million years.

Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday.

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Hubble captures quadruple image of ancient exploding star

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens captured surprising multiple images of the same exploded ancient star, research published on Thursday shows.

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Fresh coat: scientists develop tough new self-cleaning paint

LONDON - British and Chinese scientists say they have developed a new paint that can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel to make resilient surfaces that can self-clean even after being scratched or scuffed.

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Praying mantis looks long before it leaps

Slowed-down video footage of a series of praying mantises leaping towards a target has demonstrated the extraordinary precision of the insect while jumping. | Video

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Star Wars-inspired prototype creates holographic display

A new 3D technology aims to give mobile devices the power to display holographic images and video. Partly inspired by a scene from Star Wars where a holographic image of Princess Leia pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi, the appropriately named 'Leia' recently demonstrated a prototype of its display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. | Video

Tech 10:19am EST

Crowdfunding psychedelics: LSD brain-imaging study seeks funds

LONDON - British scientists are turning to crowdfunding to complete the first scientific study ever to image the brain of someone "tripping" on the psychedelic drug LSD.

04 Mar 2015

Israel uses military expertise to join commercial space race

HAIFA, Israel - Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market.

04 Mar 2015

U.S. science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A NASA science satellite on Friday will wrap up a 7-1/2-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday.

02 Mar 2015

U.S. ends program flagging 'sensitive' patent requests

- A little known but controversial program that flagged sensitive patent applications involving potentially touchy subjects such as AIDS vaccines and abortion devices has been scrapped by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

U.S., 03 Mar 2015

Exclusive: Costco working to end use of human antibiotics in chicken

CHICAGO - Costco Wholesale Corp is working toward eliminating the sale of chicken and meat from other animals raised with antibiotics that are vital to fighting human infections, senior executives at the third-largest U.S. retailer told Reuters on Thursday.