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Nature thrives in Chernobyl, site of worst nuclear disaster


LONDON, Oct 5 - - Some 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident blasted radiation across Chernobyl, the site has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with elk, deer and wolves, scientists said on Monday.

Nobel prize for solving puzzle of ghostly neutrino particles

STOCKHOLM/LONDON - A Japanese and a Canadian scientist won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto the fundamental nature of the universe. | Video

Japan, 10:50am EDT

Heating up hair science

West Lafayette, IND Tahira Reid loves science. So she decided to use that passion to study one of her biggest causes of anxiety.  | Video

05 Oct 2015

Post-apocalyptic 'beaver' thrived after dinosaurs died

WASHINGTON - The world had been wrecked. An asteroid impact in Mexico compounded by colossal volcanism in India 66 million years ago had killed about three-quarters of Earth's species including the dinosaurs.

Environment, Mexico 05 Oct 2015

Beating parasites wins three scientists Nobel prize for medicine

STOCKHOLM/LONDON - Three scientists from Japan, China and Ireland whose discoveries led to the development of potent new drugs against parasitic diseases including malaria and elephantiasis won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday. | Video

World, Health, China, Japan, Ireland 05 Oct 2015

Biofuel from whisky byproducts better than ethanol, says maker

A Scottish company has developed a commercial scale method of producing biofuel capable of fuelling cars from the unwanted residue of the whisky fermentation process. | Video

Welsh stem cell firm wins fast-track filing path in Europe

LONDON - A biotech company founded by a Nobel prize winner has won the go-ahead from European regulators to begin the application process for conditional marketing authorization of a stem cell-based regenerative heart treatment.

Health 05 Oct 2015

Big gulp: feeding strategy of blue whales revealed

WASHINGTON - The blue whale is the largest creature on Earth and perhaps the biggest that ever lived, so it is no surprise it has a huge appetite. But the strategies this behemoth uses to get enough food has not been well understood - until now.

02 Oct 2015

Six experts vie for top U.N. climate science job

OSLO - Six candidates are vying to become head of the U.N.'s top authority on climate change science this week, seeking to narrow down uncertainties about future warming to guide a trillion-dollar shift to greener energies.

World, Environment 04 Oct 2015

ULA needs relief on Russian engines before GPS launch bid: CEO

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./WASHINGTON - United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, on Friday said it would not bid in a U.S. Air Force competition to launch a GPS satellite unless it received some relief from a ban on use of Russian rocket engines.

02 Oct 2015

Colorado marijuana users sue grower over fungicide

DENVER - Two Colorado marijuana users have sued a cannabis grower claiming a "patently dangerous" agricultural fungicide that becomes poisonous when ignited was applied without their knowledge to pot plants they later smoked, court documents showed on Monday.