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Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist


TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico - A Mexican archeologist hunting for a royal tomb in a deep, dark tunnel beneath a towering pre-Aztec pyramid has made a discovery that may have brought him a step closer: liquid mercury.

Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT

NEW YORK - Warning of an "innovation deficit," scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer's disease and agriculture.

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Hot times at Yellowstone: huge magma chamber found deeply buried

WASHINGTON - Deep beneath Yellowstone National Park, one of the world's most dynamic volcanic systems, lies an enormous, previously unknown reservoir of hot, partly molten rock big enough to fill up the Grand Canyon 11 times, scientists say.

23 Apr 2015

Celladon says heart treatment fails in trial

NEW YORK - Celladon Corp said its heart failure gene therapy Mydicar failed to meet its primary and secondary endpoints in an important trial.

Health 26 Apr 2015

F1 technology moves into the supermarket fridge

LONDON - Formula One's cutting-edge aerodynamic technology is moving into the supermarket chill cabinet.

24 Apr 2015

First experiment 'editing' human embryos ignites ethical furor

NEW YORK - Biologists in China reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against altering the human genome in a way that could last for generations.

China 23 Apr 2015

Defying the odds, Hubble telescope still going strong after 25 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA on Thursday marked the silver anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with fireworks, of a celestial kind, conveyed by the orbiting observatory itself. | Video

Tech, 23 Apr 2015

Genome study reveals lonely end for the world's woolly mammoths

WASHINGTON - The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise, revealing they suffered two population crashes before a final, severely inbred group succumbed on an Arctic Ocean island.

23 Apr 2015

'Safest bike ever' devised by British entrepreneur

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, APRIL 20, 2015 - A British entrepreneur has designed what he calls 'the safest bike in history' and hopes its manufacture could help those currently reluctant to cycle, due to safety concerns, to get in the saddle. | Video

23 Apr 2015

How do you tell a boy dinosaur from a girl dinosaur?

WASHINGTON - For extinct creatures like dinosaurs known only from fossils, it is notoriously difficult to differentiate the males from the females of a species because sex distinctions are rarely obvious from the skeletons.

22 Apr 2015

Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.