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In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

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WASHINGTON - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals.

NASA robotic spacecraft ends mission with crash into the moon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - A robotic U.S. spacecraft ended a pioneering mission to map dust and gases around the moon with a planned, kamikaze crash into the lunar surface early on Friday, NASA officials said.

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In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

NEW YORK - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

Health 17 Apr 2014

Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star.

17 Apr 2014

Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

NEW YORK - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically?

Health, 17 Apr 2014

Oh baby: Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up

WASHINGTON - You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.

Health 16 Apr 2014

Jaws, the prequel: Scientists find the 'Model T Ford' of sharks

WASHINGTON - You've heard of the Model T Ford, the famed early 20th-century automobile that was the forerunner of the modern car. But how about the Model T shark?

16 Apr 2014

U.S. agencies back DigitalGlobe bid to sell sharper images

TAMPA/WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence community has thrown its support behind a bid by commercial space imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc to sell higher resolution images from its satellites, the leading U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday.

China rejections of GMO U.S. corn cost up to $2.9 billion: group

CHICAGO - China's rejections of a banned variety of genetically modified U.S. corn have cost the U.S. agriculture industry up to $2.9 billion, a grain group said on Wednesday in the first estimate on losses from the trade disruptions.

China 16 Apr 2014

French parliament bans cultivation of GM maize

PARIS - France's lower house of parliament adopted a law on Tuesday prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

Environment, France 15 Apr 2014
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Flavored cigars appeal to youth: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young people are smoking fewer cigarettes these days, but their cigar use is rising, which may partly be due to the popularity of flavored cigars, according to a new study.