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Einstein's gravitational waves detected in landmark discovery


WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos. | Video

Scientists bid comet lander Philae farewell after radio silence

FRANKFURT European scientists have given up hope of restoring contact with space probe Philae, which successfully landed on a comet in a pinpoint operation only to lose power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade.

12 Feb 2016

NASA delays space station cargo run due to mold on packing bags

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA's next cargo run to the International Space Station will be delayed for at least two weeks after black mold was found in two fabric bags used for packing clothing, food and other supplies, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday.

10 Feb 2016

World's top scientists pledge to share all findings to fight Zika

LONDON Thirty of the world's leading scientific research institutions, journals and funders have pledged to share for free all data and expertise on Zika to speed up the fight against an outbreak of the viral disease spreading across the Americas.

Health, 10 Feb 2016

Researchers find new Zika clues to birth defect in fetus study

CHICAGO Researchers on Wednesday reported new evidence strengthening the association between Zika virus and a spike in birth defects, citing the presence of the virus in the brain of an aborted fetus of a European woman who became pregnant while living in Brazil.

Health 10 Feb 2016

Maths link to future locust dispersal

A mathematical model of locust swarms could help in the development of new strategies to control their devastating migration, according to British researchers. | Video

10 Feb 2016

Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution

NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in the southern state of Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state's top official has declared.

Oddly Enough 10 Feb 2016

Genome offers clues on thwarting reviled, disease-carrying ticks

WASHINGTON Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease, in research that may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood.

09 Feb 2016

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.

08 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

More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

BOGOTA More than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country's national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.