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Spiky little sea 'monster' thrived a half billion years ago


WASHINGTON - More than half a billion years ago, a peculiar little creature with rows of spikes on its back and delicate, feather-like front limbs to strain bits of food from the water thrived in the primordial seas of what is now China.

Falcon rocket explosion leaves SpaceX launch schedule in tatters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - SpaceX on Monday was searching for what destroyed its Falcon 9 rocket after liftoff over the weekend, leaving customers still loyal but unsure when their satellites might fly.

Tech 29 Jun 2015

Exclusive: U.S. should spurn Russia rocket engines despite SpaceX failure - McCain

WASHINGTON - The failure of a SpaceX rocket over Florida on Sunday should not lead U.S. officials back to Russia to look for a rocket engine that can get military equipment into space, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Monday.

Tech, Russia 29 Jun 2015

SpaceX rocket supplying space station explodes after Florida launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbiting outpost. | Video

28 Jun 2015

Scientists crack gene secret that lets poppies make morphine

LONDON - Scientists have identified a key gene used by poppies to make morphine, paving the way for better methods of producing the medically important drug, potentially without the need for cultivating poppy fields.

25 Jun 2015

London mayor suggests $15 billion 'megafund' to boost biotech

LONDON - Banks, investors and big drug companies should consider creating a 10-billion-pound ($15.7 billion) "megafund" to help biotech firms in London and across Britain compete with U.S. rivals, London mayor Boris Johnson said on Thursday.

25 Jun 2015

Aratana's experimental appetite stimulator succeeds in study on dogs

- Animal health drugmaker Aratana Therapeutics Inc said its experimental appetite-stimulating drug was found effective in dogs in a pivotal study.

26 Jun 2015

It's no hallucination, that creature is just really weird

WASHINGTON - It was a creature so strange that experts literally could not make heads nor tails of it.

25 Jun 2015

Shell shock: Triassic reptile was 'grandfather' of all turtles

WASHINGTON - It looked like an odd lizard with a bulky body and only the skeletal precursor of a shell, but scientists say 240 million-year-old fossils unearthed in a quarry in southern Germany represent the grandfather of all turtles.

Germany 24 Jun 2015

No difference in kids with same-sex, opposite-sex parents: study

PORTLAND, Ore. - Scientists agree that children raised by same-sex couples are no worse off than children raised by parents of the opposite sex, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Oregon professor.

23 Jun 2015

Liberia records Ebola death after country declared virus-free

MONROVIA - A Liberian has died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the disease since a country at the heart of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,000 people was declared virus-free on May 9 after going 42 days without a new case.