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I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed cat's teeth grew prodigiously


WASHINGTON - The ferocious saber-toothed cat Smilodon was a star in Hollywood long before it became Tinseltown, with extensive remains of this Ice Age predator that prowled North and South America preserved in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

Rosetta spacecraft finds massive sinkholes on comet's surface

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has massive sinkholes in its surface that are nearly wide enough to swallow Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza, research published on Wednesday shows.

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Minor changes turned Black Death germ from mild to murderous

WASHINGTON - The bacterium Yersinia pestis has inflicted almost unimaginable misery upon humankind over the centuries, killing an estimated 200 million or more people and triggering horrific plagues in the 6th and 14th centuries.

Health 30 Jun 2015

Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building

DUBAI - Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the city grows.

Tech 30 Jun 2015

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.

29 Jun 2015

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

Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor.