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Colossal distant black hole holds surprises about early universe


WASHINGTON The oldest and most distant black hole ever observed -- a celestial brute 800 million times more massive than the sun -- is providing scientists some surprises about the nature of the universe when, on a cosmic scale, it was a mere toddler.


Oddball dinosaur was 'mixture between a Velociraptor and a goose'

WASHINGTON A strange turkey-sized, bird-like dinosaur that boasted a swan's neck, arms resembling flippers, long legs and a mouth full of needle-like teeth staked out a unique amphibious lifestyle in rivers and lakes about 75 million years ago in Mongolia.

Dec 06 2017

Rats join mosquitoes as targets for 'gene drive' pest control

LONDON Rodents have joined mosquitoes in the cross-hairs of scientists working on a next-generation genetic technology known as "gene drive" to control pests.

Dec 05 2017

Arctic sea ice melt to exacerbate California droughts: study

WASHINGTON Melting Arctic sea ice could render sun-soaked California vulnerable to a recurrence of the severe drought suffered in recent years as it is likely to cause high pressure systems that push away rain-bearing storms, a study released on Tuesday said.

U.S., Dec 06 2017

Singapore researchers' underwater robot inspired by manta ray

SINGAPORE Researchers in Singapore have built an underwater robot that looks and swims like a manta ray, using only single motors and flexible fins to propel it through water in a manner uncannily like its biological cousin. | Video

Tech, Dec 04 2017

Dazzling egg fossils crack open secrets of ancient flying reptiles

WASHINGTON A dazzling discovery in northwestern China of hundreds of fossilized pterosaur eggs is providing fresh understanding of these flying reptiles that lived alongside the dinosaurs including evidence that their babies were born flightless and needed parental care.

China Nov 30 2017

U.S. scientists take step toward creating artificial life

CHICAGO In a major step toward creating artificial life, U.S. researchers have developed a living organism that incorporates both natural and artificial DNA and is capable of creating entirely new, synthetic proteins.

Nov 29 2017

Russia says cannot make contact with new space satellite

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, Russia Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday it had failed to establish contact with a newly-launched weather satellite. | Video

Nov 28 2017

Walking the dog? Motion monitor to aid actors playing pooches

BATH, England From a poodle's strut to a basset hound's lolloping gait, scientists plan to capture the movements of different breeds to make on-screen animated dogs played by humans more authentic. | Video

Tech, Film Nov 29 2017

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

WASHINGTON For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear - literally.

Oddly Enough Nov 28 2017

GSK's new pharma head on lookout for cancer deals to boost pipeline

LONDON GlaxoSmithKline will scout for deal opportunities in cancer medicine, as well as immunology, as the drugmaker seeks to rebuild its presence in oncology, its new head of pharmaceuticals told Reuters.