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The future looks bright: light pollution rises on a global scale


WASHINGTON The world is getting brighter, but scientists say that may not be a good thing.


Scientists solve the mystery of America's scuba-diving fly

WASHINGTON A small fly that thrives at an inhospitable California lake east of Yosemite National Park long has perplexed observers who watch as it crawls into the severely salty and alkaline water, snacks on some algae or lays some eggs, then emerges dry as a desert.

Nov 20 2017

U.S. approves digital pill that tracks when patients take it

U.S. regulators have approved the first digital pill with an embedded sensor to track if patients are taking their medication properly, marking a significant step forward in the convergence of healthcare and technology. | Video

Health, Nov 14 2017

Drinking age: oldest evidence of wine-making found near Tbilisi

WASHINGTON Oenophiles take note: 5980 BC was a very good year for wine.

Nov 13 2017

Eurek-baa: Scientists find sheep can recognize human faces

LONDON Sheep have been trained to recognize the faces of celebrities, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, by University of Cambridge scientists who hope it may help with understanding neurodegenerative diseases.


Exploring Egypt's Great Pyramid from the inside, virtually

PARIS A team of scientists who last week announced the discovery of a large void inside the Great Pyramid of Giza have created a virtual-reality tour that allows users to 'teleport' themselves inside the structure and explore its architecture.

Nov 07 2017

Going ape: new orangutan species identified in Sumatra

WASHINGTON Scientists have identified a new species of great ape on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, finding that a small population of orangutans inhabiting its Batang Toru forest merits recognition as the third species of these shaggy reddish tree dwellers.

Nov 02 2017

Cosmic-ray imaging finds hidden structure in Egypt's Great Pyramid

WASHINGTON Scientists using an imaging method based on cosmic rays have detected a large and enigmatic internal structure in the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the massive Great Pyramid of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. | Video

Nov 03 2017

Fossil footprints reveal existence of big early dinosaur predator

WASHINGTON A trail of fossilized three-toed footprints that measure nearly two feet (57 cm) long shows that a huge meat-eating dinosaur stalked southern Africa 200 million years ago at a time when most carnivorous dinosaurs were modest-sized beasts.

Oct 26 2017

Mystery space object may be first confirmed interstellar visitor

LOS ANGELES A small asteroid or comet that has been spotted racing through our solar system may have come from elsewhere in the galaxy, U.S. space scientists say, possibly marking the first such interstellar visitor observed from Earth. | Video

Oct 27 2017

Venezuelans suffer as malaria outbreak spreads in drug-short nation

CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela On a recent morning in Venezuela's southern jungle state of Bolivar, Amanda Santamaria, her two sons, one daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter lined up in front of a shabby community health center in the hope of receiving treatment for malaria.