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Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space

Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space

Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old senior vice president at Google, spent 15 minutes of his Friday free-falling from the top of the stratosphere -- a world record.
Brooks Hays
Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth

Massive sunspot sending violent flares toward Earth

Sunspot region AR2192 on the solar surface is currently both massive and active, scientists with NASA say.
Brooks Hays
Powerful new microscope sees cell division in real time

Powerful new microscope sees cell division in real time

A team of more than 30 scientists have developed a super-powered microscope capable of seeing cellular life in greater detail than ever before.
Brooks Hays
Stone tools reveal Ice Age settlement in the Andes

Stone tools reveal Ice Age settlement in the Andes

Stone artifacts have forced scientists to add two new sites to the list of highest Ice Age human settlements, both situated in the Andes of southern Peru.
Brooks Hays
Astronomers discover worst-smelling comet in space

Astronomers discover worst-smelling comet in space

According to ESA's Rosetta probe and its nose-like instruments, scientist know now that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko smells awful.
Brooks Hays
iPhone 6 sales fuel positive gains for Apple, as Wall Street awaits reports from Microsoft and Amazon

iPhone 6 sales fuel positive gains for Apple, as Wall Street awaits reports from Microsoft and Amazon

Apple announced a 12 percent increase in revenue in their latest earnings report, with Apple CEO Tim Cook declaring "We are selling everything we can make."
Matt Bradwell
Chimps caught on film raiding corn farm, having sex

Chimps caught on film raiding corn farm, having sex

For the first time, biologists have documented what they refer to as frequent and risky nighttime raids of neighboring farms by groups of chimps.
Brooks Hays
Hurricane helps U.K. wind power briefly overtake nuclear

Hurricane helps U.K. wind power briefly overtake nuclear

Thanks to the onslaught of high winds brought by Hurricane Gonzalo, U.K. wind turbines outproduced nuclear power plants on Tuesday.
Brooks Hays
Coal-rich Poland wants concessions in EU climate deal

Coal-rich Poland wants concessions in EU climate deal

European leaders are in Brussels this week as the EU attempts to set new benchmarks for reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and slowing climate change.
Brooks Hays
NASA opens library of cosmic audio for public download and use

NASA opens library of cosmic audio for public download and use

American space agency NASA has made available to the public over 60 audio samples recorded on various manned and unmanned space missions.
Matt Bradwell
45,000-year-old man reveals earliest human genome

45,000-year-old man reveals earliest human genome

Scientists have reconstructed the oldest known human genome after finding the bones of a 45,000-year-old man in Siberia.
Aileen Graef
Dude! Company floats fly hoverboard

Dude! Company floats fly hoverboard

It's back to the future for a California company that has designed a credible version of a hoverboard made famous by Marty McFly in his sci-fi movie series.
Mary Papenfuss
Weather satellite outage threatens to foul forecasts

Weather satellite outage threatens to foul forecasts

A key segment of data from a network of weather satellites has mysteriously gone dark, which could put accurate forecasts at even more risk than usual.
Mary Papenfuss
North Dakota forks over $3 million for mummified dinosaur

North Dakota forks over $3 million for mummified dinosaur

North Dakota's State Historical Society agreed to give a $3 million grant to the Marmarth Research Foundation in exchange for a mummified hadrosaur.
Brooks Hays
New fossils help scientists reconstruct humpbacked dinosaur

New fossils help scientists reconstruct humpbacked dinosaur

Newly discovered fossils helped scientists paint a more accurate picture of what the Deinocheirus mirificus looked like.
Brooks Hays
Solar eclipse will partially obscure the sun Thursday

Solar eclipse will partially obscure the sun Thursday

Due to a partial solar eclipse, most of the United States, Mexico and Canada will see the sun look like a fingernail as it sets on Thursday evening.
Aileen Graef
Global warming is shrinking alpine goats

Global warming is shrinking alpine goats

A new study suggests the size of one species has been particularly affected by global warming -- the Alpine chamois, a species of mountain goat in Europe.
Brooks Hays
Mental rest and reflection key to better learning

Mental rest and reflection key to better learning

Learning happens best, researchers say, when the brain is allowed to rest and given time to reflect on previously learned material.
Brooks Hays
Ancient Europeans couldn't drink milk for 5,000 years

Ancient Europeans couldn't drink milk for 5,000 years

New DNA analysis shows tolerance for lactose didn't arrive for more than 5,000 years after the development of agriculture and the domestication of animals.
Brooks Hays
6,000-year-old temple discovered in prehistoric Ukraine settlement

6,000-year-old temple discovered in prehistoric Ukraine settlement

Researchers say a 6,000-year-old temple in Ukraine was used as a place to sacrifice animals.
Brooks Hays
DC drone hobbyists in limbo over flying locations

DC drone hobbyists in limbo over flying locations

D.C. has been a restricted flight zone for a decade. But drone users are still flying in the surrounding area, and looking for places to sustain their hobby.
Hayat Norimine, Medill News Service
NASA orbiter beams back images of Siding Spring comet

NASA orbiter beams back images of Siding Spring comet

NASA's probes have beamed back a number of images of the comet Siding Spring, taken as it flew by Mars.
Brooks Hays
An ancient tsunami wrecked Hawaii; it could happen again

An ancient tsunami wrecked Hawaii; it could happen again

Researchers say new evidence suggests a tsunami three times as big as the largest in modern history (a 30-foot wave) devastated Hawaii some 500 years ago.
Brooks Hays
Study: Fish just wanna have fun

Study: Fish just wanna have fun

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Tennessee, some small-brained animals -- like cichlid fish species -- like to play and have fun.
Brooks Hays
Japanese man who 3D printed guns sentenced to two years in prison

Japanese man who 3D printed guns sentenced to two years in prison

A Japanese man has been sentenced to two years in prison for 3D printing guns in his home.
Thor Benson
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