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USC memory scientist Richard Thompson dies at 84

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:47
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard F. Thompson, the University of Southern California neuroscientist whose experiments with rabbits led to breakthrough discoveries on how memories are physically stored in the brain, has died. He was 84.

Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 21:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

More than 30 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 13:26
TOKYO (AP) — Rescue workers on Sunday found more than 30 people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano, a Japanese police official said.

Volcano erupts in Japan; 7 missing, 40 injured

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:41
TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, sending a large plume of ash high into the sky and prompting a warning to climbers and others to avoid the area.

US-Russian space crew lifts off for space station

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 03:42
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station.

India releases blurry image of giant Mars craters

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 18:21
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's space agency has released an image of Mars taken by the nation's first interplanetary spacecraft.

Jurors deliberating in poisoned doctor trial

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 05:52
HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas cancer researcher accused of poisoning a colleague who was also her lover was described by prosecutors on Wednesday as a devious and manipulative person who took extreme action when the man she'd become obsessed with rejected her.

University launches beer-making program

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 02:57
DETROIT (AP) — Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."

GE to give Penn State $10M for gas drilling center

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 18:57
PITTSBURGH (AP) — General Electric Co. says it will give Penn State University up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research.

Indonesia enlists wasps in war on crop killer

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:06
BOGOR, Indonesia (AP) — They are the size of a pinhead and don't even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature's SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of the developing world's most important staple foods: cassava.

Mission accomplished: India joins Mars explorers

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:01
NEW DELHI (AP) — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers.

Mars missions: Successes and failures

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:32
NEW DELHI (AP) — Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved.

Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 02:41
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year.

Obama: No nation has 'free pass' on climate change

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 00:48
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries.

Indian spacecraft on course to enter Mars' orbit

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:45
NEW DELHI (AP) — With homegrown technology and a remarkably low budget of about $75 million, India was on course to become the first nation to conduct a successful Mars mission on its first try.

Engineers call for national approach to flooding

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:01
An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy.

China, US, India push world carbon emissions up

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 00:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.

Pomp, little action expected at UN climate summit

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 22:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 world leaders will convene for a U.N. climate summit. Environmentalists will take to the streets in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events and press conferences.

Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:41
BOSTON (AP) — There's some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives' tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center.

Flatow, 'Science Friday' settle claims over grant

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 01:56
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Radio host Ira Flatow and his "Science Friday" show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have agreed to pay nearly $146,000 to settle civil claims that they misused money from a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, federal officials said Tuesday.