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Kepler-186f: NASA discovers first Earth-sized planet orbiting in life-friendly zone

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – For the first time, scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star. The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star, known as…

Creationist Ken Ham: Victory was mine as soon as Bill Nye agreed to debate

Creationist Ken Ham offered a point-by-point rebuttal to a column published Monday by Bill Nye, the “Science Guy,” about their debate earlier this year on the origins of life. The head of the Answers In Genesis ministry disputed nearly every claim and characterization made by Nye, including how plans for…

In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals. Scientists on Thursday described four insect species that dwell in extremely dry caves in Brazil, feed on bat guano and possess what the researchers called an “evolutionary novelty.” . The females have an…

Cloning breakthrough: Scientists create patient-specific stem cells from adults’ skin tissue

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance,…

Fox host Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Climate science is just a ‘product that’s sold’ to Americans

Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Thursday morning declared that climate change was just another “product” being “sold” to the American people, which might explain why a recent study found that the network was wrong about the subject 72 percent of the time. In preparation for next week’s annual Earth…

Study: People of color breathe air that is 38 percent more polluted than white people’s

A study released by the University of Minnesota this week indicated that people of color are exposed to air that is 38 percent more polluted than the air breathed by white people. In an interview with The Minnesota Post, the study’s lead researcher, Julian Marshall, an associate professor of civil…

Scientists unscramble great sperm-egg secret, opening new avenues in fertility, contraception

Scientists said they had made the long-sought discovery of how sperm latches onto an egg in the very first spark of reproduction, the outcome of a near decade-long hunt. The find opens up avenues for new contraception or treating infertility, they said. When a sperm meets an egg, they fuse…

Sluggish cognitive tempo: the ADHD-like disorder that explains daydreaming?

According to emerging research, many children previously diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could be living with another condition entirely – but not everyone agrees The tough-minded call it naughtiness. Some parents blame dull teaching. More than a century after it was first described, there are still plenty of people…

New study challenges consensus scientific belief that sharks are ‘living fossils’

Modern sharks are not “living fossil” replicas of their prehistoric ancestors but have evolved significantly over millions of years to develop their hallmark design, a consensus-busting study said Wednesday. The newly discovered fossil skull of a shark-like ancestor of all jawed vertebrates adds to evidence that a bony skeleton, not…

Archeologists’ findings may prove Rome a century older than thought

It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archeological findings prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more so than believed until now. Next week, the city will celebrate its official, 2,767th birthday. According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus…

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