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Hunt for ancient royal tomb in Mexico takes mercurial twist

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TEOTIHUACAN, Mexico - A Mexican archeologist hunting for a royal tomb in a deep, dark tunnel beneath a towering pre-Aztec pyramid has made a discovery that may have brought him a step closer: liquid mercury.

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Hot times at Yellowstone: huge magma chamber found deeply buried 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Deep beneath Yellowstone National Park, one of the world's most dynamic volcanic systems, lies an enormous, previously unknown reservoir of hot, partly molten rock big enough to fill up the Grand Canyon 11 times, scientists say.

F1 technology moves into the supermarket fridge 24 Apr 2015

LONDON - Formula One's cutting-edge aerodynamic technology is moving into the supermarket chill cabinet.

First experiment 'editing' human embryos ignites ethical furor 23 Apr 2015

NEW YORK - Biologists in China reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against altering the human genome in a way that could last for generations.

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Defying the odds, Hubble telescope still going strong after 25 years 23 Apr 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA on Thursday marked the silver anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with fireworks, of a celestial kind, conveyed by the orbiting observatory itself. | Video

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Genome study reveals lonely end for the world's woolly mammoths 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise, revealing they suffered two population crashes before a final, severely inbred group succumbed on an Arctic Ocean island.

'Safest bike ever' devised by British entrepreneur 23 Apr 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, APRIL 20, 2015 - A British entrepreneur has designed what he calls 'the safest bike in history' and hopes its manufacture could help those currently reluctant to cycle, due to safety concerns, to get in the saddle. | Video

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How do you tell a boy dinosaur from a girl dinosaur? 22 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - For extinct creatures like dinosaurs known only from fossils, it is notoriously difficult to differentiate the males from the females of a species because sex distinctions are rarely obvious from the skeletons.

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Russia cuts space funding as economic crisis bites 22 Apr 2015

MOSCOW - Russia is cutting spending on its space program by more than a third over the next 10 years because of the country's economic crisis, forcing it to scrap plans to develop a super-heavy launch rocket.

Morphing wings allow drones to keep flying through midair collisions 22 Apr 2015

Palo Alto, California, United States - Amanda Stowers is beating up on her drone as her professor watches on with glee. It may seem cruel but it's all in the name of science. No matter how hard or how many times Amanda hits the drones' wing, it always recovers and keeps on flapping. | Video

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Washington governor signs medical marijuana overhaul

- Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state's medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry.