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The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved


WASHINGTON - In July 1965, two gigantic fossilized dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters), they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in Earth's history.


Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station 7:05pm BST

- Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a speedy, 3 -1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas. | Video


Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch 19 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars where a fleet of robotic science probes were poised for studies.

Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb 21 Oct 2014

ATHENS - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday.

23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees 21 Oct 2014

TEL AVIV - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history.

Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame 21 Oct 2014

LONDON - A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose.

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for joy of sex 19 Oct 2014

LONDON - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in Scotland.


GMO labeling foes spend big on campaigns in Oregon, Colorado 18 Oct 2014

- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show.


U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California 17 Oct 2014

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said.

Are we there yet? Scientists prepare for change of epoch 17 Oct 2014

BERLIN - Scientists from around the world met this week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch after 11,700 years and begin a new geological age called the Anthropocene - to reflect humankind's deep impact on the planet.


U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

NEW YORK - U.S. health officials imposed fresh constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three countries at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities.