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Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99


SAN FRANCISCO - Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the University of California at Berkeley reported.


Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity 28 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

'Expensive' placebo beats 'cheap' one in Parkinson's disease: study 28 Jan 2015

NEW YORK - When patients with Parkinson's disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday.


How these energy geeks are reimagining an old school utility 28 Jan 2015

Orange County, Ca - Welcome to the utility industry's future - or at least that's what Southern California Edison is hoping.


Remarkable fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years 27 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized.

Asteroid that buzzed Earth has a plus one, NASA says 27 Jan 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The mountain-sized asteroid that made a close pass by Earth on Monday has a small moon in tow, radar images released by NASA show.


Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills 27 Jan 2015

LONDON/DAKAR - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.


Commercial space rides for U.S. astronauts to save millions: NASA 26 Jan 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla - The U.S. space program should save more than $12 million a seat flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station on commercial space taxis rather than aboard Russian capsules, the NASA program manager said on Monday.

University of Wisconsin closes laboratory, ending cat experiments 26 Jan 2015

- A University of Wisconsin research laboratory that attracted controversy for using live cats in experiments is closing this year, the school said.


The upper hand: study points to early tool use by human ancestors 23 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - Human ancestors may have been capable of using tools much earlier than previously thought.


UNICEF makes record appeal to help 60 million children in crisis

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.N. Children's Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a "new generation" of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it sought in 2014.