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Interstellar interloper is a comet resembling those in our solar system

14 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON The second interstellar object ever spotted passing through the solar system is a comet that appears quite like those formed in our neighborhood of the cosmos, providing fresh evidence that other planetary systems may be very similar to our own.

U.S. regulators allow genetically modified cotton as human food source

12 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light for genetically modified cotton to be used for human consumption, paving the way for a protein-packed new food source - edible cottonseed that tastes a bit like chickpeas - that its developers said could help tackle global malnutrition.

Saturn is the solar system's 'moon king,' with 20 more spotted

11 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON Saturn is now being recognised as the "moon king" of our solar system, with astronomers spotting 20 more of them orbiting the giant ringed planet, bringing its total count to 82 - three more than Jupiter.

Fossils of 'shark-toothed' carnivorous dinosaur found in Thailand

10 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON Fossils of a large carnivorous dinosaur that was a top predator about 115 million years ago have been unearthed in Thailand -- a brute that was among the early members of an impressive group of flesh-ripping dinosaurs known for their shark-like teeth.

Fish-hunting 'iron dragon' soared over Australia in age of dinosaurs

03 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON A winged beast dubbed the "iron dragon" soared above Australia during the age of dinosaurs, hunting fish in rivers and lakes, according to scientists who found that continent's most complete fossil representing the flying reptiles called pterosaurs.

Scientists puzzled by really big planet orbiting really little star

26 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON Scientists are expressing surprise after discovering a solar system 30 light-years away from Earth that defies current understanding about planet formation, with a large Jupiter-like planet orbiting a diminutive star known as a red dwarf.

Scientists identify ancient baby bottles - and some are cute

26 Sep 2019

Ceramic vessels, sometimes fashioned in whimsical animal forms, were used thousands of years ago as baby bottles to feed infants animal milk, according to scientists, offering an intriguing look at how and what infants were fed in prehistoric times.

Scientists identify ancient baby bottles - and some are cute

25 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON Ceramic vessels, sometimes fashioned in whimsical animal forms, were used thousands of years ago as baby bottles to feed infants animal milk, according to scientists, offering an intriguing look at how and what infants were fed in prehistoric times.

Bird numbers plunge in U.S. and Canada with people to blame

20 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday. | Video

Distant asteroid calamity shaped life on Earth 466 million years ago

18 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON The cataclysmic asteroid impact off Mexico's coast that doomed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was not the only time an astronomical event shaped the history of life on Earth.

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