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Fossil skull from Utah sheds light on primitive mammal group

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WASHINGTON A fossilized skull of a small critter found in Utah underneath a dinosaur foot bone is providing insight into one of the most primitive mammalian groups and has scientists rethinking the timing of the break-up of Earth's bygone supercontinent Pangaea.

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Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month 23 May 2018

LONDON A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland's fabled monster really does, or did, exist.

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'Alien asteroid' may be the oldest object in the solar system 21 May 2018

WASHINGTON An "alien asteroid" that circles the sun in the giant gas planet Jupiter's orbital path, but hurtling in the opposite direction, is the first-known permanent resident of our solar system that astronomers have concluded originated in another star system.

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China launches satellite to explore dark side of moon: Xinhua 21 May 2018

SHANGHAI China launched a relay satellite early on Monday designed to establish a communication link between earth and a planned lunar probe that will explore the dark side of the moon, the official Xinhua news agency said. | Video

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'Made in China' label sheds light on old Java Sea shipwreck 17 May 2018

WASHINGTON A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia's maritime trade more than 800 years ago.

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China launches first rocket designed by a private company 17 May 2018

BEIJING China launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on Thursday, state media said, the latest milestone in the country's ambitious space exploration program.

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Oxygen presence in distant galaxy sheds light on early universe 16 May 2018

WASHINGTON After detecting a whiff of oxygen, astronomers have determined that stars in a faraway galaxy formed 250 million years after the Big Bang -- a rather short time in cosmic terms -- in a finding that sheds light on conditions in the early universe.

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Scientists explore DNA secrets of green-blooded lizards 16 May 2018

WASHINGTON A group of lizards inhabiting the island of New Guinea boasts one of the most exotic traits of any animal: green blood. And scientists have been trying hard to figure out what benefit this characteristic -- caused by high levels of an ordinarily toxic green bile pigment -- may give them.

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Europa's plumes make Jupiter moon a prime candidate for life 14 May 2018

WASHINGTON A new look at old data is giving scientists a fresh reason to view Europa, a moon of Jupiter, as a leading candidate in the search for life beyond Earth, with evidence of water plumes shooting into space.

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Time travelers invited to Stephen Hawking send-off 12 May 2018

LONDON Stephen Hawking's family have invited time travelers to his memorial service, seeking to tackle one of the curiosities that eluded the British physicist during his extraordinary life.

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U.S. to send experimental Ebola treatment to Congo - official

CHICAGO U.S. health authorities said on Wednesday they were preparing to send an experimental Ebola treatment to the Democratic Republic of Congo for use in a clinical trial aimed at stemming an outbreak in the country that has spread to Mbandaka, a city of about 1.5 million people.