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Russian Space Cargo Ship Destroyed in Failed Launch, Debris Burns Up

A Russian Progress 65 cargo ship fell back to Earth in pieces after a catastrophic launch failure, Russian space agency officials said Dec. 1, 2016.

New police training draws from science of deadly force

A portable use-of-force simulator aimed at launching a new era in police training is being rolled out by Washington State University.

Why Antarctica Is So Hard on the Body—Even for Buzz Aldrin

The vast polar desert is the driest place on Earth, with punishing winds and frigid temperatures.

DOE project to evaluate safety of transporting used nuclear fuel

(University of Houston) With more than 74,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel stored at locations around the United States, ensuring the safety of moving it to more secure disposal sites is a top federal priority. A University of Houston...Show More Summary

For the first time, scientists catch water molecules passing the proton baton

(University of Washington) Water conducts electricity, but the process by which this familiar fluid passes along positive charges has puzzled scientists for decades. But in a paper published in the Dec. 2 in issue of the journal Science,...Show More Summary

High-resolution brain imaging could improve detection of concussions

(PLOS) High-resolution brain scans analyzed by machine learning algorithms could determine whether a patient has a concussion, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology.

Sun 'Heat Bombs' Its Atmosphere, Evidence Found | Video

Solar physicists have been studying how the Sun's corona, which is 200 to 500 times hotter than the surface, with NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission.

In Photos: The Mummy of Queen Nefertari of Egypt

The mummified legs and other remains of Queen Nefertari, one of Egypt's most famous queens, have been identified. Here's a look at the royal burial.

Mystery Mummy Legs Belonged to Egyptian Queen Nefertari

Though "no absolute certainty exists," some mummified leg fragments probably belonged to one of Egypt's most famous queens.

Could Dinosaurs Fly?

Some dinosaurs may not have been restricted to life on the ground and instead could have launched into the air for quick flights, researchers have found.

Utah's Great Salt Lake Is Shrinking

This month, the lake reached its lowest recorded level.

Royal 7th-Century Ship Burial Holds Rare 'Tar' Substance

A famous English ship burial contains a rare tar-like substance that comes from the Middle East.

US Military Develops 'Multi-Object Kill Vehicle' to Blast Enemy Nukes

The new weapon is designed to find, track and destroy multiple enemy warheads — even if they are accompanied by decoys.

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

(University of Toronto) Same class of algorithms used by Google and Netflix can also tell us if distant planetary systems are stable or not.

Computer learns to recognize sounds by watching video

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) At the Neural Information Processing Systems conference next week, researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab will present a sound-recognition system that outperforms its predecessors but didn't require hand-annotated data during training. Show More Summary

Natural alternatives to protect plants inspired by pharmaceutical research

(Cell Press) The bacteria Streptomyces could be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides, scientists in France write in an Opinion published Dec. 1 in Trends in Plant Science. In addition to protecting plants from fungal and other threats, Streptomyces has been shown to keep roots healthy and promote plant growth. Show More Summary

Significant progress against HIV epidemic in Africa

HIV 90-90-90 goals are in reach in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia, say researchers, adding that new infections are falling. The percent of the population infected with HIV is stabilizing, and over half of all people living with HIV are virally suppressed, the investigators have found.

2.5-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Predate Earth's Oxygen

New fossils provide a peek into deep ocean life before Earth had oxygen.

4 New Superheavy Elements Have Official Names

The superheavy elements were named after regions on three continents, with one honoring a famous nuclear physicist.

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