Monday, September 1, 2014


Researchers discover big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in US national monument

SALT LAKE CITY — Researchers in Utah said Wednesday they discovered a new type of big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur that lived about 76 million years ago when the North American continent was split in two.

NASA launches new satellite on a two-year mission to observe the sun

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — NASA has launched a satellite on a mission to examine a little-studied region of the sun that it hopes will improve space weather prediction.

NASA: Voyager 1 spacecraft enters unfamiliar space but has not yet exited the solar system

LOS ANGELES — New research pinpoints the current location of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft: It’s still in our solar system.

Canada-U.S. team develops promising ‘sharp-shooter’ drug aimed at several cancers

TORONTO — A team of Canadian and U.S. researchers has developed a new “sharp-shooter” drug they hope may be a breakthrough in treating several types of aggressive cancer.

One in eight world bird species at threat of extinction, report says

VANCOUVER — The world’s birds are literally the canaries in the coal mine and their ongoing decline should serve as a warning signal of a global environment in peril, says an international report on the state of the world’s birds.

Women go into menopause because men want younger mates, study suggests

TORONTO — Theories abound as to why women go into menopause, but the latest hypothesis being put forward suggests it may be men — or specifically their preference for younger mates — that has led to women’s loss of fertility at a certain age.

Supreme Court says isolated human genes cannot be patented

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.

China’s latest manned space craft docks with space station

BEIJING — China’s latest manned space capsule docked with an orbiting space station Thursday, and the three astronauts climbed aboard what will be their home for the next week, state media reported.

While speed of cheetahs is amazing, scientists in awe of their acceleration, power, agility

WASHINGTON — Everyone knows cheetahs are blazingly fast. Now new research illustrates how their acceleration and nimble zigzagging leave other animals in the dust and scientists in awe.

Regulator, industry find oilsands cleanup harder than first thought

EDMONTON — Alberta’s energy industry has found that cleaning up oilsands tailings is much harder than it thought.
The province’s energy regulator says all oilsands companies affected by tailings reduction rules missed what were supposed to be legally binding targets — some by wide margins. All were given extra years to meet reductions that should have been done by now.

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