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Idaho artefacts show human presence in Americas 16,600 years ago

30 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Artefacts including stone tools and animal bone fragments found in Idaho dating back about 16,600 years represent what may be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas and offer insight into the routes people took as they spread into the New World.

In watershed discovery, skull of ancient human ancestor unearthed

29 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Scientists on Wednesday announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago, a species boasting an intriguing mixture of apelike and humanlike characteristics. | Video

Billionaire industrialist and conservative donor David Koch dies at age 79

23 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries who as one of the world's richest people became a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates, has died at age 79, his brother said on Friday. | Video

Planet 10 times Earth's mass may have smacked Jupiter long ago

16 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, may have been smacked head-on by an embryonic planet 10 times Earth's mass not long after being formed, a monumental crash with apparent lasting effects on the Jovian core, scientists said on Thursday.

Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear

15 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen of Europe, implicates Homo sapiens rather than climate cooling in the Ice Age extinction of these brawny plant-loving beasts.

Astronomers find that Milky Way is a warped and twisted galaxy

02 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Astronomers have created the most precise map to date of the Milky Way by tracking thousands of big pulsating stars spread throughout the galaxy, demonstrating that its disk of myriad stars is not flat but dramatically warped and twisted in shape.

Hal Prince, producer of some of Broadway's biggest hits, dead at 91

01 Aug 2019

Harold "Hal" Prince, who won a record 21 Tony Awards as producer and director of some of Broadway's biggest hits of the second half of the 20th century including "The Phantom of the Opera," "West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Cabaret" and "Evita," died on Wednesday at age 91. | Video

Hundreds of fossils of strange primordial predator unearthed in Canada

31 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Hundreds of fossils of a primordial sea creature with rake-like claws and a head resembling a famous fictional spaceship have been unearthed in Canada, providing a wealth of information about an important predator from a key time in the evolution of life on Earth.

Genome study finds roots of Komodo dragon's tenaciousness

30 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Scientists have mapped the genome of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, discovering intriguing secrets behind the impressive speed and endurance these cold-blooded predators muster by ratcheting up their metabolism to mammal-like levels.

Star orbiting massive black hole lends support to Einstein's theory

26 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Observations of light coming from a star zipping in orbit around the humongous black hole at the center of our galaxy have provided fresh evidence backing Albert Einstein's 1915 theory of general relativity, astronomers said on Thursday.

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