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'Different ways of being sexy' could help create new animal species

'Different ways of being sexy' could help create new animal species 

Since Charles Darwin wrote "The Origin of Species" more than 150 years ago, it's been known that nature's selection creates some species and ends others.

Experimental Ebola drugs raising ethics questions

As the Ebola virus ravages West Africa, two American health workers who contracted the disease in Liberia were airlifted back to the United States to be treated...

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As Messenger nears crash landing on Mercury, scientists racing to collect best data yet

As Messenger nears crash landing on Mercury, scientists racing to collect best data yet 

NASA's Messenger spacecraft has swung around its namesake planet for three years, beaming observations of Mercury back to Earth, but next March it will smash into the cratered surface it has been studying from afar.

Hopkins joins research center developing 'hack-proof' layer of cyber protection

Hopkins joins research center developing 'hack-proof' layer of cyber protection 

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University and four other prominent institutions will spend the next five years trying to turn a theoretical "next-generation" form of encryption into a practical way to better protect software from hackers.

Spacecraft Rosetta catches up to comet after 10-year chase

Spacecraft Rosetta catches up to comet after 10-year chase

European spacecraft Rosetta became the first ever to catch up with a comet on Wednesday, a landmark stage in a decade-long space mission that scientists hope will help unlock some of the secrets of the solar system.

Ebola outbreak could spur action for Md. scientists working on vaccine

Ebola outbreak could spur action for Md. scientists working on vaccine 

Public health officials have just one tactic to battle the unrelenting Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa — quarantine — but as the disease continues to spread, scientists in Maryland are among those close to discovering other weapons.

There is something rarer than being killed by lightning, CDC says

The lightning strikes that killed one person and injured at least seven others at Southern California’s Venice Beach this week were freak events....

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