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Solar storm arrives at Earth, but is not a problem

Sep 13, 2014

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but is not a problem

A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday, but it was causing few, if any, problems. It may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived ...

Sep 12, 2014

Ancient Greek tomb dig uncovers marble statues

Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there. The dig ...

Sep 12, 2014

Virgin Galactic again pushes back first space tourism flight

Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its time line for launching space-tourism flights from southern New Mexico’s Spaceport America. Virgin owner and British billionaire Richard Branson told David Letterman this week that he hopes to board the first flight early next year. The company ...

Sep 12, 2014

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent. Antarctica is a key to sea level rise, which threatens coastal areas around ...

Sep 12, 2014

Double solar storms headed Earth's way

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms was forecast to hit Earth on Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections (CME), wouldn’t ...

Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Sep 12, 2014

Ancient flying 'dragon reptile' named after 'Avatar' creature

Some of the most visually stunning sequences from director James Cameron’s blockbuster movie “Avatar” involved graceful flying creatures that were ridden by blue humanlike beings facing ecological destruction on a moon called Pandora. It turns out that an animal very similar to those “Avatar” ...

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

Sep 12, 2014

Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest. Scientists announced on Thursday the discovery in Moroccan desert cliffs of new fossil remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 15-meter-long, 7-ton African monster that breaks the mold for how a dinosaur predator ...

U.S. Ebola survivor gives blood to ill American

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. Ebola survivor gives blood to ill American

A survivor of Ebola has donated blood to an American aid worker infected with the disease, and doctors treating him at a Nebraska hospital say he has responded well to the aggressive treatment. Dr. Phil Smith said Thursday that Dr. Rick Sacra received blood ...