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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are launching an investigation into the improper shipment of nuclear material from the laboratory that created the atomic bomb to other federal facilities this week, marking the latest safety lapse for Los Alamos National Laboratory as it faces growing criticism over its track record.
Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, jetted in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. A crowd of journalists and officials on hand to welcome the VIPs let out an "ooooh" as Meng Meng raised a paw after flight LH8415 made an especially gentle touchdown at Schoenefeld airport.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location.
Women who carry genetic mutations in the "breast cancer genes," called BRCA1 and BRCA2, have about a 70 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The findings are based on an analysis of nearly 10,000 women with mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, mutations that are known to increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The new study is more rigorously designed than some earlier research that looked at how much the risk for these cancers increases in women who have these genetic mutations.
NASA produced these extremely accurate maps of the 2017 solar eclipse. On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cut through the entire continental United States. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the moon’s shadow known as the totality — the sky will go dark for a few minutes in the middle of the day, stars will appear, birds will become confused and start chirping their nighttime songs.
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A big wood-and-leather toe from Egypt is the oldest prosthetic discovered so far, researchers believe, and provides an insight into the world of ancient medicine. Researchers at the University of Basel found that the wooden toe had been refitted several times to the shape of the woman who wore it, that it had signs of wear and that the user, a priest's daughter, wanted the prosthetic device to be comfortable. "By using a sophisticated way of fixing the individual parts of the prosthesis to each other, the artificial limb had a balancing effect and gave, to some extent, a freedom of movement," Andrea Loprieno-Gnirs of the University of Basel told CNN.
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Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand website, Goop, removed a claim that Body Vibes' products used material originally made for NASA after it was debunked.
Hollywood star turned activist Arnold Schwarzenegger joined politicians and legal experts in Paris Saturday to launch a campaign for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment. "Less talk, more action," urged former French prime minister Francais Laurent Fabius, who also presided over the 2015 Paris COP 21 conference on climate change. Seeking to underline the urgency of the need to act, Fabius borrowed the turn of phrase from ex-California governor-turned climate campaigner Schwarzenegger, who joined the gathering, as did former UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes.
Few people get to experience the glory of nature up close and personal. SEE ALSO: Dolphins prove they're the coolest animals alive by hydroplaning on the shore Blogger and Adventurer Lizzie Carr was snorkeling off the southwest coast of England in the Isle of Scilly with a group of friends when she captured the amazing moment a curious seal swam up to greet them. In the video she posted to Instagram, the wild animal investigated Carr's fellow snorkeler using its whiskers and — more frighteningly — its teeth. A post shared by Lizzie Carr (@lizzie_outside) on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:56am PDT The wild seal used its toothy mouth to examine the snorkeler's head, but Carr dispelled any worry about the encounter in her post.  "Don't worry — he's being friendly," she wrote. "Seals use their whiskers and mouths to judge size, shape and textures." "The cheeky seal was so inquisitive and playful. He just wanted to play. When he started to lay on top of us we soon realised he was after a little tummy rub." That magic moment you and your mates get photobombed by a seal. Only on Scillies! #scillyseal #oneofthegang #readyforthewild A post shared by Lizzie Carr (@lizzie_outside) on Jun 20, 2017 at 2:24am PDT Although this closer encounter is pretty amazing to watch, it's preferably done from a distance. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association warns against getting too close to wild seals for that picture perfect selfie. "Getting too close to a wild animal puts you—and the animal—at risk," said the NOAA. "Seals have powerful jaws, and can leave a lasting impression." Thankfully, no one in Carr's group was injured.  WATCH: Algae emitting eerie blue glow makes this beach look otherworldy
The rich variety in shapes of the eggs that birds lay -- elliptical, pointy, spherical -- seems to be linked to how well a given bird flies, researchers report. "In contrast to classic hypotheses, we discovered that flight may influence egg shape. Birds that are good fliers tend to lay asymmetric or elliptical eggs," said Mary Caswell Stoddard, a biologist at Princeton University and one of the lead authors of the study.
New York is one of the loudest cities in the world. The five-year, $4.6 million project -- the brainchild of researchers at New York University, working in concert with city residents and city hall -- is using machine learning technology and sensors to build a sound library. The idea is to record the full panoply of noises in the city of 8.5 million residents and use artificial intelligence so that machines can recognize sounds automatically, ultimately giving authorities a way to mitigate noise levels.
But nearly 200 million years ago, Antarctica was very different. There were no polar ice caps, it was far warmer and wetter than it is now, and its lush, forest environments were inhabited by a variety of animals — including dinosaurs. Scientists dedicated to uncovering Antarctic dinosaur fossils spend months at a time camped on glaciers and digging in a frozen desert in order to excavate and reconstruct beasts that lived in the distant past.