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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

The Icehotel in Sweden, built in winter and vanishing in spring, is the original hotel carved from snow and ice bricks. It's also an art project; sculptors compete for the chance to carve out rooms.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

U.S. Scientist Jailed For Trying To Help Venezuela Build Bombs

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni was sentenced to five years in jail after he told FBI agents, who were posing as Venezuelan officials, that he could design and supervise the building of 40 weapons.

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Companies Wanting Immediate Sales Should Pass On Super Bowl Ads

Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?

Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

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Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.

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'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

At a children's hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a mobile maker space allows patients to share materials and tools to build new things, while also teaching them about math and science.

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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

Week In The News: Northeast Blizzard, Greek Shakeup, GOP Preps For 2016

January 30, 2015
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch gathers her papers during a break in her testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on her nomination. (AP)

Obama abroad. Hostage drama. Attorney general hearings. Snow days. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Report Says Biomass Is Not An Ingredient In A Sustainable Food Future

January 29, 2015
A taxi driver pumps biodiesel into his cab at Dogpatch Biofuels on March 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The researchers are slamming the widespread use and government promotion of biofuels as a way to reduce greenhouse gases.

Forecasters Apologize, But Why?

January 28, 2015
New Jersey-based National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski apologized for not getting the forecast right for the snow storm this week. (Twitter)

Meteorologists have apologized for getting yesterday’s snow totals wrong, but other experts say the forecasts weren’t that far off.

The Surprising Science Behind Your Favorite Flavors

January 28, 2015
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Did our sense of taste make us human? From evolution to culture, a new book explores the science and perception of flavor.

Suffolk Law Professor Says Intellectual Property Law Founded On ‘Eureka Myth’

January 26, 2015
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference in 2011. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Professor Jessica Silbey argues most inventions are more collaborative and rely on a foundation of work done by many others, which is why intellectual property law can be so tricky.

Snowy Owls ‘Irrupting’ In Northern States

January 26, 2015
A snowy owl is tagged with a transmitter. (Alan Richard)

For a second year in a row, a mass migration of snowy owls from Canada is occurring, and that’s highly unusual.

A Close-Up Of Celestial Activity

January 26, 2015
A narrow-angle camera image shows part of a large fracture running across Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko's neck.

An asteroid is breezing by Earth tonight, and astronomers are buzzing over new images from the Rosetta comet mission.

NASA’s Pluto Probe Begins Observations

January 15, 2015
An artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft as it approaches Pluto and its three moons in summer 2015. The craft's miniature cameras, radio science experiment, ultraviolet and infrared spectrometers and space plasma experiments would characterize the global geology and geomorphology of Pluto and large moon Charon, map their surface compositions and temperatures, and examine Pluto's atmosphere in detail. The spacecraft's most prominent design feature is a nearly 7-foot (2.1-meter) dish antenna, through which it will communicate with Earth from as far as 4.7 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) away. (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

After a 3-billion-mile journey that began in 2006, New Horizons is finally collecting scientific data that may shed light on Pluto.

The Real People Who Inspired The Film ‘Spare Parts’

January 14, 2015
Fredi Lajvardi (left) and Cristian Arcega are pictured at the Los Angeles Premiere of Pantelion Films' "Spare Parts" at Arclight Cinemas on Thursday, January 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Todd Williamson/Invision for Pantelion FIlms via AP)

In 2004, a team of high school students defeated college teams, including MIT, in an underwater robotic competition.

Orangutan Speaks? Google Translates!

January 14, 2015
Screenshot of Tilda the Orangutan

We listen to orangutan sounds that surprised scientists and give the latest version of Google Translate a try.

How Bats Can Help And Hurt You

January 14, 2015
In this file photo, taken Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area near Fredericksburg, Texas, some free-tailed bats are shown in evening flight. (AP)

What bats can carry when they fly – measles, mumps, SARS, Ebola. We’ll get the latest.

Animal DNA Helping To Solve Crimes

January 13, 2015
People are familiar with animals helping out in searching for victims of crimes or natural disasters, as the cadaver dogs pictured here during the search and rescue efforts after a deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash., last year. But the emerging field of veterinary forensics can help solve crimes using animal DNA. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The emerging field of animal forensics uses the DNA left at crime scenes by animals — in the form of drool, dander and feces — to solve human crimes.

How Will Brain Science Affect The Tsarnaev Trial?

January 12, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston. (AP/Jane Flavell Collins)

Some legal experts say brain science is likely to play a role in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, because courts are increasingly looking at what neuroscience tells us about adolescence and the developing brain.

New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga

January 12, 2015
Yoga in the mountains of New Zealand. (Tomas Sobek/Flickr)

A renowned trauma expert says yoga and mindfulness techniques can help people recover from PTSD.

Study: Running May Help Keep You Young

January 12, 2015
Runner (Jim Larson/Flickr)

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder finds that running not only keeps you healthy, it can also keep you young.

Scientist Discovers New Antibiotic For Fight Against 'Superbugs’

January 9, 2015
Professor Kim Lewis, right, and his team presents groundbreaking research on the discovery of a new antibiotic that presents a promising opportunity to treat chronic infections. (Brooks Canaday/Northeastern University)

Northeastern’s Kim Lewis recently published a study in Nature describing his team’s method for finding new antibiotics.

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