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NASA begins yearlong Mars isolation experiment

Aug 29, 2015

NASA begins yearlong Mars isolation experiment

Six people have shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii starting Friday in the longest U.S. isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a journey to Mars. The six are a French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans: a ...

Radar reportedly detects missing Nazi gold train in Poland

Aug 29, 2015

Radar reportedly detects missing Nazi gold train in Poland

A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove a claim of the discovery of an armored Nazi train that has been missing in southwestern Poland since World War II. Local lore says a German ...

Aug 29, 2015

Web campaign raises $67,800 for Syria refugee family in a day

An online fundraiser has raised more than $67,800 for a refugee from Syria and his daughter after a campaigner based in Norway shared moving pictures on social media of the man selling pens in the streets of Beirut. Gissur Simonarson, founder of Conflict News, ...

Aug 28, 2015

Austrian officials say 71 migrants likely suffocated in truck

Police arrested several people believed to be part of a human smuggling operation in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants who likely suffocated in a refrigerated truck found abandoned on Austria’s main highway, law enforcement officials said Friday. Austrian police said three people ...

Astronomers measure metamorphosis of galaxies

Aug 28, 2015

Astronomers measure metamorphosis of galaxies

From round disks to oval clusters, many galaxies have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 8 billion years, researchers reported on Thursday. An international team looked at data on some 10,000 of the billions of galaxies in the universe and then used the ...

Aug 28, 2015

Water use plummets in drought-plagued California

Mandatory water-saving measures in place to fight California’s historic drought have produced a sizable drop in consumption over the past two months, regulators said Thursday. The measures have been far-reaching, and the state’s 38 million residents are only allowed to water their lawns on ...

Kazakhstan to host first nuclear fuel bank to assist nonproliferation

Aug 28, 2015

Kazakhstan to host first nuclear fuel bank to assist nonproliferation

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Kazakhstan signed an agreement Thursday to locate the world’s first bank of low-enriched uranium in the ex-Soviet nation to ensure fuel supplies for power stations and prevent nuclear proliferation. The storage facility, set to become fully operational ...

Aug 28, 2015

Psychology research is often questionable, study finds

Scientific studies about how people act or think can rarely be replicated by outside experts, said a study Thursday that raised new questions about the seriousness of psychology research. A team of 270 scientists tried reproducing 100 psychology and social science studies that had ...