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Sep 17, 2016

Cancer overtakes heart disease as Australia's biggest killer

Cancer has become Australia’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease for the first time to take more lives than any other ailment, a government health agency said in a report released Tuesday. Indigenous Australians also fare much worse than nonindigenous on almost every health score, ...

Obama creates America's first protected area in Atlantic

Sep 16, 2016

Obama creates America's first protected area in Atlantic

Creating the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of ...

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Sep 16, 2016

Color of 'cute' bristly dinosaur deciphered

Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick forests in China about 120 million years ago. Psittacosaurus was mainly brown ...

Sep 15, 2016

Obama to declare new marine reserve at Oceans summit

U.S. President Barack Obama was to announce the creation of a new marine reserve on Thursday as Washington hosted a major world summit on protecting the planet’s oceans. The American leader was to address the first day of the Our Oceans meeting, where ministers ...

ESA's Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

Sep 15, 2016

ESA's Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. Released to eagerly waiting astronomers around the world, the initial ...

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

Sep 15, 2016

Endangered Hawaiian crow shows a knack for tool use

An endangered crow species from Hawaii that already is extinct in the wild displays remarkable proficiency in using small sticks and other objects to wrangle a meal, joining a small but elite group of animals that use tools. Scientists said on Wednesday that in ...