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Hubble captures quadruple image of distant supernova

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and a naturally occurring cosmic magnifying lens have captured surprising multiple images of an exploding star, research published Thursday shows. The four images captured by Hubble were caused by light taking different paths around a massive galaxy cluster located between the exploded star and ...

Mar 6, 2015

Attempt to row across Atlantic foiled off Barbados by wind

Heavy wind caused an eight-member crew attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean in record time to fall just short of their goal Thursday as they neared the island of Barbados. The six men and two women were blown off course about 2½ miles ...

Mar 6, 2015

Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy

Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday. The star, known as U.S. 708, is traveling at about 746 miles (1,200 ...

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mar 6, 2015

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mars once had a body of water that was bigger than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and vast enough to cover the entire surface of the planet, NASA scientists said in a study released on Thursday. The new research, providing estimates on the quantity of water ...

Oregon stone tool suggests humans settled earlier

Mar 6, 2015

Oregon stone tool suggests humans settled earlier

Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America. The find was announced Thursday by the U.S. ...

Mar 6, 2015

Men more narcissistic than women, study shows

Men tend to be more narcissistic than women and as a result are more likely to exploit others, a U.S. study said Thursday after analyzing three decades of data from more than 475,000 people. The findings were consistent across multiple age groups and generations, ...

Mar 6, 2015

North Europeans migrated from steppe: DNA

A wave of migrants from the eastern fringes of Europe some 4,500 years ago left their trace in the DNA — and possibly the languages — of modern Europeans, according to a new study. Scientists discovered evidence of this Stone Age migration by analyzing ...

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Mar 6, 2015

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient Nimrud site

Islamic State militants “bulldozed” the ancient Nimrud archaeological site near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. A statement from Iraq’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities didn’t elaborate on the extent of the damage, saying only ...

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Mar 6, 2015

British spy agencies told to target middle-aged mums

Ditch the preconceptions about Bond girls — Britain’s spy agencies should be recruiting middle-aged mothers to expand their talent pool, parliament’s intelligence and security committee said Thursday. Where MI5, MI6 and GCHQ once picked out new recruits by laying a discreet hand on the ...