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Europe's Languages Were Carried From the East, DNA Shows

March 7, 2015 - 8:46am
Geneticists have uncovered evidence of a westward migration in Europe about 4,500 years ago—and that may explain a long-standing mystery about language.
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Quokka Selfies: What's the Deal With That Cute Australian Critter?

March 6, 2015 - 10:04pm
The smiling marsupial is a favorite photo subject for tourists on West Australia's Rottnest Island.
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Why Your Fridge Pollutes and How It's Changing

March 6, 2015 - 9:24pm
The U.S. and other countries take steps to make new refrigerators and air conditioners less harmful to the planet.
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Swiss Adventurer Launches Quest to 'Fly Forever'

March 6, 2015 - 8:22pm
In Swiss pilots' bid to travel around the world on a solar-powered plane, weight and energy are everything.
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Week's Best Space Pictures: A Galaxy Glows, Mars Gets a Bull's-Eye, and a Glacier Races

March 6, 2015 - 8:11pm
Galaxy clusters engage in shenanigans, NASA's next Mars mission paints a target, and a mitten appears on an ice cap in this week's best space pictures.
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How Geothermal Could Cleanly Power the Planet: Indonesia's Tale

March 6, 2015 - 4:31pm
The Earth's heat could power homes and businesses worldwide, but it's barely been tapped. Indonesia is trying to change that.
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ISIS Bulldozes One-of-a-Kind Ancient Palace in Iraq

March 6, 2015 - 4:03pm
Islamic militants have bulldozed Iraq's only surviving palace from the Assyrian Empire.
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Pharaoh of "Lost Dynasty" Died Brutal Death, Forensic Study Reveals

March 6, 2015 - 3:16pm
Forgotten pharaoh may have been earliest Egyptian ruler to die in battle.
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Wild Panda Population Up Dramatically in China, Government Says

March 6, 2015 - 3:16pm
The new numbers may reflect better and broader surveying techniques as much as a true boost in population, expert cautions.
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Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says

March 6, 2015 - 12:46pm
Drought, worsened by climate change, led to mass migration that helped spark the Syrian conflict, researchers say.
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Dramatic New Video Shows Volcano Forming an Island

March 6, 2015 - 11:31am
A fast growing island off Japan is seen in new video from the Japanese Coast Guard.
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5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Confers With a Jovian Giant and a Celestial Maiden

March 6, 2015 - 11:31am
The first week of March brings an eclipse of two moons of Jupiter and an opportunity to spot Uranus.
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Stunning Nighttime Pictures of Chilean Volcano Erupting

March 6, 2015 - 9:05am
One of Chile's most active volcanoes erupted earlier this week, forcing thousands to flee.
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Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest

March 6, 2015 - 6:46am
A joint Honduran-American expedition has confirmed the presence of extensive pre-Columbian ruins in Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, a region rumored to contain ruins of a lost "White City" or "City of the Monkey God."
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Daylight Savings Time: 7 Surprising Things You May Not Know

March 6, 2015 - 6:04am
Our annual clock fiddling leads to fewer robberies and more unhappy farmers, for starters.
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Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist

March 5, 2015 - 5:46pm
Small, young galaxies should be free of interstellar dust, but an object called A1689-zD1 is breaking all the rules.
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Corn for Home Heat: A Green Idea That Never Quite Popped

March 5, 2015 - 5:46pm
Some enterprising Americans burn kernels to keep warm in winter, but there's a reason the green heating concept hasn't taken off.
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Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

March 5, 2015 - 5:09pm
With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.
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Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

March 5, 2015 - 2:01pm
The discovery of a jawbone, along with a reconstruction of another fossil, shed light on the mysterious million-year period when the genus Homo first evolved.
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What You Don't Know About History's Most Famous Scientists

March 5, 2015 - 12:47pm
In the 11th and 12th centuries, Muslim scientists were way ahead of contemporaries in Christian Europe.
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