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Google exec breaks skydive record with dive from near-space

Brooks HaysSAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old senior vice president at Google, spent 15 minutes of his Friday free-falling from the top of the stratosphere --...

Ebola Patient in New York Is Called a Doctor at Ease in Danger

Friends and former classmates of Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola in New York, described him as driven and with an unshakable belief in helping others no matter...

Nina Pham, Dallas Nurse, Declared Free of Ebola and Released From Hospital

“I join you now in prayer for the recovery of others,” said Ms. Pham, the first person to contract the disease in the United States.

Mali Reports First Death From Ebola

A 2-year-old girl, who traveled across two countries while showing symptoms, is the first recorded Ebola death in Mali.

Hands-On: ORION ASTRONOMY 20x80 Binoculars for Sky-Watching

Massing 76oz, with a 3.2° field of view and 4mm of exit pupil, these rubber-coated binoculars, plus a sturdy tripod, will bring you close to the night sky, plus animals...

NASA's SDO observes largest sunspot of the solar cycle

On Oct. 18, 2014, a sunspot rotated over the left side of the sun, and soon grew to be the largest active region seen in the current solar cycle, which...

NASA identifies ice cloud above cruising altitude on Titan

NASA scientists have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

Ebola's evolutionary roots more ancient than previously thought

A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola’s family history. It shows that Ebola and Marburg are each members of ancient evolutionary lines, and that these two viruses last shared...

Australian doctors transplants first circulatory death human heart

The St Vincent's Hospital Heart Lung Transplant Unit has carried out the world's first distant procurement of hearts donated after circulatory death (DCD). These hearts were subsequently resuscitated and then...

Smart Aquaculture Outsmarts Climate Change

El Niño is nothing new for fishers. Long before it was being used as evidence of climate change, fisheries management experts knew they would have to adjust, just like they...

How to Choose Binoculars for Astronomy and Skywatching

A good pair of binoculars can help stargazers get the most out of the night sky. Find out which type of binoculars you need in our Buyer's Guide.

Ebola Quarantines Seen as Barrier to Volunteers

New requirements for isolating people who had contact with people infected with Ebola could dissuade Americans from working at the frontlines of the epidemic.

Two dead, more wounded in high school cafeteria shooting in Marysville, Wash.

Gabrielle LevyMARYSVILLE, Wash., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A student walked into a Marysville, Wash., high school cafeteria on Friday and fired a gun, killing one and wounding others before fatally...

Erupting Bardarbunga Volcano In Iceland Sits On A Massive Magma Hot Spot

 Massive amounts of erupting lava have connected with the fall of civilizations, the destruction of supercontinents and dramatic changes in climate and ecosystems.  Since August 31st, Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland...

Megan Fox to star in James Franco's 'Zeroville'

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Megan Fox will star alongside James Franco in the actor's adaptation of Steve Erickson novel "Zeroville."

Illusions in the cosmic clouds: New image of spinning neutron star

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and...

[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot

Danielle HaynesSACRAMENTO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Marcelo Marquez arrested after allegedly leading California law enforcement on manhunt, killing two deputies, and injuring one other and a civilian.

Highest Ice Age human settlements found in the Peruvian Andes

Archaeologists say they’ve found the highest-known remains of Ice Age human settlements in the southern Peruvian Andes, dated to more than 12,000 years old.

Scientists say Rosetta's comet stinks -- literally

It turns out that the comet the Rosetta mission has been chasing for the last decade is a stinker. Literally.

Ancient City Ruled by Genghis Khan's Heirs Revealed

The city’s name was Ukek and it was founded just a few decades after the great conqueror died in 1227.

Growing a blood vessel in a week

The technology for creating new tissues from stem cells has taken a giant leap forward. Three tablespoons of blood are all that is needed to grow a brand new blood...

NASA creating a virtual telescope with two small spacecraft

Although scientists have flown two spacecraft in formation, no one ever has aligned the spacecraft with a specific astronomical target and then held that configuration to make a scientific observation...

Climate change caused by ocean, not just atmosphere, study finds

Most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released into the atmosphere.

EU agrees to cut greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030

A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 per cent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting...

Global boom in hydropower expected this decade

An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could...

Costs to treat bleeding strokes increases 10 years later

Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain increased about 31 percent from five years after stroke to 10 years. Medication, nursing home and informal care expenses accounted...

Law of the Sea authorizes animal tagging research without nations' consent

Many marine animals are world travelers, and scientists who study and track them can rarely predict through which nations' territorial waters their paths will lead.

Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in certain species of poisonous frogs

Frogs are well-known for being among the loudest amphibians, but new research indicates that the development of this trait followed another: bright coloration. Scientists have found that the telltale colors...

New study finds options for climate change policy are well characterized

Policy options for climate change risk management are straightforward and have well understood strengths and weaknesses, according to a new study by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program.

Queen Elizabeth II sends out her first tweet

Veronica LinaresLONDON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth II made history on Friday by sending out her first tweet ever from the opening of the Information Age gallery at London's...

'Long tail' thinking can help eliminate health disparities

“Long tail” thinking in public health might yield greater progress in eliminating health disparities, according to a new study. The long tail strategy is one many new businesses employ, recognizing...

In orbit or on Earth, implantable device will be commanded to release therapeutic drugs remotely

Scientists are developing an implantable device that delivers therapeutic drugs at a rate guided by remote control. The device's effectiveness will be tested aboard the International Space Station and on...

Intense heat causes health problems among sugar cane workers

Hard work under hot sun causes health problems for sugar cane workers in Costa Rica, such as headache, nausea, and renal dysfunction. The presence of symptoms is also expected to...

New methods for maintaining the quality of minimally processed potatoes for 14 days, without the use of sulphites

Researchers have proposed alternatives to the use of sulphites in potatoes, one of the main preservatives currently used and which, among other properties, prevents the browning that appears after peeling...

Subwavelength optical fibers to diffuse light

Researchers have just discovered a new type of light diffusion in tiny optical fibers 50 times thinner than a strand of hair. This phenomenon, which varies according to the fiber's...

Mass gaging system will measure fuel transfer in zero gravity

Transfer of super-cooled or cryogenic fuel from one tank to another in the zero gravity of space may one day be a reality. But the challenges of measuring fuels and...

Famed Physicist Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned astrophysicist and author of "A Brief History of Time," has recently joined Facebook.

'Ambition': Rosetta Inspired Sci-Fi Short - Behind The Scenes Video

Take a look at how the stunning comet mission inspired and futuristic world-building film got off the ground. The Game of Thrones' Aiden Gillen stars in the short film.

Coping with water scarcity: Effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption evaluated

Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing structures, expanded rebate programs and implemented other means to encourage their customers to reduce consumption. Some of those policies have greatly...

Is it OK to Give Your Baby that iPad? (Op-Ed)

A recent New York Times article points to a glaring inconsistency between the amount of “screen time” toddlers have using tablets, phones and computers – and the advice of many...

Guns, Germs and Steel and a ploughman's lunch

The world's inequalities began because some people had the means to make a meal of bread and cheese, while others did not. Tim Radford reviews Guns, Germs and Steel by...

Athletes, Sports and Violence Against Women (Op-Ed)

While the association between violence against women and elite athletes is not uncommon, it is not sports per se that are the problem.

New 'Surveyman' software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy

Doctoral student Emma Tosch of University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in...

Managers of discredited STAP stem cell study refund salary

Embattled RIKEN officials voluntarily return 1 to 3 months of pay over fiasco

Climate Fixes Need Realistic Compromises (Op-Ed)

While scientists gather the ground truth about climate, it's up to lawmakers to do something responsible with it.

A New Dent in HIV-1's Armor

Salk scientists identify a promising target for HIV/AIDS treatment

For brain hemorrhage, risk of death lower at high-volume hospitals

For patients with a severe type of stroke called subarachnoid hemorrhage, treatment at a hospital that treats a high volume of subarachnoid hemorrhage cases is associated with a lower risk...

Sedentary living is the 'new smoking' and we're paying for it, study says

Spending the day sitting at your desk and the evening in front of the TV? You could be hurting your health and costing the economy a lot of money, according...

Einstein's Gravity Waves Could Be Found with New Method

Gravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say.

Three-dimensional metamaterials with a natural bent

Scientists have succeeded in creating a large metamaterial, up to 4 mm x 4 mm2 in size, that is essentially isotropic, using a type of metamaterial element called a split-ring...

Hidden truth about the health of homeless people

As many as 4 million Europeans and 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness every year, and the numbers are rising. Homeless people “are the sickest in our society”, but just treating...

Senior Al-Qaida official asks Islamic State to spare American hostage

JC FinleyDAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An al-Qaida senior official has become an unlikely defender of Peter Kassig, an American held hostage by the Islamic State.

Genetically Modified Stem Cells Kill Brain Tumors

There may soon be a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team has created a way to genetically engineer stem cells so that...

Pakistan PM urges eradication of polio

Ed AdamczykISLAMABAD, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- As new cases of polio emerged in Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday the government would battle the infectious disease.

In Photos: Creepy-Crawly Experiment Reveals Spider's Brain

The vision of jumping spiders is almost equal to the sight of humans. Researchers, however, didn't know how to study the arachnids' visual system for one simple reason: every time...

Nation's 'personality' influences its environmental stewardship, shows new study

Countries with higher levels of compassion and openness score better when it comes to environmental sustainability, says research. "We used to think that personality only mattered for individual outcomes," says...

E.U. Greenhouse Gas Deal Falls Short of Expectations

The varied energy needs and capacity of member nations led to concessions and compromises that experts say watered down an agreement that was hoped to pressure other countries at climate...

Your Money Adviser: Lantern, a Start-Up, Offers Online Therapy for Anxiety and More

Lantern and other websites use online tools and remote nudging from a professional to help clients tackle ills like anxiety and sleep disorders.

World Briefing: Turkey: MERS Virus Case Is Reported

The potentially fatal MERS virus that originated in Saudi Arabia two years ago has spread to Turkey for the first time, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Abortion Capital of Bible Belt? Tennessee Vote Tests That Idea

Anti-abortion forces are trying to pass Amendment 1, which states that nothing in the Tennessee Constitution “secures or protects” a right to abortion.

Panel’s G.O.P. Chairman Steps Up Criticism of Ebola Response

Representative Darrell Issa, during a congressional hearing, said, “I think we all know that the system is not yet refined to where we could say it is working properly.”

Bellevue Back on Front Line in Another Crisis

Bellevue Hospital Center has long been on the front line of global health crises. But rising to the challenge of New York City’s first Ebola case may be one of...

Officials Soothe Fears, While Workers Sanitize Infected Doctor’s Path

In the locations where Dr. Craig A. Spencer, who has the Ebola virus, traveled before his hospitalization, people expressed fear and uncertainty on Friday — with a dash of New...

Startups should seek quality—not quantity—in partnerships, study finds

When partnering with larger companies, startups with a small number of carefully chosen alliances will reap the most benefits, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of...

Galactic wheel of life shines in infrared

It might look like a spoked wheel or even a "Chakram" weapon wielded by warriors like "Xena," from the fictional TV show, but this ringed galaxy is actually a vast...

Bodies at sea: Ocean oxygen levels may impact scavenger response

An ocean's oxygen levels may play a role in the impact of marine predators on bodies when they are immersed in the sea, according to researchers, who deployed a trio...

Courtney Love joins Fox series 'Empire'

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Courtney Love will portray hard rocker Elle Dallas on Fox hip-hop drama "Empire."

Well: For a 7-Minute Workout, Download Our New App

The New York Times is offering a free mobile app for the popular Scientific 7-minute Workout and the new Advanced 7-minute Workout.

Cat dentals fill you with dread?

A survey published this year found that over 50% of final year veterinary students in the UK do not feel confident either in discussing orodental problems with clients or in...

Melissa McCarthy talks 'Ghostbusters 3' rumors

Annie MartinLOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Melissa McCarthy is rumored to star in "Ghostbusters 3," but the actress said she hasn't spoken to director Paul Feig.

Picasso Museum to reopen after five years

Danielle HaynesPARIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Picasso Museum underwent some $60 million in renovations over the course of the five years it was closed.

Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball

Danielle HaynesCINCINNATI, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- NCAA allows Mount Saint Joseph University to move up season opener to allow teen with cancer chance to play basketball.

Can Whisper, an app for anonymous confessions, protect users' identities?

Can an app that people anonymously share confessions on, some of which become fodder for news stories, protect the users' identities? That's the issue surrounding Whisper this week.

New therapies for systemic amyloid diseases? Scientists closer to combating dangerous unstable proteins

Scientists have discovered a way to decrease deadly protein deposits in the heart, kidney and other organs associated with a group of human diseases called the systemic amyloid diseases.

China's steady march to moon a lesson for West

This week China launched an unmanned probe to the moon, a rehearsal for a future robotic sample-return mission. It's another positive step China is taking towards its own human lunar...

UAE fires up space agency with Mars mission

Country plan to send spacecraft to "red planet" by 2021

California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest

Danielle HaynesMARTINEZ, Calif., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- California Highway Patrol officer Sean Harrington on desk duty while he's being investigated for allegedly stealing nude photos of suspect.

European Union pledges $1.26 billion to fight Ebola

Ed AdamczykBRUSSELS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The European Union committed one billion euros ($1.26 billion) to combat the spread of the Ebola virus Friday.

Lolo Jones praying for Oscar Pistorius; says father convicted of homicide, too

Danielle HaynesLOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Lolo Jones said she prays for both Oscar Pistorius but won't pass judgement on runner because her own father had similar conviction.

Blocked on the Keystone XL, the Oil-Sands Industry Looks East

With the Keystone XL in limbo, a fight is brewing over another proposed pipeline that would carry oil-sands crude across Canada to the Atlantic coast.

Kate Moss to cameo in 'The Boy in the Dress'

Annie MartinLONDON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Kate Moss will cameo in David Walliams holiday special "The Boy in the Dress" on the BBC.

Spain defends Canaries oil drilling plan

Spain on Friday launched a legal challenge to defend plans to explore for oil and gas off the Canary Islands, a popular tourist destination.

Ellen Page and Julianne Moore's gay drama banned from shooting at Catholic school

Veronica LinaresNEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The upcoming gay drama "Freeheld" was barred from shooting scenes at a Catholic school in N.Y. after officials found out about the...

Social Media Abuzz with Amazing Snapshots of Partial Solar Eclipse

The moon took a bite out of the sun on Thursday for an exciting few hours. See the results.

Studies Link Mental Issues and the Rigor of the Military

Though new soldiers report about the same rate of mental problems as their civilian peers, new research suggests those disorders can persist for longer amid the demands of service.

New Facebook app encourages anonymous chats

Rooms, a new iPhone app from Facebook, recalls the nameless, faceless chat rooms of old

Sea turtles' first days of life: Sprint and ride towards safety

With new nano-sized acoustic transmitters, scientists followed the pathways of loggerhead turtle hatchlings. According to the study, local oceanic conditions are believed to drive the evolution of some unique swimming...

Drones Give Archaeologists a Bird's-Eye View of Past

From drones that perform high-fidelity 3-D scans to apps that automatically scour satellite data for undiscovered sites, the past is looking futuristic.

Ebola.com domain sold for big payout

The owners of the website Ebola.com have scored a big payday with the outbreak of the epidemic, selling the domain for more than $200,000 in cash and stock.

Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon

Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff...

US official: Auto safety agency under review

Transportation officials are reviewing the "safety culture" of the U.S. agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been...

Brazil's Severe Drought Dries Up Reservoirs

An unprecedented drought is threatening São Paulo's water supply.

Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses

JC SevcikFERGUSON, Mo., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Amnesty International released a report Friday detailing a host of human rights violations committed by Ferguson police against protesters.

Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw booked for 'Very Grammy Christmas'

Karen ButlerLOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw and Pharrell Williams are to headline the one-hour special, "A Very Grammy Christmas," CBS announced.

Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse

The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was...

Lava from Hawaii volcano picks up speed

A growing stream of lava threatening homes on Hawaii's Big Island is expanding and speeding up as it heads toward a small rural town.

3 dead in Azeri rig collapse

Daniel J. GraeberBAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- At least three people were killed when an offshore drilling platform collapsed in the Azeri waters of the Caspian Sea, a government...

How ferns adapted to one of Earth's newest and most extreme environments

Ferns are believed to be 'old' plant species -- some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. However, a group of Andean ferns evolved much more...

Kit allows parents to test Halloween candy for marijuana

With marijuana now legal in Colorado, the Denver Police Department is concerned that pot-infused candy will be handed out to kids on Halloween. Now, as KCNC's Brian Maass reports, a...

Women's sports clothes that address gender-based challenges

Women have unique needs in sports clothing that few men understand. Male mountain bikers, for instance, figure a trail-side bathroom break takes 20 or 30 seconds, max. Male runners figure...