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Greenpeace Probe Of Climate Naysayer Implicates Exxon Mobil — Oil industry titan Exxon Mobil kept funding a prominent climate science naysayer for years after the world's largest oil refiner claimed it had stopped supporting global warming denial, according to documents released Friday by Greenpeace and provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News.

Astronauts, Politicians Clash Over Future Mars Missions — Buzz Aldrin, the second man to stand on the moon, and two other prominent astronauts clashed at a Senate hearing Tuesday over whether future NASA explorers should land on the moon, Mars, or asteroids. Testifying at the first Senate space subcommittee hearing chaired by Sen.

Mars Missions Are A Scam — Last week, the nonprofit reality-television project Mars One announced its selection of 100 volunteers who may get one-way tickets to Mars. It's only the latest in decades of celebrated Mars colonization projects. And just like all the rest, this one is unlikely to ever happen, experts say.

Young Adults Most Worried About Vaccines, Poll Finds — Dan Vergano Published February 12, 2015 Younger adults are more likely than older Americans to harbor doubts about getting their vaccinations, new Pew Research Center survey data reveals. Meanwhile, a U.S. measles outbreak this winter has revved up worries that not enough young parents are fully vaccinating today's children.

Discovery of Big Bang's Gravitational Waves Goes Bust, Due to Dust — Dan Vergano Published January 30, 2015 Back to the drawing board for how the big bang first went bang. Intergalactic dust has doomed last year's celebrated observations of gravitational ripples from the first moments of creation, according to astrophysics results leaked on Friday.

Poll Reveals Rift Between Scientists, Regular Folks — Dan Vergano Published January 29, 2015 What do the the International Space Station and bioengineered fuels have in common? They're about the only technological advances that both scientists and the American public actually like. On most other scientific matters, a widespread "opinion gap" splits the experts from everyday folks, pollsters at the Pew Research Center reported Thursday.

At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought

Blizzard of Nor'Easters No Surprise, Thanks to Climate Change — Dan Vergano Published January 26, 2015 TV meteorologists may be calling it Winter Storm Juno, but climate scientists have a different name for the "once-in-a-century" blizzard that's expected to blanket the U.S. East Coast from New Jersey to Maine starting on Monday. They call it completely predictable.

Human Ancestors May Have Used Tools Half-Million Years Earlier Than Thought — Dan Vergano Published January 22, 2015 New Science in Brief Who swung the first hammer stone? Early human ancestors may have hefted tools more than three million years ago, ancient hand bones suggest. That's roughly half a million years earlier than the oldest stone tools yet discovered.

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius — Dan Vergano Published January 20, 2015 The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus. The volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., destroying the wealthy Roman resort town of Herculaneum along with the better-known Pompeii.
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