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Victim-blamers have empathy, but it's mostly for perpetrators

Washington - You may have seen it among your own friends: a high-profile #MeToo case triggers responses that assign some or all the blame on a victim of sexual harassment, with men more likely than women to side with an accused male.

Largest impact crater in the U.S. was buried for 35 million years

About 35 million years ago, an asteroid hit the ocean off the East Coast of North America. Its impact formed a 25-mile diameter crater that now lies buried beneath the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary in Virginia and Maryland.

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury

Nairobi - The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully".

Mysteries of the deep: how some sharks glow green in the dark

Washington - It may not sound like the best way to go incognito, but some species of shark that lurk on the ocean floor glow a bright green hue visible to others of their kind.

Tardigrades may have survived crash of Israel's lunar spacecraft

Israel’s attempt to become the first country to land a private spacecraft on the Moon ended in failure on Thursday, April 11, 2019. However, the chances of finding life on the lunar surface has ratcheted up, owing to its cargo of "water bears."

Trust for scientists remains strong despite anti-expert rhetoric

Despite the anti-expert rhetoric exposed by some politicians (especially when they are unable to to challenge facts), the standing of scientists in the U.S. remains strong according to a new survey.

Potentially habitable planet found in new solar system

Madrid - An international team of astronomers has discovered a new solar system with a planet that could be habitable, a Spanish astrophysicist who led the research said Thursday.

S.Korea tests drone delivery in remote regions

Seoul - Seoul began testing delivery by drone in the country's remote regions Wednesday, with the hope of improving residents' quality of life, the government said.

China eyes high-tech military, says US undermines global stability

Bejing - China outlined plans to build a modern, high-tech army in a national defence plan published Wednesday, as it accused Washington of undermining global strategic stability and warned against Taiwanese independence.

Astronomers decode Milky Way's violent birth

Paris - The Milky Way gobbled up a galaxy one quarter of its mass 10 billion years ago in a "violent collision" that didn't fully settle for eons, astronomers said in new research published Monday.

'Stronger than ever': India set for fresh Moon launch attempt

Koradi - India will make a second attempt Monday to send a landmark spacecraft to the Moon after an apparent fuel leak forced last week's launch to be aborted.

Humanity's climate 'carbon budget' dwindling fast

Paris - The concept of a carbon budget is dead simple: figure out how much CO2 humanity can pump into the atmosphere without pushing Earth's surface temperature beyond a dangerous threshold.

Japan's Hayabusa2 probe makes 'perfect' touchdown on asteroid

Apo - Japan's Hayabusa2 probe made a "perfect" touchdown Thursday on a distant asteroid, collecting samples from beneath the surface in an unprecedented mission that could shed light on the origins of the solar system.

Dramatic warming projected in world's major cities by 2050

Washington - By the year 2050, London's climate will resemble Madrid's today; Paris will be more like Canberra; Stockholm like Budapest and Moscow like Sofia, according to a new analysis published Wednesday that relied on optimistic projections.

Japan's asteroid probe Hayabusa2 set for final touchdown

Apo - Japan's Hayabusa2 probe began descending on Wednesday for its final touchdown on a distant asteroid, hoping to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.

Hungary passes controversial science sector reform bill

Budapest - The Hungarian parliament passed a bill Tuesday enabling the takeover of research institutes by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, which is accused by critics of seeking to control key institutions and sectors.

Desert-dwelling carnivorous dinosaur found in Brazil

S - A desert-based carnivorous dinosaur that used claws to capture small prey 90 million years ago has been unearthed in southern Brazil, scientists said Wednesday.

Science suffers collateral damage as US, China tensions rise

Bejing - A rise in US visa denials for Chinese academics and intensified scrutiny of alleged links to Beijing over fears of potential espionage are having a chilling effect on long-standing research collaboration, researchers say.

'Moon Rock Hunter' on quest to track down Apollo gifts

Houston - After Neil Armstrong took a "giant leap for mankind" on the Moon nearly 50 years ago and collected rocks and soil along the way, Richard Nixon presented lunar souvenirs to every nation -- 135, at the time.

NIH Director: It's time to end 'manels' at scientific conventions

Washington - One of the most influential public health officials in the world said Wednesday that he will no longer speak on scientific panels if they don't include women.

NASA renames street for 'hidden' black women mathematicians

Washington - NASA has renamed the street outside its Washington headquarters to honor three black female mathematicians whose pioneering work on the agency's early space program was chronicled in the film "Hidden Figures".

Hungary scientists 'alarmed' at planned government takeover

Budapest - Hungary's top scientific body warned Wednesday that a planned takeover of research institutes by Prime Minister Viktor Orban "threatens" academic freedom and provides an "alarming" blueprint for other EU governments to follow.

China tightens rules on genetic research after designer-baby scandal

Bejing - China has announced regulations to curb the smuggling of human organs and tighten oversight on the use of human genetic materials in research months after a Chinese scientist caused a global outcry by claiming that he gene-edited babies.

Scientists: Canada's wildfires are linked to the climate crisis

As another extreme fire season starts in Canada with more people on the run, scientists say they are already seeing signs that climate change is playing a role.

'Landscape of fear': how invasive species disrupt habitats

Apo - Invasive species can dramatically reshape environments and cause extinction, even when they don't prey on their newfound neighbours, according to new research that highlights the dangers of altering habitats.

Is it possible William Shakespeare smoked weed? — Well, maybe

Back in 2001, a South African anthropologist named Francis Thackeray used tech from a narcotics crime lab to see what sorts of substances might have been smoked in 400-year-old pipe fragments unearthed in Stratford-upon-Avon.

1 in 5 in U.S. cannot name a single element on the periodic table

It might be elementary for many, but a new poll finds that one in five (around 20 percent) of the U.S. adult population cannot name a single element on the periodic table. The survey indicates the troubling status of science in the country.

Scientists pinpoint source of ozone-destroying chemical

Scientists are zeroing in on the source of a powerful climate pollutant that was banned years ago but has mysteriously been increasing, with potentially damaging consequences for climate change.

Mass movement: scientists adopt new kilogram definition

Paris - How we measure the world underwent a quantum leap on Monday as scientists adopted new hyper-accurate definitions for units of weight, electricity and temperature derived from the universal laws of Nature.

From nudge theory to sound science, microbiologists in Ireland Special

Dublin - From nudge theory, to the importance of looking at the science behind processes and procedures, the Pharmig microbiology conference in Ireland featured some of the hottest topics in the industry.
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