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Scientist superstar Katie Bouman designed algorithm for black hole image

New York - Anonymous to the public just days ago, a US computer scientist named Katie Bouman has become an overnight sensation due to her role in developing a computer algorithm that allowed researchers to take the world's first image of a black hole.

Physicist Marcelo Gleiser: 'Science does not kill God'

Washington - The annual Templeton Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension," was awarded Tuesday to Brazilian Marcelo Gleiser -- a theoretical physicist dedicated to demonstrating science and religion are not enemie...

Were dinosaurs killed off by asteroid or volcanoes? It's complicated

Washington - Every school child knows the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid smashing into the Earth some 66 million years ago.

Mission complete: NASA announces demise of Opportunity rover

Washington - During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet -- but NASA's Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample.

Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Washington - Saturn's rings are younger than scientists thought and appeared within the last 10 to 100 million years, according to research published Thursday based on findings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.

'Himalayan Viagra' under threat from climate change: researchers

Washington - A prized caterpillar fungus that is more valuable than gold and is nicknamed "Himalayan Viagra" in Asia, where it is seen as a wonder drug, is becoming harder to find due to climate change, researchers said Monday.

New film documents terrifying Yosemite rock climb, daredevil who did it

Washington - Imagine climbing a 900-meter (3,000-foot) granite wall without ropes and almost nothing to grip, moving slowly and perilously upward for four hours.A brave soul named Alex Honnold completed such a climb -- and lived to tell the tale.

Canadian Nobel physics laureate hails womens' progress

Waterloo - Canada's Donna Strickland, the first female Nobel Prize winner in physics since 1963, said Tuesday that women have "come a long way" since the previous laureate, Maria Goeppert Mayer."When I get on my soapbox if I'm teaching them, I talk about Mary.

Many doctors in India miss TB signs: study

Washington - Many private sector doctors in India miss the signs of tuberculosis and therefore provide patients inadequate treatment, according to a new study published Tuesday involving people hired to act out the symptoms.

Brazil hosts top math prize for first time in Latin America

Rio De Janeiro - The world's top mathematicians will convene in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to find out the new winners of the Fields Medal, the award often dubbed the Nobel Prize for math.

France to relaunch search for storied 16th-century shipwrecks

Rennes - French researchers will this summer resume the search for the Cordeliere, a huge warship that was sunk during an intense 16th-century battle with the biggest vessel in the English fleet -- which also foundered in the clash.

Vines from Napa, Bordeaux tough against heat, drought

Washington - Worry not, wine drinkers. Some of the world's most popular wines, grown in California's Napa Valley and the Bordeaux region of France, are more resistant to drought than previously believed, researchers have concluded.

Pregnancy not dangerous for women who had breast cancer

Chicago - Becoming pregnant after a diagnosis of breast cancer does not raise the risk of the cancer returning, said the largest study of its kind to date, released Saturday at a major cancer conference.
 

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