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  • Pope calls space, takes small step for Vatican-Russian ties

    October 26, 2017 4:37 PM 52

    Pope's chat with cosmonauts a small step for the Vatican's long tense relations with Orthodox Russia Pope Francis took a small step toward improved Vatican-Russian relations Thursday when he chatted with Russian cosmonauts and praised their understanding of love during a telephone call with the International Space Station. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli

  • Stripes? Spots? Scientists have new way to see what dinosaurs looked like on the outside

    October 26, 2017 4:00 PM 23

    Scientists studying ancient fossils of a small feathered dinosaur have discovered that it had a bandit’s mask as well as a striped tail, rather like today’s raccoons. The eye-catching plumage of Sinosauropteryx, described in the journal Current Biology, illuminates the life and behavior of these ancient animals and sheds light on the diversity of the landscapes

  • ISS Astronauts Invite Pope to Space on NASA-Streamed Live Call

    October 26, 2017 2:54 PM 47

    Life as an astronaut is full of challenges: grueling physical trials; mind-bending experiments conducted in conditions like nothing on Earth; eating that weird dehydrated ice cream you get at the NASA gift shop. But for 60-year-old Paolo Nespoli, an Italian national aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Thursday brought a new kind of test—a hardball

  • Ichthyosaur: Ancient Jurassic 'Fish Lizard' Fossil Discovered In India For The First Time

    October 26, 2017 9:09 AM 34

    An almost-complete fossil skeleton thought to belong to an Ichthyosaur, an ancient marine predator not dissimilar to a modern-day porpoise, from the Jurassic period has been discovered in India for the first time, researchers say. The name Ichthyosaur, which literally means “fish lizard,” is used to refer to any of a group of aquatic animals that lived

  • A new tool for editing DNA, one base at a time

    October 25, 2017 5:05 PM 70

    Scientists from Harvard University have just unveiled a new gene editor that uses the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technology to target and change a single letter in a string of DNA bases — no cutting necessary. If traditional gene editing is like taking a pair of molecular scissors to a DNA strand to alter a genome, then the new technique, known as base editing

  • Einstein's theory of happiness sells for $1.3m at auction

    October 25, 2017 2:08 AM 31

    Jerusalem — While Albert Einstein's theory of happiness may be relative, it fetched $1.3m at a Jerusalem auction. The Nobel-winning scientist's musings, on a handwritten note, may not be as famous as his groundbreaking theory of relativity, but they still shed light on one of the great modern minds. The Winner's auction house said Einstein scribbled

  • Einstein scribbled his theory of happiness in place of a tip. It just sold for more than $1 million

    October 25, 2017 1:55 AM 16

    He is known as one of the great minds in 20th-century science. But this week, Albert Einstein is making headlines for his advice on how to live a happy life, and a tip that paid off. In November 1922 Einstein was traveling from Europe to Japan for a speaking tour when he learned he'd been awarded his field's highest prize: the Nobel Prize in physics

  • Einstein’s theory of happiness sold for $1.5m

    October 24, 2017 6:53 PM 37

    Advice on two notes written by Albert Einstein describing his theory for happy living has sold at an auction house in Jerusalem for $1.56m (£1.19m). The Nobel Prize-winning German-born physicist gave the notes to a courier in Tokyo in 1922 instead of a tip. He told the messenger that if he was lucky, the notes would become valuable. Einstein devoted

  • Note with Einstein's theory on life auctioned for $1.3 million

    October 24, 2017 6:20 PM 29

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $1.3 million on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said. In 1922, Einstein was en route to Japan when the announcement came he would be awarded the 1921 Nobel

  • Einstein note on happy living sells for US$1.56m

    October 24, 2017 5:30 PM 22

    JERUSALEM: A note that Albert Einstein gave to a courier in Tokyo briefly describing his theory on happy living sold at auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday (Oct 24) for US$1.56 million, the auction house said. The winning bid for the note far exceeded the pre-auction estimate of between US$5,000 and US$8,000, according to the Winner's auction house website