Young scientists impress Obama at White House

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Jackie Robinson Day celebrated in space Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated again this year. It was even celebrated in space. April 15 marked the 68th anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier. Before Robinson, no African-American had been allowed to play Major League Baseball. His team, the D... - Posted on April 20, 2015
A tiny bird and a marathon migration A tiny songbird that summers in the forests of northern North America has been tracked on a 1,700-mile, over-the-ocean journey. It was tracked from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada to the Caribbean. It is part of the songbirds' winter migration to South America, ac... - Posted on April 9, 2015
A crystal the size of a school bus? In South Dakota, miners found a crystal of a mineral called spodumene that was 42 feet long and weighed 90 tons. While it's an extreme example, the massive crystal showcased one of the incredible qualities of the rock in which it was found. It is known as "pegmatite." Unlike most r... - Posted on April 6, 2015
Where have all the seabirds gone? The number of seabirds, including gulls, puffins and auklets, has dropped significantly in the Gulf of Alaska and northeast Bering Sea. It is a possible consequence of warmer waters. That is according to a preliminary federal analysis of nearly 40 years of surveys. U.S. Geol... - Posted on April 3, 2015
Sleep is essential to success in sports Jarome Iginla draws the blackout curtains and keeps his room at a cool temperature. He silences his cellphone and sometimes reads a relaxing book to drift off. Although he's an 18-year veteran, the Colorado Avalanche ice hockey forward only recently happened upon this simple... - Posted on April 2, 2015
Soprano seeks to go where no singer has gone before British soprano Sarah Brightman is aiming to perform where no professional singer has ever gone before: the International Space Station. The 54-year-old says she is working with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is her ex-husband. They plan to create a song she will sing in s... - Posted on March 31, 2015
For archaeologists, ancient bones are like Christmas They came from every parish of London, and from all walks of life. They ended up in a burial ground called Bedlam. Now scientists hope their centuries-old skeletons can reveal information about how long-ago Londoners lived. And about the bubonic plague that often killed them. ... - Posted on March 31, 2015
Wild horses may save threatened butterflies Twenty-five years ago, it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species. A herd of 14 wild mares from Bri... - Posted on March 27, 2015
Ancient salamander was as long as a car! Fossil remains of a previously unknown species of a crocodile-like "super salamander" have been found. The super salamander grew as long as a small car and was a top predator more than 200 million years ago. The fossil remains were found in southern Portugal. The spec... - Posted on March 27, 2015
Young scientists impress Obama at White House The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred. And in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped. Then another, ever faster as President Barack Obama marveled at its efficiency. The contraption's eventual aim would allow paralyzed or arthriti... - Posted on March 26, 2015