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Citizen scientists will take to the field for U.S. eclipse8/17/2017 9:39:51 PM - When the moon passes directly in front of the sun on Aug. 21, casting a deep shadow across the United States, thousands of citizen scientists will be watching the eclipse while monitoring temperature changes, animal behavior and radio signals bouncing around the atmosphere.Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts8/15/2017 2:35:39 AMKYOTO, Japan - The global push among carmakers to make ever lighter vehicles is leading some auto suppliers in Japan to turn to what seems like an unlikely substitute for steel - wood.Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past8/10/2017 11:23:34 AMWASHINGTON - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch8/12/2017 3:09:10 PMTOKYO - Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said.Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans8/11/2017 6:27:00 AM - Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday.Chinese quantum satellite sends 'unbreakable' code8/11/2017 3:45:17 AMBEIJING - China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday.It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a prehistoric gliding mammal8/10/2017 12:05:48 AMWASHINGTON - In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighborhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne.Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism8/9/2017 10:33:06 PMLONDON - Engravings on a human bone from a prehistoric archaeological site in a cave in southern England shows that human cannibals ate their prey and then performed ritualistic burials with the remains, scientists said on Wednesday.Crocodile rock: ancient beast named after Motörhead band's Lemmy8/10/2017 12:50:13 AMWASHINGTON - A ferocious sea-going crocodile that menaced coastal waters about 164 million years ago during the Jurassic Period has been given a name honoring the similarly ferocious heavy-metal rocker Lemmy, the late front man for the British band Motörhead.Born this way? Researchers explore the science of gender identity8/4/2017 12:10:41 AMNEW YORK - While President Donald Trump has thrust transgender people back into the conflict between conservative and liberal values in the United States, geneticists are quietly working on a major research effort to unlock the secrets of gender identity.