Science & Health
  • A famous paleontology family has found fossils that they think confirm their theory that there are two additional pre-human species besides the one that eventually led to modern humans.

    This undated handout image provided by National Geographic and Nature shows a computer enhanced image of a lower jaw, shown as a photographic reconstruction, and the cranium, based on a computed tomography scan of of he KNM-ER 1470 cranium, discovered in 1972, combined with the new lower jaw KNM-ER 60000.
    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT
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  • This image released on Tuesday Aug. 7,2012 by NASA shows the first color view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater where NASA's rover Curiosity landed Sunday night. The picture was taken by the rover's camera at the end of its stowed robotic arm and appears fuzzy because of dust on the camera's cover.

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has transmitted its first color photo and a low-resolution video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its white-knuckle dive through the Martian atmosphere, giving earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.

    As thumbnails of the video flashed on a big screen on Monday, scientists and engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion let out "oohs" and "aahs." The recording began with the protective heat shield falling away and ended with dust being kicked up as the rover was lowered by cables inside an ancient crater.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 2:02 AM EDT
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  • In this photo taken on July 30, 2012, Sara Moulton took a tip from her chef friend and used pureed corn to achieve a silky richness without any additional fat in this spicy creamed corn recipe shown in Concord, N.H. Caramelized onions add great depth of flavor, while the chili's heat and lime juice's acidity balance the sweetness of the corn.

    There are few foods as simple, delicious and complete as fresh seasonal corn on the cob. When it's really fresh, I'll even eat it raw. No boiling, no butter, no salt. It's perfectly sweet and tender right off the stalk.
    Still, even perfection can get boring, and I recently began wondering what else I could do with fresh corn. I thought back to my days as the host of the Food Network's "Cooking Live," when one of my guest chefs whipped up some corn soup and thickened it with pureed corn.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 12:06 AM EDT
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  • Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity team member Miguel San Martin, Chief Engineer, Guidance, Navigation, and Control at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, left, celebrates with Adam Steltzner, MSL entry, descent and landing (EDL) of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), right, after the successful landing of Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.

    "Touchdown confirmed," said engineer Allen Chen. "We're safe on Mars."

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 5:18 PM EDT
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  • Natco Pharma Ltd. Secretary and General Manager Legal and Corp. Affairs M. Adinarayana displays Sorafenib Tosylate drugs meant for cancer, at the head office of Natco Pharma Ltd. in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, March 13, 2012.

    Growing use of generic medicines has reduced U.S. health care spending by more than $1 trillion over the past decade, according to an industry-funded study released Thursday.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT
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  • In this April 27, 2009 file photo, pigs press together on a farm run by Granjas Carroll de Mexico on the outskirts of Xicaltepec in Mexico's Veracruz state. Mexico's Agriculture Department said that its inspectors found no sign of swine flu among pigs around the farm in Veracruz, and that no infected pigs have been found yet anywhere in Mexico. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products.

    It's the season for state and county fairs, and health officials are reminding fairgoers to be careful around pigs because of a new flu spreading from the animals to people.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT
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  • TB kills about 1.4m people a year across the world

    Hopes of a new, more effective therapy for tuberculosis have been raised following the results of early trials.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 20, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT
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