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Why Italy's Earthquake Was Weird

A strong and unusually shallow earthquake struck northern Italy over the weekend, fracturing pavement, sending torrents of brick and rubble raining down from buildings, and killing seven people. The powerful shaking was a first for the region in centuries — and fairly surprising to...

Study: Simple Scope Exam Cuts Colon Cancer Deaths

A simple, cheaper exam of just the lower part of the bowel can cut the risk of developing colon cancer or dying of the disease, a large federal study finds. Many doctors recommend a more complete test -- colonoscopy -- but many people refuse that costly, unpleasant exam. The new study shows that the simpler test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, can be a good option. Although it may seem similar to...

Disputed Dinosaur Fossil Auctioned for $1 Million

A dinosaur dispute is brewing between the Mongolian government and an American auction house, which sold a fossil of a fearsome T. Rex relative despite a court order not to. The 8-foot (2.4-meter) tall, 24-foot (7.3-meter) long skeleton of a Tyannosaurus bataar -- or tarbosaurus, a name that means "alarming lizard" -- went for $1,052,500 Sunday at a New York auction, says Heritage Auctions....

Delphi gasoline-injection engine technique rivals hybrid's edge

(Phys.org) -- Running a diesel like engine on gasoline is something Delphi is doing in notable fashion. They claim they are on to a promising way to enjoy an engine that gives the vehicle owner high efficiency and low emissions. Delphi, a major Michigan-based auto-parts supplier, is developing this technology which has shown impressive results in tests. Delphi tried out its combustion concept,...

New study provides baseline measurements of carbon in Arctic Ocean

Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have conducted a new study to measure levels of carbon at various depths in the Arctic Ocean. The study, recently published in the journal Biogeosciences, provides data that will help researchers better understand the Arctic Ocean's carbon cycle—the pathway through which carbon enters and is used by the marine ecosystem. It will...

Seeing color traced back to genetic mutations

From the inside of our heads, it feels as if colors are intrinsic aspects of the outside world and our eyes are beautifully designed to see them. But we humans are merely sampling the possible ways of sensing the spectrum of light. Most of us see more colors than dogs, but miss millions of colors that make up the world for birds, reptiles, and insects.

AMD Betting on Casino Market With Embedded R-Series

In a move to differentiate itself from rival Intel, AMD on Monday rolled out its Embedded R-Series accelerated processing unit platform, or APU. With its latest innovation, AMD is targeting users of mid- to high-end graphics-intensive applications like digital signage, casino gaming, point-of-sale systems and kiosks, as well as parallel-processing-intensive applications. The Embedded...