Study: Smaller animals maintain cleanliness to survive

The results could lead to new self-cleaning technologies to keep solar panels and remote camera sensors dust-free.

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 President Barack Obama, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, front row third from right, applaud as they pose with world leaders for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, today.

World leaders meet in Paris for climate talks

The U.N.-organized gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France.

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In an unlikely place, life has been percolating

Researchers have found a “veritable zoo” of multicellular creatures living in the wet rock fissures of gold and diamond mines.

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As temperatures rise, glaciers melting faster

Grinnell Glacier is disappearing due to decades of warming temperatures and may not exist as early as 2030.

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 Former 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen said last week that he is HIV-positive.

Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk

A daily pill that can slash the risk of HIV remains an unknown to thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, a federal agency cautioned.

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 Jason T. Wright, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University.

Astronomers are baffled by the light coming from a distant star

Astronomers are trying to figure out what is causing a star in the northern sky to dim so dramatically.

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 A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum. Malaria is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person then bites someone else.

Altered mosquito gene blocks malaria

The experiment has implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.

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 Migrating monarchs

Earthweek: Diary of a changing world

Events in the world’s climate for the week ending Friday, Nov. 20.

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Scientists discover how ocean fish disappear

A studysays that two ocean fish have fine-tuned a method of avoiding predators by hiding in light.

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Scientists witness planets being born

Their discovery could give scientists new insight on how planets come to be and what they are like in their formative years.

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 Seventh-graders watch the sky constellations during a Nov. 11 demonstration.

Traveling planetarium comes to Bethel Park middle school

The students viewed constellations, stars and planets in a program by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

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NIH ends the era of U.S. medical research on chimpanzees

Director Francis Collins announced Wednesday that 50 chimpanzees held by the government for medical research will be sent to sanctuaries.

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 Rijuven Corp. CEO Evens Augustin demonstrates how to operate a CardioSleeve on a mobile phone. The device monitors and records a patient’s heartbeat and EKG.

New device aims to streamline stethoscopes, make patient assessments faster

Rijuven Corp CEO Evens Augustin said the device — called a clinic in a bag — amps up the capabilities of the stethoscope.

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 People watch the MegaBots 15-foot tall, piloted Mark II robot in action at the Pioneer Summit in Redwood City, Calif.

U.S. startup challenges Japan to giant robot battle

It will be the first giant robot battle of its kind next year. The exact date and location are yet to be determined.

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 Andriy Bohdan drives his Cranberry Taxi while looking for airport fares at hotels in Downtown Pittsburgh. "I've gotten better, doing more driving," he says about learning routes.

Study: Navigational skills help improve brain functions

A Carnegie Mellon University study explains how and why the hippocampus region of the brain grows during route planning and navigation.

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Mars might be tearing its own moon apart

Phobos is just 3,700 miles from the surface of Mars, over 60 times closer than we are to our own moon.

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 The Leonid Meteor Shower will peak tonight and early Wednesday morning.

Stargazing: Leonids peak tonight

The Leonids occur every year around Nov. 17, when Earth plows through a cloud of dusty debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle.

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 Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays an image from the face transplant done for Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago.

Burned firefighter receives extensive face transplant

Former volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison had undergone more than 70 surgeries that involved multiple grafts from his leg to his face.

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The meek will inherit the Earth?

A mass extinction called the Hangenberg event led to a reduction in vertebrate size for around 40 million years afterward.

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Let's talk about science: Black holes

A black hole is a very strange and destructive object in the universe.

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Scientists tout discoveries of planet, ‘pristine’ relic stars

A small planet has been spotted just 39 light-years away. Meanwhile, Australian astronomers said they discovered the oldest stars ever seen.

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Space revolution hatching in a New Zealand paddock

Rocket launch range to open in New Zealand.

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Solar storms stripped Mars of atmosphere

The planet’s early atmosphere is thought to have been as thick as or thicker than Earth’s today.

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 An example of the 3-D printed hair by Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

CMU researchers develop technique for printing hair strands

The use of 3-D printing is expanding to create soft hair-like images through “furbrication.”

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 Kelli Jo Lovich visits the grave of her 4-year-old son, Colbee, in mid-October in Butler. “I visit him twice a day, every day,” she said. Colbee was killed in an ATV accident in 2014. Mrs. Lovich decided to donate his organs to help preserve his memory.

Faced with tragic loss, families must face the difficult choice of organ donation

For organ procurement coordinators, the job can be physically and emotionally grueling. Shifts of 24 hours or longer are common.

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