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Coal mine in Serbia gives up new Roman treasure
Fri, 29 May 2020 09:46:54 -0400
As the sun sank over a vast opencast coal mine in eastern Serbia earlier this month, a small crane eased the front half of a Roman ship from the steep sides of the pit.
Mammoth skeletons dug up at Mexico City airport construction site
Thu, 28 May 2020 11:56:20 -0400
Alongside construction crews racing to build the Mexican capital's new airport, skulls and curving tusks of massive mammoths peek through the dirt as archaeologists dig up more and more bones belonging to the ice age's most famous mammal.
Exclusive: GSK says science does not link pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine to sleep disorder
Thu, 28 May 2020 11:39:18 -0400
British drugmaker GSK said on Thursday that its previous flu pandemic vaccine, which used some of the same ingredients as COVID-19 vaccines currently under development, was not linked to a rise in cases of the sleep disorder narcolepsy.
Weather postpones SpaceX's first astronaut launch from Florida
Wed, 27 May 2020 20:31:52 -0400
Stormy weather thwarted a landmark moment for private rocket company SpaceX and NASA on Wednesday, forcing launch directors in Florida to postpone what would have been the first flight of U.S. astronauts into orbit from American soil in nine years.
In lean times, fierce dinosaur Allosaurus resorted to cannibalism
Wed, 27 May 2020 16:47:24 -0400
The dreaded dinosaur Allosaurus was the scourge of the Jurassic Period landscape some 150 million years ago, an apex predator just as Tyrannosaurus rex was 80 million years later during the Cretaceous Period.
Collision of galaxies may have spurred our solar system's formation
Tue, 26 May 2020 17:26:48 -0400
A violent event on a colossal scale - the crash of two galaxies - may have paved the way for our solar system's birth.
Musk's SpaceX set for debut astronaut mission, renewing NASA's crewed launch program
Tue, 26 May 2020 17:12:21 -0400
Entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX is set to launch two American astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending the U.S. space agency's nine-year hiatus in human spaceflight.
Elon Musk's SpaceX raises $346 million ahead of debut astronaut mission
Tue, 26 May 2020 12:58:08 -0400
Elon Musk's SpaceX said on Tuesday that it raised $346.2 million in a new round of funding, a day before it launches two American astronauts to the International Space Station.
Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane
Mon, 25 May 2020 20:44:34 -0400
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit company aborted its first attempt to launch a rocket into space from the belly of a 747 airplane on Monday, the company said.
SpaceX to bring astronauts to short-handed Space Station for longer stay
Sun, 24 May 2020 18:46:33 -0400
Two NASA astronauts gearing up to ride SpaceX's new space taxi will now be on a mission planned to last more than a month, instead of a week, to help the short-handed crew aboard the International Space Station, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.
Coronavirus vaccine safe in early trial, hydroxychloroquine may increase death risk
Fri, 22 May 2020 20:03:07 -0400
The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
NASCAR back on track as F1 and IndyCar stuck in virtual world
Fri, 22 May 2020 14:02:35 -0400
NASCAR will have a clear run this Sunday on what would normally be motor racing's most glamorous and busiest day, with Formula One and IndyCar remain stuck in the virtual world.
Children with COVID-19 may have lower infectivity than adults, UK scientists say
Fri, 22 May 2020 09:44:05 -0400
Children have milder COVID-19 symptoms than adults and the balance of evidence suggests they may also have lower susceptibility and infectivity than adults, scientists advising the British government have said.
For first time, scientists spot an alien planet as it is being formed
Wed, 20 May 2020 15:55:45 -0400
Astronomers have gazed into what appears to be a planetary maternity ward, observing for the first time within a huge disk of dense gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star a planet in the process of being born.
Monkey studies encouraging for coronavirus vaccine; virus travels further on breezy days
Wed, 20 May 2020 13:40:11 -0400
The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
NASA human spaceflight chief resigns ahead of launch
Tue, 19 May 2020 22:21:34 -0400
NASA's human spaceflight chief Doug Loverro has resigned, according to an internal memo seen by agency employees on Tuesday, just a week before the agency is scheduled to launch two astronauts into space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. 
Fossil of one of the last megaraptors on the planet found in Argentina
Tue, 19 May 2020 04:01:15 -0400
Paleontologists from the Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences said on Monday they found the 70-million-year-old remains of a megaraptor, making it one of the last carnivorous dinosaurs to inhabit the earth.
'Star Trek, not Star Wars:' NASA releases basic principles for moon exploration pact
Fri, 15 May 2020 15:26:09 -0400
NASA on Friday set the stage for a global debate over the basic principles governing how humans will live and work on the moon, as it released the main tenets of an international pact for moon exploration called the Artemis Accords.
Statins may help older coronavirus patients avoid symptoms; COVID-19 more than respiratory illness
Fri, 15 May 2020 14:22:41 -0400
The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.
How sewer science could ease testing pressure and track COVID-19
Thu, 14 May 2020 11:07:05 -0400
The science of sewage surveillance could be deployed in countries across the world to help monitor the spread of national epidemics of COVID-19 while reducing the need for mass testing, scientists say.
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Ford turns up the heat to keep New York police officers safe from COVID-19
Thu, 28 May 2020 14:31:51 -0400
The nation's largest police force is trying to stop the coronavirus from spreading in a very unique way. They're heating up squad cars to kill COVID-19. Kris Van Cleave reports on how Ford is working to keep New York City officers safe.
SpaceX and NASA place safety as their top priority, delay launch day
Thu, 28 May 2020 14:30:46 -0400
SpaceX will try again to launch its crewed capsule into orbit on Saturday, May 30. It'll be the first time Americans have launched from U.S. soil since the space shuttle retired in 2011. Mark Strassmann reports.
SpaceX takes over small community in Texas
Wed, 27 May 2020 20:48:11 -0400
SpaceX broke ground on a facility in Boca Chica, Texas, in 2014. While the move has brought some economic development to the area, there's also been some concerns from residents who say SpaceX is tearing their town apart. Freelance journalist Rachel Monroe joins CBSN to discuss what it’s like living in the shadow of the aerospace company.
Historic SpaceX Crew Dragon launch postponed due to bad weather
Wed, 27 May 2020 19:22:03 -0400
SpaceX was ready to make history with the launch of the first crew aboard a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. But the weather didn't cooperate, and the launch had to be postponed for Saturday. Mark Strassmann reports.
Trump mocks those wearing face masks, calling it "politically correct"
Wed, 27 May 2020 19:22:02 -0400
As the number of COVID-19 deaths reaches 100,000, President Trump continues to criticize people who wear face masks, calling it politically correct. Ben Tracy reports. 
Elon Musk says SpaceX rocket launch is "a dream come true"
Wed, 27 May 2020 17:01:01 -0400
Wednesday's SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch will be the first time a private company will send humans into orbit. SpaceX founder Elon Musk reflects on what this historic moment means to him. Mark Strassmann speaks to Musk and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ahead of the launch.
U.S. to launch first manned orbital mission in nearly a decade
Tue, 26 May 2020 19:43:02 -0400
The first manned orbital mission in nearly a decade is less than 24 hours away. The launch will also be the first time America's space program relies on a privately owned and operated spacecraft. Mark Strassmann reports.
Senior citizens "adopt" seniors in high school
Mon, 25 May 2020 15:01:51 -0400
Since high school seniors are missing out on milestones, senior citizens from a retirement home in Virginia are taking them under their wing and offering them advice via Zoom.
U.N. report warns 1 million plants and animals at risk of extinction
Fri, 22 May 2020 18:54:14 -0400
A bombshell U.N. report finds 1 million of the Earth's plants and animal species are now at imminent risk of extinction. The report found that humans are causing extinction at a rate never seen before. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.
Million animals, plants at risk of extinction due to human activities, U.N. report says
Fri, 22 May 2020 18:41:57 -0400
About one million species of animals and plants around the world are now at risk of extinction, in part due to pollution and over-fishing. A new United Nations report says nature is essential for our existence and a good quality of life, but point to a stark warning: humans are transforming the planet’s natural habitat at an unprecedented rate. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.
Green energy in West Virginia, the state of coal
Fri, 22 May 2020 17:04:58 -0400
Coal has been the backbone of West Virginia for generations until rising costs and cheaper fuel alternatives wiped out jobs by tens of thousands. Now, there's a new opportunity in the state and it's green. Adam Yamaguchi tells the story in a new CBSN Originals "Clinging to Coal."
Largest and oldest T. rex named "Scotty" revealed
Fri, 22 May 2020 16:01:01 -0400
The largest tyrannosaurus rex to ever roam the earth is about to make his official debut. CBS News got a look at "Scotty" before he goes on display at a museum in Canada. Jamie Yuccas explains.
Computerized games offer hope for patients with traumatic brain injuries
Fri, 22 May 2020 05:26:56 -0400
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left hundreds of thousands of veterans and active duty service members truggling with traumatic brain injuries. Even mild cases can have lasting effects. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on a new possible treatment.
Great white sharks tracked off the Carolina coast
Fri, 22 May 2020 05:02:26 -0400
A group of migrating great white sharks are suddenly acting like tourists along the Carolina coast. But apparently there's nothing to fear. Meg Oliver explains.
High school and college STEM students build electric cars for kids with disabilities for free
Fri, 22 May 2020 04:01:18 -0400
A group of STEM students from Connecticut have come together to build electric carts from scratch and then give them to kids who use wheelchairs – for free. And the gift of mobility brought one mom to tears.
2019 Atlantic hurricane season begins
Fri, 22 May 2020 00:48:51 -0400
June 1 marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season and forecasters predict at least two to four major storms this year. There’s a storm brewing over competing technologies that some say could hinder crucial forecasts. Meg Oliver reports.
FCC greenlights tougher restrictions on robocalls
Thu, 21 May 2020 22:34:48 -0400
Federal regulators are stepping up the war on robocalls. The problem has exploded to five billion calls a month, amounting to about 14 calls per person. But now the FCC has given the greenlight to phone companies to block them. Laura Podesta reports.
How Facebook's Libra will differ from other cryptocurrencies
Thu, 21 May 2020 18:54:42 -0400
Facebook announced plans this week to launch Libra, a global digital currency. With backing from PayPal, Uber, Visa and Mastercard, Libra would allow users without bank accounts or credit cards to shop online. But the plan comes as Facebook finds itself under intense scrutiny for its privacy practices. C-NET Senior Managing Editor Dan Ackerman joins "CBS This Morning Saturday" to discuss how Libra will differ from other cryptocurrencies.
"Deepfakes" sparking growing concern to combat misinformation on social media
Thu, 21 May 2020 18:46:03 -0400
There's a mounting effort to unmask deepfakes. The altered videos shared widely on social networks are proving to be an extraordinary political weapon that are difficult to defuse. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.
Why are so many gray whales dying?
Thu, 21 May 2020 18:28:14 -0400
At least 167 gray whales have washed ashore from Mexico to Alaska since January. Experts say that's probably just a fraction that have actually died. Jonathan Vigliotti explains.
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