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UK scientists work out weight of Sophie the Stegosaurus

StegosaurusScientists at a British museum have worked out the living weight of Sophie, one of the world's most complete Stegosaurus skeletons.

London's Natural History Museum said Tuesday that Sophie, a young adult when it died around 150 million years ago, weighed around 1.6 tons (1,600 kilograms) and its body mass was about the same size as a small rhinoceros.

The scientists worked out the dinosaur's body mass after creating a 3-D digital version of its skeleton, calculating the volume of flesh around the bones, and comparing the data with information from similar-sized modern animals.

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Scientists photograph light as particle and wave

light particle and waveLight behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. The breakthrough work is published in Nature Communications.

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'Most powerful' X-ray machine opens new frontier

new x-ray machineResearchers in Palo Alto in the US state of California have developed the most powerful X-ray laser in the world.

The Linac Coherent Light Source is being used to see how atoms and molecules move in living systems.  The machine is a billion times more intense than the previous generation of lasers.

Each X-ray pulse has as much power as the national grid of a large country, and a hundred are produced every second.

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Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears

Spy agencies fund weather control as weaponsA senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as potential weapons.

Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has called on secretive government agencies to be open about their interest in radical work that explores how to alter the world’s climate.

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UK Scientists: Aliens May Have Sent Space Seeds To Create Life On Earth

Aliens may have seeded life on earthScientists in the U.K. have examined a tiny metal circular object, and are suggesting it might be a micro-organism deliberately sent by extraterrestrials to create life on Earth.

Don't be fooled by the size of the object in the microscopic image above. It may appear to look like a planet-sized globe, but in fact, it's no bigger than the width of a human hair.

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At long last: Al Gore's satellite dream blasts off

Al Gore Satellite dream comes trueAl Gore's presidential career never left the ground. But a controversial space mission he dreamed up will soon take flight – literally -- after more than 15 years of being ridiculed and stalled.

A satellite inspired by Gore's ideas is slated to blast off Sunday, bound for a spot a million miles from Earth. From there the satellite, called the Deep Space Climate Observeratory or DSCOVR for short, will beam back pictures of the sunlit orb of our planet suspended in space, as Gore proposed nearly two decades ago.

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Obama proposes 14 percent tax on U.S. companies' untaxed foreign earnings

Obama proposes foreign earnings taxPresident Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget would impose a one-time 14 percent tax on some $2 trillion of accumulated U.S. corporate profits earned abroad and set up a 19 percent tax on future foreign earnings, a White House official said on Sunday.

Revenues from the one-time tax be used to fund infrastructure projects and fill a projected shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund.

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