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Experts Warn Artificial Intelligence May Build Weapons

By Richard Lardner | Jul 29
According to an open letter signed by hundreds of scientists and technology experts, artificial intelligence could be used to build weapons with minds of their own. Here are five important things to know about artificial intelligence.

Spaceship Pilot Describes Harrowing Free Fall After Breakup

Jul 29
Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious.

21st Century Gold Rush: Deep-Sea Mining Looms on Horizon

By David McFadden | Jul 28
The deep oceans span more than half the globe have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners. The era of deep seabed mining appears to be dawning.

Climate Change is Here: Greenland is Shrinking

Jul 28
The annual "State of the Climate" report released recently said 2014 was the warmest year on record.

Smithsonian Needs Your Help to Restore Vintage Space Apparel

Jul 24
The space suit that protected Neil Armstrong during his moonwalk spent the last decade in a very confined space, far from the moon.

How Much Water do You Really Need to Stay Healthy?

Jul 23
We often hear it takes 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy and hydrated, but new research has come up with a different recommendation.

Pro Surfer Fights Off Attacking Shark

Jul 21
Mick Fanning is uninjured after a camera caught him being attacked by a shark during competition at the J-Bay Open at Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

NASA to Receive New Pluto Photos for More than a Year

Jul 20
NASA scientists are receiving new images from a piano-sized spacecraft that flew past Pluto. The images are the result of $700 million and three billion miles of travel. Chip Reid reports with scientists' reactions on the historic findings.

Chemicals in Plastic Home Products Linked to Health Issues

Jul 20
A series of studies found that potentially harmful plastic compounds thought to be safer may be just as risky. The phthalates are increasingly used to strengthen products including plastic wrap, soap, cosmetics and processed food containers.

Designer Drug Flakka Leads to Psychotic, Indecent Reactions

Jul 20
It's described as being more powerful than heroin or cocaine this drug causes psychotic breakdowns, indiscriminate violence, "superhuman strength" and public indecency.

California Shark Attack Rates Plunge 90 Pct Since 1950s

By Christopher Weber | Jul 17
Swimmers and surfers today are about 90 percent less likely to be attacked by sharks off California's coast than they were in the 1950s, even though there are hundreds of thousands more people in the water, according to a new study.

FDA Ups Warning for Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Jul 16
The FDA has revised its warning about anti-inflammatory drugs, cautioning users about their risks. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook explains.

Nature's Must-See Wonders of the World

Jul 16
The seven wonders of the world are well known, but there are several natural wonders getting a high volume of travelers this summer travel season.

Bill Nye Talks Homosexuality and Evolution

By Jason St. Amand | Jul 15
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" tackles the question if homosexuality makes evolutionary sense.

Pluto Close-Up: Spacecraft Makes Flyby of Icy, Mystery World

By Marcia Dunn | Jul 15
We've made it to Pluto by NASA's calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making. The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday.

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