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No Joke, Researchers Try to Decode What Makes Words Funny

Nothing says "humor" like semantic predictors from a computational language model.

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site

The 28-mile-wide Jezero crater, site of an ancient stream-fed lake, lies near Mars's equator.

NASA Bids Farewell to Kepler, Pioneering Planet Hunter

After nine years and more than 500,000 stars observed, the space telescope is retiring.

Crowdsourcing Moral Dilemmas to Guide Self-Driving Cars

A new study seeks to understand how the public sees life-and-death decisions encountered on the road.

Mars Water Could Support Oxygen-Breathing Microbes

Simple, multicellular life, such as sponges, could survive in briny waters near the surface of the planet.

Research Ties Urban Flu Patterns to Population Density, Climate

Researchers say there's more to the spread of flu than the expected seasonal patterns.

Scientists Put Forward Candidate For First Known Exomoon

If confirmed the discovery would be considered the first of its kind, scientists say.

NASA Mission Passes Key Milestone With Yuma Parachute Test

The agency can now give the Orion parachute system the go-ahead for flights with astronauts.

Study Warns Against Taking Endangered Mexican Wolf North of Historical Range

Researchers warn that going beyond range could threaten decades of conservation and recovery efforts.

UA Tree-Ring Research Narrows Window for Massive Bronze Age Eruption

Newer methods helped close the gap on an ancient explosion that dimmed the sun across the Eastern Mediterranean.

Research Reveals Climate-Driven Bird Collapse in Mojave Desert

Deserts globally have borne the brunt of warming and drying over the past 50 years.

Giant Strainer Seeks to Clean Up Oceanic Garbage Patches

An Arizona researcher says it's only one approach to an dire problem that requires a variety of mitigation strategies.

Study: Droughts Are Growing Hotter Under Climate Change

Stressors may include environmental and social impacts of drought and heatwaves, driving more frequent wildfires, worsening air quality and stressing crops and livestock.

Arizona Among States Likely to Overprescribe Opioids for Ankle Sprains

Opioids are not a first-line treatment for ankle-sprains, yet their use is common in nine states.

Scientists Discover Liquid Lake Under Mars Ice

Arizona researcher suggests it's the strongest evidence of liquid water so far.

Seven Arizona Small Businesses Receive NASA Funding

Two Tucson businesses were among 348 awardees sharing $43.5 million.

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