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Climate Change in ‘Real-Time’: Beaufort Sea Ice Fracturing (+Video)

April 3, 2013, 11:22 am
As the Beaufort Sea ice fractures extensively, climatology PhD student and professor Paul Beckwith says “This is abrupt climate change in real-time.”

Buried Mayan Village Yields New Insights Into Ancient Agriculture

April 3, 2013, 5:11 am
An ancient Mayan village buried in volcanic ash for centuries has revealed unusually well-preserved houses, crops, and gardens.

A Higgs, the Higgs … is maths at the root of reality?

March 30, 2013, 9:56 am
Recently, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) finally announced the new particle discovered last summer is indeed a Higgs boson, a particle [...]

Crash – a-ah! Our Moon Has a History of Violence

March 29, 2013, 7:20 pm
The more we learn about the formation and evolution of our solar system, the more we realise it was far from a sedate, gentle process.


Beyond Science

Definitely, Maybe: Evidence Grows for Positive ID of Higgs Boson

Physicists are now almost certain the curious “Higgs-like particle” revealed at CERN last year is a Higgs boson.


Raining Spiders in Brazil? (Video)

A rain of spiders was recorded on Feb. 3 in Santo Antonio da Platina, Brazil.



Earth & Environment

Before Dinosaurs’ Era, Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Mass Extinction

More than 200 million years ago, a massive extinction decimated 76 percent of marine and terrestrial species, marking the end of the Triassic period and the onset of the Jurassic.


The Last Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

“Overfishing of sharks is now recognized as a major global conservation concern, with increasing numbers of shark species added to the IUCN’s list of threatened species.”



Inspiring Discoveries

Defining Antimatter’s Magnetic Qualities

U.S. researchers have captured individual protons and antiprotons to measure their magnetic charge with unprecedented accuracy.


We Watch and Learn the Moves – Even When We’re Immobile

It may seem somewhat intuitive, but learning through observation is one of the most potent ways humans learn a new skill.



Space & Astronomy

Whirlwinds Wander Around Venus’s South Pole

The giant cyclone spinning around the south pole of our neighboring planet is far more unpredictable than scientists realized, according to a new Spanish study.


Star Orbiting Black Hole at Breakneck Speed (Video)

A red dwarf star and a black hole are orbiting each other once every 2.4 hours, a new record for the fastest-spinning black-hole X-ray binary system ever found.


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