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  • The Tempest Stela of Ahmose. Reconstruction of the face (R) and back (L). (Malcolm H. Wiener and James P. Allen, 1998)

    Tempest Stela: World’s Oldest Weather Report Could Revise Bronze Age Chronology

    An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world’s oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology... Read more

  • (NASA Earth Observatory)

    Iceberg Twice Size of Atlanta: Huge Iceberg Floating Into Shipping Lanes

    An iceberg twice the size of Atlanta is disrupting shipping lanes. The massive iceberg is moving into the ocean off Antarctica. It measures 255 square... Read more

  • Sedimentary deposits near Cerdas in the Altiplano plateau of Bolivia. These rocks contain ancient soils used to decipher the surface temperature and surface uplift history of the southern Altiplano. (Carmala Garzione/University of Rochester)

    Growth Spurts Over Millions of Years Formed Andes

    The Altiplano plateau in the central Andes—and most likely the entire mountain range—was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts, rather than a continuous... Read more

  • In addition to work on strained organic semiconductors, the findings could also yield benefits in other fields that require precise control over crystal polymorphism. Many drugs, for instance, are made from small molecules that must crystallize in just the right way to have the proper effect. (Stanford)

    ‘Squeegee’ Method Lets Team See Tiny Crystals Form

    Researchers have created a novel way to do time-lapse studies of crystallization that could lead to more flexible and effective electronic displays, circuits, and pharmaceutical... Read more

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    ‘Forensic Genomics’ Solves Dead Abalone Mystery

    Thousands of dead red abalone that washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California in 2011 were the victims of a harmful... Read more

  • "By tracing back the ancestry of any domesticated plant, we can better understand the genetic evolution of that species and the origin of agriculture—a major step in human evolution in different regions of the world," says Paul Gepts. (John Verive/Flickr)

    Chili Peppers First Cultivated in Mexico

    The domesticated chili pepper—the world’s most widely grown spice crop—got its start in central-east Mexico, report researchers. Results from the four-pronged investigation—based on linguistic and... Read more

  • The scorching heat produced by asteroid or comet impacts can melt tons of soil and rock, some of which forms glass as it cools. Some of that glass preserves bits of ancient plant material. (Brown University)

    Impacts Trapped Plant Bits in Glass for Millions of Years

    A research team has found fragments of leaves and preserved organic compounds lodged inside glass created by several ancient impacts in Argentina. The material could... Read more

  • Dr. John C. Mather. (Chris Gunn/NASA)

    When Nobel Laureate John Mather Gazes Into Space, This Is What He Sees

    Dr. John C. Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics along with George F. Smoot for their important contribution to the understanding of the... Read more

  • Retractions of dishonest scientific papers rose 1,900 percent in nine years. (Shutterstock*)

    Retractions of Dishonest Scientific Papers Rose 1,900% in Nine Years

    Article by David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News. In the first decade of the 21st century, retractions of papers published by medical journals went... Read more

  • Drinking

    Anti-Seizure Drug May Treat Alcoholism

    The anti-seizure drug ezogabine may be a way to reduce excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study with rats. Alcoholism is one of the... Read more

  • Google Glass

    Wearing a New Gadget May Make You Seem Like a Leader

    If you’re in business and want to be perceived as a leader, wearing the newest tech tool, such as Google Glass, may help your image... Read more

  • "The continuity field smoothes what would otherwise be a jittery perception of object features over time," says David Whitney. Without it, faces and objects would appear to morph from moment to moment in an effect similar to being on hallucinogenic drugs, researchers say. (Shutterstock*)

    To Keep Us Sane, Brain Ignores Tiny Visual Changes

    Vision scientists have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in the movies and in the real... Read more

  • Wikipedia Science

    Can You Trust What Wikipedia Tells You About Science?

    Wikipedia is not considered an authoritative source in academia or in journalism, but it’s often the go-to source for the general public. Who’s behind the... Read more

  • François Englert (L) and Peter Higgs (R) attend the 'Prince of Asturias Awards 2013' ceremony at the Campoamor Theater on October 25, 2013 in Oviedo, Spain. (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

    Working Toward the Higgs

    In 1964, Belgian physicist François Englert proposed a solution to one of the universe’s central mysteries: how a particle gains mass. His idea, developed with... Read more

  • Sawsharks may use their jagged snout to stun prey, detect electrical signals, and for defense. (

    Scientists Find New Shark Species

    A long snout with teeth jutting from the sides? Check. Catfish-like barbels dangling from its chin? Got them. Gills on the side of its body?... Read more

  • "The idea is to find laws that animals use to intercept their prey," says Jane Wang. "Since insects have a smaller number of neurons, their behaviors are more likely hardwired, which makes it possible for us to find and understand the rules they follow." (Shutterstock*)

    To Chase Prey, Tiger Beetles Do a Superfast Dance

    If a tiger beetle drew a line as it chased its next meal, the resulting pattern would be a tangled mess. But there’s method to... Read more

  • Rafflesia Arnoldii, the world's largest flower. (Henrik Ishihara Globaljuggler via Wikimedia)

    7 Extremely Weird Plants

    When thinking of weird plants, the obvious first thought is the bug-eating Venus flytrap— which of course is a very strange plant. But there are... Read more

  • Steve Wolf

    Hollywood Stunt & Special Effects Coordinator Steve Wolf on Simple Science, Working With Tom Cruise

    Steve Wolf will be one of the speakers at the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., taking place April 26–27, 2014. Epoch... Read more

  • Bar-Headed Goose. (Tejinder Singh Rawal/Wimipedia Commons)

    World’s Highest Flying Bird may Hold Key to Prevention of Heart Attacks

    In a significant breakthrough, scientists studying the survival mechanism of the world’s highest-flying bird- the bar-head goose, have indicated that the new insights gained from... Read more

  • Blood Moon

    ‘Blood Moon’ Attracts Stargazers, Conspiracy Theories

    Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse will bring out both stargazers and conspiracy theorists alike as the blood red moon fills up the early morning sky.…... Read more