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The Science Behind Static Electricity (Video)

Winter air has a lot to do with it. (AOL Screenshot)
Winter air has a lot to do with it. (AOL Screenshot)

Winter is here, which means it’s time for warm clothes, thick socks and getting shocked by everything you touch. What do doorknobs and light switches...




  • Vehicle automation is set to be rolled out in stages, starting with partially automated driving from 2016, highly automated driving from 2020, and fully automated systems available from 2025. (Courtesy of Continental)

    Is Self Driving Technology Already Making Us Safer?

    If you have not purchased a new car recently, talk about self-driving cars can sound like science fiction, even though much of the technology is already... Read more

  • A new study led by a team out of India has found that Earth’s protective magnetic field cracked after an intense geomagnetic storm observed by the GRAPES-3 muon telescope on June 22, 2015. (AOL Screenshot)

    Solar Flare Caused a ‘Crack’ in Protective Field Around Earth (Video)

    A team of scientists suspects that Earth’s magnetic field cracked due to a solar flare.  A news release by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research... Read more

  • Scientists say the study of a rather volatile lake on the floor in the Gulf of Mexico, dubbed the ‘Jacuzzi of Despair’ due to the number of aquatic lives it has claimed, could inform searches for life on other planets. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Find a ‘Jacuzzi of Despair’ in Gulf of Mexico (Video)

    Scientists say the study of a rather volatile lake on the floor in the Gulf of Mexico, dubbed the ‘Jacuzzi of Despair’ due to the... Read more

  • An image released by NASA shows a few stunning blue ponds amidst an otherwise barren-looking landscape. The overhead photo from May 13, 2014, actually shows a specific type of mine in Moab, Utah. (AOL Screenshot)

    Stunning Blue Ponds Appear Amid Barren Landscape in NASA Image (Video)

    An image released by NASA shows a few stunning blue ponds amidst an otherwise barren-looking landscape. The overhead photo from May 13, 2014, actually shows... Read more

  • Diamonds are a data storers’ best friend? (Shutterstock)

    Turning Diamonds’ Defects Into Long-Term 3-D Data Storage

    With the amount of data storage required for our daily lives growing and growing, and currently available technology being almost saturated, we’re in desparate need... Read more

  • Scientists working with the Operation ScanPyramids project say they’ve discovered cavities in the Great Pyramid of Giza, perhaps indicating the fabled corridors and chambers really do exist. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Declare Discovery of Two Cavities in Great Pyramid at Giza (Video)

    It has long been rumored that there’s much more to the Great Pyramid at Giza than meets the eye, such as hidden corridors and chambers... Read more

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    ‘Ghost Ship’ Spotted on Lake Superior

    A video shot near Lake Superior appears to show a tall “ghost ship” on the water’s horizon. “We were looking at it [the rainbow] and... Read more

  • Pompeii was largely destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Technological advances have enabled researchers to virtually reconstruct the area’s ruins including the 3D representation of a luxurious estate owned by a banker from that era. (AOL Screenshot)

    A Digitally Recreated Villa Shows How Wealthy Lived in Pompeii (Video)

    Pompeii is well-known as an Italian city that was largely destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year A.D. 79. Technological advances... Read more

  • A file photo of students testing the contents of a stream at the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility for evidence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Rice University scientists are developing the light transmission spectrometer, which can detect GMOs. (Arial Shogren)

    New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

    Researchers led by Rice University Professor Scott Egan have received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to detect genetically modified organisms (GMOs)... Read more

  • Thomas, 5, looks at Jeanne Calment after he brought her flowers at her retirement home in Arles, southern France on  Feb. 12, 1997. (AP Photo/Florian Launette,File)

    How long can people live? New study suggests there’s a limit

      New research suggests there may be a limit to our life span—one that’s hard to extend without some sort of breakthrough that fixes all... Read more

  • The Royal Academy of Sciences members, (L-R) Professor Sara Snogerup Linse, Professor Goran K Hansson and Professor Olof Ramstrom present the 2016 Nobel Chemistry Prize at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in Stockholm, Sweden on Oct. 5, 2016. (Henrik Montgomery /TT via AP)

    3 Win Nobel Chemistry Prize for World’s Tiniest Machines

    STOCKHOLM—Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world’s smallest machines, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair but with... Read more

  • Sometimes you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. (Visualcraftman/Shutterstock)

    The Psychology Behind Why Clowns Creep Us Out

    For the past several months, creepy clowns have been terrorizing America, with sightings of actual clowns in at least 10 different states. These fiendish clowns... Read more

  • Scientists can use X-rays to reconstruct text from ancient, fragile scrolls without touching the artifacts. (AOL Screenshot)

    How Scientists Read Ancient Scrolls That Can’t Be Opened (Video)

    How do you read something that’s ancient, burned beyond comprehension and too fragile to even touch? The Ein Gedi scroll is an artifact dug out... Read more

  • The night sky over Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. (Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan/SKYGLOW)

    Light Pollution Blinds the Soul

    When we fill the skies with artificial light and outshine the stars, we forget our place in the cosmos, according to award-winning photographer and filmmaker... Read more

  • Completed virtual unwrapping for the En-Gedi scroll. (Seales et al.)

    Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll

    JERUSALEM—The charred lump of a 2,000-year-old scroll sat in an Israeli archaeologist’s storeroom for decades, too brittle to open. Now, new imaging technology has revealed... Read more

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    Blind People Do Math in the ‘Visual’ Cortex

    People blind from birth appear to do math in a part of the brain typically devoted to vision, a study finds. Researchers using functional MRI... Read more

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