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Watch: One Year Time-lapse of Sun Showing its Corona Plasma

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(NASA Goddard/YouTube)

The NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft keeps a 24-hour watch on the Sun. A new video shows an entire year’s worth of footage condensed...


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    Scientists Successfully Breed First Tree Lobster at San Diego Zoo

    The San Diego Zoo says that researchers have bred the first tree lobster (Dryococelus australis), one of the rarest insects on Earth. It’s also called... Read more

  • Ischinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on Aug. 21, 2011, six months after a tsunami hit. (Egadolfo/iStock)

    Ghosts of Japan Tsunami Victims Said to Possess Locals, Call for Help

    Long after the tsunami that devastated a stretch of Japan’s coast in 2011, a fire station in Tagajo received calls to neighborhoods that had been... Read more

  • A falling star crosses the night sky over Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on Aug. 11, 2015. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)

    NASA Says Man in India Probably Wasn’t Killed by a Meteorite

    NASA says that a man in Tamil Nadu, India, was likely not killed by a meteorite. According to CNN, NASA said, “Initial assessments, based on... Read more

  • This Jan. 30, 2016 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a rare weather event that caused spontaneous snowballs at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve and surrounding fields near the tiny town of Picabo, Idaho. The National Weather Service says snow rollers are caused by an unusual combination of snowfall around a couple inches with the right water density and temperatures near freezing followed by strong winds. (Sunny Healey/The Nature Conservancy via AP)

    Rare Weather Event Produces Spontaneous Snowballs in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho—Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no... Read more

  • David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech, announces that scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves for the first time, confirming a prediction of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, in Washington, on Feb. 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Scientists Finally Detected Einstein’s Gravitational Waves

    WASHINGTON—In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Feb. 11 that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of... Read more

  • (YouTube)

    Is This a Yeti Stomping Around in Spain?

    Is this a yeti, or a man in a yeti suit? Some Internet users are claiming this short, grainy video depicts the legendary beast at... Read more

  • Wikimedia Commons

    Story of the 15-Year-Old Inca Mummy Girl From 500 Years Ago

    The so-called mummy of a 15-year-old Incan girl sacrificed 500 years ago has a few secrets. The teenager suffered from a bacterial lung infection and was... Read more

  • File photo of a sleeping baby (ChristinLola/iStock) Background: (Isarescheewin/iStock)

    There’s More Going On in a Baby’s Consciousness Than We Are Aware Of

    Recently, I was approached by a couple who just had their third child. The baby was in agony and they couldn’t find a reason. The 3-month-old... Read more

  • (bobbidog/iStock)

    Tiny Ponds Are Big Source of Greenhouse Gases

    The smaller the pond, the higher the concentration of carbon dioxide and methane, new research shows. Although ponds less than a quarter of an acre... Read more

  • A section from a new Space Tourism poster commissioned by NASA (Invisible Creature).

    These NASA ‘Space Tourism’ Posters Are Amazing

    For 2016, NASA staff members were treated with a special “Visions Of The Future” calendar featuring imagined travel posters from distant decades ahead, where a... Read more

  • (Image Editor/CC BY 2.0)

    The Long Hunt for New Objects in Our Expanding Solar System

    Recognise these planet names: Vulcan, Neptune, Pluto, Nemesis, Tyche and Planet X? They all have one thing in common: their existence was predicted to account... Read more

  • (zhudifeng/iStock)

    How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

    Falling gasoline prices have sparked a comeback among gas guzzlers, and the Obama administration wants to stop it in its tracks. The White House last... Read more

  • This photo provided by PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley, shows the compressible robot, CRAM with a real cockroach. When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a cheap robotic roach. Repulsive as they seem, cockroaches have the unusual ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Add to that, the common roach can withstand 900 times its own body weight without being hurt. That’s the equivalent to a 200-pound man who wouldn’t be crushed 90 tons on his head. (PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley/Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings via AP)

    An Icky New Hero: Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters

    WASHINGTON—When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach. Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the... Read more

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    The Mummy Girl From Italy

    One of the best-preserved mummies in the world isn’t from Egypt or Peru but comes from Italy about 90 years ago. Rosalia Lombardo was a... Read more

  • (Museum of Rural Life in Reading, England)

    Mouse Killed by 150-Year-Old Trap in English Museum Display

    A mouse was apparently killed by a 150-year-old trap inside a museum display in the United Kingdom, officials said. Staff at the Museum of Rural... Read more

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, left, unveils the new Blue Origin rocket, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, applauds during a news conference at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Bezos announced a $200 million investment to build the rockets and capsules in the state and launch them using the historic Launch Complex 36. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    WATCH: On-board Camera Shows Landing of Blue Origin Rocket

    The Blue Origin rocket, a project of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, made history two weeks ago when it launched and landed—again. That makes it the... Read more

  • David Reitze, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory at Caltech, announces that scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves for the first time, confirming a prediction of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, in Washington, on Feb. 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

    Scientists Finally Detected Einstein’s Gravitational Waves

    WASHINGTON—In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Feb. 11 that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of... Read more

  • (YouTube)

    Is This a Yeti Stomping Around in Spain?

    Is this a yeti, or a man in a yeti suit? Some Internet users are claiming this short, grainy video depicts the legendary beast at... Read more

  • Wikimedia Commons

    Story of the 15-Year-Old Inca Mummy Girl From 500 Years Ago

    The so-called mummy of a 15-year-old Incan girl sacrificed 500 years ago has a few secrets. The teenager suffered from a bacterial lung infection and was... Read more

  • This photo provided by PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley, shows the compressible robot, CRAM with a real cockroach. When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a cheap robotic roach. Repulsive as they seem, cockroaches have the unusual ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. Add to that, the common roach can withstand 900 times its own body weight without being hurt. That’s the equivalent to a 200-pound man who wouldn’t be crushed 90 tons on his head. (PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley/Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings via AP)

    An Icky New Hero: Roach-Like Robots May Help in Disasters

    WASHINGTON—When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach. Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the... Read more

  • (Museum of Rural Life in Reading, England)

    Mouse Killed by 150-Year-Old Trap in English Museum Display

    A mouse was apparently killed by a 150-year-old trap inside a museum display in the United Kingdom, officials said. Staff at the Museum of Rural... Read more

  • A self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at the "Mojave" site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp. The scene combines dozens of images taken during January 2015 by the MAHLI camera at the end of the rover's robotic arm. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Getty Images)

    NASA Releases 360-Degree Interactive Video Taken From the Mars Curiosity Rover

    Last month, NASA’s Curiosity rover sent a “selfie” from Mars, seen above, stitched from 57 separate images it had taken on the red planet. Now,... Read more

  • Hills of water ice on Pluto ‘float’ in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move over time like icebergs in Earth’s Arctic Ocean—another example of Pluto’s fascinating geological activity. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

    There Are Floating Hills of Ice in the ‘Heart’ of Pluto

    Images from NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto show what may be water ice hills floating through a vast nitrogen ice plain that scientists have called the... Read more

  • A reconstruction of the Kalligrammatid lacewing consuming pollen drops. (Vichai Malikul/Smithsonian)

    Jurassic Butterfly: Scientists Publish Discovery of Fossilized Insect Similar to Modern Butterflies

    Scientists have discovered a connection between ancient lacewing fossils and modern butterflies, leading them to dub the former “Jurassic Butterflies.” The large butterfly-like insects fluttered... Read more

  • Amy Cuddy speaks onstage during Cosmopolitan Magazine's Fun Fearless Life Conference powered by WME Live at The David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on November 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan Magazine and WME Live)

    This Pose Will Make You Feel More Confident, Says Harvard Psychologist

    Can changing your posture instantly give you a boost in confidence? According to experiments done by Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, yes, it can... Read more

  • Silica formations possibly formed by microbial life on the surface of soil near Home Plate, in a photo taken by the Mars rover Spirit in 2008. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    Mars Spirit Rover: Silica Formation Could Hint at Alien Life, Astronomers Say

    Two American astronomers believe that they have found the key to unlocking evidence that there was once life on Mars. In 2008, the Spirit rover... Read more

  • Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Greenland’s Ice Sheet Releases 400,000 Metric Tons of Phosphorus Yearly, Study Says

    Greenland’s melting ice sheet is adding enormous amounts of phosphorus to the oceans, which could simulate the growth of marine life, a new study found,  Jon Hawkings... Read more

  • (Coscaron/iStock)

    The Surprising Link Between Compassion and Success

    To many people, the idea of compassionate leadership is too touchy-feely at best and bad management at worst. But new research suggests that rather than... Read more

  • (Jason Dunlop, Paul Selden, Gonzalo Giribet)

    99-Million-Year-Old Daddy Long Legs Fossil Discovered

    The fossil of an ancient cousin to the daddy longlegs was discovered by scientists in Burma. The 99-million-year-old arachnid was found fully fossilized in amber. The... Read more

  • This photo taken on December 14, 2015 in Chernobyl shows a Memorial for disaster fighters in front of a shelter and containment area built over the destroyed fourth block of Chernobyl's old nuclear power plant. 
On December 14 Ukraine will mark 15th anniversary of the starting of decommission of the Chernobyl Power Plant. The last working reactor of the ChNPP was stopped on December 15, 2000. / AFP / GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch: Drone Explores Ghost Town Near Chernobyl Power Plant

    After the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, Soviet authorities established an “exclusion zone” within a 19-mile radius of the power plant... Read more

  • (Digitalgenetics/istock)

    UK Regulators Authorize Selective Gene Editing for Research

    The Francis Crick Institute, based in the U.K., has had a research application for genetically modifying human embryos approved by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... Read more

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    Indian Ocean Expedition Attempts to Reach Earth’s Mantle but Falls Short for Now

    A new expedition to try to reach the Earth’s mantle fell short in phase one, but scientists are excited about the crust material they’ve gathered. ... Read more

  • Bill Nye at The Library of Congress on Nov. 12, 2013. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

    Bill Nye Says NASCAR Should Convert to Electric Cars

    Bill Nye, the educator of “Science Guy” fame, wrote that NASCAR stock cars should be converted to have electric motors—to the chagrin of many of the... Read more

  • The mummy of Buddhist Master Liuquan, shown inside a Buddha statue via scans. (M. Elsevier Stokmans, Courtesy of Drents Museum)

    CT Scan Reveals Buddha Statue Contains a Mummy

    Scientists found the unthinkable a few months ago when they examined a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue from China: it contained a mummified monk who apparently died... Read more

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    Corals, Crochet and the Cosmos: How Hyperbolic Geometry Pervades the Universe

    We have built a world of largely straight lines—the houses we live in, the skyscrapers we work in and the streets we drive on our... Read more

  • Italian diver Antonio Cressi, owner and CEO of the Cressi-Sub company, dives in Portofino on June 12, 2014. Italian Company Cressi-Sub, one of the largest manufacturers of scuba diving, snorkel and swimming industries equipments in the world, has been founded in 1946 by two brothers Nanni and Egidio Cressi. They produce "Made in Italy" fins, masks and snorkel, computers and other scuba items in their headquarters in Genova. AFP PHOTO/ OLIVIER MORIN        (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Physicist Has Gun Fired At Him Underwater to Demonstrate Water Resistance

    The fact that water is many times more dense than air—784 times to be precise—has been known since the days of Euler more than 200 years... Read more

  • Ischinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on Aug. 21, 2011, six months after a tsunami hit. (Egadolfo/iStock)

    Ghosts of Japan Tsunami Victims Said to Possess Locals, Call for Help

    Long after the tsunami that devastated a stretch of Japan’s coast in 2011, a fire station in Tagajo received calls to neighborhoods that had been... Read more

  • File photo of a sleeping baby (ChristinLola/iStock) Background: (Isarescheewin/iStock)

    There’s More Going On in a Baby’s Consciousness Than We Are Aware Of

    Recently, I was approached by a couple who just had their third child. The baby was in agony and they couldn’t find a reason. The 3-month-old... Read more

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    The Mummy Girl From Italy

    One of the best-preserved mummies in the world isn’t from Egypt or Peru but comes from Italy about 90 years ago. Rosalia Lombardo was a... Read more

  • An illustration of Stonehenge. (Kameshkova)

    An Architect’s Radical New Theory About Stonehenge

    English landscape architect Sarah Ewbank says the prehistoric Stonehenge megaliths may once have served as supports for a wooden, two-storey roundhouse—a venue for feasting, speakers, and... Read more

  • The waterline from the March 11 tsunami is left on the wall at the barber shop in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Saturday, April 16, 2011. The water in many places along Japan's northeastern Pacific coast struck by tsunami rose above head level, and everything below the waterline was destroyed or left covered by mud. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

    Taxi Drivers Say They’ve Picked Up Ghosts of 2011 Tsunami Victims in Japan

    Taxi drivers in Japan say they’ve picked up ghosts of victims of the 2011 tsunami. At least seven drivers claim passengers have entered their vehicle... Read more

  • Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson (Courtesy of Erlendur Haraldsson) Background: (SisterF/iStock)

    Deathbed Visions: Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson Discusses His Research

    Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iceland, asked approximately 700 physicians and nurses what they had heard from their patients... Read more

  • Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson (Courtesy of Erlendur Haraldsson) Background: (Spectral-Design/iStock)

    Reincarnation and Psychic Research: Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson Discusses

    Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Iceland, has picked up where early 20th century scholars left off in the investigation... Read more

  • (Elena Volkova/iStock)

    Faster-Than-Light Communication: A Theory

    Albert Einstein’s General and Special Relativity theories state that nothing may travel faster than light. This seems to imply that we can never send information... Read more

  • The so-called "Hottel Memo." (Public Domain)

    Declassified FBI Memo: Flying Saucers Found With 9 Aliens Inside?

    The FBI opened “The Vault“—a library of documents released to the public through the Freedom of Information Act—in 2011. In the following two years, a... Read more

  • The ancient Babylonian tablet that helped Mathieu Ossendrijver learn how Babylonian astronomers tracked Jupiter. (Courtesy of Mathieu Ossendrijver) An illustration of Jupiter. (Alexaldo/iStock)

    Advanced Science Found on 2,300-Year-Old Babylonian Tablets

    Babylonian cuneiform tablets from 350 to 50 B.C. show sophisticated calculations used to locate Jupiter. “The idea of computing a body’s displacement as an area... Read more

  • A declassified CIA document. (Public Domain) Background: (Glenneroo/iStock)

    CIA Compiles Its Real-Life ‘X-Files,’ Including UFO Sighting by German Mayor

    The CIA rode “The X-Files” trend and published lists of its top declassified UFO documents last week. The lists, titled “Top 5 CIA Documents Mulder... Read more

  • (At-lantica/iStock)

    Hearing Ghost Voices: Scientific Studies

    When it comes to the phenomenon of purportedly hearing ghost voices, some studies have shown there’s a small chance there’s really something supernatural to it... Read more

  • A basalt artifact found in Jackson County, Ga. (Courtesy of Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)

    Jackson County Artifact Adds Mystery to Area’s History

    History is slow to share its secrets, but did recently for a rural Jackson County man while clearing an area of his property. As a... Read more

  • (Tara MacIsaac/Epoch Times)

    A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences: What Are the Odds? (Part 1)

    Unlikeliness characterizes coincidences. A common kind of coincidence, for example, is one in which you think of a friend and that friend calls you. Your... Read more

  • Oak Island, Nova Scotia, in August 1931. (Richard McCully/Public Domain) Artifacts found on or around Oak Island with possible connections to the ancient Roman Empire. (Courtesy of J. Hutton Pulitzer/InvestigatingHistory.org)

    Exclusive: New Evidence Ancient Romans May Have Made It to Oak Island, Canada

    What appears to be an ancient Roman sword has been found off the East Coast of Canada, and it is just one of several indications... Read more

  • An illustration of officers (Grynold/iStock) Background: An illustration of a brain scan (Windcatcher/iStock)

    We Can—and Should—Scan the Brains of Police Officers for Racist Attitudes

    Can functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans and other technology currently being tested on U.S. troops by the military be used to screen police... Read more

  • (Markus Schieder/iStock)

    The Mysterious Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Abilities

    This young man was born blind, due to a congenital condition called septo-optic dysplasia. He had serious cognitive disabilities as a child, and severe symptoms... Read more

  • A printout of a radio signal from space detected on Aug. 15, 1977. It became known as the "Wow!" signal after astronomer Jerry Ehman wrote that exclamation next to it, expressing his shock at the unusual find. (Ohio State University Radio Observatory and the North American AstroPhysical Observatory)

    Mysterious ‘Wow!’ Signal From Space Deciphered, Says Astronomer

    For almost 40 years, astronomers have wondered whether an anomalous 72-second radio signal from space may have been an attempt by extraterrestrials to contact us... Read more

  • (Robert Torres)

    Is Communication From the Future Already Here?

    Did you know that there was a study conducted to see if someone from the future was here in our present time? Astrophysicists Robert Nemiroff... Read more

  • Dream-Discoveries

    Three Discoveries Made in Dreams: Google, Legendary Sword, WWII Gun

    Google In 1996, a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, Larry Page, had a dream in which he had downloaded the entire Web and examined the... Read more

  • A falling star crosses the night sky over Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on Aug. 11, 2015. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)

    NASA Says Man in India Probably Wasn’t Killed by a Meteorite

    NASA says that a man in Tamil Nadu, India, was likely not killed by a meteorite. According to CNN, NASA said, “Initial assessments, based on... Read more

  • A section from a new Space Tourism poster commissioned by NASA (Invisible Creature).

    These NASA ‘Space Tourism’ Posters Are Amazing

    For 2016, NASA staff members were treated with a special “Visions Of The Future” calendar featuring imagined travel posters from distant decades ahead, where a... Read more

  • (Image Editor/CC BY 2.0)

    The Long Hunt for New Objects in Our Expanding Solar System

    Recognise these planet names: Vulcan, Neptune, Pluto, Nemesis, Tyche and Planet X? They all have one thing in common: their existence was predicted to account... Read more

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, left, unveils the new Blue Origin rocket, as Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, applauds during a news conference at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Bezos announced a $200 million investment to build the rockets and capsules in the state and launch them using the historic Launch Complex 36. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    WATCH: On-board Camera Shows Landing of Blue Origin Rocket

    The Blue Origin rocket, a project of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, made history two weeks ago when it launched and landed—again. That makes it the... Read more

  • A self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at the "Mojave" site, where its drill collected the mission's second taste of Mount Sharp. The scene combines dozens of images taken during January 2015 by the MAHLI camera at the end of the rover's robotic arm. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Getty Images)

    NASA Releases 360-Degree Interactive Video Taken From the Mars Curiosity Rover

    Last month, NASA’s Curiosity rover sent a “selfie” from Mars, seen above, stitched from 57 separate images it had taken on the red planet. Now,... Read more

  • Pluto just never ceases to fascinate. NASA scientists recently discovered the dwarf planet is home to hills that float and move about. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Scientists Spot Mysterious ‘Floating Hills’ on Pluto (Video)

    Pluto just never ceases to fascinate. NASA scientists recently discovered the dwarf planet is home to hills that float and move about. The unique geological... Read more

  • Artist’s impression of the Square Kilometer Array. (SKA Project Development Office and Swinburne Astronomy Productions/CC BY-SA 3.0)

    The Experiments Trying to Crack Physics’ ‘Biggest’ Question: What Is Dark Energy?

    We live in interesting times. For thousands of years, we have thought we knew what the universe – and everything in it – was made... Read more

  • Silica formations possibly formed by microbial life on the surface of soil near Home Plate, in a photo taken by the Mars rover Spirit in 2008. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    Mars Spirit Rover: Silica Formation Could Hint at Alien Life, Astronomers Say

    Two American astronomers believe that they have found the key to unlocking evidence that there was once life on Mars. In 2008, the Spirit rover... Read more

  • (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

    WATCH: Most Beautiful HD Videos of the Sun by NASA

    For over 20 years, NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) have operated the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO—a satellite dedicated to observing the Sun. SOHO has captured,... Read more

  • Juno in front of Jupiter. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    Exciting Missions That Could Unlock Secrets of the Solar System in 2016

    From the mystery of methane on Mars to how Jupiter formed and whether there is microbial life on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, there are many questions... Read more

  • New data gathered from the New Horizons spacecraft suggests that Pluto has a far more abundant reserve of water ice than previously believed. (AOL Screenshot)

    Pluto Contains Lot More Water Ice Than Previously Thought, According to NASA (Video)

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently returned data suggesting Pluto contains substantially more water ice than previously believed. Such ice is said to form Pluto’s crust... Read more

  • The ancient Babylonian tablet that helped Mathieu Ossendrijver learn how Babylonian astronomers tracked Jupiter. (Courtesy of Mathieu Ossendrijver) An illustration of Jupiter. (Alexaldo/iStock)

    Advanced Science Found on 2,300-Year-Old Babylonian Tablets

    Babylonian cuneiform tablets from 350 to 50 B.C. show sophisticated calculations used to locate Jupiter. “The idea of computing a body’s displacement as an area... Read more

  • This composite image shows the location of the Smith Cloud on the sky. (Saxton/Lockman/NRAO/AUI/NSF/Mellinger)

    A Giant Gas Cloud Is Racing Toward the Milky Way at 700,000 Miles per Hour

    The Smith Cloud, a giant gas cloud discovered in the 1960s, is hurtling at the Milky Way at 700,000 miles per hour. Astronomers now believe... Read more

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    Astronomers Discover Massive Solar System, Where a Single Orbit Can Take 900,000 Years

    A team of astronomers has discovered the largest solar system known yet, where planets can take nearly a million years to orbit around the star. One... Read more

  • (Daniel-Van-Gravel/iStock)

    Mysterious Blobs in Our Milky Way Could Be Part of the Missing Matter

    A plethora of missing matter problems besieges astronomy. Most famously, dark matter, which was postulated to solve the problem of why galaxies spin so fast... Read more

  • (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.)

    See Barren Wasteland of Mars Captured Over 12 Years by Mars Opportunity Rover

    The Mars Opportunity Rover mission just celebrated its 12th anniversary. It landed on Jan. 24, 2004. While the original mission was just three months, more than... Read more

  • A scale model of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall January 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Mars Opportunity Rover, Expected to Last Only 90 Days, Celebrates 12 Years

    This week, the Mars rover Opportunity celebrated its 12th anniversary on the red planet, having first landed there on Jan. 24, 2004. The rover is... Read more

  • Resembling an opulent diamond tapestry, this image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope shows a glittering star cluster that contains a collection of some of the brightest stars seen in our Milky Way galaxy. (NASA, ESA, and J. Maíz Apellániz)

    Hubble Space Telescope: Images Capture ‘Diamond-Like’ Bright Star Cluster

    These stars shine like bright diamonds in the sky. The image above shows the Trumpler 14 star cluster, located some 8,000 light-years away, captured by the... Read more

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this selfie with the second crop of red romaine lettuce in August of 2015. Credits: NASA

    First Flower Blooms in Space, Key to Living on Mars

    Astronaut Scott Kelly has tweeted a photo of the first flower to successfully bloom in space. But it wasn’t easy to get to this point... Read more

  • (NASA)

    Seeing Earth From Space Changes You—And You Don’t Even Have to Leave the Planet

    People who have seen Earth from space report a “cognitive shift in awareness.” Space philosopher, Frank White, calls this “the overview effect.” It is often... Read more

  • (Google Maps)

    Scientists Successfully Breed First Tree Lobster at San Diego Zoo

    The San Diego Zoo says that researchers have bred the first tree lobster (Dryococelus australis), one of the rarest insects on Earth. It’s also called... Read more

  • This Jan. 30, 2016 photo provided by The Nature Conservancy shows a rare weather event that caused spontaneous snowballs at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve and surrounding fields near the tiny town of Picabo, Idaho. The National Weather Service says snow rollers are caused by an unusual combination of snowfall around a couple inches with the right water density and temperatures near freezing followed by strong winds. (Sunny Healey/The Nature Conservancy via AP)

    Rare Weather Event Produces Spontaneous Snowballs in Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho—Thousands of snowballs rolled in a flat central Idaho field look like the work of hundreds of ambitious kids — except there are no... Read more

  • (bobbidog/iStock)

    Tiny Ponds Are Big Source of Greenhouse Gases

    The smaller the pond, the higher the concentration of carbon dioxide and methane, new research shows. Although ponds less than a quarter of an acre... Read more

  • (zhudifeng/iStock)

    How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

    Falling gasoline prices have sparked a comeback among gas guzzlers, and the Obama administration wants to stop it in its tracks. The White House last... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 photo, abundant sunlight, no overcropping, and — most important — innate cold tolerance let this hardy kiwifruit vine breeze through winter unfazed by cold in New Paltz, N.Y. (Lee Reich via AP)

    Plants Fend Off Cold, to a Point

    Since they can’t don gloves and a scarf or shiver to keep warm, it’s a wonder that trees, vines and shrubs don’t freeze to death... Read more

  • (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why Can’t We Predict When a Volcano Will Erupt?

    We started 2016 with a bang. Both Chile and Indonesia saw a clutch of volcanoes erupting after laying dormant for a decade or more. This... Read more

  • (lawmurray/CC BY 2.0)

    The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Wind and Solar Energy? High-Tech Power Lines

    Wind power and solar power are ways to reduce carbon emissions, but these generation sources are dependent on the vagaries of the weather, which means... Read more

  • View of a group of raccoon dogs or Tanuki (Nyctereutes procyonoides) at the Chapultpec Zoo in Mexico City on August 06, 2015. A month ago nine raccoon dog pups were born. This species is native from Japan and China, and the parents of the cubs were donated by Japan. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 shows warmer- or cooler-than-normal temperatures around the world for January through November 2015. (NOAA via AP)

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  • Hurricane Alex is seen in the Atlantic after being upgraded from a storm on Jan. 14, 2016. Alex is the first named storm to form in the Atlantic in January since 1978, the first January-born hurricane since 1938, and just the fourth known storm to arrive in the month since records began in 1851. This image was taken by GOES East at 1445Z. (NOAA via Getty Images)

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  • A view of the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome on Feb. 3, 2016. Rome's only surviving pyramid from ancient times is getting fresh visibility. After a Japanese clothing magnate paid for a cleanup, archaeologists are eager to show off the monument, constructed some 2,000 years ago as the burial tomb for a Roman praetor, or magistrate, named Caius Cestius. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

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  • A significant dinosaur discovery has been made in Wales. A recently published study states that the 201-million-year old creature is “the oldest known Jurassic dinosaur and it represents the first dinosaur skeleton from the Jurassic of Wales.” (AOL Screenshot)

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  • (York Archaeological Trust)

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  • Oak Island, Nova Scotia, in August 1931. (Richard McCully/Public Domain) Artifacts found on or around Oak Island with possible connections to the ancient Roman Empire. (Courtesy of J. Hutton Pulitzer/InvestigatingHistory.org)

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  • Life reconstruction of the baby chasmosaur (Michael Skrepnick)

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  • The 4,500-year-old Bent Pyramid is seen in Dahshour near Cairo, Egypt, on March 24, 2009. An international heritage research group says scientists will begin analyzing radiographic muons, or cosmic particles, collected from the ancient Bent Pyramid built by the Pharaoh Snefru. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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  • Archaeologists have dug up the remains of a 6th-century man with a wooden foot, making their discovery the oldest known evidence of such an appendage ever found in Europe. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • Salem State University history professor Emerson Baker stands in an area Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, that he and a team of researchers said is the exact site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the 1692 witch trials in Salem, Mass. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said the city plans to put a tasteful memorial at the site, which is known as Proctor's Ledge and is surrounded by private homes. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)

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  • A replica of one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered is unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History on January 14, 2016 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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  • The head of a sarcosuchus imperator in Expominer 2007, Barcelona, Spain (Eduard Solà Vázquez/Wikipedia Commons)

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  • Two ancient Roman artifacts and a note left together at a museum in Be'er Sheva, Israel, in July 2015. (Courtesy of the Israel Antiques Authority)

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  • An aerial photograph of the excavation in Nahariya, Israel. (Guy Fitoussi/Israel Antiquities Authority)

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  • Eryx jaculus in Pylos, Greece. (Benny Trapp/CCBY)

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