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Why Monarch Butterflies Need a Helping Hand

Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (John Anderson of Hedgerow Farms/USDA)
Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus. (John Anderson of Hedgerow Farms/USDA)

An iconic North American migration is in jeopardy. The monarch butterfly migrates back and forth from Mexico to Canada every year, its orange and black...


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  • Camera trap of Amur leopard. The Amur leopard evolved its thick coat to keep warm in the cold, long winters. Photo by: WWF.

    Photos: Amur Leopard Population Hits At Least 65

    Most of the world’s big predators are in decline, but there are some happy stories out there. This week, WWF announced that the Amur leopard... Read more

  • Left: Dr. Allan Combs is a professor of Consciousness Studies and director of The Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. (Courtesy of Dr. Allan Combs) Right: A concept illustration of consciousness. (Shutterstock*)

    A Place for Consciousness Studies in Academia? Professor Helps Pave the Way

    Dr. Allan Leslie Combs is developing a Consciousness Studies PhD program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). “Consciousness was traditionally treated by what... Read more

  • Indri lemur (Indri indri). Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Saving Endangered Lemurs on A Budget of $7 Million

    Last year, scientists released an emergency three-year plan that they argued could, quite literally, save the world’s lemurs from mass extinction. Costing just $7.6 million, the plan... Read more

  • Proto-cuneiform recording the allocation of beer, probably from southern Iraq, Late Prehistoric period, about 3100–3000 B.C. (Jim Kuhn/Wikimedia Commons) Background: Collection of roman amphora, clay vases used for transporting liquids, such as wine or oil. (Shutterstock*)

    Archaeologist Attempts to Revive Lost Alcoholic Beverages From Ancient Recipes and Residues

    An archaeologist working with a brewery is recreating ancient beers from around the world, from places such as Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Denmark, Honduras, and China... Read more

  • NASA scientists still don’t have a clear picture of the bright spots showing up on the surface of Ceres, a minor planet in the asteroid belt. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Spots Two Bright Points on Ceres (Video)

    The Dawn spacecraft has spotted not one, but two bright points on the minor planet Ceres. Newly enhanced images from the probe show two shining... Read more

  • A microplastic sample collected using a plankton net tow in the North Pacific Ocean. Credit: G. Proskurowski with the Sea Education Association.

    Can Research Data Turn Ocean Abusers into Protectors?

    The devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 washed away millions of tons of plastic debris into the Pacific Ocean. It even swept away a... Read more

  • Do we need a new kind of sunscreen that will work in the dark?

    Some Sun Damage Happens After Dark

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  • In this image from NASA television astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, left, and Terry Virts during their second spacewalk outside the International Space Station Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. Wednesday's spacewalk is the second in five days for Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts. In all, three spacewalks are planned in just over a week to prepare the orbiting lab for future American crew capsules. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

    Astronaut Reports Water in Helmet After Second Spacewalk

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Spacewalking astronauts breezed through a lube and cable job outside the International Space Station. But afterward, one of the men reported water in... Read more

  • An artist’s impression of the Dawn spacecraft traveling in the asteroid belt with its target Ceres on the right. JPL

    NASA Missions May Re-elevate Pluto and Ceres From Dwarf Planets to Full-On Planet Status

    Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015. Pluto is... Read more

  • Greenomics map showing recent clearing by Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri in West Papua, Indonesia

    Palm Oil Deforestation Worsens Despite Pledges

    An Indonesian palm oil firm is destroying rainforests in New Guinea despite high profile zero deforestation pledges from its customers, finds research by Greenomics-Indonesia. Landsat... Read more

  • Picture of the tiger bust. Photo by Dian Risdianto / TNKS

    Tiger Poachers Caught in Indonesia Authority Sting Operation

    A sting operation by Indonesian officials snared a group of tiger hunters operating in Karinci Seblat National Park in Jambi Province, Sumatra. After an extended... Read more

  • Milorad Marinkovic holds an egg with his bionic arm with his bionic arm as he poses for a photograph at his home in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as “bionic reconstruction,” which includes voluntary amputation, transplantation of nerves and muscles and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    It’s Not Science Fiction, It’s Surgery: 3 Austrian Accident Victims Get Bionic Hands

    LONDON—Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The... Read more

  • The Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy, visible in the upper right. (Andyspictures/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)

    How Dark Matter Could Cause Mass Extinctions

    The Earth’s infrequent but predictable path around and through our galaxy’s disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena on... Read more

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

    Mummy Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

    A Buddha statue dating back to the 11th or 12th century was examined by CT scan and endoscopy in the Netherlands late last year, revealing that it... Read more

  • Many chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes, Endangered) in East Africa live in habitat threatened by oil palm expansion. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Scientists Sound the Alarm on African Palm Oil Investment

    Africa’s people, forests and wildlife are in trouble if the mostly unbridled expansion of oil palm in West and Central Africa is allowed to continue... Read more

  • Scientists at Duke University have successfully isolated a gene sequence integral to human brain development and implanted it in a mouse embryo, causing its brain to grow bigger in the areas controlling higher level functions. (AOL Screenshot)

    Human DNA Helps Mice Brains Grow Bigger (Video)

    Scientists at Duke University have successfully isolated a gene sequence that is integral to human brain development and used it to grow a mouse embryo... Read more

  • Do we need a new kind of sunscreen that will work in the dark?

    Some Sun Damage Happens After Dark

    Melanin is known to protect the skin by blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV) light. Now, a new study shows it may have carcinogenic effects as... Read more

  • Milorad Marinkovic holds an egg with his bionic arm with his bionic arm as he poses for a photograph at his home in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as “bionic reconstruction,” which includes voluntary amputation, transplantation of nerves and muscles and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    It’s Not Science Fiction, It’s Surgery: 3 Austrian Accident Victims Get Bionic Hands

    LONDON—Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The... Read more

  • Scientists at Duke University have successfully isolated a gene sequence integral to human brain development and implanted it in a mouse embryo, causing its brain to grow bigger in the areas controlling higher level functions. (AOL Screenshot)

    Human DNA Helps Mice Brains Grow Bigger (Video)

    Scientists at Duke University have successfully isolated a gene sequence that is integral to human brain development and used it to grow a mouse embryo... Read more

  • Penguins walk on the shore of Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. Antarctica “is big and it’s changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we can’t afford to ignore what’s going on down there,” said David Vaughan, science director of the British Antarctic Survey. (AP/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Antarctica: Mystery Continent Holds Key to Mankind’s Future

    DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica—Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents... Read more

  • Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks at Columbia University in New York City, June 3, 2009. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    As Oliver Sacks Faces Terminal Cancer, We Reflect on the Impact of His Life

    Neurologist Oliver Sacks has made startling and fantastic discoveries about how the human brain works by daring to challenge conventional notions. He has brought clinical... Read more

  • University of Portsmouth researchers have found limpet's teeth could be the strongest natural material known to mankind. (AOL Screenshot)

    Nature’s Strongest Material Comes From Sea Snails (Video)

    Researchers at the University of Portsmouth may have found the strongest natural material humankind has ever known. And it’s a … sea snail. Specifically, it’s... Read more

  • A new NASA study found that in the next 75 years parts of the U.S. are likely to face droughts lasting more than 20 years. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Predicts ‘Megadroughts’ Due to Climate Change (Video)

    A new NASA study found that parts of the U.S. are at risk for Megadroughts during the second half of this century because of climate... Read more

  • This image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 1132, as seen by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The blue/purple in the image is the X-ray glow from hot, diffuse gas that is not forming into stars. (NASA, ESA, M. West [ESO, Chile], and CXC/Penn State University/G. Garmire, et al.)

    Don’t ‘Incite aliens to obliterate the planet,’ Scientists Warn

    A plan to send out powerful radio messages with the intention to discover alien civilizations on other planets has caused concern for some scientists who... Read more

  • (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    You Might Not Know It, but You’re Happy and Your Language Shows It

    A hypothesis that was first formulated in 1969 has been validated through modern technology. Through examining movies, Twitter posts, Google Books, and even the New... Read more

  • Can someone really die of broken heart syndrome? (Shutterstock*)

    Can a ‘Broken Heart’ Kill You?

    With Valentines day so close, many people are going to feel sad, lonely, and “broken hearted.” But can a broken heart really kill you? Surprisingly,... Read more

  • Smoking appears to accelerate the thinning of the cortex. This thinning is believed to contribute to cognitive decline. (Artem_Furman//iStock/Thinkstock)

    Smoking Thins the Brain, and That’s Not a Good Thing

    Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Now there’s evidence of another negative side affect: thinning... Read more

  • Scientists used information from seismic events like earthquakes to probe the center of the Earth and might have found an inner-inner core. (AOL Screenshot)

    How Scientists Might Have Found an Inner-Inner Core (Video)

    If you were to venture down through Earth’s many layers to the very center of the planet, you’d find some interesting things. You almost certainly... Read more

  • In this Sept. 19, 2014, photo, Charles Cook, manager of facilities and operations at Champions Oncology, displays mouse carrying a cancer patient's tumor graft under its skin in a lab in Baltimore. Cancer patients are paying the private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a specific person's specific cancer. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Testing Medication on Mice in Competitive Settings Reveals Side Effects

    As it turns out, competition may actually be a good thing in particular settings, most specifically, lab rat testing protocols. Researchers have devised an innovative... Read more

  • Cornell University researchers found traces of bubonic plague uptown, organisms only previously seen in Antarctica on the south side and more. (AOL Screenshot)

    NYC Subway Study Shows Half of DNA From Unknown Organisms (Video)

    Germaphobes, you’ve been warned. Every fear you’ve probably ever conceived is in the subways of New York City. But don’t worry too much — there... Read more

  • A truly deep thinker must draw on both science and the humanities.  (Shutterstock*)

    What’s the Role of Virtues in the Lab?

    The evolution of science and engineering in the 21st century has transformed the role of these professions in profound ways that affect research, scholarship and... Read more

  • Make up your mind, glass. (jurra8)

    Is Glass a Solid or a Liquid?

    Before Pilkingtons invented plate glass in the mid-19th century, flat panes could not be made. Old windows are uneven. Some once thought this was because... Read more

  • The Vince Lombardi Trophy sits alongside the helmets of the Seattle Seahawks (L) and New England Patriots before a press conference of the coaches of Super Bowl XLIX at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 30, 2015. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

    Super Bowl Athletes Are Scientists at Work

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gets called a lot of things. He calls himself the greatest cornerback in the NFL (and Seattle fans tend to... Read more

  • A photo of a plane landing shows NASA's P-3B aircraft at Thule Air Base in Greenland. (NASA)

    There’s a Nuclear Warhead Trapped Somewhere Under Greenland’s Ice

    Seemingly forgotten to history, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber with four hydrogen bombs on board crashed in Greenland, located 750 north of the Arctic... Read more

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    Over the Past 5 Months More Than 100 US Children Have Become Mysteriously Paralyzed

    Researchers have a leading suspect in mind for what may have caused the paralysis of more than 100 children in the United States since August... Read more

  • Poll Shows Giant Gap Between What Public, Scientists Think

    WASHINGTON—The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t... Read more

  • Left: Dr. Allan Combs is a professor of Consciousness Studies and director of The Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. (Courtesy of Dr. Allan Combs) Right: A concept illustration of consciousness. (Shutterstock*)

    A Place for Consciousness Studies in Academia? Professor Helps Pave the Way

    Dr. Allan Leslie Combs is developing a Consciousness Studies PhD program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). “Consciousness was traditionally treated by what... Read more

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

    Mummy Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

    A Buddha statue dating back to the 11th or 12th century was examined by CT scan and endoscopy in the Netherlands late last year, revealing that it... Read more

  • Bronze Age skull from Jericho, Palestine, 2200–2000 B.C. and an early example of trepanation, the oldest form of neurosurgery, which involves drilling into the skull. (Wellcome Images/CC BY 4.0/ Wikimedia Commons)

    Advanced Ancient Knowledge: Brain Surgery 2,500 Years Ago

    How did people in ancient times deal with the health complications that we use advanced techniques to treat today? Many think that ancient folk simply... Read more

  • A file photo of a bronze nugget and an illustration of a sunken city. The legendary metal orichalcum of Atlantis has been thought to be a brass-like alloy. (Shutterstock*; edited by Epoch Times)

    Orichalcum: Legendary Metal of Atlantis Found in 2,600-Year-Old Shipwreck

    Legend holds that in very ancient times alongside gold and silver, another precious metal was coveted and mined in Atlantis. That metal was called orichalcum,... Read more

  • Left: Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell. (NASA) Right: U.K. computer hacker Gary McKinnon, who has allegedly viewed U.S. government UFO images and excel documents describing "non-terrestrial officers." (Wikimedia Commons) Background: Illustration of a spaceship. (Shutterstock*)

    The Solar Warden Covert Space Project: Fact or Science Fiction?

    There are, and have been for some time, claims by UFO disclosure supporters that there is in existence a fleet or fleets of human spaceships... Read more

  • A totem pole in Thunderbird Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Emmanuel Brunner/Wikimedia Commons)

    Was the Mythical Thunderbird a Real Creature?

    Perhaps the most elusive and legendary among America’s mythical creatures is the thunderbird, a giant eagle-like bird with incredible strength. This creature has been reported... Read more

  • (Vincepal, CC BY-SA 2.0 and Stockbyte/Thinkstock)

    Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and This Is Why It Matters

    I am honored to interview Dr Larry Dossey about his new book, One Mind. Larry is is one of the fathers of the holistic medicine... Read more

  • A storm over Bodie, Calif.  (Photographersnature.com/Wikimedia Commons) Right: A mask found in the ghost town of Bodie Calif., which has been deserted since the days just following the gold rush. (Tahoenathan/Wikimedia Commons)

    A Trip to Ghost Town Bodie, California (+Photos)

    Bodie, California, following the discovery of gold in 1859, became a bustling, Wild West, boom town. Bodie had all the amenities of some of the larger... Read more

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    Over the Past 5 Months More Than 100 US Children Have Become Mysteriously Paralyzed

    Researchers have a leading suspect in mind for what may have caused the paralysis of more than 100 children in the United States since August... Read more

  • Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov (1852-1927). A mummy in the lotus meditation position found Jan. 27, 2015, in Mongolia is said to possibly be Itigilov. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Mummy Found in Meditation Position: Legendary Mongolian Lama?

    A mummy estimated from preliminary investigations to be about 200 years old, sitting in the lotus meditation position, was found in Mongolia on Jan. 27,... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*; edited by Epoch Times)

    Amazing Telekinesis Experiments Reviewed in US Air Force-Commissioned Report

    Studies have shown that people can use their minds (or some other unexplained means) to bend metal, transport objects from inside a sealed container to... Read more

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    Businessman Gets Important Lesson From Past Life—Detailed Memories Verified

    Ruprecht Schultz had a strange habit as a child of forming his fingers into the shape of a gun, and pointing at his head, saying... Read more

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    A Wormhole Close to Home and 2 Other Astonishing Space Holes

    It’s possible a wormhole exists in the middle of the Milky Way that could be large and stable enough for a spaceship to enter. “In... Read more

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    Did Humans Walk the Earth With Dinosaurs? Triceratops Horn Dated to 33,500 Years

    A triceratops brow horn discovered in Dawson County, Mont., has been controversially dated to around 33,500 years, challenging the view that dinosaurs died out around... Read more

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    Do Some People Sense the Unseen? (Part 3)

    Often science dismisses what it doesn’t yet grasp, until technology or some other breakthrough turns the tide. Before the advent of MRIs, for example, if... Read more

  • (Vasabii/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Cool, Yet Creepy, Mind-Control and Mind-Controlled Technology

    The ways in which technology controls our minds may go eerily beyond our habits of blindly following GPS directions or instantly Googling something instead of thinking... Read more

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    Traveling Faster Than the Speed of Light: Warp Drive Feasible?

    Going faster than the speed of light is impossible, according to Albert Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory, yet theoretical physicists bend their minds to the task,... Read more

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    Scientists Slow Down the Speed of Light in Air—Thought Impossible

    Slowing the speed of light particles, known as photons, as they travel through air was thought to be impossible. “That the speed of light in... Read more

  • Bones in the Paris catacombs. (Jjmusgrove via Compfight cc*)

    Terrifying Footage Found on Camera Dropped in Paris Catacombs: What Did This Man See? (Watch Here)

    Mounds of human bones are found in the Parisian catacombs. Beneath Paris stretches a network of tunnels and rooms as vast as the city’s streets, most... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Astonishing ‘Explosions’ and Surprising Shifts in the Planet’s History

    At one point in the history of the Earth, the land was pulled toward the equator. The shift was so great, it was like Boston... Read more

  • NASA scientists still don’t have a clear picture of the bright spots showing up on the surface of Ceres, a minor planet in the asteroid belt. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Spots Two Bright Points on Ceres (Video)

    The Dawn spacecraft has spotted not one, but two bright points on the minor planet Ceres. Newly enhanced images from the probe show two shining... Read more

  • In this image from NASA television astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, left, and Terry Virts during their second spacewalk outside the International Space Station Wednesday Feb. 25, 2015. Wednesday's spacewalk is the second in five days for Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts. In all, three spacewalks are planned in just over a week to prepare the orbiting lab for future American crew capsules. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

    Astronaut Reports Water in Helmet After Second Spacewalk

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Spacewalking astronauts breezed through a lube and cable job outside the International Space Station. But afterward, one of the men reported water in... Read more

  • An artist’s impression of the Dawn spacecraft traveling in the asteroid belt with its target Ceres on the right. JPL

    NASA Missions May Re-elevate Pluto and Ceres From Dwarf Planets to Full-On Planet Status

    Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt, and NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will arrive at this dwarf planet on March 6, 2015. Pluto is... Read more

  • The Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy, visible in the upper right. (Andyspictures/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)

    How Dark Matter Could Cause Mass Extinctions

    The Earth’s infrequent but predictable path around and through our galaxy’s disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena on... Read more

  • NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the clearest images yet of two of Pluto's moons as it approaches the dwarf planet to collect more data. (AOL Screenshot)

    New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Images of Pluto’s Moons (Video)

    NASA launched the New Horizon spacecraft in 2006 to learn more about the icy dwarf planet Pluto. Here are some of the first photos from... Read more

  • Earth

    Unlocking the Mystery of the First Billion Years of the Universe

    More than 100 million years has been wiped off the age of the first stars but there is still the question of what happened in... Read more

  • A mysterious plume seen hovering high above the Martian surface in 2012 continues to confound astronomers. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious Haze Hovering Over Mars Confounds Astronomers (Video)

    Space agencies have put a great deal of effort into learning all there is to know about Mars, yet it was amateur Red Planet enthusiasts... Read more

  • Something big has disturbed the red planet’s thin atmosphere. (NASA)

    Massive Clouds Erupted 160 Miles Into Martian Atmosphere – and No One Knows Why

    Enormous cloud-like plumes reaching 260km (161 miles) above the surface of Mars have left scientists baffled. This is way beyond Mars’s normal weather, reaching into... Read more

  • This image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 1132, as seen by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The blue/purple in the image is the X-ray glow from hot, diffuse gas that is not forming into stars. (NASA, ESA, M. West [ESO, Chile], and CXC/Penn State University/G. Garmire, et al.)

    Don’t ‘Incite aliens to obliterate the planet,’ Scientists Warn

    A plan to send out powerful radio messages with the intention to discover alien civilizations on other planets has caused concern for some scientists who... Read more

  • Spot the biggest. (Rutherford Observatory)

    How Big Is the Biggest Star We Have Ever Found?

    The universe is such a big place that it is easy to get baffled by the measurements that astronomers make. The size of UY Scuti,... Read more

  • Maintenance is performed by workers on the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket at launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. The Sunday launch attempt was scrubbed and SpaceX will try again on Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    SpaceX Observatory Launch Still on; Rocket-Landing Test Cancelled

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX counted on better flying weather Wednesday as it geared up for the third time to launch a deep-space observatory, but canceled a... Read more

  • An artist’s concept of Comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) and Mars. (NASA)

    About 600 People Want to ‘Die’ on Mars. Here’s Their Story

    A one-way trip to attempt to colonize Mars is being planned in 2024, and more than 600 people want go. The Mars One Mission initially... Read more

  • Time exposed photo of the Auroral Spatial Structures Probe Launch into the aurora. (Merrick Peirce , CC BY-ND)

    Rocket Into Northern Lights Studies the ‘Invisible Aurora’s’ Electric Currents

    The aurora borealis lights up the Arctic night skies. Also called the Northern Lights, the phenomenon is the result of beams of charged particles tracing... Read more

  • The prize, Europa, a watery world. (NASA)

    The Moon Was a First Step, Mars Will Test Our Capabilities, but Europa Is the Prize

    The icy moon Europa is perhaps the most tantalising destination in our solar system. Scientists have been trying for years to kickstart a mission to... Read more

  • The 4.4 billion-year-old meteorite is like nothing ever discovered on Earth and gives researchers insight into the makeup of the Red Planet's surface. (AOL Screenshot)

    ‘Black Beauty’ Meteorite Reveals Secrets of Mars’ Surface (Video)

    A new study claims a recently discovered meteorite is a chunk of Martian crust that is like nothing else ever discovered on Earth. The meteorite,... Read more

  • There is nothing between you and the Infinite. (Shan Sheehan, CC BY)

    Nature’s Fireworks: The Best Meteor Showers Coming in 2015

    Watching meteors in the night sky can be fun, although typically you only see a few flashes an hour. But there are certain times of... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    A Wormhole Close to Home and 2 Other Astonishing Space Holes

    It’s possible a wormhole exists in the middle of the Milky Way that could be large and stable enough for a spaceship to enter. “In... Read more

  • Image made from a frame grabbed from NASA-TV, the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule begins the process of being berthed on to the International Space Station, on April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

    Boeing, SpaceX Will Beat Russia on Price for Astronaut Rides

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA expects to save millions of dollars in launch costs, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX... Read more

  • The first images of the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe comet orbit could provide clues about its origin and how it got its unique shape. (AOL Screenshot)

    Rosetta Captures Stunning Views, Diverse Data of Comet 67P (Video)

    The first images and findings are in from the Rosetta space probe’s historic mission as the first spacecraft to ever orbit a comet. People have been eagerly awaiting... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Traveling Faster Than the Speed of Light: Warp Drive Feasible?

    Going faster than the speed of light is impossible, according to Albert Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory, yet theoretical physicists bend their minds to the task,... Read more

  • Camera trap of Amur leopard. The Amur leopard evolved its thick coat to keep warm in the cold, long winters. Photo by: WWF.

    Photos: Amur Leopard Population Hits At Least 65

    Most of the world’s big predators are in decline, but there are some happy stories out there. This week, WWF announced that the Amur leopard... Read more

  • Indri lemur (Indri indri). Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Saving Endangered Lemurs on A Budget of $7 Million

    Last year, scientists released an emergency three-year plan that they argued could, quite literally, save the world’s lemurs from mass extinction. Costing just $7.6 million, the plan... Read more

  • A microplastic sample collected using a plankton net tow in the North Pacific Ocean. Credit: G. Proskurowski with the Sea Education Association.

    Can Research Data Turn Ocean Abusers into Protectors?

    The devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 washed away millions of tons of plastic debris into the Pacific Ocean. It even swept away a... Read more

  • Greenomics map showing recent clearing by Austindo Nusantara Jaya Agri in West Papua, Indonesia

    Palm Oil Deforestation Worsens Despite Pledges

    An Indonesian palm oil firm is destroying rainforests in New Guinea despite high profile zero deforestation pledges from its customers, finds research by Greenomics-Indonesia. Landsat... Read more

  • Picture of the tiger bust. Photo by Dian Risdianto / TNKS

    Tiger Poachers Caught in Indonesia Authority Sting Operation

    A sting operation by Indonesian officials snared a group of tiger hunters operating in Karinci Seblat National Park in Jambi Province, Sumatra. After an extended... Read more

  • Many chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes, Endangered) in East Africa live in habitat threatened by oil palm expansion. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Scientists Sound the Alarm on African Palm Oil Investment

    Africa’s people, forests and wildlife are in trouble if the mostly unbridled expansion of oil palm in West and Central Africa is allowed to continue... Read more

  • Forest in Guyana. Photo by Tiffany Roufs.

    Study Finds Local Technicians Effective at Forest Monitoring

    Some countries that retain forest wealth have started monetizing their forests using international programs like REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Guyana has... Read more

  • Data from Global Forest Watch shows Guyana's forests contain high amounts of carbon. However, when it comes to pinning a number on that amount, the study by Fragoso and his colleagues indicate discrepancies between stock estimates from different sources.

    Measuring Carbon Value of Forests Is Tricky Business

    With financial incentives encouraging maintenance of carbon stocks and the increased popularity of carbon trading between countries, a forest has become economically a lot more... Read more

  • Indian rhino in Bardiya National Park in Nepal. Photo by: Krish Dulal/Creative Commons 3.0.

    Kingpin Responsible for Killing 20 Rhinos Caught by Authorities

    With the aid of Interpol, authorities have arrested the leader of a rhino poaching gang responsible for killing 20 Indian rhinoceros in Nepal. Last month,... Read more

  • Recent large-scale clearance of peatland forest inside a PT. Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (PT RAPP) pulpwood concession on Pulau Pedang, Bengkalis Regency, Riau Province. © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace.

    China Banks Funding Deforestation in Indonesia

    While Santander Bank has made headlines in recent days for financing an Indonesian forestry giant’s ongoing clearance of carbon-dense forests in Sumatra, Chinese banks among... Read more

  • The male ruby seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) that was collected in 2007. Photo by: Western Australian Museum.

    Brand New SeaDragon Species Discovered

    For 150 years, scientists have known of just two so-called seadragons: the leafy seadragon (Phycodurus eques) and the weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus). But a new... Read more

  • Welcome to Boston - and two feet of snow from one storm. (Peter Eimon/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

    Does Global Warming Mean More or Less Snow?

    As first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there... Read more

  • A fracking site in New Milford, Pa., on Jan. 17, 2013. A Feb. 19 report by Environment New York Research and Policy Center states that tracking operations in Pennsylvania frequently violate regulations. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    4 Ways Fracking Companies Break the Rules

    The Environment New York Research and Policy Center released a report on Feb. 19 detailing oil and gas industry violations in Pennsylvania. According to the... Read more

  • Penguins walk on the shore of Bahia Almirantazgo in Antarctica. Antarctica “is big and it’s changing and it affects the rest of the planet and we can’t afford to ignore what’s going on down there,” said David Vaughan, science director of the British Antarctic Survey. (AP/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Antarctica: Mystery Continent Holds Key to Mankind’s Future

    DECEPTION ISLAND, Antarctica—Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents... Read more

  • Modern day signs of human activity in the Amazon rainforest. Courtesy of NASA.

    Drones to Scan the Amazon Rainforest for Hidden Civilizations

    Researchers are planning to use drones equipped with vegetation-penetrating lasers to scan the Amazon rainforest for signs of past civilizations, reports the University of Exeter... Read more

  • Mata Atlanticia in Rio de Janeiro. Photo Credit: Rhett A. Butler / mongabay.com.

    Biodiversity May Reduce The Threat of Disease

      Biodiversity level changes can have consequences for species and habitats around the world. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society... Read more

  • Logging in Gabon. Photos by Rhet A. Butler

    Selective Logging Changes to Forest Structure Over Time

    Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes... Read more

  • An Ayoreo woman in front of a traditional communal Ayoreo house that was abandoned because of bulldozing activity, according to Survival International. Photo courtesy of Survival International.

    Deforestation Still a Threat to Communities in Paraguay

    Their children were the only things they could carry as they fled from the forest-clearing bulldozer, recalls an Ayoreo Totobiegosode woman in a video interview... Read more

  • Why is the eastern US getting so much Arctic weather this winter? (Omer Unlu, CC BY)

    A Melting Arctic and Weird Weather: The Plot Thickens

    Everyone loves to talk about the weather, and this winter Mother Nature has served up a feast to chew on. Few parts of the US... Read more

  • The Sunda pangolin, is now listed as Critically Endangered. Photo by: Piekfrosch/Creative Commons 3.0

    Endangered Species Rescued…Then Sold to Restaurants

    On February 1st, local police seized 42 live Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica) from poachers and handed them over to forest rangers in Vietnam’s northern province... Read more

  • Proto-cuneiform recording the allocation of beer, probably from southern Iraq, Late Prehistoric period, about 3100–3000 B.C. (Jim Kuhn/Wikimedia Commons) Background: Collection of roman amphora, clay vases used for transporting liquids, such as wine or oil. (Shutterstock*)

    Archaeologist Attempts to Revive Lost Alcoholic Beverages From Ancient Recipes and Residues

    An archaeologist working with a brewery is recreating ancient beers from around the world, from places such as Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Denmark, Honduras, and China... Read more

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

    Mummy Found Inside 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

    A Buddha statue dating back to the 11th or 12th century was examined by CT scan and endoscopy in the Netherlands late last year, revealing that it... Read more

  • Bronze Age skull from Jericho, Palestine, 2200–2000 B.C. and an early example of trepanation, the oldest form of neurosurgery, which involves drilling into the skull. (Wellcome Images/CC BY 4.0/ Wikimedia Commons)

    Advanced Ancient Knowledge: Brain Surgery 2,500 Years Ago

    How did people in ancient times deal with the health complications that we use advanced techniques to treat today? Many think that ancient folk simply... Read more

  • A file photo of a bronze nugget and an illustration of a sunken city. The legendary metal orichalcum of Atlantis has been thought to be a brass-like alloy. (Shutterstock*; edited by Epoch Times)

    Orichalcum: Legendary Metal of Atlantis Found in 2,600-Year-Old Shipwreck

    Legend holds that in very ancient times alongside gold and silver, another precious metal was coveted and mined in Atlantis. That metal was called orichalcum,... Read more

  • Teeming with secrets… (Shutterstock*)

    Scientists Use Physics to Read Scrolls From Herculaneum – but Why Do We Care?

    The recent announcement that European scientists had pioneered a technique for reading papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum without unrolling them attracted widespread attention. At first glance,... Read more

  • A 55,000-year-old skull fragment found in an Israeli cave might mark one of the first areas where modern humans and Neanderthals met. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Skull May Mark Where Humans First Met Neanderthals (Video)

    Scientists are getting closer to finding the time and place where modern humans and Neanderthals first — got it on. A new study in the journal Nature may have... Read more

  • Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov (1852-1927). A mummy in the lotus meditation position found Jan. 27, 2015, in Mongolia is said to possibly be Itigilov. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Mummy Found in Meditation Position: Legendary Mongolian Lama?

    A mummy estimated from preliminary investigations to be about 200 years old, sitting in the lotus meditation position, was found in Mongolia on Jan. 27,... Read more

  • Left: Rama welcomed back to Ayodhya, including the celestial flying machine, the Pushpak Vimana. Right: An illustration of the Shakuna Vimana that is supposed to fly like a bird with hinged wings and tail, drawn in Bangalore, India, in 1923. Background: A file photo of Sanskrit text. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Speakers at Science Congress Say Ancient India Mastered Advanced Space Flight Thousands of Years Ago

    A controversial paper presented at the prestigious science conference, the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai, claims human aviation and advanced space flight was achieved... Read more

  • Photo provided by Nature Publishing group on Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 shows close up of Herculaneum Papyrus scroll. Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world’s oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets.  (AP Photo/NPG, Emmanuel Brun)

    X-rays Reveal Secrets of Ancient Scrolls Buried by Volcano

    BERLIN—Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise... Read more

  • Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey. (Shutterstock*)

    Who Built the Underground City of Derinkuyu?

    In the Cappadocia region of Turkey there is a town called Derinkuyu; and beneath Derinkuyu there is a city, vast and deep, of ancient design,... Read more

  • The amulet with the palindrome inscription found in Cyprus. (Marcin Iwan, artifact from the excavations of Jagiellonian University in Krakow at Paphos Agora)

    Ancient Greek Amulet With Strange Palindrome Inscription Discovered in Cyprus

    Archaeologists in Cyprus have unearthed a 1,500-year-old amulet in the ancient city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus, which contains a curious palindrome inscription—a text that... Read more

  • Small cross type penny with portrait of King Ethelred, similar to the ones recently discovered near Lenborough, England. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Hoard of 5,000 Anglo Saxon Coins Worth Over $1.5 M Discovered by Amateur Metal Detectorists

    Amateur treasure hunters struck it rich when they unearthed a massive hoard of more than  5,000 silver coins during a Christmas gathering on farmland near... Read more

  • Lyonnesse

    Britain’s Atlantis, Lyonnesse: The Sunken Land of Arthurian Legend

    Off the coast of Cornwall, at the southern tip of the UK, on a clear day, the Isles of Scilly can be seen at some... Read more

  • Left: A depiction of the Babylonian god Adad. Right: A depiction of the Roman god Janus, who looks both backward and forward. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Ancient History of New Year’s Resolutions

    A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the West but found around the world, in which a person makes a promise on... Read more

  • A file photo of an Egyptian mummy. (Shutterstock*)

    Art, Meds, and Fuel—The Surprising Historical Uses of Ancient Mummies

    Mummies are a familiar image in modern Western culture, sometimes silently resting in glass museum cases, or other times shuffling along on two cursed feet,... Read more

  • The reptilian creature is believed to have made its home in Scotland some 170 million years ago. (AOL Screenshot)

    It’s Not Nessie, But Jurassic Predator Found in Scotland (Video)

    A giant, ancient, aquatic predator trolling the waters of Scotland — hmm, why does that sound familiar? According to HowStuffWorks: “The Loch Ness is one... Read more

  • For decades archaeologists have been searching for a passageway connected to the Great Pyramid, but it was a man digging around his own house who found it. (AOL Screenshot)

    Man Finds a Hidden Passage to Great Pyramids Beneath His House (Video)

    The Pyramids at Giza are among the world’s most famous ancient buildings, but there are still many mysteries surrounding them. Until recently, one thing that... Read more

  • An underwater cave housing what could be the largest known collection of lemur fossils has been discovered in Madagascar. (AOL Screenshot)

    Underwater Cave Found to House Large Fossil Graveyard (Video)

    A series of underwater caves housing what could be the largest known collection of lemur fossils has been discovered in Madagascar. Paleontologists and anthropologists funded... Read more

  • The monumental Bronze Age tomb at Nichoria from above. (University of Cincinnati)

    Research Dishes the Dirt on the Demise of a Civilization

    Two researchers are taking a new twist on long-published research about what an ancient civilization did for a living. W. Flint Dibble, a University of... Read more

  • Right: A depiction of Zhang Guo Lao riding backward on his donkey. (Yeuan Fang/Epoch Times) Background: A Lakota camp, c. 1891. (John C. Grabill via Shutterstock*)

    Similar Backward Characters in Ancient Chinese, Native American Cultures

    Are you moving forward or backward in life? Some ancient cultures had figures that literally moved backward to remind the people around them to pay... Read more


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