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Stunning Jellyfish With Lights Discovered in Mariana Trench, 12,000 Feet Deep

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A jellyfish was discovered 12,000 deep in the waters of the Pacific Ocean near the Mariana Islands on April 24. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...


  • Nano-architects design materials that can work together at very tiny scales, like these interlocking gears made of carbon tubes and benzene molecules. (NASA)

    Molecular Architects: How Scientists Design New Materials

    When Thomas Edison wanted a filament for his light bulb, he scoured the globe collecting thousands of candidates before settling on bamboo. (It was years... Read more

  • A woman uses her iPhone at an Apple store in Shanghai on Sept. 25, 2015. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    Apple’s Slowdown Highlights How Growth-Obsessed Investors Distort Our View of Value

    Apple has reported its first decline in revenues and income for the past 13 years. The market and media has reacted predictably with an 8... Read more

  • A few of thousands of mysterious so-called "Ica Stones" in Ica, Peru. (Brattarb/CC BY-SA)

    Mysterious Stones in Ica, Peru, Evidence of Advanced Prehistoric Civilization?

    As I think back over my three years on the road, biking with my husband and children from Alaska to Argentina, there were a lot of... Read more

  • WILLOW SPRINGS, IL - JUNE 11:  A cicada sits on a twig in a forest preserve June 11, 2007 in Willow Springs, Illinois. The cicada is one of millions in the area that have emerged from the ground and taken to the trees during the past couple of weeks, part of a 17-year hatch cycle.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    5 Things You Need to Know About Cicadas Before They Invade

    As the weather gets warmer, and the dog days draw nearer, the whole of nature seems to awaken. This means cicadas, hundreds of millions of... Read more

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    Miley Cyrus May Have Tattooed the Wrong Planet on Her Arm

    Miley Cyrus was slammed on social media sites for posting a photo of her latest tattoo. Cyrus got a tattoo of Saturn, and she apparently... Read more

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    Workers Find 1,300 Pounds of Ancient Roman Coins in Spanish Town of Tomares

    Culture officials said park workers in Spain made a unique historic discovery: over a thousand pounds of Roman coins in the town of Tomares outside... Read more

  • Scientists have figured out how to use our brainwaves for everything from racing drones to restoring the function of paralyzed limbs. (AOL Screenshot)

    We’re Getting Better and Better at Controlling Stuff With Our Minds (Video)

    Researchers are getting better at harnessing brain signals. These days, you can strap on a headset and control a drone with nothing but your thoughts... Read more

  • Britain's Prince William, talks with  the Star Wars character Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on Tuesday April 19, 2016. Prince William and Prince Harry  toured Pinewood to visit the production workshops and meet the creative teams working behind the scenes on the Star Wars films. (Adrian Dennis, Pool via AP)

    New Species of Weevil Named After Chewbacca From ‘Star Wars’

    “Star Wars” has inspired people across a number of generations. Some of those people happen to be scientists.  An April 2016 paper in published in the... Read more

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    Woman Has Spiritual Near-Death Experience, Cancer Cured as Result?

    On Feb. 2, 2006, Anita Moorjani lay in the intensive care unit of a hospital in her home city of Hong Kong. She was in... Read more

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    Taiwan Archeologists Unearth 4,800-Year-Old Mother Cradling a Child

    An archaeological find in central Taiwan is both striking and heartwarming.  Uncovered graves in central Taiwan’s Taichung municipality has led to the discovery of 4,800-year-old fossilized remains of a woman gazing at... Read more

  • SpaceX's CRS-5 Dragon seen in orbit, March. 12, 2014. (SpaceX)

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Send Ship to Mars by 2018

    Via Twitter on April 27,  SpaceX has announced its plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018.  Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018... Read more

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    Even If Ghosts Are Imaginary, Their ‘Presence’ Suggests Something Strange at Work

    A research group led by Dr. A.R.G. Owen in Toronto, Canada, in the early 1970s created a “ghost.” Owen (1919–2003) was a Cambridge-educated mathematician and... Read more

  • All is not calm in the cosmos. (ESA/Hubble and NASA, CC BY)

    How to Capture the Violent Tumult of Our Roiling Universe, Moment by Moment

    The hustle and bustle of daily life is a stark contrast to the tranquility of the night sky. The stars are the same, year after... Read more

  • Spacewalk. (NASA)

    What Is Microgravity?

    It’s easy to assume that astronauts float in space because they are far away from the Earth’s gravitational force. But look at the moon. It... Read more

  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft will be able to take humans further away from Earth than ever before. (NASA)

    5 Human Spaceflight Missions to Look Forward to in the Next Decade

    From astronauts breaking records for the longest amount of time spent in space to experiments growing food and keeping bacteria in orbit, the past decade... Read more

  • Green planet: tropical rainforests have produced more growth in response to rising carbon dioxide. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr, CC BY)

    Rising Carbon Dioxide Is Greening the Earth—but It’s Not All Good News

    Dried lake beds, failed crops, flattened trees: when we think of global warming we often think of the impacts of droughts and extreme weather. While... Read more

  • Nano-architects design materials that can work together at very tiny scales, like these interlocking gears made of carbon tubes and benzene molecules. (NASA)

    Molecular Architects: How Scientists Design New Materials

    When Thomas Edison wanted a filament for his light bulb, he scoured the globe collecting thousands of candidates before settling on bamboo. (It was years... Read more

  • A woman uses her iPhone at an Apple store in Shanghai on Sept. 25, 2015. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    Apple’s Slowdown Highlights How Growth-Obsessed Investors Distort Our View of Value

    Apple has reported its first decline in revenues and income for the past 13 years. The market and media has reacted predictably with an 8... Read more

  • WILLOW SPRINGS, IL - JUNE 11:  A cicada sits on a twig in a forest preserve June 11, 2007 in Willow Springs, Illinois. The cicada is one of millions in the area that have emerged from the ground and taken to the trees during the past couple of weeks, part of a 17-year hatch cycle.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    5 Things You Need to Know About Cicadas Before They Invade

    As the weather gets warmer, and the dog days draw nearer, the whole of nature seems to awaken. This means cicadas, hundreds of millions of... Read more

  • Scientists have figured out how to use our brainwaves for everything from racing drones to restoring the function of paralyzed limbs. (AOL Screenshot)

    We’re Getting Better and Better at Controlling Stuff With Our Minds (Video)

    Researchers are getting better at harnessing brain signals. These days, you can strap on a headset and control a drone with nothing but your thoughts... Read more

  • Britain's Prince William, talks with  the Star Wars character Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on Tuesday April 19, 2016. Prince William and Prince Harry  toured Pinewood to visit the production workshops and meet the creative teams working behind the scenes on the Star Wars films. (Adrian Dennis, Pool via AP)

    New Species of Weevil Named After Chewbacca From ‘Star Wars’

    “Star Wars” has inspired people across a number of generations. Some of those people happen to be scientists.  An April 2016 paper in published in the... Read more

  • Spacewalk. (NASA)

    What Is Microgravity?

    It’s easy to assume that astronauts float in space because they are far away from the Earth’s gravitational force. But look at the moon. It... Read more

  • A burst of ghostly neutrinos may have been generated by a quasar like this. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

    What the Universe’s Most Elusive Particles Can Tell Us About the Universe’s Most Energetic Objects

    In 2012, a tiny flash of light was detected deep beneath the Antarctic ice. A burst of neutrinos was responsible, and the flash of light... Read more

  • A young woman watches a man, wearing an EEG brain scanning apparatus on his head, play a pinball game solely through willing the paddles to react with his brain at the Berlin Brain Computer Interface research consortium stand at the CeBIT Technology Fair in Hannover, Germany, on March 2, 2010. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

    The recent announcement that a young paralyzed man in Ohio in the United States named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers... Read more

  • In this Nov. 16, 2003 file photo, Joanie Laurer, former pro wrestler known as Chyna, flexes her bicep as she arrives at the 31st annual American Music Awards, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

    Brain of WWE Wrestler Chyna May Be Donated for Research to Doctor From ‘Concussion’ Movie

    WWE wrestler Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, who died on April 20, may have her brain donated to research. Her brain would be given to Dr. Bennet Omalu, the... Read more

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 30, 2011 file photo, a bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. A government study counted one death and 80 illnesses linked to bedbug-targeting insecticides used from 2008 through 2010. Many were do-it-yourselfers who misused the chemicals or used the wrong product. Most of the cases were in New York City, the apparent epicenter of a recent U.S. bedbug comeback. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Bed Bugs Are Repelled by Certain Colors, Attracted by Others

    Recent entomological research indicates that bed bugs prefer certain colors over others.  Researchers found that bed bugs prefer shelters that are colored red and black. Yellow and green seemed... Read more

  • (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    When Americans Thought Hair Was a Window Into the Soul

    In 2004, the North Korean government launched one of the oddest television campaigns in recent history: “Let’s trim our hair in accordance with the socialist... Read more

  • Hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees. (NASA/SDO/AIA)

    Before Fusion: A Human History of Fire

    We humans are fire creatures. Tending fire is a species trait, a capacity we alone possess—and one we are not likely to tolerate willingly in... Read more

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    Moose Fights Are More Nasty Than You’d Think

    A viral clip showing two male moose fighting in front of a house has gone viral again. The October 2015 clip shows the two brawling... Read more

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    Chiropractor Who Cracked Baby’s Spine in Video Criticized by Doctors

    A four-day old baby was taken to a chiropractor because she was not sleeping. The Australian baby’s treatment was uploaded to YouTube, and it was... Read more

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    BBC Photographer Seeks the Beauty of Freckled Faces

    A BBC photographer, Brock Elbank, is on a mission to photograph as many freckled people as possible. In his words, Elbank wants to celebrate the... Read more

  • DARPA is developing an autonomous anti-submarine warfare vessel, ACTUV. (DARPA)

    World Split on How to Regulate ‘Killer Robots’

    Diplomats from around the world met in Geneva last week for the United Nations’ third Informal Expert Meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), commonly... Read more

  • The 300-ton NOvA neutrino detector sits 350 feet underground at Fermilab and measures the properties of the neutrino beam as it starts its 500-mile journey to the far detector in Minnesota. (Reidar Hahn/Fermilab)

    Physicist Says Data From Neutrino Experiment Are ‘Gorgeous’

    The 260 members of the NOvA Neutrino Experiment recently reported their initial findings in two papers. The team is trying get a clearer picture of the... Read more

  • Students learn to administer polygraph exams at the Latin American Polygraph Institute in Bogota, Colombia, on June 12, 2007. Scientists say we all lie, and this year, politicians are bending the truth big time, with real consequences. By studying how and why we deceive, the experts say they can help us better understand the 2016 election season. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    We All Lie, Scientists Say, but Politicians Even More So

    WASHINGTON—This is the season of lies. We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty. Republican... Read more

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    Video: Yet Another Red-Hot Ball of Nickel Destroys Random Item

    This YouTube uploader has placed many red-hot nickel balls (“RHNB”) on a lot of things, namely different types of foam, ice, GAK, and even a... Read more

  • A handful of discarded Cicada skins are seen after a 17-year nap  Sunday, May 16, 2004, in Annadale, Va. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

    Billions of Cicadas Expected to Emerge Soon in Northeastern United States

    Residents of the northeastern United States should expect to encounter numerous cicadas soon. This year marks when billions of the creatures will emerge from underground—the... Read more

  • A few of thousands of mysterious so-called "Ica Stones" in Ica, Peru. (Brattarb/CC BY-SA)

    Mysterious Stones in Ica, Peru, Evidence of Advanced Prehistoric Civilization?

    As I think back over my three years on the road, biking with my husband and children from Alaska to Argentina, there were a lot of... Read more

  • (Photos.com)

    Woman Has Spiritual Near-Death Experience, Cancer Cured as Result?

    On Feb. 2, 2006, Anita Moorjani lay in the intensive care unit of a hospital in her home city of Hong Kong. She was in... Read more

  • (Samuel Zeller/Unsplash.com)

    Even If Ghosts Are Imaginary, Their ‘Presence’ Suggests Something Strange at Work

    A research group led by Dr. A.R.G. Owen in Toronto, Canada, in the early 1970s created a “ghost.” Owen (1919–2003) was a Cambridge-educated mathematician and... Read more

  • Father Carlos Crespi Croci, a Salesian monk in Ecuador, with strange artifacts he acquired. (Ancient-Origins.net)

    The Truth About Father Crespi’s Controversial Missing Artifacts

    CUENCA, Ecuador—The story of the late Father Carlos Crespi Croci is one of mystery and controversy, including purported evidence of unknown civilizations, strange golden artifacts, a subterranean... Read more

  • (Texas A&M Health Science Center)

    What Causes Déjà Vu?

    You walk into a room and suddenly your brain goes fuzzy with an overwhelming wave of familiarity—although this is a totally new experience. Like something... Read more

  • (Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/iStock)

    Is Death Reversible?

    Death is defined as the termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Brain death, the complete and irreversible loss of brain function... Read more

  • Saartjie Geurts (Screenshot/NDEVideos.com)

    Woman Has Near-Death Experience, Sees ‘Hell,’ and Comes Back a Better Person

    It was 2003, and Saartjie Geurts, a Dutch 23-year-old, was a first-year communication studies student.  She felt dizzy and found her coordination and ability to concentrate decrease... Read more

  • (Jens Almroth/Epoch Times)

    What If It’s Not ‘Just a Coincidence’?

    For some people, coincidences are “just coincidences”; everything is random, and unlikely events are bound to happen occasionally. One experiences a moment of surprise, then... Read more

  • (Odina/iStock)

    Horribly Beaten, Man Says He Saw Afterlife and Returned, Now Helps Others

    Ken Barnes says he has had two near-death experiences (NDEs) in which he left his body and had experiences that confirmed his belief in the... Read more

  • Painting of the Elasmotherium sibiricum or "Siberian unicorn" by Heinrich Harder. (Public Domain)

    29,000-Year-Old ‘Siberian Unicorn’ Fossil Found

    Elasmotherium sibiricum, sometimes referred to as the Siberian unicorn, had a horn likely multiple feet long. Only partial remains have been found. It looked more like... Read more

  • Charles Fort, 1920. (Public Domain) "Anomaly" dictionary entry. (Goglik83/iStock)

    Charles Fort: Pioneer in Scientific Anomalies Research or Anti-Dogmatist Who Collected Bizarre Stories?

    Charles Hoy Fort was an American “self-educated newspaperman, modestly-successful short story writer, unsuccessful novelist and inventor, and eccentric natural philosopher,” according to a description by... Read more

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    Atheist Under Communist Rule Has Near-Death Experience, Learns About Spirituality

    It was 1988 and 17-year-old Jan Bostik had never heard about God or Buddha or anything spiritual in nature. He was living in Czechoslovakia (now... Read more

  • A Native American dream catcher (Public Domain)

    Woman Tracks Lost People in Her Dreams, Finds Lost Objects With Intuition

    Grace Lark* is an environmental lawyer by trade, and a leading expert in that field. But she also upholds justice with strange abilities to intuitively find... Read more

  • (Stockdevil/iStock)

    What Makes Us Conscious?

    Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it is like” to be in... Read more

  • (Mike Murphy/CC BY)

    Couvade: When Men Feel Pregnant

    A Wisconsin woman had tried for five years to become pregnant. One day, her husband woke up feeling nauseous at the smell of breakfast. He... Read more

  • (LZF/iStock)

    40 Years of Research on Human Intuition

    The Center for Applied Intuition (CAI) announced this month the release of a full report on the results of its four decades of research on... Read more

  • Mathematical equations (GoldenShrimp/iStock) Illustration of space (Robertsrob/iStock)

    A Statistician’s Approach to Coincidences: Meaningful or Random?

    Contrary to the views of some statisticians, we non-statisticians are pretty good at knowing whether or not a coincidence is just due to random chance... Read more

  • (BestDesigns/iStock)

    Studies Explore Life After Death

    Perhaps science will never be capable of proving without a shadow of a doubt whether or not the afterlife exists. But science is at least... Read more

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    Have You Noticed How Important Coincidences Are in Major Movie Plots?

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—Dr. Beitman, who developed Coincidence Studies, said “If people learn to become more sensitive to coincidences in movies, then they can learn to become... Read more

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    Uses and Misuses of Coincidences: Dr. Beitman Discusses

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—For some people, coincidences are like sign posts in life. They think coincidences show they’re “on the right path,” or “it’s meant to be,”... Read more

  • (Instagram)

    Miley Cyrus May Have Tattooed the Wrong Planet on Her Arm

    Miley Cyrus was slammed on social media sites for posting a photo of her latest tattoo. Cyrus got a tattoo of Saturn, and she apparently... Read more

  • SpaceX's CRS-5 Dragon seen in orbit, March. 12, 2014. (SpaceX)

    Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Send Ship to Mars by 2018

    Via Twitter on April 27,  SpaceX has announced its plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars as soon as 2018.  Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018... Read more

  • All is not calm in the cosmos. (ESA/Hubble and NASA, CC BY)

    How to Capture the Violent Tumult of Our Roiling Universe, Moment by Moment

    The hustle and bustle of daily life is a stark contrast to the tranquility of the night sky. The stars are the same, year after... Read more

  • Spacewalk. (NASA)

    What Is Microgravity?

    It’s easy to assume that astronauts float in space because they are far away from the Earth’s gravitational force. But look at the moon. It... Read more

  • NASA’s Orion spacecraft will be able to take humans further away from Earth than ever before. (NASA)

    5 Human Spaceflight Missions to Look Forward to in the Next Decade

    From astronauts breaking records for the longest amount of time spent in space to experiments growing food and keeping bacteria in orbit, the past decade... Read more

  • The Crab nebula, the remains of supernova in our Milky Way galaxy.(ESA/Herschel/PACS/MESS)

    NASA Honors Prince With Breathtaking Purple Nebula

    Even the stars are honoring Prince’s sudden death.  Prince Rogers Nelson passed away on April 21 of yet-unknown causes.  On the same day, in honor of... Read more

  • The next mining boom could happen in space. (NASA)

    All of Humanity Should Share in the Space Mining Boom

    One solitary asteroid might be worth trillions of dollars in platinum and other metals. Exploiting these resources could lead to a global boom in wealth,... Read more

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    Viral: Daughter Writes Message to Astronaut Father in Space

    The daughter of an astronaut from Houston missed her father who was working on the International Space Station. So she sent a special message to... Read more

  • Billionaire Yuri Milner and Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking ahead of a press conference on the Breakthrough Life in the Universe Initiatives on July 20, 2015 in London, England.  (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Breakthrough Initiatives)

    Stephen Hawking Teams Up With Russian Billionaire in $100 Million Project to Find Aliens

    Famed scientist Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is teaming up on a $100 million project that will send an army of nano-spacecrafts to explore the... Read more

  • The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship approaches the International Space Station on April 10, 2016. A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the ISS on Sunday, two days after launching from Cape Canaveral, Fla. ISS astronauts used a big robot arm to capture the Dragon, orbiting 260 miles above Earth. (NASA TV via AP)

    SpaceX Delivers World’s 1st Inflatable Room for Astronauts

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world’s first inflatable room for astronauts. A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the... Read more

  • (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Clinton’s Campaign Chairman: ‘The American People Can Handle the Truth’ About UFOs

    Hillary Clinton’s Campaign chairman John Podesta said Thursday, April 7, that it’s time for the government to make public information that it has on life in... Read more

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    NASA Discovers 72 New Asteroids That Could Potentially Hit Earth

    Yes they could hit us, but NASA says they aren’t likely to anytime soon. Using a spacecraft known as NEOWISE aka New-Earth Object Wide-field Survey... Read more

  • (abidal/iStock)

    Why X-ray Astronomers Are Anxious for Good News From Troubled Hitomi Satellite

    On Feb. 16, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the ASTRO-H satellite from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. The space telescope named Hitomi— “pupil” in... Read more

  • Except for a few blue foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest star cluster in our galaxy. (NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Team) (STScI/AURA, Acknowledgment: T. Do, A.Ghez (UCLA), V. Bajaj (STScI)

    Hidden Stars, Baby Planets, and Blow Up Spaceships

    Each fortnight I get the amazing opportunity to speak about my top stories in space on ABC Breakfast News TV but for those of you... Read more

  • Titan's Ligeia Mare in false color. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell)

    Discovering the Bath Scum on Titan

    It’s not every day that you get to discover something new. But when you do it is a rather strange and quite brilliant feeling. You... Read more

  • 3D visualisation of the Ring Nebula, with material flung out from the dying star in the center. This gas may eventually form new stars, planets, and ultimately even life. (M. Kornmesser/ESA/Hubble and NASA)

    Something New Under a (Dead) Sun

    For all their enormous size and furious energies, stars are remarkably simple. Knowing just their mass and the smattering of elements heavier than hydrogen we... Read more

  • (Courtesy: NASA.gov)

    NASA Selects Team to Build $10 Million ‘Planet Hunter’

    NASA selected a Penn State-led team to build its new $10 million planet detector, according to a March 29 press release.  The new gadget will search... Read more

  • Youtube video thumbnail. (John Mckeon/Youtube)

    Amateur Astronomers Film Asteroid Hitting Jupiter

    At least two amateur astronomers were aiming their telescopes at Jupiter on March 17 and caught what appears to be an asteroid hitting the planet, causing... Read more

  • A photo of a volcanic eruption in Chile, seen from outer space (Jeff Williams/Twitter)

    Astronaut Shares Photo of Volcanic Eruption Seen From Space

    The best view of things on Earth sometimes isn’t on Earth at all.  Astronaut Jeff Williams shared a stunning photo of the Copahue volcano, which sits... Read more

  • Enceladus, with its warm internal ocean, is thought to be potentially habitable. (Marc Van Norden/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

    Saturn’s Moons May Be Younger Than the Dinosaurs—so Could Life Really Exist There?

    Saturn is home to more than 60 moons—from the massive Titan and the crater-riddled Phoebe, to Enceladus with its geysers. Enceladus in particular has been... Read more

  • Green planet: tropical rainforests have produced more growth in response to rising carbon dioxide. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr, CC BY)

    Rising Carbon Dioxide Is Greening the Earth—but It’s Not All Good News

    Dried lake beds, failed crops, flattened trees: when we think of global warming we often think of the impacts of droughts and extreme weather. While... Read more

  • White storks on road near Chernobyl, Ukraine. Many parts of the Chernobyl region have low radioactivity levels and serve as refuges for plants and animals. (Tim Mousseau)

    Chernobyl and Fukushima: Measuring Radioactivity, Harm to Wildlife

    The largest nuclear disaster in history occurred 30 years ago at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what was then the Soviet Union. The meltdown,... Read more

  • The Chernobyl New Safe Confinement under construction in April 2015. (Tim Porter/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA)

    Chernobyl: New Tomb Will Make Site Safe for 100 Years

    Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, there’s still a significant threat of radiation from the crumbling remains of Reactor 4. But an innovative, 1.5... Read more

  • A tornado above Marina Baie des Anges in Nice, France, on June 9, 2013. According to the national meteorological office this occurs on average once a year in Nice. (Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Early Is Too Early for Word That Tornadoes May Come?

    NORMAN, Okla.—Meteorologists are finding something much tougher to forecast than a stormy atmosphere: the human mind. Forecasters at the federal Storm Prediction Center see a... Read more

  • Emergency rescue workers clear debris in Basantapur Durbar Square while searching for survivors in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25, 2015. More than 3000 people have died as tremors hit Nepal after an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale caused buildings to collapse and avalanches to be triggered in the Himalayas. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

    Remembering Nepal: A Year on From the Devastating Earthquakes

    The recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador happened within hours of each other, killing several hundred people. While both quakes were equally devastating for the... Read more

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    Healing the Earth With Mushrooms

    Picture a mushroom and you probably imagine the familiar cap and stem shape that grows above ground. However, most of a mushroom’s life actually exists... Read more

  • Dusty. (Western Sahara/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

    What Dust From the Sahara Does to You and the Planet

    At this time of year in Europe, you may have noticed something in the air. Dust-laden winds blowing from the Sahara desert cause “seasonal haze... Read more

  • Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland. (Joshua Earle/Unsplash.com)

    Nature Calms the Brain and Heals the Body

    For the most part, our brains didn’t evolve in cities. But in a few decades, almost 70 percent of the world’s people will live in... Read more

  • Solar panels stand in front of rows of trees at the Baldock Solar Highway project site on on Dec. 5, 2011. (Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr, CC BY)

    Solar: A Brilliant Way to Get Energy

    Except for nuclear and geothermal, all energy we use comes from the sun in one form or another. As sunlight reaches the Earth’s surface, it... Read more

  • (Lydur Skulason/Flickr, CC BY)

    Geothermal: Tapping Earth’s Abundant Energy

    In the midst of controversy over B.C.’s Peace River Site C dam project, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association released a study showing the province could get... Read more

  • A rare Amur Tiger cub, aged four months, plays with its mother Tschuna as it experiences its reserve for the first time at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster, northern England on July 29, 2015. Only around 450 Amur Tigers survive in the wild in their native Russia and  Yorkshire Wildlife Park's release of three cubs, named Hector, Harley and Hope, into their reserve coincides with International Tiger Day.  AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wild Tiger Populations Increase 22%, Says WWF

    Global wild tiger population numbers are increasing for the first time in a century.  According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are now estimated to be 3,890 wild tigers; this... Read more

  • A tiger is fed a meal of dog food and chicken bones June 5, 2001 at the Wat Pa Luangta Bua monastery in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

    Tigers ‘Functionally Extinct’ in Cambodia

    Conservationists have declared tigers “functionally extinct” in Cambodia, where the local population has been devastated by poaching.  “Today, there are no longer any breeding populations... Read more

  • Thinking of going solar? Prices are approaching the cost of grid electricity, but only in some places—so far. (joncallas/flickr, CC BY-SA)

    When Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid? Here’s a Map

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory this week said that rooftop solar panels have the potential to generate nearly 40 percent of electricity in the U.S... Read more

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