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  • The July 20, 2015 photo released by the European Space Agency ESA on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 shows an image of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with its coma taken by the Navcam camera of the Rosetta orbiter from a distance of 171km (106 miles) from the comet center. (AP Photo/ESA/Rosetta/Navcam)

    Philae Probe Finds Evidence That Comets Can Be Cosmic Labs

    BERLIN — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of... Read more

  • Study participants shown a video of a metro station with human vocals and bird songs rated the station as safer and were more likely to say they would by a monthly pass there than people who heard the instrumental music or no song. (Matthew Wiebe/CC0 1.0)

    The Right Sounds Make Creepy Places Feel Safe

    Even when we know, rationally, that violent crime is rare, that doesn’t stop us from getting the creeps sometimes, such as in a poorly lit or... Read more

  • 19891217201_e992df8ed1_o

    These Beautiful Artsy NASA Photos Were Buried in the Archives

    Browsing through NASA photo archives, one may expect to be impressed, but not necessarily surprised: lots of astronauts in Michelin Men suits, the flag on the Moon,... Read more

  • A trilobite fossil, one of the most common fossils due to its hard exoskeleton. But even soft-tissue fossils have been discovered. (Mike Peel/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    5 Bizarre Fossil Discoveries That Got Scientists Excited

    From trilobites to tyrannosaurs, most fossils are of creatures with hard shells or bones. These materials don’t easily biodegrade and sediment has time to build... Read more

  • Dr. William H. Kautz (Courtesy of Dr. William H. Kautz) "Science" entry in a dictionary (Firebrand Photography/iStock) Background (AGS Andrew/iStock)

    Major Shift in Science Underway, Intuition Could Play Big Role: Expert Discusses

    Intuition is something fuzzy and abstract, right? Science should be clear, solid, and tangible … right? These two seemingly inimical “ways of knowing” could, nonetheless,... Read more

  • A file photo of a man looking doubtful. (Olesya Tseytlin/iStock) Background: (Hypotekyfidler/iStock)

    The Boggle Threshold: How Open-Minded Are ‘Open-Minded’ Scientists?

    “Boggle threshold” is a term coined by writer and historian Renée Haynes (1906–1994). She defined it as “the level above which the mind boggles when... Read more

  • Tempestuous times on the solar surface. (NASA/SDO via Wikimedia Commons)

    The Scorching Winds on the Surface of the Sun – and How We’re Forecasting Them

    The most extreme weather of all rarely gets a mention, even in the UK where we’re famous for our weather talk. Far above our heads... Read more

  • (michaeljung/iStock)

    Our Lip-Reading Technology Promises to Make Hearing Aids More Human

    Hearing aids can be lifelines for people with hearing loss. But their limitations can mean that, in particularly noisy environments, users cannot exploit the best... Read more

  • France Prehistoric Tooth

    French Archaeology Students Find 560,000-Year-Old Tooth

    PARIS—Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists... Read more

  • (bowie15/iStock)

    People With High IQs Have More Efficient Brains

    When people with very high IQs are given moderately difficult task, their brains work more efficiently compared to people with slightly above-average IQs. To describe... Read more

  • An artist’s rendering of NGC 300 X-1 as it was envisioned shortly after its discovery—an unusually massive black hole (left) with a Wolf-Rayet star (right). Binder and her colleagues recently showed that the Wolf-Rayet star may not be the black hole’s true companion.(ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser)

    On Second Glance, Exotic Star System Looks a Bit Ordinary

    New data from a distant galaxy suggests a puzzling stellar phenomenon may not be what astronomers have long believed. Researchers looked at a binary star... Read more

  • The study finds that people in Latin America and Europe tend to perceive climate change as a greater threat when they understand that humans are the major cause. But in many African and Asian countries, risk perception is most strongly associated with a more tangible factor: changes in local temperatures. (CIAT/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    40% Worldwide Are Unaware of Climate Change

    A poll conducted in 119 countries reveals the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perception for 90 percent of the world’s population... Read more

  • "As the pulsar moved through the disk, it appears that it punched a clump of material out and flung it away into space," says George Pavlov. (NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

    Pulsar Launches ‘Clump’ as Heavy as Earth’s Oceans

    A fast-moving pulsar appears to have punched a hole in a disk of gas around its companion star and to have launched a fragment of... Read more

  • Grey whale in the Pacific Ocean by Baja California, March 2015. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    A Call for Saving Leviathan, for Saving the Whales

    “From Hell’s Heart I stab at thee” decried Melville in “Moby Dick.” In the heyday of whaling, tens of thousands of sperm whales were destroyed... Read more

  • Green lasers glowing within cells. (Matjaž Humar and Seok Hyun Yun, CC BY-ND 4.0)

    We Transformed Living Cells Into Tiny Lasers

    In the last few decades, lasers have become an important part of our lives, with applications ranging from laser pointers and CD players to medical... Read more

  • Dr. Robert Lanza (Wikimedia Commons)

    Prominent Scientist Says Consciousness Is Key to a ‘Theory of Everything’

    Dr. Robert Lanza, who was selected by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people last year, believes science must recognize the... Read more

  • Study participants shown a video of a metro station with human vocals and bird songs rated the station as safer and were more likely to say they would by a monthly pass there than people who heard the instrumental music or no song. (Matthew Wiebe/CC0 1.0)

    The Right Sounds Make Creepy Places Feel Safe

    Even when we know, rationally, that violent crime is rare, that doesn’t stop us from getting the creeps sometimes, such as in a poorly lit or... Read more

  • A trilobite fossil, one of the most common fossils due to its hard exoskeleton. But even soft-tissue fossils have been discovered. (Mike Peel/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    5 Bizarre Fossil Discoveries That Got Scientists Excited

    From trilobites to tyrannosaurs, most fossils are of creatures with hard shells or bones. These materials don’t easily biodegrade and sediment has time to build... Read more

  • (michaeljung/iStock)

    Our Lip-Reading Technology Promises to Make Hearing Aids More Human

    Hearing aids can be lifelines for people with hearing loss. But their limitations can mean that, in particularly noisy environments, users cannot exploit the best... Read more

  • (bowie15/iStock)

    People With High IQs Have More Efficient Brains

    When people with very high IQs are given moderately difficult task, their brains work more efficiently compared to people with slightly above-average IQs. To describe... Read more

  • Green lasers glowing within cells. (Matjaž Humar and Seok Hyun Yun, CC BY-ND 4.0)

    We Transformed Living Cells Into Tiny Lasers

    In the last few decades, lasers have become an important part of our lives, with applications ranging from laser pointers and CD players to medical... Read more

  • (AlexPro9500/iStock)

    Fat Is Sixth Taste but It’s ‘Unpleasant’ Alone

    Fat should be considered the sixth taste and can be called oleogustus, report researchers. “Most of the fat we eat is in the form of... Read more

  • As science progresses, parents may be able to choose a child based not just on the sex, but on such criteria as a child’s likelihood of excelling in sports or mathematics. (Below: TatyanaGl/iScock; above: TCLY/iStock)

    Science Is Moving Toward Designer Babies, but the Ethics Must Be Sorted Out

    Ethical warning bells went off in April when Chinese researchers reported they had experimented with 85 defective human embryos to try to alter genes in... Read more

  • Musical training has shown to lead to improvements in a wide variety of different skills, including memory and spatial learning for example. (Thorsten Krienke/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Musical Training Can Accelerate Brain Development and Help With Literacy Skills

    …... Read more

  • Baby's brains show they understand patterns and expect the pattern to be followed. (Ekinsdesigns/iStock)

    Expectations Help Shape Babies’ Brains

    Infants can use expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains, according to new research. A series of experiments with infants 5 to... Read more

  • Scientists say that distraction affects our actions differently than our perceptions.  (spflaum1/iStock)

    Distraction Skews Actions and Perception Differently

    What’s more distracting: something overt or something subtle? Experiments show that although obvious distractions dominate perception, less noticeable ones can have a greater effect on... Read more

  • A_thaliana

    How a Plant Knows Friend From Foe

    Soil is crowded with bacteria and fungi. Tens of thousands of different species can inhabit the same space. So how does a plant that grows... Read more

  • lens

    Triple Method Captures Nanocrystal Close-Ups

    Scientists have created a new way of capturing the 3D structures of nanocrystals, which researchers believe could potentially fight cancer, collect renewable energy, and mitigate... Read more

  • screaming

    Why Nothing Else Sounds Like a Scream

    There is nothing quite like the sound of a scream to make the hair on the back of the neck stand up. But what is... Read more

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. On July 16, 2015, a piece of space junk forced the three International Space Station astronauts, including Kelly, to seek emergency shelter in their Soyuz spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    Space Station Astronauts Take Shelter From Space Junk

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A piece of space junk forced three space station astronauts to seek emergency shelter Thursday, July 16. For nearly an hour, the American... Read more

  • “Sleep deprivation appears to dislocate the body from the brain,” Matthew Walker says. “You can’t follow your heart.”  (VladimirFLoyd/iStock)

    Can’t Tell a Smile From a Scowl? Get More Sleep

    …... Read more

  • A Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft lands on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    Boeing Patented a Nuclear Fission-Fusion Jet Engine, Which Will Never Work

    You’ve heard of nuclear power plants, now get ready for nuclear powered planes —on paper at least.  Last month, Boeing patented a nuclear fission-fusion jet propulsion... Read more

  • "Anelasticity is present but negligible in many macroscale materials, but becomes prominent at the nanoscale," says Huajian Gao. "We show an anelastic effect in nanowires that is four orders of magnitude larger than what is observed in even the most anelastic bulk materials." (kynny/iStock)

    These Nanowires Take Time to Get Back in Shape

    Nanowires made of zinc oxide are highly anelastic—meaning they return to shape slowly after being bent, rather that snapping right back. The findings suggest that... Read more

  • "The widespread distribution of robotics in society will, like the internet, create deep social, cultural, economic, and of course legal tensions," says Ryan Calo. (Ben Husmann/CC BY 2.0)

    Do We Need New Laws for Rise of the Robots?

    …... Read more

  • This is not the kind of magnet you would stick to a refrigerator. Magnetic order only appears in TiAu when the metal is cooled to 36 kelvins, about minus 395 degrees Fahrenheit. (Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

    Marriage of Titanium and Gold Makes a Rare Magnet

    Titanium and gold aren’t magnetic—unless you combine them just so. Scientists at Rice University did so and discovered what is a first of its kind:... Read more

  • The last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth by the New Horizons spacecraft before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT, Tues., July 14, 2015. (NASA)

    New Horizons Finally Gets up Close With Pluto—for 15 Minutes

    As I began typing this column, NASA’s New Horizon mission was on its final approach to its primary target, Pluto. By the time I finished... Read more

  • Dr. William H. Kautz (Courtesy of Dr. William H. Kautz) "Science" entry in a dictionary (Firebrand Photography/iStock) Background (AGS Andrew/iStock)

    Major Shift in Science Underway, Intuition Could Play Big Role: Expert Discusses

    Intuition is something fuzzy and abstract, right? Science should be clear, solid, and tangible … right? These two seemingly inimical “ways of knowing” could, nonetheless,... Read more

  • A file photo of a man looking doubtful. (Olesya Tseytlin/iStock) Background: (Hypotekyfidler/iStock)

    The Boggle Threshold: How Open-Minded Are ‘Open-Minded’ Scientists?

    “Boggle threshold” is a term coined by writer and historian Renée Haynes (1906–1994). She defined it as “the level above which the mind boggles when... Read more

  • Dr. Robert Lanza (Wikimedia Commons)

    Prominent Scientist Says Consciousness Is Key to a ‘Theory of Everything’

    Dr. Robert Lanza, who was selected by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people last year, believes science must recognize the... Read more

  • (AlexRaths/iStock)

    Some People With Severe Mental Disorders Mysteriously Become Clear-Headed Just Before Death

    People with schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions that cause severely impaired mental functioning, have sometimes inexplicably recovered their memories and clarity of mind shortly... Read more

  • Left: A file photo of a ring-watch (Andras Csore/Flickr*) Background: A file photo of a Ming Dynasty mausoleum (Axz66/iStock)

    Timeless Mystery: How Could a Swiss Ring-Watch End up in a Sealed Ming Dynasty Tomb?

    A mystery surrounds the curious excavation of a strange artifact and those who recovered it from the depths of an ancient tomb in China. When... Read more

  • (Deomis/iStock)

    Quantum Physics Explains Coincidences?

    When surprising coincidences occur, it seems we are connected to the world around us in a mysterious way. For example, you are thinking about a... Read more

  • Gelatin: One of many products made from humans? (Steven Depolo/Flickr, CC BY 2.0*)

    It’s Made From People! The Various Ways We Make Products out of Humans

    Cannibalism isn’t what it used to be. When speaking of consuming humans, many people imagine Hollywood-film-hordes, hungry head hunters stoking the fire under a simmering... Read more

  • A Chinese votive sword found in Georgia, USA. (Courtesy of the Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)

    Chinese Sword Found in Georgia Suggests Pre-Columbian Chinese Travel to North America

    In July 2014, an avocational surface collector chanced across a partially exposed Chinese votive sword behind roots in an eroded bank of a small stream... Read more

  • (Cameron Whitman/iStock)

    2 Paranormal Cases That Convinced Prominent Skeptics

    Major reports of paranormal phenomena always stir up debate between those who believe the reports may be genuine and those who try to debunk them. On... Read more

  • (Best Designs/iStock)

    How the Human Body Is Affected by the Cosmic Environment

    There’s a lot of talk in alternative healing circles about aligning the body’s energy with cosmic healing frequencies. Whether methods currently promoted to this end... Read more

  • Left: Portrait of Peder Jensen Winstrup, 1750. (Wikimedia Commons) Right: The coffin of Peder Winstrup, which was found to contain a fetus. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: (ClaudioVentrella/iStock)

    What Is a Fetus Doing Inside the Coffin of a 17th Century Mummified Bishop? (+Video)

    Researchers at Lund University hospital were in for a surprise when they conducted a CT scan of a mummified Scandinavian bishop, and spotted the remains... Read more

  • Right: Dr. Garret Moddel (Courtesy of Dr. Garret Moddel) Background: (Flowgraph/iStock)

    Quantum Engineer Talks Untapped Potential of Human Mind, Major Problems in Science Today

    Dr. Garret Moddel teaches a course at the University of Colorado that explores psychic phenomena, such as remote viewing. Preliminary studies in his classroom have even seemed... Read more

  • Levitation was well documented in the case of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, who was considered something of a nuisance by the Church. There is no reason to consider the Church's account fabricated. (Public Domain)

    History’s Most Outstanding Case of Levitation, Witnessed by Multitudes: Expert Discusses

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—Most scholars avoid delving into historical records of levitation and other forms of psychokinesis. Dr. Michael Grosso, however, has deliberately delved in. The implications concerning... Read more

  • A file photo of rock-cut tombs in the ancient Greek city of Myra. (Demre/iStock)

    Ancient Greeks Apparently Feared Zombies so Much They Weighed Down the Dead

    It isn’t only modern society that has become fascinated by the undead. Ancient Greeks on the island of Sicily had a fear of revenants so... Read more

  • (Maksym Dragunov/iStock)

    Are Ghosts Just Bad Air?

    The decrepit house, the dank, abandoned orphanage—the sites that inspire fear and ghost stories could also be hotbeds of toxic mold. An associate professor of... Read more

  • Sleeping Rat

    Do Rats Dream of the Future?

    Rodents, one might guess, live in the present—seeking out the best rewards they can scurry to. Indeed, the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, encapsulated this in... Read more

  • Left: The clock in the Oval Office stopped at 10:10 on June 25, 2015, the time Barack Obama learned of an important Senate decision on the Affordable Care Act. (Pete Souza/White House) Right: President Barack Obama reacts as he is told of the ACA decision on June 25, 2015. (Pete Souza/White House) Background: (French Toast/iStock)

    Obama’s Clock Stopped When He Heard Senate ACA Decision—Strange, Meaningful Coincidence?

    Official White House photographer Pete Souza captured the moment frame-by-frame as President Barack Obama heard Thursday last week that Senate had made the decision to uphold a critical... Read more

  • Left: (Miszaqq/iStock) Background: (AGS Andrew/iStock)

    4 Common Misconceptions About Quantum Physics

    Quantum physics is so fascinating that it appeals to a broader lay audience than a lot of other topics in science. It’s also so difficult... Read more

  • Left: A painting of Cleopatra by John William Waterhouse, 1888. Right: "Death of Antony," by Jean Germain Drouais, 18th century. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: A file photo of pyramids in Egypt. (Redhouane/iStock)

    An Ancient Mystery: Searching for the Lost Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra

    Mark Antony and Cleopatra are among the most famous pairs of lovers from the ancient world.  Following their defeat at the Battle of Actium in... Read more

  • (Yurok/iStock)

    Coincidence Studies Gains a Foothold in Academia

    Dr. Bernard Beitman will be teaching a course in Coincidence Studies at the University of Virginia this fall. It is the first course of its... Read more

  • The July 20, 2015 photo released by the European Space Agency ESA on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 shows an image of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with its coma taken by the Navcam camera of the Rosetta orbiter from a distance of 171km (106 miles) from the comet center. (AP Photo/ESA/Rosetta/Navcam)

    Philae Probe Finds Evidence That Comets Can Be Cosmic Labs

    BERLIN — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of... Read more

  • 19891217201_e992df8ed1_o

    These Beautiful Artsy NASA Photos Were Buried in the Archives

    Browsing through NASA photo archives, one may expect to be impressed, but not necessarily surprised: lots of astronauts in Michelin Men suits, the flag on the Moon,... Read more

  • Tempestuous times on the solar surface. (NASA/SDO via Wikimedia Commons)

    The Scorching Winds on the Surface of the Sun – and How We’re Forecasting Them

    The most extreme weather of all rarely gets a mention, even in the UK where we’re famous for our weather talk. Far above our heads... Read more

  • An artist’s rendering of NGC 300 X-1 as it was envisioned shortly after its discovery—an unusually massive black hole (left) with a Wolf-Rayet star (right). Binder and her colleagues recently showed that the Wolf-Rayet star may not be the black hole’s true companion.(ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser)

    On Second Glance, Exotic Star System Looks a Bit Ordinary

    New data from a distant galaxy suggests a puzzling stellar phenomenon may not be what astronomers have long believed. Researchers looked at a binary star... Read more

  • "As the pulsar moved through the disk, it appears that it punched a clump of material out and flung it away into space," says George Pavlov. (NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

    Pulsar Launches ‘Clump’ as Heavy as Earth’s Oceans

    A fast-moving pulsar appears to have punched a hole in a disk of gas around its companion star and to have launched a fragment of... Read more

  • (John Ragai/CC BY 2.0)

    Pluto Scientists Were Masters of the Long Haul – Here’s How People Stick With Extremely Long-Term Goals

    It took almost a decade for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to navigate its way across the solar system to start taking and transmitting dramatic closeup... Read more

  • "This planet is probably the most similar to Earth yet found," says Michael Endl. Above: artist's concept of the newly discovered planet Kepler-452b. (Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

    New Exoplanet Is the Closest Yet to ‘Earth 2.0′

    Astronomers have discovered a planet that could be Earth’s older and bigger cousin—a near-Earth-sized planet around a Sun-like star in the “habitable zone,” the range... Read more

  • Another Earth

    Scientists Find Closest Thing Yet to Earth-Sun Twin System

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life. The researchers announced their discovery on... Read more

  • Above, a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (Credit: NASA/CXC/STScI/JPL-Caltech/UIUC/U. Minn.)

    3D Model Shows Giant Star’s Final Moments

    Giant stars die violent deaths. After a life of several million years, they collapse into themselves and then explode in what is known as a... Read more

  • sun

    Sibling Suns From ‘Star Wars': More Than Science Fiction?

    Sibling suns—made famous 40 years ago when Luke Skywalker gazes toward a double sunset in the first “Star Wars” movie—and the planets around them may... Read more

  • NASA scientists are intrigued about a strange feature on Pluto’s largest moon Charon that one member has described as "a large mountain sitting in a moat." (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious ‘Mountain Sitting in a Moat’ Spotted on Pluto’s Moon (Video)

    Of the many images that were taken by New Horizons recently, a photo of Pluto’s largest moon Charon reveals a particularly unusual area. “The most... Read more

  • Astronaut Scott Kelly inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. On July 16, 2015, a piece of space junk forced the three International Space Station astronauts, including Kelly, to seek emergency shelter in their Soyuz spacecraft. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

    Space Station Astronauts Take Shelter From Space Junk

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A piece of space junk forced three space station astronauts to seek emergency shelter Thursday, July 16. For nearly an hour, the American... Read more

  • This July 14, 2015 photo provided by NASA shows an image taken from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft showing a new close-up image from the heart-shaped feature on the surface of Pluto that reveals a vast, craterless plain. (NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI via AP)

    ‘Beautiful Eye Candy': Frozen Plains in Pluto’s Heart

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Vast frozen plains exist next door to Pluto’s big, rugged mountains sculpted of ice, scientists said Friday, three days after humanity’s first-ever flyby of the... Read more

  • (SpaceEx)

    Commercial Space Industry Takes Flight

    The commercial space industry has hit a rough patch. The dramatic June 28 explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket—meant to deliver supplies to the International... Read more

  • This Tuesday, July 14, 2015 image provided by NASA on Wednesday shows a region near Pluto's equator with a range of mountains captured by the New Horizons spacecraft. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)

    ‘Something Wonderful': First Close-Up Pictures of Pluto

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Mankind’s first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its... Read more

  • The last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth by the New Horizons spacecraft before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT, Tues., July 14, 2015. (NASA)

    New Horizons Finally Gets up Close With Pluto—for 15 Minutes

    As I began typing this column, NASA’s New Horizon mission was on its final approach to its primary target, Pluto. By the time I finished... Read more

  • IN SPACE - JULY 14: In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft's closest approach to Pluto. New Horizons spacecraft is nearing its July 14 fly-by when it will close to a distance of about 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers). The 1,050-pound piano sized probe, which was launched January 19, 2006 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is traveling 30,800 mph as it approaches. (Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI via Getty Images)

    Pluto Close-Up: Spacecraft Makes Flyby of Icy, Mystery World

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—By NASA’s calculations, we’ve made it to Pluto, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making... Read more

  • An illustration of Pluto, Charon, and Polaris. (Elena Duvernay/iStock)

    Pluto and Its Collision-Course Place in Our Solar System

    The New Horizons Spacecraft will tear past Pluto on Tuesday, July 14, giving us our first closeup view of the enigmatic dwarf planet. As it... Read more

  • New Horizons space probe - Pluto flyby

    New Horizons Is an Old Spacecraft—but It Will Transform Our Knowledge of Pluto

    After traveling for nearly 10 years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is finally set to fly past Pluto on July 14 in humankind’s first close encounter... Read more

  • A black hole emits part of the accreted matter in the form of energetic radiation (blue), without slowing down star formation within the host galaxy (purple regions). (Michael S. Helfenbein/YaleUniversity/OPAC)

    Giant Black Hole in Normal Galaxy Breaks the Rules

    Most black holes have little mass compared to their host galaxy, but a recently discovered black hole grew so quickly the host galaxy couldn’t keep... Read more

  • The study finds that people in Latin America and Europe tend to perceive climate change as a greater threat when they understand that humans are the major cause. But in many African and Asian countries, risk perception is most strongly associated with a more tangible factor: changes in local temperatures. (CIAT/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    40% Worldwide Are Unaware of Climate Change

    A poll conducted in 119 countries reveals the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perception for 90 percent of the world’s population... Read more

  • Grey whale in the Pacific Ocean by Baja California, March 2015. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    A Call for Saving Leviathan, for Saving the Whales

    “From Hell’s Heart I stab at thee” decried Melville in “Moby Dick.” In the heyday of whaling, tens of thousands of sperm whales were destroyed... Read more

  • "In New Zealand, mangroves have been traditionally viewed as undesirable as they take over areas where there were once sandy beaches," says Karin Bryan. "Now we know that they also could play a critical role in buffering our coastal land from the effects of sea level rise." Above, mangroves in Florida. (dconvertini/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Can Mangrove Forests Save Coastal Areas?

    Mangrove forests in New Zealand could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change. For a new... Read more

  • A photo from Japan showing severely deformed daisies has been making the social media rounds. (AOL Screenshot)

    Photo of Deformed Daisies Found Near Fukushima Goes Viral (Video)

    It’s been four years since the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and to this day, some areas near the site remain uninhabitable. The... Read more

  • According to geochemist Matthew Jackson, plate tectonics is a manifestation of the Earth trying to cool itself. Cold plates sink into the Earth and absorb heat, while volcanoes release heat where plates are spreading apart and forming. (peterhartree/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Plate Tectonics May Depend on 3 Key Elements

    Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone—a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet’s surface temperature is neither too... Read more

  • The Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius.  (Courtesy of Nissan USA & Toyota Motor Europe)

    Prius or Leaf? Carbon Footprint Hinges on Location

    Which has the smaller carbon footprint: hybrids or electric vehicles? A new study shows that the answer varies depending on where you live. Researchers studied... Read more

  • "This is an insecticide that is based on a specific gene," says Jeff Scott. "Thus, you might be able to kill only that specific insect, and that would be a phenomenal breakthrough in pest control."  (andriuXphoto/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    RNA Insecticide Could Leave ‘Good’ Bugs Alone

    An insecticide currently in development targets a specific gene so it kills only those bugs that threaten crops and avoids collateral damage to beneficial insects... Read more

  • Paradise Harbor in Antarctica.  (Photodynamic/iStock)

    Plankton in Southern Ocean Brightens Clouds Above

    To discover what gives clouds above the Southern Ocean their brightness, scientists took a close look at tiny drifting organisms in the sea below. Nobody knows... Read more

  • A shark is seen in an aquarium during the International Animal Fair in Istanbul, 02 April 2005. (AFP PHOTO/Mustafa Ozer)

    Endangered Sharks Protected by iSharkFin

    A new technology that will help quickly identify shark species and help save them is here. The software called iSharkFin was developed by the Food... Read more

  • Indri Lemur. Photo by David Cook.

    Rare Conservation Victory in Madagascar

    Good news on the environmental front in Madagascar has been rare and fleeting in recent years, but today the Indian Ocean island’s Prime Minister gave... Read more

  • Rime ice coats the buildings and antennas on top of Mt. Washington, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    No, We Aren’t Heading Into a ‘Mini Ice Age’

    Wouldn’t it be great if scientists could make their minds up? One minute they’re telling us our planet is warming up due to human activity... Read more

  • A Red belted bumblebee (B. rufocinctus) feeds on White clover in the Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont. Still common, this species is being ‘compressed’ downslope as climate change compels trees to expand upslope into formerly open areas where bumblebees nested, foraged, and over wintered. Photo credit: Karen Johnston.

    Limit Climate Change or Lose Bumblebees and Crops

    According to a comprehensive new study published in the journal Science, bumblebees are particularly vulnerable to climate change disruptions. Historical bumblebee ranges have shrunk on... Read more

  • Colorado Farm Suffers As Immigrant Workforce Diminishes

    Big Organic Farms May Actually Add Emissions

    Large-scale organic farming operations aren’t reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a review of almost a decade of data from 49 states. The increasing numbers... Read more

  • Enhanced carbon-60 molecules, known as buckyballs, have shown real potential to capture emissions of carbon dioxide from such sources as industrial flue gases and natural-gas wells.  (Beakydave/iStock)

    How to Make Buckyballs Soak up More CO2

    Last year chemists at Rice University discovered that enhanced buckyballs capture carbon dioxide. Now they’re heating them up to see if that capability is tunable... Read more

  • Tiger! 7 km away from their school, caught in a camera trap set by school children in Maharashtra. Image courtesy of eMammal Project

    Local Indian Children Catch Tigers on Camera Traps

    Living in Pawani village in Maharashtra one would not usually consider the village to be a tiger territory. Rightly so, as the village does not... Read more

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    New Species of Camphor Tree Discovered in India

    A new tree species has been discovered in the Western Ghats, the leaves and stem of which, when crushed, gives out a strong smell of... Read more

  • Tarongo Zoo's New Baby Francois Langur Makes Debut

    These Photos of Baby Endangered Animals Will Wake Up Your Inner Activist

    There are now 6,264 endangered animal species on Earth, 2,524 of which are critically endangered, according to the Red List of Threatened Species managed by International... Read more

  • Fire burning in Tesso Nilo. Photos by Rhett A. Butler.

    Fires Rage in Indonesian Park Illegally Trashed for Palm Oil

    Dozens of fires are raging across Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park National Park, a protected area that has lost more than 40 percent of its... Read more

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    Hundreds of Pangolins Seized by Indonesia Officials

    Indonesian customs officials foiled an attempt to smuggle 455 dead pangolins to Singapore from an airport in the country’s second city of Surabaya, a hotbed... Read more

  • OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria on June 5, 2015. (Photo credit should read ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images)

    We Are Missing Opportunities to Rein in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Says OECD Head

    OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría is calling on governments around the world to take a broad, long term view with “core climate policies” to redirect energy... Read more

  • France Prehistoric Tooth

    French Archaeology Students Find 560,000-Year-Old Tooth

    PARIS—Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists... Read more

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    Stone Tablet Tells Tale of Early Maya King

    Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved Maya stela—a stone tablet—from the site of El Achiotal that dates to the fifth century. “This stela portrays an early... Read more

  • Radiocarbon dating has determined that a manuscript held by the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham, UK are some of the oldest—if not the oldest—fragments of the Koran in existence. (AOL Screenshot)

    World’s Oldest Quran Fragments Found (Video)

    Radiocarbon dating has determined that a manuscript held by the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham, UK are some of the oldest—if not... Read more

  • A wrecked ship believed to be from the Revolutionary War Era was found off the coast of North Carolina. (AOL Screenshot)

    Shipwreck Believed To Be From Revolutionary War Era Found (Video)

    Marine scientists were out on the waters off the coast of North Carolina when they made a completely unexpected discovery. A wrecked ship believed to... Read more

  • A Chinese votive sword found in Georgia, USA. (Courtesy of the Indigenous Peoples Research Foundation)

    Chinese Sword Found in Georgia Suggests Pre-Columbian Chinese Travel to North America

    In July 2014, an avocational surface collector chanced across a partially exposed Chinese votive sword behind roots in an eroded bank of a small stream... Read more

  • Left: Portrait of Peder Jensen Winstrup, 1750. (Wikimedia Commons) Right: The coffin of Peder Winstrup, which was found to contain a fetus. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: (ClaudioVentrella/iStock)

    What Is a Fetus Doing Inside the Coffin of a 17th Century Mummified Bishop? (+Video)

    Researchers at Lund University hospital were in for a surprise when they conducted a CT scan of a mummified Scandinavian bishop, and spotted the remains... Read more

  • A file photo of rock-cut tombs in the ancient Greek city of Myra. (Demre/iStock)

    Ancient Greeks Apparently Feared Zombies so Much They Weighed Down the Dead

    It isn’t only modern society that has become fascinated by the undead. Ancient Greeks on the island of Sicily had a fear of revenants so... Read more

  • Left: A painting of Cleopatra by John William Waterhouse, 1888. Right: "Death of Antony," by Jean Germain Drouais, 18th century. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: A file photo of pyramids in Egypt. (Redhouane/iStock)

    An Ancient Mystery: Searching for the Lost Tomb of Antony and Cleopatra

    Mark Antony and Cleopatra are among the most famous pairs of lovers from the ancient world.  Following their defeat at the Battle of Actium in... Read more

  • A face found on a cliff face in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve's Broken Group Islands in British Columbia, Canada. (Parks Canada/Tanya Dowdall)

    Mysterious, Giant Face Found on Cliff in Canada—Man-Made or Natural?

    Parks Canada is trying to figure out how a face, estimated to be about 7 feet tall, appeared on a cliff in a remote region... Read more

  • A team sanctioned by the Italian government has located the remains of a well-preserved 2,000-year old Roman shipwreck carrying a load of terracotta roof tiles. (AOL Screenshot)

    2,000-Year Old Roman Shipwreck Found Near Sardinia (Video)

    The bottom of the sea contains many remnants from the past, and one piece of the history it holds has recently been located. A Roman... Read more

  • Fossils of Four Legged Fish Found in Arctic Back in Canada and On Display

    OTTAWA—A 375-million-year-old fossil of a primitive fish that also sports features of the first four-limbed creatures is now in the hands of the Canadian Museum... Read more

  • Almendres Cromlech, Guadalupe, Evora, Portugal (Nekkas/Wikimedia Commons)

    Legends Say Mysterious Women Built the Megaliths of Portugal

    Prehistoric Europeans told legends about powerful, mysterious females who made European stone tombs called dolmens and cromlechs. On the one hand, they were said to... Read more

  • Left: Illustration of Bronze-Age warriors. (Mike Bishop/Flickr*) Background: Map of Europe (Mstroz/iStock)

    Most European Men Are Descended From Just 3 Bronze-Age Warlords, New Study Reveals

    The majority of European men are descended from just a few Bronze Age male ancestors, says a genetic study published in the journal Nature Communications on... Read more

  • Left: The oldest crown in the world, found in the Nahal Mishmar Hoard. (Hanay/Wikimedia Commons) Background: The Dead Sea (Xta11/Wikimedia Commons)

    The 6,000-Year-Old Crown Found in a Dead Sea Cave

    The oldest known crown in the world, which was famously discovered in 1961 as part of the Nahal Mishmar Hoard, along with numerous other treasured... Read more

  • Round natural pearls are rarely found in nature. So when archaeologists uncovered a 2000-year-old near-round pearl on the north Kimberly coast of Western Australia, they described it as 'irreplaceable.' (AOL Screenshot)

    Archaeologists Uncover Rare 2,000-Year-Old Pearl (Video)

    Round natural pearls are rarely found in nature. So when archaeologists from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the University of New England (UNE) uncovered... Read more

  • Left: The Zoroastrian Ateshgah “Fire Temple” near Baku, Azerbaijan. The temple was built over natural burning vents which no longer provide gas, and so the flame is now artificially fed via a pipe. (Nick Taylor/Flickr*) Background: "The Door to Hell" gas deposit, nearby Derweze, Turkmenistan, has been burning since 1971. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Eternal Flames: Geologists Investigate Ancient Myths to Know More About Modern Fuel

    Millennia ago, ancient cultures were astounded by the seeming miracle of natural flames which burned day and night for weeks, decades, or even centuries. The... Read more

  • An excerpt from an 18th century record of a find that seemed to date human civilization as much, much older than previously thought. A file photo of limestone. (Achim Prill/iStock; edited by Epoch Times)

    Out of Place in Time: Petrified Wooden Tools Buried Deep in Limestone

    Oopart (out of place artifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that seem to show... Read more

  • File image of coal (Kkymek/iStock) File image of a drill (Konstik/iStock; edited by Epoch Times)

    Drill Bit Found in Coal Suggests Advanced Civilization LONG Before Humans Thought to Walk Earth?

    Oopart (out of place artifact) is a term applied to dozens of prehistoric objects found in various places around the world that seem to show... Read more

  • (Courtesy of Dr. Sam Semir Osmanagich)

    New Discovery of Prehistoric Underground Tunnels at Bosnian Pyramids

    The Bosnian Pyramids are said by some to be man-made, but the European Association of Archaeologists says they are natural formations. The Association issued a... Read more

  • The prehistoric fossilized trees in Cardigan Bay are sometimes revealed by low tides. Is this the legendary land of Cantre’r Gwaelod? (Yrhenwr/Flickr)

    Cantre’r Gwaelod: The (Mythical?) Sunken Kingdom of Wales

    The story of Atlantis is one of the most renowned and enduring tales from ancient Greece. This island, mentioned in the works of the philosopher... Read more


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