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Stephen Hawking Says Only Cooperation Can Save the Planet (Video)

Stephen Hawking cautions against global isolationism. (AOL Screenshot)
Stephen Hawking cautions against global isolationism. (AOL Screenshot)

Lately, Stephen Hawking has been less focused on scientific breakthroughs and more worried about warning people what the future of Earth could be if it...


  • A new study warns of 19 climatic tipping points the Arctic might be heading for — and how those tipping points could effect the whole world. (AOL Screenshot)

    Melting Arctic Ice Could Have Major Consequences for Earth (Video)

    Arctic sea ice is melting at such an alarming rate that scientists are warning it might trigger uncontrollable changes across the globe. The Arctic Resilience... Read more

  • It's not cleaning as much air as expected. (AOL Screenshot)

    China’s Smog-Eating Tower Isn’t Getting the Job Done (Video)

    Turns out, China’s smog-eating tower isn’t quite up to the job. The tower was unveiled in September in Beijing. It stands about 23 feet tall... Read more

  • Le Coq Rico's heritage breed turkey. (Courtesy of Le Coq Rico)

    Thanksgiving’s Carbon Footprint Is Smallest in These States

    The environmental impact of your Thanksgiving dinner depends on the state where you prepare the meal. Researchers calculated the carbon footprint of a typical Thanksgiving... Read more

  • A 2,500-year-old mummified crocodile specimen held by the National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands has recently been found to contain at least 47 wrapped and preserved baby crocodiles, much to the surprise of experts. (AOL Screenshot)

    Dozens of Babies Found Inside 2,500-year-old Crocodile Mummy (Video)

    A 2,500-year-old mummified crocodile specimen held by the National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands has recently been found to contain at least 47 wrapped... Read more

  • Ice levels in the Arctic have declined fairly consistently, but the Antarctic hadn't seen the same decline until recently. (AOL Screenshot)

    Record-Low Sea Ice Levels in Arctic and Antarctic (Video)

    Sea ice at both poles is at record lows for this time of year. That might not sound surprising, but it’s actually a first. While... Read more

  • Since May, an estimated 36 million trees have died in the state. (AOL Screenshot)

    California Trees Dying at ‘Unprecedented’ Rate (Video)

    After a yearslong California drought, an “unprecedented” number of trees are dead up and down the coastal state. And that poses a huge threat to... Read more

  • An international team of astronomers has discovered a ‘superearth’ planet called GJ 536 b which is not in the habitable zone of its star but could help scientists understand its atmospheric composition. (AOL Screenshot)

    Astronomers Have Spotted a Nearby ‘Superearth’ (Video)

    An international team has discovered a body in space which has been described as a “‘superearth’ type planet.” A news release issued by an astrophysical... Read more

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    The Commando Hunting Elephant Poachers in Africa

    When Nir Kalron, a former soldier with the Israeli special forces, learned that elephants could soon be extinct in Africa, he recruited intelligence agents and... Read more

  • Researchers from Sweden’s Lund University are studying a semi-permanent Mesolithic settlement off the nation’s southern coast. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers Explore Underwater Stone Age Settlement (Video)

    Divers exploring the waters off the southern coast of Sweden about 7 years ago discovered what turned out to be northern Europe’s oldest known stationary... Read more

  • Technology has enabled scientists to figure out how a 6,000-year-old amulet resembling a wheel was created. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Unravel The Mysteries Behind 6,000-Year-Old Amulet (Video)

    Technology has enabled scientists to figure out how a 6,000-year-old amulet resembling a wheel was created. The copper object was found decades ago in present-day... Read more

  • NASA recently shared a stunning image of Saturn and explained what makes the planet so photogenic. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Shares Stunning Image of Saturn’s ‘Watercolor’ Swirls (Video)

    Saturn, with its attention-grabbing rings and watercolor-like striped and swirled surface, is deemed by many to be one of the more stunning planets in our... Read more

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

    Is Self Driving Technology Already Making Us Safer?

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

  • This is the third year in a row we've had record-breaking temperatures. (AOL Screenshot)

    2016 Is ‘Very Likely’ to Be Hottest Year on Record (Video)

    2016 has been hot. So hot in fact that it’s “very likely” it will be the hottest year on record. This is the third year... Read more

  • On the eve of the supermoon, visitors enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacle as the moon ascends over the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 13.  (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

    Brightest Moon in Almost 69 Years Lights Up Sky Around Globe

    BEIJING—The brightest moon in almost 69 years is lighting up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as... Read more

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

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

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

  • Scientists have located an area on Mars which could be a promising place to look for life. (AOL Screenshot)

    A Strange ‘Funnel’ on Mars Could Provide Suitable Conditions for Life (Video)

    Scientists have located an area on Mars which could be a promising place for indications of life.  A news release issued by the University of... Read more

  • Le Coq Rico's heritage breed turkey. (Courtesy of Le Coq Rico)

    Thanksgiving’s Carbon Footprint Is Smallest in These States

    The environmental impact of your Thanksgiving dinner depends on the state where you prepare the meal. Researchers calculated the carbon footprint of a typical Thanksgiving... Read more

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

    Is Self Driving Technology Already Making Us Safer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ‘Ghost Ship’ Spotted on Lake Superior

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

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

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

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

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

    New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

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

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

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

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

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

    3 Win Nobel Chemistry Prize for World’s Tiniest Machines

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

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

    The Psychology Behind Why Clowns Creep Us Out

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

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

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

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

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

    Light Pollution Blinds the Soul

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

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

    Scanning Software Deciphers Ancient Biblical Scroll

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

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    Blind People Do Math in the ‘Visual’ Cortex

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

  • July 10, 2016 file photo shows a woman figurine uncovered in Konya, Turkey. Scientists have uncovered a rare stone figurine of a woman dating back 8,000 years at an archaeological dig in Turkey's central province of Konya that an expert says is one of only handful of statuettes of the era ever found in one piece. Stanford University Professor Ian Hodder told the AP in an email that the 17 cm (7 inch) figurine, found at the Catalhoyuk site, is unique because it is carved from stone, unlike most which are made from clay. (AP Photo/Jason Quinlan, File)

    8,000-Year-Old Female Figurine Uncovered in Central Turkey

    ISTANBUL—Archaeologists have uncovered a rare stone figurine of a woman dating back 8,000 years at a dig in Turkey’s central province of Konya that an expert says... Read more

  • The cow in question (Google Streetview)

    Cow’s Face Blurred on Google Street View

    Google’s Street View blurred the face of a cow in England—receiving the same treatment as humans for privacy purposes. The image of the blurry bovine... Read more

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    Intelligent People Really Are Better at Chess

    A new study offers some of the most conclusive evidence to date that intelligence is linked to chess skill—a hotly debated issue in psychology. The... Read more

  • Mysterious marks found in rocks in the Azores archipelago, Portugal. (Courtesy of Antoneita Costa)

    Controversy Surrounds Artifacts on Azores Islands: Evidence of Advanced Ancient Seafarers?

    The Azores archipelago is about 1,000 miles off the coast of Europe, about a third of the way to North America across the Atlantic. The islands belong... Read more

  • Wheel ruts in stone, in Castellar de Meca, Spain. (Courtesy of Dr. Alexander Koltypin)

    12 Million-Year-Old Vehicle Tracks Found in Stone, Claims Geologist

    Petrified wheel tracks found in various locations, including parts of Turkey and Spain, were left by heavy all-terrain vehicles some 12 million to 14 million... Read more

  • A modern impression on clay of a cylinder seal from the 5th century B.C. A winged solar disc legitimizes the Persian king as he subdues two figures. (Hjaltland Collection/CC BY-SA)

    Iraqi Transport Minister Announces That Sumerians Launched Spaceships 7,000 Years Ago

    The minister for transport in Iraq made a controversial speech at the inauguration of a new airport in southern city of Dhi Qar, in which... Read more

  • Dr. Dean Radin, during an interview for the movie “What the Bleep do we Know?” (Courtesy of Dean Radin)

    Supernormal Abilities Developed Through Meditation: Dr. Dean Radin Discusses

    Meditation is becoming more common in the West. When Transcendental Meditation gained popularity in the ’60s and ’70s, it was still a little “out there”... Read more

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    Meditators Focus Good Thoughts on People, Effects Studied

    People who talked of a thoughts as influencing a person’s health were once ridiculed. But the placebo effect helped change that. Now it’s commonly accepted that... Read more

  • A file photo of a soldier's helmet. (John Gomez/Shutterstock)

    Near-Death Experience Brings Peace to Vietnam Soldier (Video)

    Bill Vandenbush joined the U.S. Army in 1968. When he got to Vietnam, the war zone wasn’t what he expected. “It was much more frightening... Read more

  • Ancient Peruvian Nazca people built this spiral well. The spiral wells were built to give easy access to water directed from mountain springs to dry valleys. (Public Domain)

    Advanced Hydraulic Engineering Made Desertified Peruvian Valleys Livable 1,500 Years Ago

    Aqueducts and man-made wells built about 1,500 years ago in Peru by the Nazca people are still in use today and supplying water for daily... Read more

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    Mayan Calendar Similar to Ancient Chinese: Early Contact?

    Ancient Mayan and Chinese calendar systems share so many similarities, it is unlikely they developed independently, according to the late David H. Kelley, whose paper... Read more

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    When Coincidences Signal It’s ‘Meant to Be’—but It’s Not

    For many people coincidences are all good: if you wait long enough, you can probably find a positive outcome. Here we look at coincidences that from... Read more

  • A file photo of radio telescopes. (Sdecoret/Shutterstock)

    SETI Investigates Unusual Radio Signal From Space

    The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) institute announced Monday that it considers a radio signal detected by Russian astronomers a potential sign of intelligent inhabitants... Read more

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    Is Anything Truly Random or Is There an Underlying Order to Everything?

    The Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) wrote in “Ethics I”: “Nothing in Nature is random. … A thing appears random only through the incompleteness of our... Read more

  • This artist’s impression shows the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. (ESO/M. Kornmesser)

    Potentially Habitable Planet Found Only 4 Light Years Away

    A planet has been found in the habitable zone of the closest star to Earth aside from our sun. Proxima Centauri is a red dwarf... Read more

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    It Is Good to Stand Up for Your Beliefs Against Opposition: Study

    A new study from the University of Buffalo shows that it’s an overall positive psychological experience to stand up for your core values in the face... Read more

  • Serendipity clothing store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Bernard Beitman)

    Serendipity: A Store, a Movie, and a Coincidence

    The word “serendipity” has many pop-culture references, but many people don’t know its original meaning or realize its usefulness. When customers walk into Serendipity, a... Read more

  • An illustration of a star behind a shattered comet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    New Mystery Unfolds Around Purported ‘Alien Megastructure’ Orbiting Star

    The Kepler Space Telescope looks for changes in the light emitted by some 150,000 stars. The idea is to detect shadows cast by orbiting objects... Read more

  • Visitors take pictures of the Titan Arum, also known as the corpse flower, in full bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington on Aug.  3. The plant is a native of Sumatra, Indonesia, and has the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. It emits a stinky smell during its full bloom and last for 24-48 hour before it collapses.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Corpse Flowers Strangely Bloom at Same Time: Coincidence or Omen?

    The Amorphophallus titanumin, also known as Titan arums, is commonly called the “corpse flower,” because of the wretched smell it emits when it blooms. Its flower can stand... Read more

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    To Seize Benefits of Coincidence, Sometimes You Must Act Quickly

    An opportunity suddenly appears within a narrow time window. Will you act? In a busy airport, a man saw a woman who immediately struck him... Read more

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    Mental Clarity During Near-Death Experiences Suggests Mind Exists Apart From Brain: Study

    If the mind is just a function of the brain, it stands to reason that the worse the brain is injured, the worse the mind... Read more

  • Dr. Alan Gauld (Courtesy of Dr. Alan Gauld) Nottingham University, where Dr. Gauld was a psychology professor. (Peter Shone/CC BY-SA)

    Interview With Alan Gauld, a Prominent Scholar of the Paranormal

    Dr. Alan Gauld, a retired Harvard-educated psychology professor at the University of Nottingham, is well known in parapsychology for his discussions of various topics, among... Read more

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    In Near-Death Experiences, Blind People See for First Time

    People who were blind from birth have had brushes with death in which they felt themselves leave their bodies and experience vision for the first... Read more

  • An international team of astronomers has discovered a ‘superearth’ planet called GJ 536 b which is not in the habitable zone of its star but could help scientists understand its atmospheric composition. (AOL Screenshot)

    Astronomers Have Spotted a Nearby ‘Superearth’ (Video)

    An international team has discovered a body in space which has been described as a “‘superearth’ type planet.” A news release issued by an astrophysical... Read more

  • NASA recently shared a stunning image of Saturn and explained what makes the planet so photogenic. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Shares Stunning Image of Saturn’s ‘Watercolor’ Swirls (Video)

    Saturn, with its attention-grabbing rings and watercolor-like striped and swirled surface, is deemed by many to be one of the more stunning planets in our... Read more

  • On the eve of the supermoon, visitors enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacle as the moon ascends over the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 13.  (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

    Brightest Moon in Almost 69 Years Lights Up Sky Around Globe

    BEIJING—The brightest moon in almost 69 years is lighting up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as... Read more

  • Scientists have located an area on Mars which could be a promising place to look for life. (AOL Screenshot)

    A Strange ‘Funnel’ on Mars Could Provide Suitable Conditions for Life (Video)

    Scientists have located an area on Mars which could be a promising place for indications of life.  A news release issued by the University of... Read more

  • A supermoon over the Statue of Liberty in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Monday’s Supermoon to Be Extra Super; Closest in Nearly 70 Years

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The moon doesn’t get much bigger and brighter than this. On Monday, Earthlings will be treated to a so-called supermoon—the closest full moon... Read more

  • Stunning images have been released of a swirling, double-eyelid shape created by a massive mixture of stars and gases in a galaxy far from Earth. (AOL Screenshot)

    Images Show Rare Eye-Shaped ‘Tsunami of Stars and Gas’ (Video)

    Stunning images have been released of a swirling, double-eyelid shape created by a massive mixture of stars and gases in a galaxy far from Earth. ... Read more

  • U.S. astronaut Shane Kimbrough, a member of the main crew to the International Space Station (ISS), talks to his relatives prior to the launch of the Soyuz MS-02 space ship, in Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in this file photo.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, Pool)

    ‘I Voted From Space’: Lone American Off Planet Casts Ballot

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—The lone American off the planet has cast his vote from space, keeping with NASA’s motto of “Vote while you float.” NASA said... Read more

  • NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars since 2012, and it recently came upon an interesting find. A news release by Arizona State University reports that an on-board device captured a two-frame portrait of a small meteorite dubbed “Egg Rock.” (AOL Screenshot)

    Curiosity Rover Spots Strange Metal Meteorite on Mars (Video)

    The Curiosity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars, and it recently came upon an interesting find. A news release on Arizona State University’s... Read more

  • This image provided by European Southern Observatory, taken by the MUSE instrument, mounted on ESO's Very Large Telescope and shows the region R44 within the Carina Nebula, 7500 light-years away. (European Southern Observatory via AP)

    Telescope Reveals Amazing Pillars in Star-Breeding Ground

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A peek into a distant star-breeding ground has uncovered scenes worthy of a watercolor master. Astronomers on Wednesday released majestic images of pillars... Read more

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    The Expansion of the Universe Is Still Accelerating

    There’s been a whirlwind of commentary of late speculating that the acceleration of the expanding universe might not be real after all. It follows the... Read more

  • The Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft descends beneath a parachute with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, and astronaut Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

    Soyuz Space Capsule Returns to Earth From 115-Day Mission

    MOSCOW—A Russian Soyuz space capsule has landed in Kazakhstan, bringing three astronauts from the United States, Japan and Russia back to Earth from a 115-day... Read more

  • A few months ago, astronomers announced the existence of a potentially habitable planet outside our solar system. A recent study has furthered the hope that Proxima b is, indeed, capable of supporting life. (AOL Screenshot)

    The Star Nearest to Our Sun May Host a Habitable Planet (Video)

    Not long ago, astronomers spotted a planet in our neighboring solar system that held great promise of being habitable. A recent study has furthered the... Read more

  • This artist's rendering provided by the European Space Agency shows the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli (C), from the Trace Gas Orbiter (L), heading for Mars. (D. Ducros/ESA via AP)

    Hard Crash-Landing May Have Wrecked Europe’s Mars Probe

    BERLIN—Scientists say Europe’s experimental Mars probe has hit the right spot but may have been destroyed in a fiery ball of rocket fuel because it... Read more

  • Artist’s impression provided by the European Space Agency, ESA, depicting the separation of the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, named Schiaparelli (C) from the Trace Gas Orbiter, TGO, (L) and heading for Mars. (ESA/D. Ducros via AP)

    Scientists in Europe Downplay Likely Loss of Mars Lander

    BERLIN—Scientists at the European Space Agency downplayed the likely loss of its Mars lander, saying Thursday that a wealth of data sent back by the... Read more

  • A new dwarf planet has been discovered hanging out in the far reaches of our solar system. (AOL Screenshot)

    New Dwarf Planet Discovered Hanging Out in the Far Reaches of Our Solar System (Video)

    A new dwarf planet has been discovered hanging out in the far reaches of our solar system. Called 2014 UZ224, the celestial orb measures only... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks to media after the G20 Summit closing at JW Marriott Hotel in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    Obama Says US Working With Companies to Send Humans to Mars

      WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to reinvigorate his six-year-old call for the U.S. to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, a mission NASA... Read more

  • Scientists from Carnegie and Caltech have taken a closer look at the mysterious star called KIC 8462852 and found it’s even weirder than first believed. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mystery Surrounding Oddly Dimming Star Deepens (Video)

    About a year ago, the discovery of a star’s odd, intermittent dimming prompted a number of explanatory theories, including large comet groups, enormous dust clouds,... Read more

  • The artist impression provided on the website of the European Space Agency ESA on Sept. 29, 2016 shows ESA's Rosetta cometary probe. (J. Huart/ESA via AP)

    Europe’s Comet Chaser Rosetta Concludes 12-Year Mission

    BERLIN—Europe’s comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task Friday, dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien... Read more

  • Is there an ocean under Pluto's surface? A new study suggests that there may indeed be one beneath the dwarf planet's surface. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Say There May Be a Hidden Ocean on Pluto (Video)

    Is there an ocean under Pluto’s surface? Scientists have been exploring that possibility since New Horizons’ flyby of the dwarf planet last year and new... Read more

  • An artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, located about 500 million miles from the sun.
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    Hubble Spies Possible Water Plumes Spewing From Jupiter Moon

    LOS ANGELES—The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter’s icy moons shooting up as high as 125... Read more

  • A new study warns of 19 climatic tipping points the Arctic might be heading for — and how those tipping points could effect the whole world. (AOL Screenshot)

    Melting Arctic Ice Could Have Major Consequences for Earth (Video)

    Arctic sea ice is melting at such an alarming rate that scientists are warning it might trigger uncontrollable changes across the globe. The Arctic Resilience... Read more

  • It's not cleaning as much air as expected. (AOL Screenshot)

    China’s Smog-Eating Tower Isn’t Getting the Job Done (Video)

    Turns out, China’s smog-eating tower isn’t quite up to the job. The tower was unveiled in September in Beijing. It stands about 23 feet tall... Read more

  • Ice levels in the Arctic have declined fairly consistently, but the Antarctic hadn't seen the same decline until recently. (AOL Screenshot)

    Record-Low Sea Ice Levels in Arctic and Antarctic (Video)

    Sea ice at both poles is at record lows for this time of year. That might not sound surprising, but it’s actually a first. While... Read more

  • Since May, an estimated 36 million trees have died in the state. (AOL Screenshot)

    California Trees Dying at ‘Unprecedented’ Rate (Video)

    After a yearslong California drought, an “unprecedented” number of trees are dead up and down the coastal state. And that poses a huge threat to... Read more

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    The Commando Hunting Elephant Poachers in Africa

    When Nir Kalron, a former soldier with the Israeli special forces, learned that elephants could soon be extinct in Africa, he recruited intelligence agents and... Read more

  • This is the third year in a row we've had record-breaking temperatures. (AOL Screenshot)

    2016 Is ‘Very Likely’ to Be Hottest Year on Record (Video)

    2016 has been hot. So hot in fact that it’s “very likely” it will be the hottest year on record. This is the third year... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on July 9, 2012, a Pakistani shipyard worker uses a blow torch to cut through a metal platform of a vessel beached and being dismantled at one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi.  Geddani's ship-breaking yards employ some 10,000 workers including welders, cleaners, crane operators and worker supervisors. The yards are one of the largest ship-breaking operations in the world rivaling in size those located in India and Bangladesh. It takes 50 workers about three months to break down a midsize average transport sea vessel of about 40,000 tonnes. The multimillion-dollar ship-breaking industry contributes significantly to the national supply of steel to Pakistani industries. For a six-day working week of hard and often dangerous work handling asbestos, heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), employees get paid about 300 USD a month of which half is spent on food and rent for run-down rickety shacks near the yards, a labour representative told AFP.     AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT        (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/GettyImages)

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  • A recently published study has found that a large, lake-like amount of water likely exists more than nine miles under the Uturunco volcano in Bolivia. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • A new study looked at how various global temperature increases could affect the Mediterranean ecosystem. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • A file photo of a pipe discharging effluent from a factory that manufactures pharmaceuticals, owned by the company Aurobindo, in Bollaram, India. (Courtesy of Changing Markets)

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

    New Device Could Detect GMOs That Have Escaped Into Environment

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

  • A file photo of industrial emissions. (Bohbeh/Shutterstock)

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  • (Fizkes/Shutterstock)

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  • L-R: Benjamin Eaton, Mary Schaeffer, Esther Calhoun, and Ellis Long, 74, stand for a portrait in Uniontown, Alabama, on May 27, 2016. The four are being sued by a local landfill operator for complaining on a Facebook page about pollutants from the landfill. (Edmund Fountain/ACLU)

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  • African elephants. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

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  • A file photo of Michael Dorgan near a palm plantation. (Courtesy of Michael Dorgan)

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  • A file photo of a yellow-faced bee. Several yellow-faced bee species in Hawaii (not including the one pictured above) have been declared endangered. (Katja Schulz/CC BY)

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  • The Arbre à Vent (Courtesy of Newwind)

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  • Workers install solar panels on a home in Washington on May 3. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    As the country pushes ahead with renewable energy goals, the challenges facing the grid are substantial, but not insurmountable, according to energy experts.  Keeping the... Read more

  • A Chinook salmon leaps through white water in the Rapid River in Idaho on on May 17, 2001, as it attempts to clear a migration barrier dam. (Bill Schaefer/Getty Images)

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    Salmon have been swimming in Pacific Northwest waters for at least seven million years, as indicated by fossils of large saber-tooth salmon found in the... Read more

  • A 2,500-year-old mummified crocodile specimen held by the National Museum of Antiquities in the Netherlands has recently been found to contain at least 47 wrapped and preserved baby crocodiles, much to the surprise of experts. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • Researchers from Sweden’s Lund University are studying a semi-permanent Mesolithic settlement off the nation’s southern coast. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • Technology has enabled scientists to figure out how a 6,000-year-old amulet resembling a wheel was created. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • A new study documents the discovery of a nearly intact, 66 to 72-million-year-old skeleton of a bird-like dinosaur which is believed to have struggled to free itself from mud before dying. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • Scientists have identified a pebble-like object found in Sussex more than 10 years ago as a piece of dinosaur brain, making the discovery the first ever confirmed. (AOL Screenshot)

    Brown Pebble Turns Out to be Fossilized Dinosaur Brain Tissue (Video)

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  • While mapping the floor of the Black Sea, researchers discovered dozens of long lost wrecked ships, with some belonging to the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. (AOL Screenshot)

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    An international team of experts is engaged in a massive undertaking to map the floor of the Black Sea, an endeavor intended to provide insights... Read more

  • Mysterious marks found in rocks in the Azores archipelago, Portugal. (Courtesy of Antoneita Costa)

    Controversy Surrounds Artifacts on Azores Islands: Evidence of Advanced Ancient Seafarers?

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  • A team of scientists from Japan and Mongolia has announced the discovery of one of the largest dinosaur footprints that has ever been documented. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • Artifacts found at the so-called Antikythera shipwreck off a remote Greek island in 1900, as displayed at the Archaeological Museum in Athens on Sept. 14, 2014. The remains of a young man who was on the ship 2,000 years ago were found on Aug. 31, 2016. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

    2,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found on Famous Antikythera Shipwreck

    Underwater archaeologists made an extremely rare discovery at the world-famous Antikythera shipwreck site in Greece—the 2,000-year-old remains of a young male. And now scientists are... Read more

  • The first skeleton has been found amidst the Antikythera Shipwreck, and researchers hope to extract DNA evidence from the bones to learn more about the victim and people from the period of around 65 B.C. (AOL Screenshot)

    A 2,000-Year-Old Skeleton Has Been Found on Ancient Shipwreck (Video)

    The first human remains have been discovered amidst the debris of a well-known Greek shipwreck. According to a news release issued by the Woods Hole... Read more

  • Patrice Legrand, a winegrower and amateur paleontologist stands in the Cave aux Coquillages (The seashells cave) in Fleury-la-Riviere, an underground fossil site with thousands of seashells that populated this territory 45 million years ago. (FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Under the Champagne Vineyards, Ancient Shells Offer Rare Look at the Past

    In caves deep underground in France’s Champagne region lie thousands of shells that are 45 million years old, a site researchers describe as “rare and... Read more

  • (Brown University)

    Ancient Mayan Manuscript Oldest Found in the Americas

    A mysterious 13th century manuscript—an astronomy guide—that was long believed to be an elaborate hoax was recently declared to be authentic. The document, written about... Read more

  • Ancient Peruvian Nazca people built this spiral well. The spiral wells were built to give easy access to water directed from mountain springs to dry valleys. (Public Domain)

    Advanced Hydraulic Engineering Made Desertified Peruvian Valleys Livable 1,500 Years Ago

    Aqueducts and man-made wells built about 1,500 years ago in Peru by the Nazca people are still in use today and supplying water for daily... Read more

  • A glimpse into the animal kingdom’s food chain 48 million years ago has been made possible by the discovery of a very unique fossil. (AOL Screenshot)

    48-Million-Year-Old Fossil Shows Insect Inside Lizard Inside Snake (Video)

    A glimpse into the animal kingdom’s food chain 48 million years ago has been made possible by the discovery of a very unique fossil. A... Read more

  • (VojtechVlk/Shutterstock)

    Mayan Calendar Similar to Ancient Chinese: Early Contact?

    Ancient Mayan and Chinese calendar systems share so many similarities, it is unlikely they developed independently, according to the late David H. Kelley, whose paper... Read more

  • Researchers in Scotland have unveiled the skeleton of a 164-million-year-old fossil known as the Storr Lochs Monster which is an ancient marine reptile believed to have existed at the same time as the dinosaurs. (AOL Screenshot)

    164-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Storr Lochs Monster Revealed in Scotland (Video)

    A 164-million-year-old fossil of an ancient marine animal called the Storr Lochs Monster is being revealed in Edinburgh, Scotland. And, according to a report by... Read more

  • Todd Marshall (University of Edinburgh)

    164-Million-Year-Old Jurassic ‘Sea Monster’ Revealed in Scotland

    Scientists have discovered a 13-foot-long reptile that swam through the seas about 170 million years ago in Scotland. The fossil, called the Storr Lochs Monster,... Read more

  • Archaeologists in Austria have announced the discovery of a pair of rare mammoth tusks estimated to be around a million years old; the ancient artifacts were found by a crew doing roadwork. (AOL Screenshot)

    Million-Year-Old Mammoth Tusks Unearthed During Roadwork (Video)

    A pair of mammoth tusks discovered in Austria are estimated to be around a million years old. According to The Local Austria, the find was... Read more

  • (Creative Commons)

    The World’s Largest Pyramid Isn’t Located in Egypt

    The world’s largest pyramid isn’t the Great Pyramid of Giza. It’s not even located in Egypt. The title actually goes to the Great Pyramid of Cholula, in... Read more

  • The Israel Antiquities Authority has recently announced the recovery of several rare objects including a grenade estimated to be 700-years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Israeli Family Turns in Bizarre 700-Year-Old Hand Grenade (Video)

    The Israel Antiquities Authority has recently announced the recovery of several rare objects including a grenade estimated to be 700-years old. According to a press... Read more

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