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Hubble Spies Possible Water Plumes Spewing From Jupiter Moon

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.
(NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI)
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. (NASA/ESA/K. Retherford/SWRI)

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...


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    Artificial Light Filling Night Skies Hurts Wildlife and Human Health, Wastes Energy

    We’ve all seen moths drawn to outdoor lights, bashing themselves mercilessly against the bulbs. The same instincts that guide moths in the natural light of... 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • (NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

    China’s Space Station Falling Back to Earth

    China’s Tiangong-1 space station—the country’s first—will crash down to Earth in 2017, officials have confirmed. Meanwhile, it has been suggested that the lab is not... Read more

  • A file photo of algae along the Sewell's Point in Florida. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

    Toxic Algae Rampant in California, Also Spreading Nationwide

    Toxic blue-green algae has been found in about 40 lakes and waterways across California—an all-time high and twice as bad as last year. The growing... 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

  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • A woman fills up a glass with water on April 27, 2014 in Paris. Eight out of ten people in France say they have ''confidence'' in tap water, according to the water information center's annual barometer, on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chemicals With Unknown Health Effects in America’s Drinking Water

    America has a problem with drinking water pollution. It is not the pollution of old—massive amounts of industrial effluent pouring out of factories. It comes... Read more

  • A deep sea shark and several eels are attracted to bait placed at the summit of the Cook seamount, seen from the Pisces V submersible during a dive to the previously unexplored seamount off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 6, 2016. Seamounts are hotspots for marine life because they carry nutrient-rich water upward from the sea floor. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

    Deep-Sea Volcano a Hotspot for Mysterious Life

    GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii—The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts. The... 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

  • (Mikkel Bigandt/Shutterstock)

    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

  • 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

  • A fishing boat heads past fish farm cages in Shelburne Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore on Feb. 21, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

    Salmon Farming Heads Into Dark, Perilous Waters

    The salmon farming industry may present a front of confidence and optimism, but behind the public relations image is a reality of threat and fear... 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

  • (ImageFlow/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (Mikkel Bigandt/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (Voyagerix/Shutterstock)

    45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household Dust: Study

    Researchers at George Washington University compiled data from household dust samples collected throughout the United States and found 45 potentially toxic chemicals used in many... Read more

  • (Warut Siriwut et al/ZooKeys)

    New Amphibious, ‘Horrific’ Centipede Discovered

    A giant, swimming, and venomous centipede has been discovered in Thailand. Entomologist George Beccaloni said he discovered the waterborne centipede—part of the “Scolopendra” species group... Read more

  • (Erni/Shutterstock)

    Scientist at Work: Revealing the Secret Lives of Urban Rats

    In an era when we can decode language among animals and design coatings that make military weapons virtually invisible, it may seem that there are... 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

  • A contrail is left in the sky after a meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, on Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru, Yekaterina Pustynnikova)

    Witnesses: Meteorite Explodes Over Cyprus

    Meteorites don’t often to explode in the sky and with such power that the ground shakes. But witnesses on the island nation of Cyprus said... Read more

  • U.S. President Barack Obama drinks from a fresh coconut along the banks of the Mekong River in the Luang Prabang, Laos, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Scientist Who Named Parasite After President Obama Says It Was Intended to Be an ‘Honor’

      WASHINGTON—It’s no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him — and... 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

  • There is an unusual floating island in Argentina that a group of scientists and filmmakers are hoping to explore further with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. (AOL Screenshot)

    A Mystery Rotating Island ‘The Eye’ Spotted in Argentina (Video)

    There is an unusual floating island in Argentina that a group of scientists and filmmakers are hoping to explore further with the help of a... Read more

  • A wild-type banana with seeds (Creative Commons)

    Fruits and Vegetables Looked Very Different Before Humans Domesticated Them

    The fruits and vegetables that we know and love didn’t always look, or even taste, that way. Humans have been messing with with plants’ genetics... Read more

  • Lakes on Langhovde Glacier in eastern Antarctica. (DigitalGlobe, Inc.)

    Study: Brilliant Blue Lakes Are Forming on East Antarctica, Could be Dire

    Thousands of pristine and blue lakes have appeared in the eastern portion of Antarctica, scientists have confirmed. According to a new study published in the... Read more

  • Scientists have long wondered when life began on Earth. The oldest fossil evidence had previously been dated to around 3.5 billion years, but a more recent discovery could set that timeline back by another 220 million years. (AOL Screenshot)

    3.7 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Could Be World’s Oldest (Video)

    Scientists have long wondered when life began on Earth. The oldest fossil evidence had previously been dated to around 3.5 billion years, but a more... Read more

  • This undated photo made available by Eniko Kubinyi of Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 shows trained dogs, involved in a study to investigate how dogs process speech, posed around a scanner in Budapest, Hungary. A study published in the journal Science showed that their brains process words with the left hemisphere and use the right hemisphere to process intonation — just like humans. (Eniko Kubinyi/Eotvos Lorand University via AP)

    Study: Dogs Know What You’re Saying

      BERLIN—Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: Man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying... Read more

  • An interdisciplinary team led by the University of Melbourne in Australia has reconstructed the face of an ancient Egyptian woman’s mummified head which had been stored in the school’s basement for decades. (AOL Screenshot)

    2,000-Year-Old Mummy ‘Brought To Life’ (Video)

    A team led by the University of Melbourne in Australia has reconstructed the female face of an Egyptian mummified head believed to be more than... Read more

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    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

  • (AGS Andrew/iStock)

    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

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    Sixth Sense May Help Us With Direction: Sensing Earth’s Magnetic Fields

    Many animals, particularly migrating animals such as birds, have a magnetic sixth sense that allows them to trace their paths along Earth’s magnetic fields. California Institute... Read more

  • Hon. Paul Hellyer at an unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) disclosure hearing in Brantford, Canada, on June 25, 2016. (Courtesy of Zland Communications)

    Former Gov’t Officials Discuss Unidentified Aerial Phenomena at Disclosure Hearing

    BRANTFORD, Canada—Former high-level government officials were among the panelists at a June 25 hearing calling for disclosure of any remaining classified government information on unidentified... Read more

  • Left: Melania Trump delivers a speech at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Right: Michelle Obama delivers a speech at the Democratic National Convention on August 25, 2008. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Melania Trump and Michelle Obama’s Similar Speeches a Coincidence?

    In her speech on July 19, 2016, at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump echoed the words of Michelle Obama in her 2008 speech at the Democratic... Read more

  • Nick Pope, a former UK Ministry of Defence official who was responsible for the government's unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) files in the '90s, testifies at a UAP disclosure hearing in Brantford, Canada, on June 25, 2016. (Courtesy of Zland Communications)

    Former UK Defense Official Discusses Real-Life X-Files

    Nick Pope has been called “the real Fox Mulder.” He worked as a high-level official for the U.K.’s defense ministry for 21 years, retiring in 2006, and... Read more

  • (NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University)

    China’s Space Station Falling Back to Earth

    China’s Tiangong-1 space station—the country’s first—will crash down to Earth in 2017, officials have confirmed. Meanwhile, it has been suggested that the lab is not... Read more

  • (YouTube screenshot/Compacto Nea page)

    Giant Meteorite Extracted in Argentina

    A large, ancient meteorite was dug up in Argentina in what could be the second largest space rock ever found on Earth. The meteorite—named Gancedo,... Read more

  • (NASA)

    Mars Rover Curiosity Captures Spectacular Photos of Red Planet

    NASA’s Curiosity rover revealed Mars in exquisite detail and color, showing the Red Planet’s geologic past. The rover, while exploring the “Murray Buttes” region, took photos... Read more

  • The damaged SpaceX launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sept. 8, 2016. (Red Huber/Florida Today via AP)

    SpaceX Accident ‘Most Difficult and Complex’ in Its History

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk is calling last week’s launch pad accident the “most difficult and complex failure” in the company’s 14-year history... Read more

  • Here on Earth, we are lucky if can catch one eclipse, let alone a double eclipse. But a NASA observatory was recently able to witness such a phenomenon from space. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Observatory Catches Rare Double Eclipse From Space (Video)

    Here on Earth, we are lucky if can catch one eclipse, let alone a double eclipse. But a NASA observatory was recently able to witness such... Read more

  • Smoke rises from a SpaceX launch site at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 1, 2016. NASA said SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when a blast occurred. (AP Photo/Marcia Dunn)

    SpaceX Scouring Data for Clues to Launch Pad Explosion

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX is scouring computer and video data for clues to the devastating launch pad explosion that destroyed a rocket and satellite. Thursday’s accident... Read more

  • On Friday, NASA released an audio file which includes radio signals associated with Jupiter's aurora after they have been shifted into the audio frequency range. (AOL Screenshot)

    Listen to Eerie ‘Sounds’ Juno Captured of Jupiter’s Aurora (Video)

    On Friday, NASA released an audio file which includes radio signals associated with Jupiter’s aurora after they have been shifted into the audio frequency range.…... Read more

  • A small asteroid named 2016 QA2 came within 50,000 miles of our planet on Sunday. (AOL Screenshot)

    Previously Unknown Asteroid Just Whizzed Past Earth at Close Range (Video)

    NASA has been tasked with finding giant asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth, but the smaller, less destructive ones aren’t always on their... Read more

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

    Astronomers Investigating ‘Mysterious Signal’ From Space

    A strong signal from a sun-like star was detected by a Russian telescope according to astronomers. The star is located in the constellation Hercules, located... Read more

  • The dark galaxy Dragonfly 44. The image on the left is from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Only a faint smudge is visible. The image on the right is a long exposure with the Gemini telescope, revealing a large, elongated object. Dragonfly 44 is very faint for its mass and consists almost entirely of dark matter. (Images by Pieter van Dokkum, Roberto Abraham, Gemini, Sloan Digital Sky Survey)

    Scientists Discover a ‘Dark’ Milky Way

    Using the world’s most powerful telescopes, an international team of astronomers has found a massive galaxy that consists almost entirely of dark matter. The galaxy,... Read more

  • A new study out of the U.K. has found evidence that large rivers once flowed in the Arabia Terra section of Mars, indicating that the planet could have been ‘warm and wet’ around 4 billion years ago. (AOL Screenshot)

    Fossilized Rivers on Mars Suggest Planet Was Warm and Wet in the Past (Video)

    New research adds evidence that liquid water once existed on Mars. In fact, according to a news release issued by University College London, the recently... Read more

  • The Horsehead Nebula (NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team/STScI/AURA)

    Take a Few Minutes to Tour Through Space: 10 Stunning Scenes

    We have compiled some of the most beautiful and fascinating space photos featured as NASA’s “Astronomy Picture of the Day” in recent months. With spacecraft such... 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

  • Astronomers are on the verge of announcing the discovery of a new, Earth-like planet whose orbit could place it in its star’s habitable zone. (AOL Screenshot)

    Report: New Earth-Like Planet May Have Been Found (Video)

    Astronomers are on the verge of announcing the discovery of a new, Earth-like planet whose orbit could place it in its star’s habitable zone, according... Read more

  • Here are 10 Mars images recently released by NASA. (AOL Screenshot)

    10 Breathtaking Images of Mars Just Released by NASA (Video)

    Here are 10 Mars images recently released by NASA.…... Read more

  • One of the dishes forming South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope is seen in Carnarvon. It showed off its phenomenal power on July 16th, 2016, revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before. (MUJAHID SAFODIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

    First Image Released From World’s Super Radio Telescope

    Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power on July 16th, revealing 1,300 galaxies... Read more

  • The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, July 18, 2016. The Falcon 9 is headed to the International Space Station with 5,000 pounds of supplies. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    SpaceX Launches Space Station Docking Port for NASA

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX successfully launched a critical space station docking port for astronauts early Monday, along with a DNA decoder for high-flying genetic research. As... Read more

  • (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

    Could Titan Host a Whole Different Kind of Life?

    With data from NASA’s Cassini and Huygens missions, scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist on Saturn’s moon Titan. Titan,... Read more

  • Researchers from Cornell University say Earth and Saturn’s moon Titan may have a surprising similarity – the ability to support life. (AOL Screenshot)

    Research Suggests Saturn’s Moon Titan May Have Ingredients To Support Life (Video)

    Saturn’s moon Titan has much in common with Earth, including an abundant atmosphere and liquid lakes, though with much different chemical composition, notes Ars Technica... Read more

  • This artist's rendering provided by NASA and JPL-Caltech shows the Juno spacecraft above the planet Jupiter. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

    NASA Rejoices as Juno Sucessfully Swings Around Jupiter—Close Up Images in 7 Weeks

    Hand shakes, high-fives, and hugs amid cheers and applause filled the NASA mission control room as the confirmation came in—Juno spacecraft successfully entered the orbit... Read more

  • (FZTommy/Shutterstock)

    Artificial Light Filling Night Skies Hurts Wildlife and Human Health, Wastes Energy

    We’ve all seen moths drawn to outdoor lights, bashing themselves mercilessly against the bulbs. The same instincts that guide moths in the natural light of... Read more

  • A file photo of algae along the Sewell's Point in Florida. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

    Toxic Algae Rampant in California, Also Spreading Nationwide

    Toxic blue-green algae has been found in about 40 lakes and waterways across California—an all-time high and twice as bad as last year. The growing... Read more

  • A woman fills up a glass with water on April 27, 2014 in Paris. Eight out of ten people in France say they have ''confidence'' in tap water, according to the water information center's annual barometer, on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chemicals With Unknown Health Effects in America’s Drinking Water

    America has a problem with drinking water pollution. It is not the pollution of old—massive amounts of industrial effluent pouring out of factories. It comes... Read more

  • A deep sea shark and several eels are attracted to bait placed at the summit of the Cook seamount, seen from the Pisces V submersible during a dive to the previously unexplored seamount off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island on Sept. 6, 2016. Seamounts are hotspots for marine life because they carry nutrient-rich water upward from the sea floor. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

    Deep-Sea Volcano a Hotspot for Mysterious Life

    GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii—The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts. The... Read more

  • A fishing boat heads past fish farm cages in Shelburne Harbour on Nova Scotia's South Shore on Feb. 21, 2011. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

    Salmon Farming Heads Into Dark, Perilous Waters

    The salmon farming industry may present a front of confidence and optimism, but behind the public relations image is a reality of threat and fear... Read more

  • An African elephants throws mud onto himself at the Mpala Research Center and Wildlife Foundation, in Laikipia District, Kenya, on Jan. 31, 2016. (SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Saving the Great Being of the Elephant

    If, as Gandhi said, the mark of a civilization can be measured by how it treats animals, then our planetary civilization is failing. The latest... Read more

  • Stumps in a deforested area developed for a pulp and paper plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 11, 2014. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

    Holding Banks Accountable for Funding Deforestation

    A new online platform traces the funds from companies that destroy rainforests in Southeast Asia to the banks around the world that finance them.  The... Read more

  • In this Nov. 30, 2007 file photo, a gorilla looks on at Volcanoes National Park in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. The eastern gorilla has been listed as critically endangered, making four of the six great ape species only one step away from extinction, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Endangered Species, released Sunday Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

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  • (Sweeter Alternative/Flickr, CC BY-ND)

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  • The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River is operating at 30 percent capacity, and new turbines have to be installed at lower elevation because of low precipitation and drought. (Airwolfhound/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

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  • NASA’s Terra satellite has documented the changes in Aral Sea over the years and images show the water body being a fraction of the size in early 2000s compared to what it was in 1960s. (AOL Screenshot)

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  • The Reid-Gardner power generating station near a farm on the Moapa Indian Reservation in Moapa, Nev. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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  • A file photo of piles of wood prepared to be burned by Korindo's palm oil plantation company PT Papua Agro Lestari in Papua, Indonesia. (Mighty)

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  • Cotton and paper shopping bags in REWE supermarket in Germany.   The bags read "Hello Environment“ in German. (Ilya Rzhevskiy/Epoch Times)

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  • FILE - In this April 28, 2016 file photo, a Maasai man in ceremonial dress poses for visitors to take photographs of him in front of one of around a dozen pyres of ivory, in Nairobi National Park, Kenya. The Kenya Wildlife Service stacked 105 tons of ivory consisting of 16,000 tusks, and 1 ton of rhino horn, from stockpiles around the country, in preparation for it to be torched to encourage global efforts to help stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos. The results of a new survey show a rapid decline in Africa's savanna elephants as international and domestic ivory trades continue to drive poaching across the continent. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

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    We have seen the raging power of the waters, and we shudder at our neglect. As a species, we humans (homo sapiens sapiens; the label... Read more

  • Black bear cubs are seen in Lyme, N.H., on Aug. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

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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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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    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

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • (VojtechVlk/Shutterstock)

    Mayan Calendar Similar to Ancient Chinese: Early Contact?

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • (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

  • Paleontologists with the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture have made a major discovery. Recently, they have found a 66.3-million-year old Tyrannosaurus rex skull. (AOL Screenshot)

    66-Million-Year Old Rare T. Rex Skull Discovered (Video)

    Paleontologists with the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture recently made a major discovery. They have found a 66.3 million year... Read more

  • Archaeologists digging around the Alamo in San Antonio have located an artifact suspected to be from the 19th century. (AOL Screenshot)

    19th Century Mexican Sword Tip Discovered at Alamo (Video)

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  • Two tourists from Texas made a significant archaeological discovery during a July trip to Hawaii. (AOL Screenshot)

    Beam of Sunglight Leads Tourists to Ancient Petroglyphs Hidden on a Hawaiian Beach (Video)

    Two tourists from Texas made a significant archaeological discovery during a July trip to Hawaii. While strolling along the Waianae coast, they noticed a figure... Read more

  • Cyprus Map

    Digs Uncover Buildings in Cyprus’ 11,000-Year-Old Village

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  • An ancient tablet dated to around 5,000 years ago from an area called Uruk in Mesopotamia--located in present-day Iraq--shows that workers were likely paid in beer, a popular drink during that time. (AOL Screenshot)

    Paystub Depicted on 5,000-Year-Old Tablet Shows Workers Were Paid in Beer (Video)

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  • New research details the discovery of two fossilized bird wings estimated to be 99 million years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    99-Million-Year-Old Wings From Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Preserved (Video)

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  • For decades, many have told stories about an escape tunnel that was dug by hand at Ponar, Lithuania, a Holocaust mass burial site. Researchers recently verified the underground route’s existence. (AOL Screenshot)

    A Holocaust Escape Tunnel Dug Using Hands Has Been Revealed (Video)

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  • On May 20, a paleontologist in Irvine, California came upon something truly remarkable. The researcher was performing the standard examination at the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill when she discovered bones and teeth. (AOL Screenshot)

    12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils Found at California Landfill (Video)

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