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

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...


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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

  • A technican holds up corn seeds that were scanned for their quality at the Monsanto agribusiness headquarters in St Louis in 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

    Where Science Ends and the GMO Debate Really Begins

    Opponents and proponents of genetically modified food have invoked science in their arguments, but science has no definitive answer. Evaluating the risks and benefits of... Read more

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    Thinning Clouds Put Climate Ahead of Schedule

    With the help of satellite data, scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as Earth warms. Because this cloud cover... Read more

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

    New England Drought Means Bolder Bears, Stressed Fish

    CONCORD, N.H.—Bears are bolder, mosquitoes are multiplying and stream-dwelling fish are stressed. Beyond hurting crops and helping the tourism industry, New England’s hot, dry summer... Read more

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    Are Solar Panels Ugly or Beautiful?

    When electric lines first appeared in front of the Paris Opera House, people weren’t too keen on it. But, “Once Paris decided it was going... Read more

  • Two fly fishermen and an oarsman test their angling skills as they float down the Yellowstone River near Pine Creek, Mont., fishing access on Sept. 9, 2004. Montana is closing a 175-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River to all recreational activities to prevent the spread of a parasite that is believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish, authorities said Friday., Aug. 19, 2016. (Garrett Cheen/The Livingston Enterprise via AP)

    Popular Yellowstone River Closes After Thousands of Fish Die

    BILLINGS, Mont.—Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways Friday, barring all fishing, rafting... 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

  • A fishing boat navigates past icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier on July 23, 2013 in Ilulissat, Greenland. Greenland sharks are the Earth's longest-lived vertebrates, with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years, international researchers have said. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Greenland Sharks May Live 400 Years, Researchers Say

    Greenland sharks are the Earth’s longest-lived vertebrates – or creatures with a spine – with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years,... Read more

  • This Aug. 10, 2016, image provided by OET/NautilusLive shows a stubby squid on the ocean floor near Channel Islands National Park west of Los Angeles, Calif.   (OET/NautilusLive via AP)

    Googly-Eyed Squid Found in Southern California

    A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn’t contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby... Read more

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    Photos Detail Why Pet Goldfish Shouldn’t Be Dumped in a River

    Goldfish, when dumped into a river or a lake, have the potential to be massive pests, according to new research. Scientists at the Centre of... Read more

  • The white sap of a rubber tree drops into a container at a rubber plantation in Ka Po village in the southern Thai province of Phang Nga. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

    Extinction Threatens Hundreds of Species Because of Rubber, Palm Oil Production: Study

    In Southeast Asia’s natural forests, 40 percent of species have less than 10 percent of their habitats protected from future development, according to a Duke University-led... Read more

  • A file photo of a high pressure gas line crossing over a canal in an oil field where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is being used.  (David McNew/Getty Images).

    NYC Stands Against Fracking Waste Used to Melt Ice on Roads

    Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) has been spread over some New York State roads to melt ice in the winter and to control dust... Read more

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    Fungi Could Wipe out Bananas in 5 to 10 Years

    Researchers have discovered how three fungal diseases have evolved into a lethal threat to the world’s bananas. The discovery, reported online in PLOS Genetics, better... Read more

  • Terns at sunset, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts. (Creative Commons/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr)

    Why We Need Global Action to Protect Migratory Birds

    One hundred years ago, amid the chaos of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and King George V of Great Britain turned their attention to... Read more

  • A Nissan LEAF on charge on a London street on Nov. 27, 2015.  (Miles Willis/ Stringer/Getty Images)

    Electric Cars—at Current Cost and Capability—Could Meet 87 Percent of America’s Driving Needs

    Researchers at MIT who spent four years analyzing America’s driving needs have published a study Aug. 15 disputing the idea that electric cars are still too... 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

  • (Rudie Strummer/Shutterstock)

    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

  • A technican holds up corn seeds that were scanned for their quality at the Monsanto agribusiness headquarters in St Louis in 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

    Where Science Ends and the GMO Debate Really Begins

    Opponents and proponents of genetically modified food have invoked science in their arguments, but science has no definitive answer. Evaluating the risks and benefits of... Read more

  • A fishing boat navigates past icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier on July 23, 2013 in Ilulissat, Greenland. Greenland sharks are the Earth's longest-lived vertebrates, with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years, international researchers have said. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Greenland Sharks May Live 400 Years, Researchers Say

    Greenland sharks are the Earth’s longest-lived vertebrates – or creatures with a spine – with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years,... Read more

  • This Aug. 10, 2016, image provided by OET/NautilusLive shows a stubby squid on the ocean floor near Channel Islands National Park west of Los Angeles, Calif.   (OET/NautilusLive via AP)

    Googly-Eyed Squid Found in Southern California

    A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn’t contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby... Read more

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    Photos Detail Why Pet Goldfish Shouldn’t Be Dumped in a River

    Goldfish, when dumped into a river or a lake, have the potential to be massive pests, according to new research. Scientists at the Centre of... Read more

  • (adisak soifa/Shutterstock)

    Fungi Could Wipe out Bananas in 5 to 10 Years

    Researchers have discovered how three fungal diseases have evolved into a lethal threat to the world’s bananas. The discovery, reported online in PLOS Genetics, better... Read more

  • Self-healed fabric. (Demirel Lab/Penn State)

    This Fabric Can Repair Itself and Neutralize Toxins

    Engineers are developing fabrics for protective suits that not only self-heal but also shield people from toxic materials. They make the fabrics by dipping them in a... Read more

  • Recently, the E/V Nautilus crew was out exploring the seafloor near the Channel Islands when it happened upon a sizable mass of bones. (AOL Screenshot)

    E/V Nautilus Crew Finds Mysterious Bones on Seafloor Near Channel Islands (Video)

    Recently, the E/V Nautilus crew was out exploring the seafloor near the Channel Islands when it happened upon a sizable mass of bones.…... Read more

  • During a recent exploration of the waters near the Channel Islands, the crew of the E/V Nautilus encountered a truly mysterious purple orb just floating amid some rocks. (AOL Screenshot)

    A ‘Mysterious Purple Orb’ Spotted In Deep Ocean Stumps Scientists (Video)

    During a recent exploration of the waters near the Channel Islands, the crew of the E/V Nautilus encountered a truly mysterious purple orb just floating... Read more

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    How Twitter Gives Scientists a Window Into Human Happiness and Health

    Since its public launch 10 years ago, Twitter has been used as a social networking platform among friends, an instant messaging service for smartphone users... Read more

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    New Map Splits Brain’s Cortex Into 180 Regions

    A detailed new map lays out the landscape of the cerebral cortex—the outermost layer of the brain and the dominant structure involved in sensory perception... Read more

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    Gnawing Squirrels Are Culprits at Many Crime Scenes

    Left to their own devices, squirrels will gnaw away not just on acorns, but also on bone. And that poses problems for forensics. “Squirrels seem... Read more

  • A gel image of the DNA of 96 horses displayed on a computer monitor at the UC Davis veterinary genetics lab in Davis, Calif., on April 24, 2002. DNA is an information-storing molecule; the genes passed from generation to generation transmit the blueprints for creating the organism. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Scientists Work Toward Storing Digital Information in DNA

    NEW YORK—Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic”—a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer... Read more

  • Many have no doubt wished they could soar over traffic instead of being stuck in it, and a drone slated to soon begin testing could make that fantasy a reality. (AOL Screenshot)

    Drone Travel Taxi Able to Fly Humans Through the Air Readies for Launch (Video)

    Many have no doubt wished they could soar over traffic instead of being stuck in it, and a drone slated to soon begin testing could... Read more

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    Here’s What ‘Free Will’ Looks Like in Your Brain

    Scientists have for the first time watched the human brain making a purely voluntary decision to act. Unlike in brain imaging studies where researchers watch... Read more

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    New Study Explains Why Jet Lag Is Worse Traveling East

    A new research study explains why you may have found jet lag hits harder when traveling eastward. The basis of the study is a group of special... Read more

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    New Aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Makes Debut in Video

    Boeing’s test pilots have released a demonstration video of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner performing a stunt. The maneuvers were practice for the 2016 Farnborough Airshow,... Read more

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    These Social Animals Inherit Friends From Mom

    As social species, the social networks of lizards, hyenas, and dolphins influence every pivotal aspect of their lives: finding a mate, reproducing, getting sick, or... Read more

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    Video: Rare ‘Ghost Fish’ Seen for First Time

     The underwater Okeanus Explorer caught on film a rare ghost fish last week—a dream sighting for some experts. The fish, which is presumed to belong to... Read more

  • In a recent study, they took risks to get more nutrients. (AOL Screenshot)

    Apparently, Plants Know How to ‘Gamble’ (Video)

    According to a new study, plants are “smarter” than we may think. Researchers from universities in the United Kingdom and Israel found pea plants show... Read more

  • (Rudie Strummer/Shutterstock)

    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

  • Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign event on May 24, 2016 in Commerce, California. Hillary Clinton is campaigning in California a head of the State's presidential primary on June 7th.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Hillary Clinton’s Role in Investigating Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

    BRANTFORD, Canada—Hillary Clinton played a key role in the ’90s as First Lady in an effort to uncover classified government information on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP,... Read more

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    The Most Common Coincidences

    To describe and classify is often the first step in developing a new science. Like the early botanists, I am developing a taxonomy for coincidences... Read more

  • A file photo of petroglyphs (Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock)

    Expert in Chinese Petroglyphs Supports Theory Ancient Chinese Made It to America

    Petroglyphs found across North America have suggested that ancient Chinese explorers made contact with Native Americans. Yaoliang Song, a professor at the East China Normal... Read more

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    Retired Police Detective Identifies Mysterious Patterns Across Thousands of Missing Persons Cases

    TORONTO—David Paulides, who has more than 20 years’ experience in law enforcement, has analyzed missing persons cases across North America and has found some startling... Read more

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    Study Measures Intuition, Shows It Can Boost Accuracy of Decision-Making

    Intuition can help people make decisions more quickly, accurately, and confidently, according to a study by researchers at the University of New South Wales, published... Read more

  • A bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097 in this file photo. (NASA)

    Astronomers Say Advanced Alien Civilizations Have Existed

    Astronomers Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan, at the University of Rochester and the University of Washington respectively, published a paper in the May issue of... Read more

  • A large boulder, known as Krishna's Butter Ball, in Mahabalipuram, India. (Viswa2625/CC BY-SA)

    250-Ton Boulder Seems to Defy Laws of Physics

    The Krishna Butter Ball is a large boulder located in Mahabalipuram, a town in the Kancheepuram district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. ... Read more

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    Evidence Accumulates for Ancient Transoceanic Voyages, Says Geographer

    Theories on the fringe of science sometimes slowly work their way into the core as the evidence accumulates. “A classic example is the continental drift... 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

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    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

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

    Jupiter Has New Visitor, a Solar-Powered Spacecraft

    PASADENA, Calif.—Soaring over Jupiter’s poles, a NASA spacecraft arrived at the solar system’s largest planet on a mission to peek behind the cloud tops. The... Read more

  • Artist's rendering of Juno's firing its main engine durin orbit insertion. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Goes for Dangerous Entry Into Jupiter’s Orbit

    After five years and a 1.8 billion-mile journey through the solar system, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to perform the most dangerous part of the... Read more

  • This artist's rendering provided by NASA and JPL-Caltech shows the Juno spacecraft above the planet Jupiter. Five years after its launch from Earth, Juno is scheduled to go into orbit around the gas giant on Monday, July 4, 2016. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

    NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Prepares for Cosmic Date With Jupiter

    LOS ANGELES—A solar-powered spacecraft is spinning toward Jupiter for the closest encounter with the biggest planet in our solar system. NASA’s Juno spacecraft fires its... Read more

  • A man holds a child as they visit a park with replicas of foreign and domestic space vehicles displayed in Beijing, China, on June 26, 2016. China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China on Schedule for Launch This Year of 2nd Space Station

    BEIJING—China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a... Read more

  • Neptune’s Great Dark Spot and its companion bright smudge as captured by Voyager 2. (NASA)

    New ‘Dark Vortex’ Spotted on Neptune, Hubble Telescope Confirms

    Neptune, the eighth planet from the sun and fourth-largest planet by diameter in our Solar System, has a dark vortex, according to NASA. The U.S... Read more

  • British astronaut Tim Peake returned from the International Space Station on the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft on June 18th, 2016. (ROLF VENNENBERND/AFP/Getty Images)

    Returned Astronaut Tim Peake Relishes the Little Things

    Using a normal toilet and appreciating weather – “any weather whatsoever” – are some of the small pleasures astronaut Tim Peake has enjoyed most since... Read more

  • A group of scientists has detected oxygen which could be from the early stages of the universe. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Detect Oxygen in Galaxy 13.1 Billion Light Years from Earth (Video)

    A group of scientists has detected oxygen which could be from the early stages of the universe. According to a press release issued by the Kavli... Read more

  • The Soyuz TMA-19M capsule carrying NASA's Tim Kopra, European Space Agency's Tim Peake, and Roscosmos' Yuri Malenchenko descends beneath a parachute near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on June 18, 2016. (Shamil Zhumatov/AP)

    3 International Space Station Astronauts Land in Kazakhstan

    MOSCOW—An International Space Station crew including an American, a Briton and a Russian landed safely Saturday in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soyuz TMA-19M... Read more

  • Juno Spacecraft (via NASA.gov)

    Video: NASA Releases Dramatic Trailer for Jupiter Exploration, ‘Biggest, Baddest Planet’

    “It’s unforgiving. It’s relentless. It’s spinning around so fast, its gravity is like a giant slingshot, slinging rocks, dust, electrons, whole comets—anything that gets close... Read more

  • A bright star-forming ring that surrounds the heart of barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097 in this file photo. (NASA)

    Astronomers Say Advanced Alien Civilizations Have Existed

    Astronomers Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan, at the University of Rochester and the University of Washington respectively, published a paper in the May issue of... Read more

  • An artist's impression of the LISA pathfinder, a probe to observe gravitational waves from space, launched by the European Space Agency on December 3rd, 2015. Scientists are pleased with early results so far.  (ESA via Getty Images)

    Space Feat Opens ‘New Window’ Onto Universe

    A ground-breaking physics mission has opened up space as the next frontier for exploring a ubiquitous, invisible force predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago,... Read more

  • A Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy UGC 9391, one of the galaxies in the new survey. (NASA, ESA, and A. Riess [STScI/JHU])

    Universe Expanding Faster Than Expected

    Astronomers have obtained the most precise measurement yet of how fast the universe is expanding, and it doesn’t agree with predictions based on other data... Read more

  • Scientists with NASA’s New Horizons mission have assembled this highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI)

    Photos: Never Before Seen Closeup of Pluto’s Surface Captured by Spacecraft

    Our concept of the planet Pluto is no longer merely fantastical. NASA’s New Horizon probe passed by the dwarf planet nearly a year ago on July 14,... Read more

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    Thinning Clouds Put Climate Ahead of Schedule

    With the help of satellite data, scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as Earth warms. Because this cloud cover... Read more

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

    New England Drought Means Bolder Bears, Stressed Fish

    CONCORD, N.H.—Bears are bolder, mosquitoes are multiplying and stream-dwelling fish are stressed. Beyond hurting crops and helping the tourism industry, New England’s hot, dry summer... Read more

  • (Gencho Petkov/Shutterstock)

    Are Solar Panels Ugly or Beautiful?

    When electric lines first appeared in front of the Paris Opera House, people weren’t too keen on it. But, “Once Paris decided it was going... Read more

  • Two fly fishermen and an oarsman test their angling skills as they float down the Yellowstone River near Pine Creek, Mont., fishing access on Sept. 9, 2004. Montana is closing a 175-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River to all recreational activities to prevent the spread of a parasite that is believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish, authorities said Friday., Aug. 19, 2016. (Garrett Cheen/The Livingston Enterprise via AP)

    Popular Yellowstone River Closes After Thousands of Fish Die

    BILLINGS, Mont.—Montana wildlife officials indefinitely closed a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways Friday, barring all fishing, rafting... Read more

  • The white sap of a rubber tree drops into a container at a rubber plantation in Ka Po village in the southern Thai province of Phang Nga. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)

    Extinction Threatens Hundreds of Species Because of Rubber, Palm Oil Production: Study

    In Southeast Asia’s natural forests, 40 percent of species have less than 10 percent of their habitats protected from future development, according to a Duke University-led... Read more

  • A file photo of a high pressure gas line crossing over a canal in an oil field where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is being used.  (David McNew/Getty Images).

    NYC Stands Against Fracking Waste Used to Melt Ice on Roads

    Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) has been spread over some New York State roads to melt ice in the winter and to control dust... Read more

  • Terns at sunset, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts. (Creative Commons/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr)

    Why We Need Global Action to Protect Migratory Birds

    One hundred years ago, amid the chaos of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and King George V of Great Britain turned their attention to... Read more

  • A Nissan LEAF on charge on a London street on Nov. 27, 2015.  (Miles Willis/ Stringer/Getty Images)

    Electric Cars—at Current Cost and Capability—Could Meet 87 Percent of America’s Driving Needs

    Researchers at MIT who spent four years analyzing America’s driving needs have published a study Aug. 15 disputing the idea that electric cars are still too... Read more

  • (Petr Malyshev/Shutterstock)

    There’s a Surprising Link Between Rain and Soil

    In 1881, a land speculator named Charles Dana Wilber wrote a book called The Great Valleys and Prairies of Nebraska and the Northwest, in which... Read more

  • Jason Garrett, water quality bureau director at the Utah County Health Department, looks at the water in Utah Lake, near American Fork, Utah., on July 20, 2016. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will study how nutrient levels contribute to algae bloom outbreaks on the heels of this summer's massive algae bloom that closed Utah Lake, sickened people and left farmers scrambling for clean water during some of the hottest days of the year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    US Agency Studies How to Detect Algae Bloom Outbreaks

    SALT LAKE CITY—Scientists spent this week studying how nutrient levels contribute to algae blooms on the heels of this summer’s massive outbreak that closed Utah... Read more

  • Peabody Energy's Gateway Mine coal miners Donny Maddox, a section foreman, monitors work in his area of the Gateway Mine, near Coulterville, Ill., on March 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Will 150,000 Coal Workers Be Left Behind in the Move to Solar?

    Coal is currently the largest source of electricity in the United States, employing some 150,000 people. That’s a lot of people to leave behind in... Read more

  • Wood pellets burned to produce electricity in biomass plants. (Tchara/Shutterstock)

    Biomass Subsidies Could Intensify Deforestation

    Proposed legislation could, if passed, dramatically increase subsidies to America’s biomass industry. A slew of concerns comes with this potential rise in the burning of... Read more

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    6 Million Americans Have Unsafe Levels of Toxic Chemicals in Their Drinking Water

    Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are a class of industrial chemicals that repel both oil and water and are used in paints and fire fighting... Read more

  • Salema fishes swim in a cove off Portofino, Italy, on Sept. 8, 2015. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fish ‘on Drugs’: Prescription Drug Effects Seen in Many Fish

    Sixty percent of Americans now take prescription drugs—more than ever before. This not only creates unprecedented problems for municipalities whose water filtration systems were developed... Read more

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    Explainer: How Credits Work in the New York Clean Energy Standard

    Electricity providers in New York will be required to obtain a targeted number of renewable energy credits (RECs) and zero-emissions credits (ZECs) each year, according to the... Read more

  • A file photo of nuclear power plant cooling towers. (Petr Louzensky/Shutterstock)

    Impacts of NY’s Nuclear Power ‘Bail Out’ and Solar, Wind Boost

    New York State’s Clean Energy Standard, approved by the Public Service Commission on Aug. 1, will have an unprecedented impact on the nuclear power industry... Read more

  • Waste plastics ares strewn on the Bao beach near Dakar, Senegal,  on Sept. 2, 2015. (SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

    How Tiny Pieces of Plastic in Our Oceans Are ‘Terrifying’

    For years, fish have been feeding on tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean, mistaking them for food. These “microplastics,” sometimes thinner than human hair,... Read more

  • The rooftop of Jetro Restaurant Depot in the Bronx, with a view of Manhattan in the distance, is covered with solar panels, in New York, on Jan. 17, 2014. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

    Cuomo’s Clean Energy Plan Approved: Huge Boost for Solar, Wind, and Nuclear in NY

    The New York State Public Service Commission approved Governor Andrew Cuomo’s clean energy plan on Monday. The plan will “have a permanent impact on the... Read more

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    We’ll Have Only 1 Year to Get Ready for a Super-Eruption

    Volcanic events large enough to devastate Earth have taken place in a number of places worldwide in the recent geological past. It seems inevitable that... Read more

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    Dark Earth Could Herald a Bright Future for Agriculture and Climate

    Feeding more than seven billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity... 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)

    Archaeologists digging around the Alamo in San Antonio have located an artifact suspected to be from the 19th century.  According to KERA News, experts believe... Read more

  • 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

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

    NICOSIA, Cyprus—Recent archaeological digs have uncovered more than 20 round buildings in what is believed to be Cyprus’ earliest known village, dating as far back... Read more

  • 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)

    Workers in an ancient society were compensated with beer, according to the markings on a stone tablet dated to around 5,000 years ago. The inscribed... Read more

  • 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)

    New research details the discovery of two fossilized bird wings estimated to be 99-million years old. The appendages are reportedly well preserved in pieces of... Read more

  • 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)

    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... Read more

  • 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)

    One never knows what they’ll find in a landfill, but not long ago a paleontologist came upon something truly remarkable. The researcher was performing the... Read more

  • (Nina Aldin Thune/Creative Commons)

    Report: Great Pyramid of Giza Leans Ever So Slightly

    The Tower of Pisa isn’t the only world monument that leans. The west side of the Great Pyramid of Giza—and one of the Seven Wonders... Read more

  • The Great Pyramid of Giza. (Nina/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA)

    Egyptian Pharaohs First Put Houses on a Grid

    Egyptian pharaohs, who are remembered for their pyramids and temples, were also the world’s first urban planners. New research offers additional insights into how the... Read more

  • In 1901, divers exploring off the coast of Greece came upon a vast sunken treasure, and amidst the many fabulous objects was an item that continues to intrigue many to this day. Called the Antikythera Mechanism, the 2,100-year-old artifact is a mind-bending assembly of moving parts. (AOL Screenshot)

    World’s Oldest Computer May Have Been Built to Predict Future (Video)

    At the dawn of 1900s, divers exploring off the coast of Greece came upon a vast sunken treasure, and amidst the many fabulous objects was... Read more

  • (Damian Evans/Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative)

    Meet Lidar: The Amazing Laser Technology That’s Helping Archaeologists Discover Lost Cities

    Archaeologists have discovered several medieval cities, buried beneath the forest floor in Cambodia: the largest is said to rival the modern Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh,... Read more

  • Greek archaeologist Christofilis Maggidis speaks as a photograph of a stone he believes belonged to the lost royal throne in the ancient palace of Mycenae, heart of the Mycenaean civilization, in southern Greece, during a press conference in Athens, on June 14, 2016. Maggidis says the worked stone, found by chance two years ago under the prehistoric citadel, is a chunk of the monolithic throne that was smashed when an earthquake sent part of the palace tumbling into a streambed below. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Archaeologist Claims He’s Found Ancient Greek Kings’ Throne

    ATHENS, Greece—A Greek archaeologist believes he has found a fragment of the lost throne of the rulers of Mycenae, famous from ancient myth and the... Read more

  • Travel of Olleros family in Hong Kong and Cambodia during Christmas 2015. Photo by Xaume Olleros

    Vast, Ancient Cities Beneath Cambodian Jungle Change History Books

    Archaeologists in Cambodia have found medieval cities between 900 and 1,400 years old buried beneath Cambodia’s jungle floor. The cities are considered a groundbreaking discovery... Read more

  • Using satellite data and drones, researchers say they've found a large monument in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Monument ‘Hiding In Plain Sight’ Found In Petra, Jordan (Video)

    Petra is a world wonder carved directly into the red, white and pink cliffs of Jordan. And now, an additional structure has been discovered within... Read more

  • (PHOTOCREO/Michal Bednarek/Shutterstock)

    Evidence Accumulates for Ancient Transoceanic Voyages, Says Geographer

    Theories on the fringe of science sometimes slowly work their way into the core as the evidence accumulates. “A classic example is the continental drift... Read more

  • Fallen star sword. (Daniella Comelli/University of Pisa)

    Why Did Tutankhamen Have a Dagger Made From a Meteorite?

    Scientists have long speculated that the ancient Egyptians used metal from meteorites to make iron objects. Now an analysis of a dagger found in Tutankhamen’s... Read more

  • The burial mask of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun is shown during the 'Tutanchamun - Sein Grab und die Schaetze' Exhibition Preview at Kleine Olympiahalle on April 2, 2015 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

    King Tut’s Dagger Was Forged From a Meteorite

    The dagger that was buried with Egyptian King Tutankhamun was made from a meteorite, a study says. Researchers say the iron used to make the... Read more

  • Photo Credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis via Compfight cc

    Greek Archaelogist Says He Has Found Aristotle’s Tomb

    A Greek archaeologist claimed on May 26 to have discovered the tomb of philosopher Aristotle in the ancient city Stageira in Greece. The archaeologist, Konstantinos... Read more

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    Discovery of 176,500-Year-Old Human Structures in Cave Confound Scientists

    An incredible discovery may change everything we thought we knew about ancient humans.  The Bruniquel Cave, located in southwestern France, was discovered in 1990. Inside, 1,100 feet... Read more

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