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Century-Old Mystery of Antarctica’s Blood Falls Solved, Scientists Say (Video)

Scientists say they have solved a century-old mystery involving Antarctica's Blood Falls. (AOL Screenshot)
Scientists say they have solved a century-old mystery involving Antarctica's Blood Falls. (AOL Screenshot)

Scientists say they have solved a century-old mystery involving Antarctica’s Blood Falls.…...


  • Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and presenter of several BBC series. (Courtesy of Alice Roberts)

    The Chemistry of Beauty

    When it comes to cosmetic products it’s all chemistry to professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and presenter of several BBC documentary series, including “Coast” and “Food... Read more

  • The discarded Soviet submarine K-159 (Bellona Foundation)

    Soviet Union Dumped Nuclear Submarines, Radioactive Waste Into the Ocean Despite Ban

    The Soviet Union had been dumping radioactive waste into the sea for decades by the time the communist bloc collapsed in 1991, even though other nations had... Read more

  • People struggle to walk in the blowing snow during a winter storm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Art of Perfect Storm Prediction

    NEW YORK—Swirling across the Northeast on March 14, Stella was a textbook winter storm. Five days in advance, meteorologists saw it coming as two storms,... Read more

  • An international team of researchers made a record-breaking discovery. While digging in Portugal, they found a 400,000-year-old human cranium. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers Find 400,000-Year-Old Human Cranium in Portugal (Video)

    An international team of researchers made a record-breaking discovery. While digging in Portugal, they found a 400,000-year-old human cranium. It was unearthed from the cave... Read more

  • A massive statue, that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers, is pulled out of grondwater in a Cairo slum, Egypt on March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Second Part of Ancient Egyptian Statue Lifted From Site

    CAIRO (AP)—The three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs was lifted Monday from mud and groundwater... Read more

  • A boy rides his his bicycle past a recently discovered statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, in Cairo, Egypt on March 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egypt Archaeologists Discover Massive Statue in Cairo Slum

    CAIRO—Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country’s most famous ancient... Read more

  • The newly discovered fossil is 3.77 billion years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Dig Up Earth’s Oldest Fossil (Video)

    Scientists say they discovered the world’s oldest fossils  — dating back 3.77 billion years. The research team found the fossilized microorganisms in quartz layers of... Read more

  • Scientists confirmed the existence of seven new planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Announces 7 New Planets (Video)

    The universe just got a bit more crowded. NASA scientists have announced the existence of at least seven small planets orbiting a single cool red... Read more

  • This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist's conception of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f may look like, based on available data about its diameter, mass and distances from the host star. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

    7 Earth-Size Worlds Found Orbiting Star for First Time, Could Hold Life

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star—and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster... Read more

  • A tug pulls a coal barge in Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Aug. 26, 2016. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

    Indonesia’s Last Stand for a Coal Industry in Peril

    Indonesia’s coal industry is trying to grow in a hostile climate. As the world moves to cut carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,... Read more

  • A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania has found that the ancient ‘Tully monster’ creature was likely not a vertebrate fish-like animal as previous studies had suggested. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mystery Over the Bizarre ‘Tully Monster’ Creature Persists (Video)

    A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania has found that the ancient ‘Tully monster’ creature was likely not a vertebrate fish-like animal as... Read more

  • Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain microbes that are up to 50,000 years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Life Forms Found in Mexico’s Underground Crystals May be 50,000 Years Old (Video)

    Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain... Read more

  • Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have harvested another batch of produce. (AOL Screenshot)

    This Cabbage Was Harvested in Space (Video)

    Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have harvested another batch of produce.…... Read more

  • Petra Nova coal-fired power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is the first full-scale carbon-capture plant in the country and the largest in the world. It began operations in January. (Courtesy ... have to get permission)

    Will Clean Coal Play a Big Role in America’s Future?

    Proponents of the U.S. coal industry, including President Donald Trump, have touted “clean coal” technologies as an important part of America’s energy future. Environmental groups... Read more

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: In this photo illustration, a man smokes an E-Cigarette at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    E-Cigarette ‘Dripping’ a Dangerous Trend Among Youth

    A recent study by Yale researchers found that one in four high school teenagers who vape an electronic cigarette also use it for “dripping,” raising... Read more

  • Scientists from Grenoble University in France have found that trees make different noises when they are thirsty and extremely parched. (AOL Screenshot)

    Trees Make Noise When They Are Thirsty (Video)

    Scientists from Grenoble University in France have found that trees make different noises when they are thirsty and extremely parched.…... Read more

  • A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania has found that the ancient ‘Tully monster’ creature was likely not a vertebrate fish-like animal as previous studies had suggested. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mystery Over the Bizarre ‘Tully Monster’ Creature Persists (Video)

    A new study led by the University of Pennsylvania has found that the ancient ‘Tully monster’ creature was likely not a vertebrate fish-like animal as... Read more

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: In this photo illustration, a man smokes an E-Cigarette at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    E-Cigarette ‘Dripping’ a Dangerous Trend Among Youth

    A recent study by Yale researchers found that one in four high school teenagers who vape an electronic cigarette also use it for “dripping,” raising... Read more

  • Scientists from Grenoble University in France have found that trees make different noises when they are thirsty and extremely parched. (AOL Screenshot)

    Trees Make Noise When They Are Thirsty (Video)

    Scientists from Grenoble University in France have found that trees make different noises when they are thirsty and extremely parched.…... Read more

  • People attend a climate conference at the U.S. pavilion during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    NOAA Scientist Questions Fundamental Climate Change Data

    Just ahead of the Paris climate talks in 2015, a groundbreaking paper was published by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It provided... Read more

  • Scientists working on the island of Mauritius have found something quite remarkable – remnants of a long-lost continent called Gondwana. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Find Remnants of ‘Lost Continent’ Lurking Around Mauritius (Video)

    Scientists working on the island of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, have found something quite remarkable – remnants of a long-lost continent called Gondwana... Read more

  • In this photo provided by the University of Hawaii, scientists Joshua Ehrlich, from left, Laura Lark, Sam Payler, Brian Ramos, Jay Bevington and Ansley Barnard, pose for a photo before they enter a geodesic dome called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS located 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii, on Jan. 19, 2017. (University of Hawaii via AP)

    Freeze-Dried Food and 1 Bathroom: 6 Simulate Mars in Dome

    HONOLULU—Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods—with a rare treat of Spam—and have only... Read more

  • Winter air has a lot to do with it. (AOL Screenshot)

    The Science Behind Static Electricity (Video)

    Winter is here, which means it’s time for warm clothes, thick socks and getting shocked by everything you touch. What do doorknobs and light switches... Read more

  • Animals are considered the only living beings capable of associative learning, but new research led by the University of Western Australia has found that plants can also "...learn about their environment by making links between events." (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers Have Found Some Plants Can Actually ‘Learn New Habits’ (Video)

    Animals are considered the only living beings capable of associative learning, but new research led by the University of Western Australia has found that plants... Read more

  • Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking poses for a picture ahead of a gala screening of the documentary "Hawking," a film about the scientist's life, at the opening night of the Cambridge Film Festival in Cambridge, England, on Sept. 19, 2013. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images)

    Stephen Hawking Wonders Why People Sit All Day

    Noted British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has publicly wondered why people sit all day. He delivered a speech on the seriousness of obesity for a... 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

  • 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

  • (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

  • (Michael Ramey/Unsplash/Public Domain)

    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

  • (Molodec/Shutterstock)

    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

  • (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

  • (Daria Shevtsova/Unsplash.com/Public Domain)

    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

  • Scientists confirmed the existence of seven new planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Announces 7 New Planets (Video)

    The universe just got a bit more crowded. NASA scientists have announced the existence of at least seven small planets orbiting a single cool red... Read more

  • This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows an artist's conception of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f may look like, based on available data about its diameter, mass and distances from the host star. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone, where liquid water and, possibly life, might exist. The others are right on the doorstep. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

    7 Earth-Size Worlds Found Orbiting Star for First Time, Could Hold Life

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star—and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster... Read more

  • Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have harvested another batch of produce. (AOL Screenshot)

    This Cabbage Was Harvested in Space (Video)

    Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have harvested another batch of produce.…... Read more

  • Pilots have been telling tales about mysterious colored flashes of light in the sky for some time, but evidence supporting the claims has been fleeting until recently. (AOL Screenshot)

    Astronaut Spots Mysterious ‘Blue Jets’ on Earth From Space (Video)

    Pilots have been telling tales about mysterious colored flashes of light in the sky for some time, but evidence supporting the claims has been fleeting... Read more

  • Astronomers have observed a large black hole consuming the remains of a destroyed star for an unusually long period of time. (AOL Screenshot)

    A Black Hole Has Been Found Devouring a Star For 10 Years (Video)

    Astronomers have observed a large black hole consuming the remains of a destroyed star for an unusually long period of time.…... Read more

  • Among the latest images taken from the ISS is one showing an area in northern Idaho that looks like an enormous checkerboard. (AOL Screenshot)

    Astronaut Captures Image of Peculiar Checkerboard Pattern From Space (Video)

    Among the latest images taken from the ISS is one showing an area in northern Idaho that looks like an enormous checkerboard.…... Read more

  • In this photo provided by the University of Hawaii, scientists Joshua Ehrlich, from left, Laura Lark, Sam Payler, Brian Ramos, Jay Bevington and Ansley Barnard, pose for a photo before they enter a geodesic dome called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS located 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii, on Jan. 19, 2017. (University of Hawaii via AP)

    Freeze-Dried Food and 1 Bathroom: 6 Simulate Mars in Dome

    HONOLULU—Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods—with a rare treat of Spam—and have only... Read more

  • The Curiosity rover may have located a rare meteorite composed of iron and nickel on Mars. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mars Rover Spots a Potentially Rare Meteorite Made From Iron (Video)

    The Curiosity rover may have located a rare meteorite composed of iron and nickel on Mars.…... Read more

  • Here's an incredible image showing the surface of Titan - Saturn's moon. (AOL Screenshot)

    Here’s What Surface of Titan Looks Like (Video)

    Here’s an incredible image showing the surface of Titan – Saturn’s moon.…... Read more

  • Here's what Earth looks like from Mars. (AOL Screenshot)

    Here’s What Earth Looks Like From Mars (Video)

    Here’s what Earth looks like from Mars.…... Read more

  • NASA will be sending a spacecraft to one of the solar system’s more unique asteroids. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Will Send Spacecraft to a Metal Asteroid Believed to be Core of Former Planet (Video)

    NASA will be sending a spacecraft to one of the solar system’s more unique asteroids. The upcoming endeavor, which is called Psyche, was announced on... Read more

  • NASA’s Langley Research Center recently provided a glimpse of what living on the Red Planet could look like. (AOL Screenshot)

    Here’s What Our First Home on Mars May Look Like (Video)

    NASA has pledged to get humans to Mars in the coming years, and once those people arrive they’re going to need someplace to stay. The... Read more

  • Earth may have its truly uncomfortable bouts with polar vortices, but even on the coldest day, its got nothing like on Mars. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA Shares Image of Really Bizarre Landscape on Mars (Video)

    Earth may have its truly uncomfortable bouts with polar vortices, but even on the coldest day, its got nothing like on Mars.…... Read more

  • Take a tour of this really ancient plateau on Mars. (AOL Screenshot)

    Take a Tour Of 4-Billion-Year-Old Plateau on Mars (Video)

    Take a tour of this really ancient plateau on Mars.…... 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

  • Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and presenter of several BBC series. (Courtesy of Alice Roberts)

    The Chemistry of Beauty

    When it comes to cosmetic products it’s all chemistry to professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, author and presenter of several BBC documentary series, including “Coast” and “Food... Read more

  • The discarded Soviet submarine K-159 (Bellona Foundation)

    Soviet Union Dumped Nuclear Submarines, Radioactive Waste Into the Ocean Despite Ban

    The Soviet Union had been dumping radioactive waste into the sea for decades by the time the communist bloc collapsed in 1991, even though other nations had... Read more

  • People struggle to walk in the blowing snow during a winter storm Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Art of Perfect Storm Prediction

    NEW YORK—Swirling across the Northeast on March 14, Stella was a textbook winter storm. Five days in advance, meteorologists saw it coming as two storms,... Read more

  • A tug pulls a coal barge in Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Aug. 26, 2016. (Ed Wray/Getty Images)

    Indonesia’s Last Stand for a Coal Industry in Peril

    Indonesia’s coal industry is trying to grow in a hostile climate. As the world moves to cut carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement,... Read more

  • Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain microbes that are up to 50,000 years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Life Forms Found in Mexico’s Underground Crystals May be 50,000 Years Old (Video)

    Research led by the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Penelope Boston, has found that samples taken from the Naica crystal caves in Mexico could contain... Read more

  • Petra Nova coal-fired power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is the first full-scale carbon-capture plant in the country and the largest in the world. It began operations in January. (Courtesy ... have to get permission)

    Will Clean Coal Play a Big Role in America’s Future?

    Proponents of the U.S. coal industry, including President Donald Trump, have touted “clean coal” technologies as an important part of America’s energy future. Environmental groups... Read more

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    NOAA Scientist Questions Fundamental Climate Change Data

    Just ahead of the Paris climate talks in 2015, a groundbreaking paper was published by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It provided... Read more

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    Will There Really Be Enough Sustainable Palm Oil for the Whole Market?

    In the summer of 2016, two of the world’s largest producers of palm oil, which is found in everything from lipstick to margarine, lost the... Read more

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    Dead Whale’s Stomach Found to Contain 30 Plastic Bags (Video)

    Scientists have found 30 plastic bags and other debris in the stomach of a dead whale.…... Read more

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    Scrap Metal Pots an Unrecognized Source of Lead Poisoning

    Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal is widely used throughout the developing world. While the production of this cookware is an important source of income... Read more

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    NASA’s Before and After Images Show Dramatic Changes on Earth (Video)

    These NASA images show how our planet has changed.…... Read more

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    How the Navy Trained Dolphins to Help Save an Endangered Porpoise

    For more than half a century, dolphins have been helping the U.S. Navy to find mines or enemies under water. Now, for the first time,... Read more

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    Costs, Benefits of Renewable Energy Hard to Calculate

    When it comes to wind and solar power, there isn’t a straight bottom line—it’s kind of wavy. Figuring out the economic costs and benefits of... Read more

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on Dec. 7, 2016 in New York City. Potential members of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet have been meeting with him and his transition team. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Trump Administration Will Have Limited Power to Change Environmental Policy

    The power exerted by a U.S. president or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator is diluted by layers of litigation and regulatory processes. President-elect Donald Trump... Read more

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    The Internet’s Growing Environmental Footprint

    Some of the most popular internet services, like Facebook or Google Drive, are free—but they come at an environmental cost. There’s no fee for users... Read more

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    Are Sustainable Energy Jobs Sustainable?

    A shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy is moving forward, and many jobs hang in the balance. With unemployment a persistent concern... Read more

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    Does Funding Influence the Results of Science?

    The words “studies show” and “scientists say” are used to explain the rationale behind all kinds of decisions. Policymakers use them. Activists use them. They... Read more

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    Water is life. Water is the new oil. Water is power. Fresh, life-sustaining water is draining away. It’s becoming an increasingly scarce resource across the... Read more

  • Scientists exploring the frigid waters of Antarctica uncovered a diverse and thriving sea creature community nestled beneath the frozen cover. (AOL Screenshot)

    Antarctic Explorers Find Thriving Sea Creature Community Under the Frozen Landscape (Video)

    Scientists exploring the frigid waters of Antarctica uncovered a diverse and thriving sea creature community nestled beneath the frozen cover.…... Read more

  • A file photo of Scott Martin, a.k.a. Scotty Claus, who started the Living Christmas Tree company to rent live trees to customers for Christmas. The trend of having a live tree instead of a cut one or an artificial one is growing. (Courtesy of Scott Martin)

    The Third Option for Christmas Trees: Go Live

    Having a Christmas tree at home normally means either cutting down a living tree or buying a fake one. And debate has raged about which is truly... Read more

  • An international team of researchers made a record-breaking discovery. While digging in Portugal, they found a 400,000-year-old human cranium. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers Find 400,000-Year-Old Human Cranium in Portugal (Video)

    An international team of researchers made a record-breaking discovery. While digging in Portugal, they found a 400,000-year-old human cranium. It was unearthed from the cave... Read more

  • A massive statue, that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers, is pulled out of grondwater in a Cairo slum, Egypt on March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Second Part of Ancient Egyptian Statue Lifted From Site

    CAIRO (AP)—The three-ton torso of a massive statue that may be of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs was lifted Monday from mud and groundwater... Read more

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    Egypt Archaeologists Discover Massive Statue in Cairo Slum

    CAIRO—Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country’s most famous ancient... Read more

  • The newly discovered fossil is 3.77 billion years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Dig Up Earth’s Oldest Fossil (Video)

    Scientists say they discovered the world’s oldest fossils  — dating back 3.77 billion years. The research team found the fossilized microorganisms in quartz layers of... Read more

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    Anthropologists Find 38,000-Year-Old Art in France (Video)

    Anthropologists announced the discovery of a 38,000-year-old engraved image in France.…... Read more

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    Researchers Identify Previously Unknown Species of Wolf-Sized Otter (Video)

    Otters have been roaming the planet for quite some time, and researchers from China, France and the U.S. recently discovered yet another ancient relative of... Read more

  • Researchers in Israel have discovered an engraved stone that identifies Gargilius Antiquus as Judea’s Roman governor at the time of the Bar Kochba Revolt. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Stone Found at Underwater Site Reveals Historical Information (Video)

    Researchers in Israel have discovered an engraved stone that identifies Gargilius Antiquus as Judea’s Roman governor at the time of the Bar Kochba Revolt. Though... Read more

  • A study of some of the oldest early human footprints found to date has revealed that early families may have included one male, multiple mates, and the group’s children. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Discover 3.6-Milion-Year-Old Early Human Footprints (Video)

    A study of some of the oldest early human footprints found to date has revealed that early families may have included one male, multiple mates,... Read more

  • An amber-encased specimen found in Myanmar has been identified as a baby dinosaur tail estimated to be 99-million years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers Find Feathered Tail of 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Encased in Amber (Video)

    An amber-encased specimen found in Myanmar has been identified as a baby dinosaur tail estimated to be 99-million years old, reports NPR. It was reportedly... Read more

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    Time to Contemplate Time Among the Ancients

    NEW YORK—Our most memorable experiences, the most blissful to the most tragic, seem to exist outside of time. “Time stood still,” we may say, recalling... Read more

  • For decades, researchers have been trying to figure out who these mummified knees belonged to. And now, they believe they finally know the answer. (AOL Screenshot)

    Experts Finally Identify Ancient Knees as Queen Nefertari’s (Video)

    Who did these knees belong to? That’s a question scientists have been trying to figure out for decades. And according to a new study, they... 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

  • 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

  • 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)

    ‘Saddest’ Dinosaur Fossil Found Shows Struggle Before Death (Video)

    Dinosaur remains that were discovered in China have been described as one of the “saddest fossils.”  As Seeker reports, the creature, called Mud Dragon, was... Read more

  • 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)

    Dinosaur bones have proven to be rather resilient to the ravages of time, but the same cannot be said of soft tissue like muscles and... Read more

  • 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)

    Exploration of Black Sea’s Floor Turns up Wrecked Ships from Byzantine and Ottoman Empires (Video)

    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?

    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

  • 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)

    One of the Largest Known Dinosaur Footprints Found in the Gobi Desert (Video)

    A team of scientists from Japan and Mongolia has announced the discovery of one of the largest dinosaur footprints that has ever been documented. According... Read more

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