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Underwater Volcano Creates Huge Floating Islands of Rock, Disrupts Shipping

Floating pumice. (Jeff Butterworth/The Conversation)
Floating pumice. (Jeff Butterworth/The Conversation)

A team of scientists from the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand have modelled the fate of a huge floating raft of volcanic rocks...


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  • Brocken Spectre

    8 of the Craziest Natural Phenomena Out There (Photos)

    1. Light Pillars It isn’t the Northern Lights, it’s a different phenomenon known as light pillars. In freezing temperatures, flat fluttering ice crystals may create... Read more

  • World Record? Humongous Bighorn Sheep Horns Found In Alberta

    EDMONTON—Wildlife officials in Alberta think they’ve found the big one. They believe a set of spiral horns on the skull of a bighorn sheep found... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Live Stream Still Going for Lyrids

    The Lyrid meteor shower may have peaked a few days ago, but it’s still possible to catch them this week. NASA says that “the 2014... Read more

  • Gentoo penguins on the shore of Deception Island, Antarctica in 2008. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

    Antarctica Was Once as Warm as California

    Parts of ancient Antarctica were as toasty as today’s California coast, say scientists who used a new method to measure past temperatures. The study focused on Antarctica... Read more

  • Narcissus garden by artist Yayoi Kusama adorns the garden pond of Chatsworth House on September 10, 2009, Chatsworth, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Prepare Your Garden Pond For Summer

    Summer is fast approaching and as the chilly spring weather gradually becomes a thing of the past, it’s important to ensure that your garden pond... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, April 23, 2014 image made from video provided by NASA, astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson exit an airlock from the International Space Station. The spacewalk was scheduled to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. (AP Photo/NASA)

    Space Station Astronauts Spacewalk to Repair Computer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full... Read more

  • A satellite image of the Great Barrier Reef. (HO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Satellite Technology to Help Ailing Great Barrier Reef

    Satellite imagery is being used to help save Australia’s greatest natural wonder. Researchers at James Cook University have developed a new technique employing NASA satellite... Read more

  • Corn Grains

    US Dependence on Corn Could Reach Popping Point

    Corn is huge business in the United States, but can it last? If soil depletion has the same negative impact on the U.S. industry as... Read more

  • Manuel Rodriguez, 8, of St. Amant, Louisiana stands on the beach while watching the sun rise, days after a BP announcement that it is ending its 'active cleanup' on the Louisiana coast from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, on April 19, 2014 in Grand Isle, Louisiana.( Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years After Deepwater Horizon

    On April 20, 2010, the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew out, caught fire, and eventually sank in Gulf waters a mile deep, taking the lives... Read more

  • Artistic impression of the binary star system KOI-3278. (University of Washington)

    ‘Upside-Down Planet’ Reveals New Method for Studying Binary Star Systems

    What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University... Read more

  • The Tempest Stela of Ahmose. Reconstruction of the face (R) and back (L). (Malcolm H. Wiener and James P. Allen, 1998)

    Tempest Stela: World’s Oldest Weather Report Could Revise Bronze Age Chronology

    An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world’s oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology... Read more

  • (NASA Earth Observatory)

    Iceberg Twice Size of Atlanta: Huge Iceberg Floating Into Shipping Lanes

    An iceberg twice the size of Atlanta is disrupting shipping lanes. The massive iceberg is moving into the ocean off Antarctica. It measures 255 square... Read more

  • Loch Ness Monster?

    ‘Loch Ness Monster’ Caught on Apple Maps?

    A group of Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts say they’ve sighted the legendary Scottish beast via satellite images on Apple Maps. The creature, which purportedly is... Read more

  • Sedimentary deposits near Cerdas in the Altiplano plateau of Bolivia. These rocks contain ancient soils used to decipher the surface temperature and surface uplift history of the southern Altiplano. (Carmala Garzione/University of Rochester)

    Growth Spurts Over Millions of Years Formed Andes

    The Altiplano plateau in the central Andes—and most likely the entire mountain range—was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts, rather than a continuous... Read more

  • In addition to work on strained organic semiconductors, the findings could also yield benefits in other fields that require precise control over crystal polymorphism. Many drugs, for instance, are made from small molecules that must crystallize in just the right way to have the proper effect. (Stanford)

    ‘Squeegee’ Method Lets Team See Tiny Crystals Form

    Researchers have created a novel way to do time-lapse studies of crystallization that could lead to more flexible and effective electronic displays, circuits, and pharmaceutical... Read more

  • An artist's conception of the newly discovered exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186. The planet is the first Earth-sized world to be found orbiting a star at a distance that would allow it to harbor liquid water, a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

    Is Earth-Sized Exoplanet Just Right for Life?

    Astronomers have for the first time discovered a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet that might hold liquid water—a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. The... Read more

  • Aparna (background), a female Bengal tiger, keeps watch as her three nine-month old cubs explore their enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on February 15, 2014. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tigress Gives First Birth in Panna Tiger Reserve

    The birth of tiger cubs is always good news when the species is under great threat of extinction. But the joy is a greater one... Read more

  • The ocean is all stirred up with what we’re doing to it. (NASA, CC BY)

    The Ocean Is Not Just Huge, but Also Hugely Important

    Carl Sagan’s description of our planet as a “pale blue dot” captured two important elements about the Earth: its loneliness in the enormity of space,... Read more

  • Four-toed 210 million year-old reptile tracks discovered on a hill in China’s Sichuan Province baffles scientists.

    Fossil Researcher Baffled by Prehistoric Footprints

    A fossil researcher says he knew the identity and location of almost all the dinosaur tracks in China, until he studied new prehistoric footprints in... Read more

  • Indian villagers gather in front of a wind turbine at Jasdan town, some 200 kms from Ahmedabad on May 6, 2012.(Sam Panthaky/AFP/GettyImages)

    India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

    National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s... Read more

  • Brocken Spectre

    8 of the Craziest Natural Phenomena Out There (Photos)

    1. Light Pillars It isn’t the Northern Lights, it’s a different phenomenon known as light pillars. In freezing temperatures, flat fluttering ice crystals may create... Read more

  • World Record? Humongous Bighorn Sheep Horns Found In Alberta

    EDMONTON—Wildlife officials in Alberta think they’ve found the big one. They believe a set of spiral horns on the skull of a bighorn sheep found... Read more

  • The Tempest Stela of Ahmose. Reconstruction of the face (R) and back (L). (Malcolm H. Wiener and James P. Allen, 1998)

    Tempest Stela: World’s Oldest Weather Report Could Revise Bronze Age Chronology

    An inscription on a 3,500-year-old stone block from Egypt may be one of the world’s oldest weather reports—and could provide new evidence about the chronology... Read more

  • (NASA Earth Observatory)

    Iceberg Twice Size of Atlanta: Huge Iceberg Floating Into Shipping Lanes

    An iceberg twice the size of Atlanta is disrupting shipping lanes. The massive iceberg is moving into the ocean off Antarctica. It measures 255 square... Read more

  • Sedimentary deposits near Cerdas in the Altiplano plateau of Bolivia. These rocks contain ancient soils used to decipher the surface temperature and surface uplift history of the southern Altiplano. (Carmala Garzione/University of Rochester)

    Growth Spurts Over Millions of Years Formed Andes

    The Altiplano plateau in the central Andes—and most likely the entire mountain range—was formed through a series of rapid growth spurts, rather than a continuous... Read more

  • In addition to work on strained organic semiconductors, the findings could also yield benefits in other fields that require precise control over crystal polymorphism. Many drugs, for instance, are made from small molecules that must crystallize in just the right way to have the proper effect. (Stanford)

    ‘Squeegee’ Method Lets Team See Tiny Crystals Form

    Researchers have created a novel way to do time-lapse studies of crystallization that could lead to more flexible and effective electronic displays, circuits, and pharmaceutical... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    ‘Forensic Genomics’ Solves Dead Abalone Mystery

    Thousands of dead red abalone that washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California in 2011 were the victims of a harmful... Read more

  • "By tracing back the ancestry of any domesticated plant, we can better understand the genetic evolution of that species and the origin of agriculture—a major step in human evolution in different regions of the world," says Paul Gepts. (John Verive/Flickr)

    Chili Peppers First Cultivated in Mexico

    The domesticated chili pepper—the world’s most widely grown spice crop—got its start in central-east Mexico, report researchers. Results from the four-pronged investigation—based on linguistic and... Read more

  • The scorching heat produced by asteroid or comet impacts can melt tons of soil and rock, some of which forms glass as it cools. Some of that glass preserves bits of ancient plant material. (Brown University)

    Impacts Trapped Plant Bits in Glass for Millions of Years

    A research team has found fragments of leaves and preserved organic compounds lodged inside glass created by several ancient impacts in Argentina. The material could... Read more

  • Dr. John C. Mather. (Chris Gunn/NASA)

    When Nobel Laureate John Mather Gazes Into Space, This Is What He Sees

    Dr. John C. Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics along with George F. Smoot for their important contribution to the understanding of the... Read more

  • Retractions of dishonest scientific papers rose 1,900 percent in nine years. (Shutterstock*)

    Retractions of Dishonest Scientific Papers Rose 1,900% in Nine Years

    Article by David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News. In the first decade of the 21st century, retractions of papers published by medical journals went... Read more

  • Drinking

    Anti-Seizure Drug May Treat Alcoholism

    The anti-seizure drug ezogabine may be a way to reduce excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study with rats. Alcoholism is one of the... Read more

  • Google Glass

    Wearing a New Gadget May Make You Seem Like a Leader

    If you’re in business and want to be perceived as a leader, wearing the newest tech tool, such as Google Glass, may help your image... Read more

  • "The continuity field smoothes what would otherwise be a jittery perception of object features over time," says David Whitney. Without it, faces and objects would appear to morph from moment to moment in an effect similar to being on hallucinogenic drugs, researchers say. (Shutterstock*)

    To Keep Us Sane, Brain Ignores Tiny Visual Changes

    Vision scientists have discovered an upside to the brain mechanism that can blind us to subtle visual changes in the movies and in the real... Read more

  • Wikipedia Science

    Can You Trust What Wikipedia Tells You About Science?

    Wikipedia is not considered an authoritative source in academia or in journalism, but it’s often the go-to source for the general public. Who’s behind the... Read more

  • François Englert (L) and Peter Higgs (R) attend the 'Prince of Asturias Awards 2013' ceremony at the Campoamor Theater on October 25, 2013 in Oviedo, Spain. (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

    Working Toward the Higgs

    In 1964, Belgian physicist François Englert proposed a solution to one of the universe’s central mysteries: how a particle gains mass. His idea, developed with... Read more

  • Sawsharks may use their jagged snout to stun prey, detect electrical signals, and for defense. (Mongabay.com)

    Scientists Find New Shark Species

    A long snout with teeth jutting from the sides? Check. Catfish-like barbels dangling from its chin? Got them. Gills on the side of its body?... Read more

  • "The idea is to find laws that animals use to intercept their prey," says Jane Wang. "Since insects have a smaller number of neurons, their behaviors are more likely hardwired, which makes it possible for us to find and understand the rules they follow." (Shutterstock*)

    To Chase Prey, Tiger Beetles Do a Superfast Dance

    If a tiger beetle drew a line as it chased its next meal, the resulting pattern would be a tangled mess. But there’s method to... Read more

  • Rafflesia Arnoldii, the world's largest flower. (Henrik Ishihara Globaljuggler via Wikimedia)

    7 Extremely Weird Plants

    When thinking of weird plants, the obvious first thought is the bug-eating Venus flytrap— which of course is a very strange plant. But there are... Read more

  • Steve Wolf

    Hollywood Stunt & Special Effects Coordinator Steve Wolf on Simple Science, Working With Tom Cruise

    Steve Wolf will be one of the speakers at the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., taking place April 26–27, 2014. Epoch... Read more

  • Loch Ness Monster?

    ‘Loch Ness Monster’ Caught on Apple Maps?

    A group of Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts say they’ve sighted the legendary Scottish beast via satellite images on Apple Maps. The creature, which purportedly is... Read more

  • Four-toed 210 million year-old reptile tracks discovered on a hill in China’s Sichuan Province baffles scientists.

    Fossil Researcher Baffled by Prehistoric Footprints

    A fossil researcher says he knew the identity and location of almost all the dinosaur tracks in China, until he studied new prehistoric footprints in... Read more

  • Big Bang

    Big Bang a Big Question for Most Americans: Poll

    WASHINGTON—Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own... Read more

  • The corpse of a man whose identity is unknown and whose death is a great mystery and the two puzzling clues he left behind. (Wikimedia Commons)

    6 Fascinating Unsolved Mysteries Involving Cryptic Messages

    6. Wow! Signal Wikimedia Commons On Aug. 15, 1977, a 72-second radio signal from space stirred up the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Astronomer Jerry... Read more

  • Georgia Guidestones

    Slabs of Granite in Rural America Give 10 New Commandments

    Six slabs of granite stand tall in the rural south, inscribed with four ancient languages: Babylonian cuneiform, classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Egyptian hieroglyphics. The slabs... Read more

  • Wikipedia Science

    Can You Trust What Wikipedia Tells You About Science?

    Wikipedia is not considered an authoritative source in academia or in journalism, but it’s often the go-to source for the general public. Who’s behind the... Read more

  • Streetlights

    Bizarre Phenomenon: People Seem to Turn Off Streetlights With Their Bodies

    People all over the world have noticed that streetlights turn off when they get near them and turn back on when they’ve passed. A 53-year-old... Read more

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    Mythical Creatures: Mermaids and Controversial Theories

    Mermaid mockumentaries have capitalized on people’s innocent curiosity, influencing America’s cultural subconscious; however, there are historical, mythical, and perhaps even scientific components to the topic... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Discovery/YouTube)

    Could Earth Be Flung From Solar System, Explode?

    Though we may think of the planets in our solar system as stable and fixed in their current orbits, this may not have always been... Read more

  • Many cultures throughout history have oriented their temples, graves, and prayer rituals toward the East. (Shutterstock*)

    Why Do Graves Face the East?

    Throughout history, across many different cultures, people have expected salvation from the East. Not only have graves often been oriented toward the East, temples and... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Is Science a Belief System?

    Dr. Rupert Sheldrake has been labeled a heretic scientist. He has all the right credentials in the scientific community, including a Ph.D. in biochemistry from... Read more

  • Left: Dr. Bernard Beitman, a founding father of Coincidence Studies. (Courtesy of Dr. Bernard Beitman) Right: (XiXinXing/Thinkstock Photos)

    Frontier Science: Dr. Bernard Beitman on Coincidence Studies

    Understanding coincidences can be useful for personal growth. Coincidences may help you find your soulmate, a job opportunity, or even a lost dog. Tapping into... Read more

  • Major Ed Dames (Screenshot/YouTube)

    Major Dames Teaches Remote Viewing as Developed by US Intelligence (Videos)

    Major Ed Dames is one of very few people with specialized knowledge of remote viewing as developed by U.S. intelligence. Remote viewing operations are now... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Weird Science: Into the Synapses of Mind Control

     The U.S. government has a strange and dark secret that was once hidden away—mind control experiments conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) beginning in... Read more

  • Rossendale Fairies

    Could Fairies Be Real? Alleged Real-Life Fairy Photos, Fairy Sightings

    John Hyatt, a university lecturer in the U.K., gained much attention last week with his photos of what he said are probably fairies in Rossendale... Read more

  • Time

    What Is Time? What Would the World Be Like Without It?

    You can turn an egg into an omelet, but you can’t turn an omelet into an egg. Take a moment to ponder the implications of... Read more

  • Nightmare

    Can Nightmares Cause Death? Spirit Possession? Mental Illness?

    A lot of the research on nightmares suggests these events test the strength of one’s mind. If the mind is not strong, nightmares can take... Read more

  • Dorchester Pot

    Out of Place in Time: 500-Million-Year-Old Vessel?

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

  • Image taken by the Curiosity Mars rover. (NASA)

    NASA Photo: Artificial Light on Mars? Alien Beacon? (Photos)

    The Curiosity rover scanning the surface of Mars took a photo of what looks like an artificial light flaring up. The rover was investigating The... Read more

  • Valiant Thor

    Space Alien Worked for US Government? Look Back at Curious Story of Phil Schneider

    Some call him a UFO whistleblower; others scorn him. Whichever the case, Phil Schneider aroused controversy with his claims about aliens, in particular with what... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Live Stream Still Going for Lyrids

    The Lyrid meteor shower may have peaked a few days ago, but it’s still possible to catch them this week. NASA says that “the 2014... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, April 23, 2014 image made from video provided by NASA, astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steven Swanson exit an airlock from the International Space Station. The spacewalk was scheduled to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. (AP Photo/NASA)

    Space Station Astronauts Spacewalk to Repair Computer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full... Read more

  • Artistic impression of the binary star system KOI-3278. (University of Washington)

    ‘Upside-Down Planet’ Reveals New Method for Studying Binary Star Systems

    What looked at first like a sort of upside-down planet has instead revealed a new method for studying binary star systems, discovered by a University... Read more

  • An artist's conception of the newly discovered exoplanet Kepler-186f orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186. The planet is the first Earth-sized world to be found orbiting a star at a distance that would allow it to harbor liquid water, a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. (NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)

    Is Earth-Sized Exoplanet Just Right for Life?

    Astronomers have for the first time discovered a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet that might hold liquid water—a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. The... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Live Stream Via NASA for Lyrids; What Time, Day, Date?

    The Lyrid Meteor Shower will peak on early Tuesday, April 22, on Earth Day, and a NASA live stream is available. According to EarthSky, “The... Read more

  • A single Lyrids meteor captured during last year’s shower. (Mike Lewinski/Flickr, CC BY)

    The Lyrids Meteor Shower Should Put On a Show Overnight

    If you’re willing to rise early tomorrow morning then there’s the chance to see a meteor shower, known as the Lyrids, which may been responsible... Read more

  • Dr. John C. Mather. (Chris Gunn/NASA)

    When Nobel Laureate John Mather Gazes Into Space, This Is What He Sees

    Dr. John C. Mather won the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics along with George F. Smoot for their important contribution to the understanding of the... Read more

  • The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone. (NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech)

    Kepler-186f, First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’ of Another Star, Discovered by NASA

    Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” of another star, has been discovered by NASA. Astronomers using the agency’s Kepler Space Telescope found... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 photo, stars fill the sky above the Gray Knob cabin, a first-come, first-served hiker's camp located just below the tree line, 3.2 miles from Route 2 in Randolph, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    International Dark Sky Week: Date, Meaning, Events

    What started out as a high-school experiment by then-student Jennifer Barlow in 2003, has grown to an internationally celebrated event that acts as a key... Read more

  • (Screenshot/MinutePhysics/YouTube)

    Why ‘Big Bang’ Is an Inaccurate Name and Humorous Alternatives

    Model of the Big Bang theory. (NASA) British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle was skeptical of the idea that our universe formed following a rapid expansion billions... Read more

  • Tilted orbits such as those shown above might make some planets wobble like a top that’s almost done spinning, an effect that would maintain liquid water on the surface and give life a chance. (NASA/GSFC)

    Why Tilt-a-Worlds Could Be Good Places for Life

    A fluctuating tilt in a planet’s orbit doesn’t rule out the possibility of life, new research shows. In fact, sometimes it helps. That’s because such... Read more

  • This frame grabbed image from NASA-TV Sunday April 20, 2014 shows the SpaceX Dragon resupply capsule approaching the International Space Station. It is expected to be captured by the Canadarm2, left, from the International Space Station later this morning. The pair at the time of this frame grab are traveling over the southern Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

    Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Space station astronauts got a special Easter treat: a cargo ship full of supplies. The shipment arrived Sunday morning via a Dragon, versus... Read more

  • In this undated illustration made available by NASA, dust scatters light during the lunar sunset as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) orbits the moon. On Friday, April 18, 2014, flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. During its $280 million mission, LADEE identified various components of the thin lunar atmosphere — neon, magnesium and titanium, among others — and studied the dusty veil surrounding the moon, created by all the surface particles kicked up by impacting micrometeorites. (AP Photo/NASA, Dana Berry)

    Blood Moon 2014: Lunar Eclipse Crashes NASA Moon-Orbiting Robot

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Live Stream from NASA; What Time, What Day?

    The Lyrid meteor shower takes place every April, going between April 16 and April 25. Some skywatchers might be able to view the Lyrids starting... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Discovery/YouTube)

    Could Earth Be Flung From Solar System, Explode?

    Though we may think of the planets in our solar system as stable and fixed in their current orbits, this may not have always been... Read more

  • In this artist's concept provided by NASA, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft orbits the moon. Flight controllers on Friday, April 18, 2014 confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned, just three days after surviving a full lunar eclipse, something it was never designed to do. (AP Photo/NASA, Dana Berry)

    NASA’s Robotic Moon Explorer LADEE, Crashes into Moon

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of... Read more

  • This artist's rendering provided by NASA on Thursday, April 17, 2014 shows an Earth-sized planet dubbed Kepler-186f orbiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Astronomers say the planet may hold water on its surface and is the best candidate yet of a habitable planet in the ongoing search for an Earth twin. (AP Photo/NASA Ames, SETI Institute, JPL-Caltech, T. Pyle)

    Earthlike Planet Found: ‘This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found’

    LOS ANGELES—Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and... Read more

  • The Earth's shadow is cast over the surface of the moon as a total lunar eclipse is seen though a Magnolia tree top in the sky over Tyler, Texas at 2:57 CDT on Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

    Full Moon 2014: Last One Was on April 15; Next Ones Are May 14, June 13

    The full moon in April 2014 has passed–there was lots of discussion about the moon because it was red, or a “blood moon”–but there are... Read more

  • Composite image of Lyrid and non-Lyrid meteors, seen over New Mexico from April 21-23, 2012. (NASA/MSFC/Danielle Moser)

    Lyrids Meteor Shower Peak Time and Dates in 2014

    The Lyrids Meteor Shower is a welcome relief to the lull since January of a meteor shower, and follows the blood moon that took place on... Read more

  • The SpaceX Falcon rocket sits on the launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/NASA TV)

    SpaceX Space Staion Resupply Rocket Will Try Again Friday

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a... Read more

  • Brocken Spectre

    8 of the Craziest Natural Phenomena Out There (Photos)

    1. Light Pillars It isn’t the Northern Lights, it’s a different phenomenon known as light pillars. In freezing temperatures, flat fluttering ice crystals may create... Read more

  • Gentoo penguins on the shore of Deception Island, Antarctica in 2008. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

    Antarctica Was Once as Warm as California

    Parts of ancient Antarctica were as toasty as today’s California coast, say scientists who used a new method to measure past temperatures. The study focused on Antarctica... Read more

  • Narcissus garden by artist Yayoi Kusama adorns the garden pond of Chatsworth House on September 10, 2009, Chatsworth, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Prepare Your Garden Pond For Summer

    Summer is fast approaching and as the chilly spring weather gradually becomes a thing of the past, it’s important to ensure that your garden pond... Read more

  • A satellite image of the Great Barrier Reef. (HO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Satellite Technology to Help Ailing Great Barrier Reef

    Satellite imagery is being used to help save Australia’s greatest natural wonder. Researchers at James Cook University have developed a new technique employing NASA satellite... Read more

  • Corn Grains

    US Dependence on Corn Could Reach Popping Point

    Corn is huge business in the United States, but can it last? If soil depletion has the same negative impact on the U.S. industry as... Read more

  • Manuel Rodriguez, 8, of St. Amant, Louisiana stands on the beach while watching the sun rise, days after a BP announcement that it is ending its 'active cleanup' on the Louisiana coast from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, on April 19, 2014 in Grand Isle, Louisiana.( Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years After Deepwater Horizon

    On April 20, 2010, the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew out, caught fire, and eventually sank in Gulf waters a mile deep, taking the lives... Read more

  • Aparna (background), a female Bengal tiger, keeps watch as her three nine-month old cubs explore their enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on February 15, 2014. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tigress Gives First Birth in Panna Tiger Reserve

    The birth of tiger cubs is always good news when the species is under great threat of extinction. But the joy is a greater one... Read more

  • The ocean is all stirred up with what we’re doing to it. (NASA, CC BY)

    The Ocean Is Not Just Huge, but Also Hugely Important

    Carl Sagan’s description of our planet as a “pale blue dot” captured two important elements about the Earth: its loneliness in the enormity of space,... Read more

  • Indian villagers gather in front of a wind turbine at Jasdan town, some 200 kms from Ahmedabad on May 6, 2012.(Sam Panthaky/AFP/GettyImages)

    India’s Renewable Energy Efforts Poised for Resurgence

    National elections are underway and dominating headlines and conversations across India. In parallel, the timely release of the second new consensus report from the U.N.’s... Read more

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    Satellites’ New Ways of Seeing Nature Can Help Protect It

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    Brazil Strips Protected Land Status From 12.8M Acres

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  • Indian laborers carry bundles of rice from a paddy field on the outskirts of Siliguri on December 3, 2013. (Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Save Genetic Diversity to Save Tigers

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  • A three-month-old male Dhole pup named Nicolai is seen at the San Diego Zoo May 21, 2003 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ken Bohn/Zoological Society of San Diego/Getty Images)

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  • Salvage teams conduct an assessment of Shell's Kulluk drill barge on January 9, 2013 in Kodiak Island's Kiliuda Bay in Alaska. (Tim Aubry/AFP/Getty Images)

    Big Oil, Bad Decisions: Coast Guard Report Sheds More Light on Shell’s Shenanigans in Alaska

    Royal Dutch Shell is in hot water for its shady actions in the Arctic Ocean. On April 3, the Coast Guard released a report on... Read more

  • This picture taken on November 28, 2012 shows a pregnant woman talking on a mobile phone outside a water birth room at Antai Hospital in Beijing. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    China’s Babies At Risk from Soot, Smog

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  • FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Humane Society of the United States and other animal welfare groups filed a lawsuit Feb. 12, 2013 in federal court in the District of Columbia to restore federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region that were lifted last year. Turning 60 in 2014, the Humane Society of the United States has millions of supporters, about 630 employees, a budget of $170 million and a long list of successes that has improved life for millions of animals. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, file)

    Grey Wolves Being Considered Endangered in California as Hunting Continues Elsewhere

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  • The explosive eruption of Sarychev Volcano, on Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, seen from the International Space Station. (NASA Goddard/Flickr, CC BY)

    Crater Creator Uses Explosions to Find the Secrets of Volcanoes

    You can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behaviour, the more chance we have of... Read more

  • Image taken by the Curiosity Mars rover. (NASA)

    NASA Photo: Artificial Light on Mars? Alien Beacon? (Photos)

    The Curiosity rover scanning the surface of Mars took a photo of what looks like an artificial light flaring up. The rover was investigating The... Read more

  • Valiant Thor

    Space Alien Worked for US Government? Look Back at Curious Story of Phil Schneider

    Some call him a UFO whistleblower; others scorn him. Whichever the case, Phil Schneider aroused controversy with his claims about aliens, in particular with what... Read more

  • Dulce, New Mexico

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    Phil Schneider was working as an explosives expert, helping build secret underground bases for the U.S. government in Dulce, N.M., in 1979. In 1995, he... Read more

  • Lake Erie UFO Sightings

    US Coastguard Report on UFO Sighting: Looking Back at the Lake Erie Encounters

    From the 1980s through to today, sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) have been reported near Lake Erie, on both the Canadian and the American... Read more

  • UFO Sightings April 4

    3 Best UFO Sightings This Week: March 28–April 4 (+Videos +Photos)

    What do you think? Could these reports be evidence of extraterrestrial life?   News Broadcast Captures Strange Flash in Sky A Fox News broadcast about... Read more

  • Lights appear in front of a deer, captured on a hunting camera in Mississippi. (Screenshot/WLOX News)

    A Deer in the Headlights—of a UFO?

    Rainer and Edith Shattles of Jackson County, Miss., caught a strange sight on their hunting cameras set up in the woods.  A nighttime recording shows the... Read more

  • UFO-March

    5 Best UFO Sightings This Month: March 2014 (+Videos +Photos)

    1. Police and Multiple Observers Study Flashing Object in Sky in Australia On March 13 on Chevron Island, Australia, Jack Purcell filmed an object in... Read more

  • UFO Sightings

    Stunning Compilation of Alleged UFOs in NASA Footage Over Past 50 Years (Video)

    This footage was put together by a YouTube user with eyes on the sky over the years. It has had 14 million views on YouTube... Read more

  • A compilation of five UFO sightings occurring between March 14 and March 21, 2014.

    4 Best UFO Sightings This Week: March 14-21 (+Photos +Videos)

    1. Lights Spook Cattle and Ranchers in Alberta, Canada In Nanton, Alberta, Canada, on the night of March 16, a family saw two bright lights... Read more

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    A Whole Fleet of UFOs Spotted on NASA Live-Stream Video? (Watch Here)

    The Alien Disclosure Group UK said it spotted a fleet of colorful unidentified flying objects (UFOs) on NASA’s live-stream broadcast from the International Space Station... Read more

  • A cow grazes on land belonging to an organic foods farm located in Winchester, Ky., in 2014. Cattle and other livestock have been found brutally mutilated and organs removed with surgical precision throughout all 50 states over the past century. To this day, there is no definitive explanation. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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    A disturbing chain of livestock mutilations has plagued farmers and ranchers throughout all 50 states for decades, but law enforcement has failed to name a... Read more

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    5 Best UFO Sightings This Week: March 7-14 (+Photos +Videos)

    A couple unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings have been reported in California over the past week. In February, 59 UFO sightings were reported in California,... Read more

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    5 Best Canadian UFO Sightings of the Year

    The following sightings were chosen by Ufology Research group in its 2013 Canadian UFO Sighting Survey published this week.    1. ‘A Massive Hotel’ Overhead... Read more

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    In 2013, there were 1,180 UFO sightings in Canada, averaging about three each day, according to a survey published this week by the group Ufology... Read more

  • UFO sightings in Feb. 2014

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    Multiple UFO sightings were reported in Mexico from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11. On Valentine’s Day, a smartphone video shows what looks like a UFO... Read more

  • NASA astrobiologist Richard Hoover, who has said he's found what could be evidence of extraterrestrial life. (NASA)

    NASA Scientists Who’ve Said They Found Alien Life

    No one has convinced everyone in the scientific community that extraterrestrial life exists. But almost since space exploration began, research has emerged that seemed to... Read more

  • An object found by the Opportunity rover on Mars (right), and the same spot 12 days earlier (left). (NASA)

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    NASA’s Opportunity rover took two photos on Mars in the same spot 12 days apart. Sometime over the course of the 12 days, an object... Read more

  • Cave paintings as old as 10,000 years in Valcamonica, Italy, show people wearing what some have said are space suits. (Wikimedia Commons)

    UFO-Sightings 10,000 Years Ago?

    “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel has gained much attention, with nearly 700,000 “likes” on Facebook. Some say artifacts from across the world provide evidence... Read more

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    Some officials and scientists have said they believe extraterrestrials live in our midst, that we may unwittingly be in contact with them on a daily... Read more

  • A gif animation tweeted my Nasa's Curiosity rover ( twitter.com/MarsCuriosity)

    An Extraterrestrial Fist Bump – Look What NASA’s Curiousity Rover Just Tweeted

    Curiosity Rover tweeted this animation, celebrating new findings from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, that have confirmed an ancient wet environment, which might support life... Read more


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