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  • We can’t figure it out. (Changehali, CC BY)

    Robot Submarine Looks Under Antarctic to Find Out Why Sea Ice Is Getting Thicker

    For several years now climatologists have puzzled over an apparent conundrum: why is Antarctic sea ice continuing to expand, albeit at the relatively slow rate... Read more

  • Media is calling it an "underwater Pompeii." Researchers have found ruins off the coast of Delos. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ruins Thought to Be Port Actually Buried Greek City (Video)

    The ancient Roman city of Pompeii is a tragic story – destroyed in 79 AD by an eruption from Mount Vesuvius killing an estimated 16,000 people... Read more

  • The Doty lab conducts work to see how plants treated with naturally occurring endophytes might handle soils contaminated with a variety of pollutants. Graduate student Robert Tournay, for example, is interested in how the plants handle arsenic. (M Levin/U of Washington)

    ‘Probiotics’ for Plants Boost Detox Abilities; Untreated Plants Overdose and Die

    Scientists using a microbe that occurs naturally in eastern cottonwood trees have boosted the ability of two other plants – willow and lawn grass –... Read more

  • White rhino in South Africa. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    To Date 1,020 Rhinos Killed in South Africa

       South Africa has surpassed last year’s grisly record for slaughtered rhinos—1,004—more than a month before the year ends. In an announcement on November 20th,... Read more

  • Damage from coal mining in East Kalimantan. Photo: Hendar

    Indonesia Slow to Reclaim Damaged Lands

    Reclamation of over 830,000 hectares of abandoned mines has yet to begin in East Kalimantan, Indonesia–despite a provincial law passed over a year ago mandating... Read more

  • Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shortly after his landing in central Kazakhstan on May 14, 2013. He had spent 5 months in the International Space Station and took over 45,000 pictures of earth, compiling 192 of them into a book, “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.” (Sergei Remezov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Back From Orbit for the Last Time, With Pictures

    NEW YORK—Chris Hadfield has had a busy week.  The first Canadian astronaut to walk in outer space has just published a book of photographs he... Read more

  • Cover of 1909 Pearson's Magazine featuring the story of the Unlucky Mummy (British Museum ref AE 22542). (Wikimedia Commons) Background: RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. (F.G.O. Stuart via Wikimedia Commons)

    The ‘Unlucky Mummy’ Said to Have Sunk the Titanic

    Strange occurrences have been said to eddy around an ancient Egyptian artifact, known as the “Unlucky Mummy,” since it was taken from Egypt to Europe... Read more

  • Peat forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photos by Rhett Butler.

    Indonesia Imposes Moratorium on Logging

       Indonesia’s new Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar imposed a moratorium on the issuance of all new logging permits a little over... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Cameras Work Together to Track a Single Person (+Video)

    Cameras are all around us—on store ceilings, public transportation, and even car dashboards. The recordings can be a powerful surveillance tool on the roads and... Read more

  • A file photo of a Japanese monk statue. (Wolfgang Michel/Wikimedia Commons) Background: A landscape by Tensho Shubun. (Wikimedia Commons)

    How Ancient Japanese Monks Mummified Themselves to Death

    Over 1,000 years ago, a practice was pioneered by a Japanese priest named Kukai, which was intended to demonstrate the ultimate act of religious discipline... Read more

  • (YouTube/James West)

    UFO Sighting? Bright ‘Fireball’ Captured Over Oklahoma on Video

    A bright fireball was spotted over Oklahoma City a few days ago and it was captured on video. Some speculated that it was a “UFO,”... Read more

  • Plants and fungus have a very symbiotic relationship. Along with providing nutrients, plants are able to communicate to each other through fungi's mycelium. (AOL Screenshot)

    Plants Communicate Through Their Own Underground Network (Video)

    Humans and animals have many different ways to communicate with each other. It appears that plants are capable of doing the same. Similar to humans... Read more

  • Left: Carl Edon Right: Nazi airman Heinrich Richter. (The Weekly World News)

    Nazi Airman Reincarnated as English Railway Worker? Stunning Coincidences Suggest So

    Since the age of 3, Carl Edon had spoken of a previous life as a Nazi airman. His parents didn’t believe he was truly remembering... Read more

  • oscar-psychic-cat-2

    Psychic Cat Predicts Deaths? (+Video)

    The story of Oscar the “psychic” cat first emerged in 2007, but Oscar has continued to fascinate the staff at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation... Read more

  • Young girl in a Willoq community in Peru wearing traditional clothing. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Developing Land A Human Rights Issue

    Throughout the tropics, staggering amounts of land have been designated for natural resource extraction—as much as 40 percent of Peru, 30 percent of Indonesia and... Read more

  • Oil palm fruit. Photos by Rhett Butler

    IKEA Commits to Zero Deforestation Palm Oil

    Home products giant IKEA has made a time-bound commitment for eliminating palm oil linked to deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain.  IKEA,... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Cameras Work Together to Track a Single Person (+Video)

    Cameras are all around us—on store ceilings, public transportation, and even car dashboards. The recordings can be a powerful surveillance tool on the roads and... Read more

  • Plants and fungus have a very symbiotic relationship. Along with providing nutrients, plants are able to communicate to each other through fungi's mycelium. (AOL Screenshot)

    Plants Communicate Through Their Own Underground Network (Video)

    Humans and animals have many different ways to communicate with each other. It appears that plants are capable of doing the same. Similar to humans... Read more

  • A witness in France claims to have spotted at least four “UFOs” above Paris, France, a few days ago. (YouTube/screenshot/User: WTFflow)

    UFO Sightings 2014: Video Shows 4 ‘UFOs’ in Cloud Above Paris

    Witnesses in France claim to have spotted at least four “UFOs” above Paris, France, a few days ago. A user uploaded footage of the alleged... Read more

  • Talking with parents about their health and finances can be successful if done with care and compassion. (George Doyle/Photos.com)

    It Pays to Have an Eye for Emotions

    Researchers from the University of Bonn found that people who are good at recognizing the emotions of others earn more money in their jobs Attending... Read more

  • Joseph-Silverstein-playing

    Musicians Show Advantages in Long-Term Memory

    A peek inside the brains of professional musicians has given University of Texas at Arlington psychology researchers what may be the first links between music... Read more

  • Asteroidea Electrica, first prize winner by Adrianus Indrat Aria. (Cambridge University, CC BY)

    Engineering’s Unexpected and Microscopic Beauty

    We all know engineering is useful, functional, even ingenious. But the engineering photography competition we hold each year provides us a chance to wander outside... Read more

  • (Benh LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Elephants Know When It’s Raining 150 Miles Away, Study Shows

    By David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News Elephants are able to somehow know when it is raining as far as 150 miles away, and... Read more

  • A scientist in Germany uses peanut butter to create artificial diamonds that help replicate the Earth's mantle. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientist Creates Diamonds From Peanut Butter (Video)

    Peanut butter generally is never thought of as anything more than a yummy sandwich spread, when in fact, it can also be used to make... Read more

  • Top left: Varnish (AzmanJaka/iStock/Thinkstock) Bottom left: Hair product (Alexandr Dubovitskiy/iStock/Thinkstock) Right: Classroom (Gloda/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Fray Over Formaldehyde—Common Ingredient in Daily Products

    The presence of formaldehyde in everything from embalming fluid and hair straighteners to plywood adhesives and varnishes has prompted toxicologists and other researchers to scrutinise... Read more

  • Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome (1872). (Wikimedia Commons)

    New Evidence Suggests Gladiators Consumed Plant Ash for Bone Strength

    A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed evidence that gladiators drank a beverage made from plant ash, vinegar, and water that was... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Can Air Pollution Make Kids Obese?

    Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke and air pollution from nearby highways may be at higher risk for obesity, new research reports. The study... Read more

  • Illustration of a Lassa fever cell. (Shutterstock*)

    How to Spot Ebola’s ‘Cousin’ Before Symptoms

    Even before symptoms appear, it’s possible to tell different hemorrhagic fevers apart, a new study reports. The findings will allow researchers to develop better diagnostics,... Read more

  • (FikMik/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Will US Be Able to Follow Europe in Animal Testing Ban?

    WASHINGTON—Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar... Read more

  • Back in July, some gas and oil technicians were flying over one of Siberia’s more remote locations and noticed a giant sinkhole. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Take a Look Inside the Mysterious Giant Sinkhole (Video)

    During this past summer some gas and oil technicians were flying over one of Siberia’s more remote locations and noticed a giant sinkhole. Its discovery... Read more

  • As the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to rise, we desperately need an alternative to antibiotics. (AOL Screenshot)

    Could This Antibiotic Alternative Save the World? (Video)

    Scientists in Switzerland are working on an alternative to antibiotics, and the impact it could have on medicine is enormous. The overuse of antibiotics has... Read more

  • Matthew McConaughey embodies the heroic scientist in Interstellar. (©2014 Paramount Pictures)

    Scientists as Hollywood Heroes

    Interstellar’s protagonists spend a significant portion of the movie’s 169-minute running time giving mini-lectures – sometimes with props and a little whiteboard – on theoretical... Read more

  • Scientists at the University of Nebraska and John's Hopkins discover a virus that makes people stupid. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Discover a Virus That Makes You Stupid (Video)

    Scientists discovered a virus that makes humans stupid. It’s a virus that infects human brains and makes people dumb, or as scientists at the University... Read more

  • (DNews/AOL)

    Woolly Mammoth Brain Found—Best Specimen in History

      In 2010, a woolly mammoth was discovered near Russia. New research describes her brain as the best specimen in history!  She is the most... Read more

  • The new ancient Egypt. (AP Photo/ESA, ATG Medialab)

    European Spacecraft Begins Descending to Comet

    DARMSTADT, Germany— The European Space Agency’s unmanned Rosetta probe successfully released a lander toward the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, putting it on its final... Read more

  • According to a recent study by scientists from the University of Washington, one person’s thoughts can control another person’s body movement with transmitted signals. (AOL Screenshot)

    Study Finds Body Movement Can Be Controlled by Someone Else’s Brain (Video)

    According to a recent study by scientists from the University of Washington, one person’s thoughts can control another person’s body movement with transmitted signals. To... Read more

  • Cover of 1909 Pearson's Magazine featuring the story of the Unlucky Mummy (British Museum ref AE 22542). (Wikimedia Commons) Background: RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. (F.G.O. Stuart via Wikimedia Commons)

    The ‘Unlucky Mummy’ Said to Have Sunk the Titanic

    Strange occurrences have been said to eddy around an ancient Egyptian artifact, known as the “Unlucky Mummy,” since it was taken from Egypt to Europe... Read more

  • Left: Carl Edon Right: Nazi airman Heinrich Richter. (The Weekly World News)

    Nazi Airman Reincarnated as English Railway Worker? Stunning Coincidences Suggest So

    Since the age of 3, Carl Edon had spoken of a previous life as a Nazi airman. His parents didn’t believe he was truly remembering... Read more

  • oscar-psychic-cat-2

    Psychic Cat Predicts Deaths? (+Video)

    The story of Oscar the “psychic” cat first emerged in 2007, but Oscar has continued to fascinate the staff at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation... Read more

  • Right: Dr. William Tiller (Courtesy of Dr. William Tiller) Background: Concept image of consciousness (Shutterstock*)

    Physicist Says Human Intention Physically Exists, Can Be Imprinted Into a Machine

    Dr. William Tiller had a successful and prestigious career in the world of conventional science. He was chair of Stanford’s material science and engineering department... Read more

  • Left: Head of the Nazi S.S. Heinrich Himmler. (German Federal Archive via Wikimedia Commons) Right: A depiction of the legendary creature, the Yeti. (Wanida.W/Wikimedia Commons)

    Nazis Thought Yeti Could Be Progenitor of Aryan Race: History of Yeti Legends

    As icy temperatures blast much of the northern hemisphere and winter approaches with chilling speed, a mysterious creature from the Himalayas reminds us that the... Read more

  • This 1,300-year-old structure in Siberia could be a fortress, a summer palace, a monastery, or even an astronomical observatory. (Gdehorosho.ru)

    Who Built This Unusual 1,300-Year-Old Siberian Palace… and Why?

    Experts are still divided over a mysterious 1,300-year-old fortress-like structure located on an island in the middle of a Siberian lake. From The Siberian Times: With its... Read more

  • Tienke Klein. (Screenshot/YouTube)

    The Profound Near-Death Experience of a Nazi Concentration Camp Survivor (+Video)

    Tienke Klein’s health remained poor after she was released from a Nazi concentration camp. After a long recovery from the trauma she’d endured, she finally... Read more

  • (Hlib Shabashnyi/iStock/Thinkstock; Edited, with text added, by Epoch Times)

    What Is the DNA of Your Mind?

    Your DNA determines everything about you: eye color, height, body shape, skin type, etc. But it does not determine one thing about you—your mind. At... Read more

  • (Screenshot/E1/YouTube)

    A Mysterious Flash in the Sky Over Russia: Authorities ‘Refused to Comment’

    The Siberian Times reports that regional media have been unable to identify the cause of a huge flash in the night sky seen from Chelyabinsk... Read more

  • A UFO was captured over Victoria, Australia, on Google Earth, according to bloggers. (Google Street View)

    UFO Sightings 2014: Google Earth Captures ‘UFO’ Over Victoria, Australia

    A UFO was captured over Victoria, Australia, on Google Earth, according to bloggers. UFO Sightings Daily pointed out the alleged UFO near Victoria above the... Read more

  • Holy Grail

    Do Spirit Pond Inscriptions Show That the Holy Grail Was Taken to North America?

    Forensic geologist, Scott Wolter, has put forward a radical new theory concerning a set of three inscribed stones found near Spirit Pond in Phippsburg, Maine,... Read more

  • Users have reported seeing a UFO in northern Holland on Google Earth. (Google Maps screenshot)

    UFO Sightings: Reports of ‘UFO’ Over Holland Town, Spotted via Google Earth

    Users have reported seeing a UFO in northern Holland on Google Earth. Images of the alleged UFO were posted on UFOSightingsDaily, a blog. They were... Read more

  • The Salamanca Astronaut sits on the façade on the entrance to the New Cathedral, Salamanca, Spain. (Marshall Henrie/Wikimedia Commons)

    Ancient Aliens? Mysteries of the Salamanca Cathedral Astronaut Carving Revealed

    Perched on a façade over the northern entrance of a 300-year-old cathedral in Salamanca, Spain, is a carved figure remarkably reminiscent of a modern astronaut... Read more

  • Left: Albert Einstein in 1931. (Doris Ulmann via Wikimedia Commons) Right: Michio Kaku. (Screenshot/Big Think/YouTube) Background: Mechanical gears. (Shutterstock*)

    What Does Science Say About Free Will? (+Videos)

    The debate about whether we have free will or whether everything is predetermined extends beyond philosophy into neuroscience, physics, and even literary theory. Here’s a... Read more

  • Quinta da Regaleira initiation well. (Nieos/Flickr*)

    The Mysterious Masonic Initiation Wells of the Quinta da Regaleira

    Located near the historic center of Sintra, Portugal lies the Quinta da Regaleira- a spectacular estate that sits in a World Heritage protected landscape.  While... Read more

  • Werewolf-like skull found by a farmer in Macedonia. (Filip Ganev)

    Bulgarian Farmer Discovers Skull Resembling Werewolf in a Sealed Box

    A Bulgarian-born farmer, Trayche Draganov, claims to have found a box, chained shut, containing a werewolf-like skull while ploughing a new section of field in... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Imran Ladiwala/YouTube)

    WATCH: Surveillance Videos Show Haunting of Indian Courtroom and UK Office Building?

    Security camera footage said to be from an office in Castlefield House on Liverpool Road, Manchester, shows what appears to be paranormal activity. Originally posted... Read more

  • A file photo of dark clouds over a volcanic valley. (Shutterstock)

    Unravelling the Mystery of New England’s Day of Darkness

    At 10:00 a.m. on May 19, 1780, the people of New England thought that Judgment Day was upon them. The sky turned black as night,... Read more

  • Hoia Baciu (Hoia Forest) in Romania. (Bortescristian via Compfight)

    Transylvania’s Haunted Forest, Known as Romania’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’: Hoia Baciu

    When most people think of Transylvania, the first thought that comes to mind is Dracula. But, setting Vlad Tepes (the person considered the model for... Read more

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Life After Death Is Real, Concludes Scientific Study of 2,000 Patients

    By David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News In the largest such study ever conducted, researchers have found evidence that consciousness continues even after brain... Read more

  • Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shortly after his landing in central Kazakhstan on May 14, 2013. He had spent 5 months in the International Space Station and took over 45,000 pictures of earth, compiling 192 of them into a book, “You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.” (Sergei Remezov/AFP/Getty Images)

    Back From Orbit for the Last Time, With Pictures

    NEW YORK—Chris Hadfield has had a busy week.  The first Canadian astronaut to walk in outer space has just published a book of photographs he... Read more

  • (YouTube/James West)

    UFO Sighting? Bright ‘Fireball’ Captured Over Oklahoma on Video

    A bright fireball was spotted over Oklahoma City a few days ago and it was captured on video. Some speculated that it was a “UFO,”... Read more

  • Robot on a comet, that’s all. (ESA/Rosetta/MPS)

    Why the Rosetta Mission Is This Generation’s Moon Landing

    The thing everyone seems to talk about with the moon landings is the idea of the whole world stopping to watch. It was a mission... Read more

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    Crowdfunded Moon Mission Offers to Store Your Digital Memory

    An ambitious space project hopes the idea of preserving a piece of yourself  in the cosmos for millennia is enough to get you to invest.  Lunar... Read more

  • You may recall the orange flash that broke out over Russia last year and just recently there was another one. Video footage is making the rounds online showing a dull orange bulb-like flash lurking underneath the clouds. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious Fireball Caught on Dashcam in Russia (Video)

    You may recall the meteorite that crashed in Russia last year and now there are reports of another massive flash in the sky. Video footage... Read more

  • (Lunar Mission One)

    British-Led Moon Mission to Kickstart New Generation of Lunar Exploration

    A British-led consortium has announced an ambitious space mission named Lunar Mission One that plans to land a robotic probe in the southern polar region... Read more

  • The so-called "skull," which appears just to be a rock. (NASA)

    UFO Sightings: ‘Alien Skull’ Found on Mars, Blog Claims

    Amid the ongoing speculation about life or “alien” structures found on Mars, one UFO blog is claiming to have found an “alien skull” on the Red... Read more

  • A Qantas airplane flies over the moon during a Collingwood Magpies AFL Fitness Camp on Nov. 14, 2014, in Falls Creek, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

    Lunar Mission One Gives the Public a Chance to Help Lunar Landing

    LONDON—It’s the moon mission for the masses. A project to fund a private lunar exploration mission got underway Wednesday, offering the public the chance to... Read more

  • Something that appears to be a meteor exploded over western Siberia, according to reports this week. (YouTube)

    UFO? Meteor Fireball? Huge Explosion Captured on Video Over Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast

    A fireball was seen over western Siberia, according to reports on Tuesday. Some have claimed it’s a meteor, while others aren’t so sure. The explosion was... Read more

  • A composite image shows the galaxy NGC 4522 in the Virgo Cluster, the nearest large cluster of galaxies to our own local group of galaxies, and the "wake" of gas and dust being blown from the galaxy. The galaxy appears blue in the Hubble Space Telescope image in visible light. The superimposed red image is from Spitzer data and shows emissions from dust that traces molecular hydrogen. In the image, the galaxy is moving down and into the plane of the photo. (Suresh Sivanandam; Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics)

    The Answer Is Blowing in the Intergalactic Wind

    TORONTO, ON—Astronomers from the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic “wind” is stripping galaxies... Read more

  • he combination image of several partially enlarged photographs released by the European Space Agency, ESA, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 shows the journey of Rosetta’s Philae lander as it approached and then rebounded from its first touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on Nov. 12, 2014. The series of images was captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera from a distance of 15.5km (9.6 miles) from the comet surface over a 30 minute period spanning the first touchdown. (AP Photo/European Space Agency)

    Scientists ‘Confident’ Comet Lander Will Wake Up (+Video)

    BERLIN—A burst of sunshine in the spring could be just the wakeup call for Europe’s comet lander. Scientists raised hopes Monday that as the Philae... Read more

  • In this image provided by NASA the International Space Station is shown with the backdrop of Earth. (AP Photo/NASA)

    Independent Russia Space Station Could be Ready by 2020: Report

    Russia could have its own space station ready as early as 2020, according to a new report. The country’s leading space agency, Roscosmos, is considering... Read more

  • In this picture released by the European Space Agency ESA on Nov. 14, 2014, Rosetta Flight Director, Andrea Accomazzo (L) takes a call after receiving confirmation that the Rosetta mission's Philae lander has successfully touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on In Darmstadt, Germany Nov. 12, 2014. Philae landed Nov. 12 next to a cliff that largely blocked sunlight from reaching its solar panels. The head of the European comet mission says scientists will listen for signals from the Philae lander on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, but think it is unlikely they will establish any kind of communication soon. Controllers at the European Space Agency on Friday ordered the lander to perform a maneuver intended to pull it out of a shadow on the comet so that solar panels could recharge the depleted batteries. “We don’t know if the charge will ever be high enough to operate the lander again,” Paolo Ferri, ESA’s head of mission operations, told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/ESA, J. Mai)

    Comet Scientists Take Break After 4 Straight Days

    BERLIN—The European Space Agency says that its scientists are taking a bit of a break after working for four days around the clock since the... Read more

  • The combination photo of different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 shows Rosetta’s lander Philae as it is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae)

    Comet Lander Philae Completes Primary Mission

    BERLIN—The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go... Read more

  • The Philae lander on Nov. 12, 2014, as seen from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera. (AP Photo/ESA)

    No Signals Heard From Comet Lander Saturday

    BERLIN—The European Space Agency received no signals from the Philae lander Saturday morning during a scheduled effort to establish communication, the mission chief said. Paolo... Read more

  • An artist’s concept of Comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) and Mars. (NASA)

    Mars Fish Fossil? NASA Curiosity Rover Finds ‘Greatest Discovery’ isn’t Real

    A viral article that says NASA’s Curiosity Rover discovered a “fish fossil” on Mars isn’t true. It was posted on a fake webiste called MSNBC.website... Read more

  • This image released by the European Space Agency ESA Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 was taken by Philae's down-looking descent ROLIS imager when it was about 40 meters (131 feet) above the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Wednesday.  It shows that the surface of the comet is covered by dust and debris ranging from mm to metre sizes The large block in the top right corner is 5 m in size. In the same corner the structure of the Philae landing gear is visible.  The lander scored a historic first Wednesday, touching down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long, 6.4 billion-kilometer (4 billion-mile) journey through space aboard its mother ship, Rosetta. The comet is streaking through space at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph) some 311 million miles (500 million kilometers) from Earth.  (AP Photo/Esa,Rosetta,Philae)

    Rosetta Comet Lander Taking Samples but Low Battery May Mean No Contact

    BERLIN—Good news: the spacecraft that landed on a comet has begun drilling below the surface to see what secrets the celestial body can reveal. Bad... Read more

  • This image released by the European Space Agency ESA Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 was taken by Philae's down-looking descent ROLIS imager when it was about 40 meters (131 feet) above the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Wednesday.  It shows that the surface of the comet is covered by dust and debris ranging from mm to metre sizes The large block in the top right corner is 5 m in size. In the same corner the structure of the Philae landing gear is visible.  The lander scored a historic first Wednesday, touching down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long, 6.4 billion-kilometer (4 billion-mile) journey through space aboard its mother ship, Rosetta. The comet is streaking through space at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph) some 311 million miles (500 million kilometers) from Earth.  (AP Photo/Esa,Rosetta,Philae)

    Rosetta Comet Lander Starts Drilling; Batteries a Worry

    BERLIN—The good news: The spacecraft that landed on a comet has begun drilling beneath the surface to see what secrets the celestial body can reveal. The bad news: Scientists... Read more

  • The combination photo of different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014, shows Rosetta’s lander Philae as it is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae)

    Rosetta Comet Craft Lands in Shadow, Faces Power Problems (+Videos)

      BERLIN—A shadow was cast — literally — across Europe’s historic mission to land on and explore a comet. Scientists said Thursday the landing craft... Read more

  • The combination photo of different images  taken with the CIVA camera system  released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 shows  Rosetta’s lander Philae as it  is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,  as  these first  CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae)

    Space Agency Releases 1st Picture From Comet

    BERLIN— The European Space Agency on Thursday published the first image taken from the surface of a comet, and said that its Philae lander is... Read more

  • We can’t figure it out. (Changehali, CC BY)

    Robot Submarine Looks Under Antarctic to Find Out Why Sea Ice Is Getting Thicker

    For several years now climatologists have puzzled over an apparent conundrum: why is Antarctic sea ice continuing to expand, albeit at the relatively slow rate... Read more

  • The Doty lab conducts work to see how plants treated with naturally occurring endophytes might handle soils contaminated with a variety of pollutants. Graduate student Robert Tournay, for example, is interested in how the plants handle arsenic. (M Levin/U of Washington)

    ‘Probiotics’ for Plants Boost Detox Abilities; Untreated Plants Overdose and Die

    Scientists using a microbe that occurs naturally in eastern cottonwood trees have boosted the ability of two other plants – willow and lawn grass –... Read more

  • White rhino in South Africa. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    To Date 1,020 Rhinos Killed in South Africa

       South Africa has surpassed last year’s grisly record for slaughtered rhinos—1,004—more than a month before the year ends. In an announcement on November 20th,... Read more

  • Damage from coal mining in East Kalimantan. Photo: Hendar

    Indonesia Slow to Reclaim Damaged Lands

    Reclamation of over 830,000 hectares of abandoned mines has yet to begin in East Kalimantan, Indonesia–despite a provincial law passed over a year ago mandating... Read more

  • Peat forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photos by Rhett Butler.

    Indonesia Imposes Moratorium on Logging

       Indonesia’s new Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar imposed a moratorium on the issuance of all new logging permits a little over... Read more

  • Young girl in a Willoq community in Peru wearing traditional clothing. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

    Developing Land A Human Rights Issue

    Throughout the tropics, staggering amounts of land have been designated for natural resource extraction—as much as 40 percent of Peru, 30 percent of Indonesia and... Read more

  • Oil palm fruit. Photos by Rhett Butler

    IKEA Commits to Zero Deforestation Palm Oil

    Home products giant IKEA has made a time-bound commitment for eliminating palm oil linked to deforestation and human rights abuses from its supply chain.  IKEA,... Read more

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    Ranking Palm Oil Company Sustainability

       A new initiative ranks the world’s 25 largest publicly listed palm oil companies in terms of transparency around the environmental performance of their operations. ... Read more

  • Mount Redoubt bellows steam as seen from Kenai, Alaska Thursday, March 26, 2009. The volcano on the west side of Cook Inlet erupted Thursday morning sending ash clouds an estimated 65,000 feet into the air and is expected to affect the towns of Kenai and Homer. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

    Volcano Eruptions in Alaska Could Cause Trans-Atlantic Chaos for Airlines

    A volcanic eruption in Iceland caused massive disruption throughout Europe in 2010. A huge ash cloud grounded more than 100,000 flights and delayed 10m passengers,... Read more

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    Five Reasons to Hope for the Planet

       Jane Goodall is not only arguably the most famous conservationist who ever lived, but also the most well-known and respected female scientist on the... Read more

  • Illegal deforestation for oil palm within the Leuser Ecosystem. Photo by Rhett Butler.

    Palm Oil Giant Suspends Supplier

       Palm oil giant Musim Mas Group has suspended purchases from the PT Pati Sari mill over allegations that the facility is processing fruit illegally... Read more

  • Overfishing has pushed the Pacific bluefin tuna from Least Concern to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Photo by: © Monterey Bay Aquarium - Randy Wilder.

    310 Species Added to IUCN Red List

    Today, 22,413 species are threatened with extinction, according to the most recent update of the IUCN Red List. This is a rise of 310 species... Read more

  • Homes destroyed by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines in 2012. Rising sea levels are worsening storm surges of hurricanes. In addition, some research shows that global warming may be making hurricanes more powerful. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Green Climate Fund Gets a Boost

    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is suddenly looking very lively after two announcements over the weekend. The U.S. has announced an initial pledge of $3... Read more

  • Excavator preparing to replant an oil palm plantation in Sumatra.

    Drones Monitor Deforestation Commitment

       Cargill will use Unmanned Aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ‘solar-powered, satellite-connected remote sensor networks’ to monitor compliance with its new zero deforestation policy for palm... Read more

  • NASA image showing large-scale deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Brazilian Deforestation Rises

         Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to outpace last year’s rate by a significant margin, reveals data released today by Imazon, a Brazilian... Read more

  • Juvenile and subadult of the new species Paroedura hordiesi. Credit: Jörn Köhler.

    New Gecko Described in Madagascar

       Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.  The species, named Paroedura hordiesi, lives among karst limestone massifs in the northern part... Read more

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    Elephants Know When It’s Raining 150 Miles Away, Study Shows

    By David Gutierrez, contributing writer to Natural News Elephants are able to somehow know when it is raining as far as 150 miles away, and... Read more

  • A sea otter feeds, April 6, 2004, near Valdez, Alaska. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Threats to Southern Sea Otters Taking a Toll on Population Growth

    As this year’s Sea Otter Awareness Week kicked off at the end of September, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2014 southern sea otter population report. Each year, scientists... Read more

  • Odani sawmill in the middle of the Amazon. A Greenpeace report alleges that this sawmill, and several others, are sourcing illegal timber. Photo by: © Greenpeace.

    Timber Seized for Greenpeace Investigation

       Authorities in Belgium seized two containers of Brazilian timber in Antwerp following a demonstration by Greenpeace, which alleged that the Ipe timber had been cut illegally... Read more

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    UN to Promote RSPO-certified Palm Oil

       The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed an agreement with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to promote eco-certified palm oil as... Read more

  • Media is calling it an "underwater Pompeii." Researchers have found ruins off the coast of Delos. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ruins Thought to Be Port Actually Buried Greek City (Video)

    The ancient Roman city of Pompeii is a tragic story – destroyed in 79 AD by an eruption from Mount Vesuvius killing an estimated 16,000 people... Read more

  • Cover of 1909 Pearson's Magazine featuring the story of the Unlucky Mummy (British Museum ref AE 22542). (Wikimedia Commons) Background: RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912. (F.G.O. Stuart via Wikimedia Commons)

    The ‘Unlucky Mummy’ Said to Have Sunk the Titanic

    Strange occurrences have been said to eddy around an ancient Egyptian artifact, known as the “Unlucky Mummy,” since it was taken from Egypt to Europe... Read more

  • A file photo of a Japanese monk statue. (Wolfgang Michel/Wikimedia Commons) Background: A landscape by Tensho Shubun. (Wikimedia Commons)

    How Ancient Japanese Monks Mummified Themselves to Death

    Over 1,000 years ago, a practice was pioneered by a Japanese priest named Kukai, which was intended to demonstrate the ultimate act of religious discipline... Read more

  • Illustrated legend of Gudit. Left: A file photo of an Ethiopian woman. (DFID/Flickr) Background: Northern Ethiopia (Alan/Flickr)

    Tracing the Origins of a Mysterious Ancient Queen of Ethiopia

    According to local tradition, the fall of the Aksumite kingdom of Ethiopia toward the end of the 10th century A.D. was attributed to a queen... Read more

  • This 1,300-year-old structure in Siberia could be a fortress, a summer palace, a monastery, or even an astronomical observatory. (Gdehorosho.ru)

    Who Built This Unusual 1,300-Year-Old Siberian Palace… and Why?

    Experts are still divided over a mysterious 1,300-year-old fortress-like structure located on an island in the middle of a Siberian lake. From The Siberian Times: With its... Read more

  • The remains of animals believed to have been around during the time of the dinosaurs have been found behind a New Jersey strip mall. (AOL Screenshot)

    Valuable Fossil Stash Behind New Jersey Strip Mall (Video)

    For 12 years, the remains of animals believed to have been around during the time of the dinosaurs have been dug up from behind a... Read more

  • Artist depiction of Pocahontas saving the life of Capt. John Smith. (Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

    The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT Told by Disney

    Most people are familiar with the Disney version of the Pocahontas story—a Native American princess fell in love with the Englishman John Smith during the height... Read more

  • A geoglyph depicting a moose in the Ural mountains of Russia, along with a drawing of the geoglyph's outline. (Stanislav Grigoryev)

    Children From Lost Civilization Helped Make Geoglyph Some 6,000 Years Ago

    Remarkable new details about a giant moose geoglyph have been released as archaeologists confirm it is the world’s oldest known geoglyph. From The Siberian Times: Children... Read more

  • Caused by the floods of 2013 in Alberta, Canada, a new species of dinosaur may have been unearthed and found in a boulder. (AOL Screenshot)

    Unearthed by Floods: New Dino Species? (Video)

    This rock contains the fossil of an 80 million year old dinosaur that might be a new species. The incredible find by fishermen was uncovered when... Read more

  • Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome (1872). (Wikimedia Commons)

    New Evidence Suggests Gladiators Consumed Plant Ash for Bone Strength

    A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE has revealed evidence that gladiators drank a beverage made from plant ash, vinegar, and water that was... Read more

  • Birds fly backdropped by an building with the Islamic State group flag on top, in the Syrian city of Jarablous, seen from an archaeologic site outside Karkemish, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Archaeology and war don't usually mix, yet that's been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest finds Saturday just meters from Islamic State group-controlled territory. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Archaeologists Dig at Ancient Site Near Syrian War

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey—Archaeology and war don’t usually mix, yet that’s been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest... Read more

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    Do Spirit Pond Inscriptions Show That the Holy Grail Was Taken to North America?

    Forensic geologist, Scott Wolter, has put forward a radical new theory concerning a set of three inscribed stones found near Spirit Pond in Phippsburg, Maine,... Read more

  • The Phaistos Disc and a close-up view of the symbols inscribed. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Have Researchers Cracked the Code of the 4,000-Year-Old Phaistos Disc?

    The Phaistos Disc is a fired clay plate from the 2nd millennium BC with both sides showing a spiral of strange stamped symbols. Ever since... Read more

  • View of seven Ahu Akivi Moai. (gydyt0jas/iStock/Thinkstock)

    New Research Suggests Early Contact Between Easter Island and Americas

    People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in... Read more

  • An amazing ancient site was found in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes, where it brought clues to how people lived. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient Site Unearthed in High Altitude (Video)

    It’s the oldest human settlement ever discovered in high altitude. Unearthed in the Peruvian Andes, the site is located nearly 14,700 ft above sea level... Read more

  • Left: Roman Triumphal arc showing Roman soldiers plundering Jewish treasures. (Wikimedia Commons) Right: A marble bust of the Emperor Hadrian. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: (Sergey Galushko/Hemera/Thinkstock)

    Ancient Tablet Dedicated to Emperor Hadrian May Explain Mystery of Jewish Revolt

    Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered an extremely rare limestone block inscribed with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who reigned in the 2nd... Read more

  • A wooden statue called the Shigir Idol could hold clues to the oldest code written in the world! (AOL Screenshot)

    Is This The World’s Oldest Secret Code? (Video)

    These could be the oldest secret codes on the planet. Experts say the sketches on this wooden statue contain information on the creation of the... Read more

  • The golden mask of King Tutankhamun. (Merce/Flickr)

    New Research Suggests Tutankhamun Died From Genetic Weakness Caused by Family Inbreeding

    In November last year, scientists announced that they had finally solved the mystery of King Tutankhamun’s death after 3,300 years. The boy king, they claimed,... Read more

  • (Joe Angeles/Washington University)

    CT Scans ‘Unwrap’ Secrets of 3 Mummies (+Video)

    Scientists have put three unusually motionless patients through the CT scanner: Egyptian mummies. One of the mummies already was known to have a brain, but... Read more

  • A slave caught by Barbary pirates painted by Ernest Normand (1859–1923)

    The White Slaves of Barbary

    Much attention and condemnation has been directed towards the tragedy of the African slave trade, which took place between the 16th and the 19th centuries... Read more


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