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New Map Splits Brain’s Cortex Into 180 Regions

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


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    New Data Gives Clearer Picture of How Quickly We’re Consuming Natural Resources

    The worldwide use of natural material resources, such as fossil fuels and metals, has tripled in the past 40 years. And it will triple again... Read more

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

    First Image Released From World’s Super Radio Telescope

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

  • The Vjosa river, Albania.  Albania's government in May defied local and international opposition and granted initial approval to a proposal by two Turkish firms to build a 25-metre (80-foot), 99,5 megawatt dam at Pocem. Residents of Kut, 170 kilometres (100 miles) south of Tirana, fear the lake created by the dam will engulf their fields and olive groves, leaving only their houses above the water line.  (GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

    Uproar as Albania to Dam Europe’s ‘Wildest River’

    “This river will bury the living and the dead,” sighed Enver Vasilaj, 93, standing by the Vjosa, one of Europe’s last wild waterways, which runs... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A fracking rig in a rural county of Pennsylvania on July 11, 2013. (James Smith/Epoch Times)

    Fracking May Worsen Asthma for Nearby Residents, Study Says

    CHICAGO—Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year... Read more

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

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

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

    SpaceX Launches Space Station Docking Port for NASA

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

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

    Former UK Defense Official Discusses Real-Life X-Files

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

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    New Study Explains Why Jet Lag Is Worse Traveling East

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

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

    Hillary Clinton’s Role in Investigating Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

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

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

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

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    Will This Year’s Hurricane Forecast Be More Accurate?

    Scientists are testing a new model for predicting the number of hurricanes that are expected to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • (Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock)

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

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

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    New Study Explains Why Jet Lag Is Worse Traveling East

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

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    New Aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Makes Debut in Video

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

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    These Social Animals Inherit Friends From Mom

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

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    Video: Rare ‘Ghost Fish’ Seen for First Time

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

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

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

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

  • In this undated photo provided by Sandia National Laboratories, researcher Leonard Martinez makes an adjustment at the Lightning Simulator lab in Albuquerque, N.M. Researchers are using the simulator to test their knowledge of lightning protection systems by looking at how lightning currents flow through rebar lattice structures. (Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories via AP)

    Researchers With Sandia Labs Study Lightning’s Effects

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Researchers at one of the nation’s federal laboratories are creating simulated lightning as part of an effort to determine how everything from nuclear weapon... Read more

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    10 Sci-Fi Writers Who Successfully Predicted Transport Technology (Infographic)

    H.G. Wells anticipated the tank. The movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” anticipated commercial space flight (albeit more than 16 years earlier than it will actually happen, since the... Read more

  • The Antarctic ozone hole may be starting to heal, finds a new study. (AOL Screenshot)

    Study: Antarctic Ozone Hole Starting to Heal (Video)

    The Antarctic ozone layer may be starting to heal, finds a new study. As an MIT News release about the research states, “The team found... Read more

  • Researchers in Maine pose with terns after measuring, weighing and banding the birds. But what if they weren’t scientists? Amanda Boyd, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Flickr, CC BY

    Even Scientists Take Selfies With Wild Animals. Here’s Why They Shouldn’t.

    One of the great things about being a biologist is getting to work in the field and connect with wildlife. Through my career, I have... Read more

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    Study Reveals Large-Scale Movement Along San Andreas Fault

    New areas of large-scale motion along the San Andreas fault system have been discovered, according to the University of Hawai’i. Using data from an array... Read more

  • A Chameleon extends its tongue and catches a cricket during feeding time at the Melbourne Museum. Scientists have found that sticky mucus on the chameleon’s fleshy projectile helps it hold on to its prey. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

    Slip of the Tongue: Chameleon’s Sticky Secret Revealed

    A stunningly efficient hunter, the chameleon relies on an impressive biological arsenal that includes colour-changing camouflage, panoramic vision, and lots of patience.  And then there’s... Read more

  • A fracking application has been approved in Malton, England, yet opponents of fracking  warn against its environmental impacts. Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same time, said scientists on June 21st, 2016. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

    Scientists Moot ‘Green Fracking’ Technique

    Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same... Read more

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    Did Asteroid Crash Cause Earth’s Rarest Structure?

    Scientists have only found two quasicrystals on Earth. These super rare crystal-like solids have supposedly impossible symmetries. New experiments could explain why they’re so rare:... Read more

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    Report: Great Pyramid of Giza Leans Ever So Slightly

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

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    Why Having a ‘Bird Brain’ Is Actually Awesome

    The macaw has a brain the size of an unshelled walnut and the macaque monkey has one about the size of a lemon. Nevertheless, the... Read more

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

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

  • A 2,000-year-old, 22-pound hunk of butter found recently in a bog in Drakerath, Ireland is still believed to be edible. (AOL Screenshot)

    2,000-Year-Old Edible Butter Found In Ireland (Video)

    Before refrigerators became a regular household appliance, people had to find inventive ways to keep their dairy products fresh. Throwing the delicate edibles into bogs... Read more

  • A tropical fish can tell one human face from another despite lacking a brain section that humans and ‘smart’ animals use for this task.  (Emily Irving-Swift/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘Smart’ Tropical Fish Can Recognise Human Faces

    A tropical fish can tell one human face from another despite lacking a brain section that Homo Sapiens and other “smart” animals use for this... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Former UK Defense Official Discusses Real-Life X-Files

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

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

    Hillary Clinton’s Role in Investigating Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

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

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    The Most Common Coincidences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Astronomers Say Advanced Alien Civilizations Have Existed

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

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

    250-Ton Boulder Seems to Defy Laws of Physics

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

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    Evidence Accumulates for Ancient Transoceanic Voyages, Says Geographer

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

  • A reflected-light image of the controversial Bat Creek Stone. (Scott Wolter/CC BY-SA)

    Ancient Travels to the Americas or a Modern Forgery? Who Made the Bat Creek Inscription?

    The Bat Creek Stone was discovered in a small mound near Knoxville, Tenn., in 1889. It is a small stone tablet engraved with several mysterious... Read more

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    What Role Does Pattern-Seeking Play in Perceiving Coincidences?

    Coincidences emerge in the minds of the beholders. Without a human mind to detect them, most coincidences would not exist. Cognitive processing errors serve for... Read more

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    Quantum Mechanics Has Reached Limit, Says Stanford Scientist Who Offers Alternative

    The present framework of quantum mechanics has reached its limit, said Professor Emeritus Dr. William Tiller of Stanford University’s department of materials science, in a... Read more

  • Dr. Gary Schwartz (Courtesy of Dr. Gary Schwartz) Background: (Shane Perry/Unsplash.com/Public Domain)

    How a Former Yale Professor Turned to Spiritual Science

    Gary Schwartz was raised without faith and steeped in science, but emerged a spiritual man. “I was raised to be an orthodox agnostic,” he said. He... Read more

  • An elves palace in Reykjavik. Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly to those who know how to see them. (Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images)

    Anthropologist Convinced Elves Live Alongside Regular People in Iceland

    Since the beginning of time, elves have been the stuff of legend in Iceland, but locals here will earnestly tell you that elves appear regularly... Read more

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

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

  • Standing stones in Avebury, Whiltshire, England. (CC BY)

    They’re Alive! Megalithic Sites Are More Than Just Stone?

    It doesn’t take much to stimulate the human body’s electro-magnetic circuitry; a small change in the local environment is enough.  People who visit ancient temples... Read more

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    Cambridge Science Historian Contemplates Place of Parapsychology

    Materialism and psychical research are often viewed as antithetical. But psychic phenomena and the occult have been with us all throughout our development of science,... Read more

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

    First Image Released From World’s Super Radio Telescope

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

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

    SpaceX Launches Space Station Docking Port for NASA

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

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    Could Titan Host a Whole Different Kind of Life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jupiter Has New Visitor, a Solar-Powered Spacecraft

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

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

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

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

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

    NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Prepares for Cosmic Date With Jupiter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Returned Astronaut Tim Peake Relishes the Little Things

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

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

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

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

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

    3 International Space Station Astronauts Land in Kazakhstan

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

  • Juno Spacecraft (via NASA.gov)

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

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

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

    Astronomers Say Advanced Alien Civilizations Have Existed

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

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

    Space Feat Opens ‘New Window’ Onto Universe

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

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

    Universe Expanding Faster Than Expected

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

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

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

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

  • Artist's impression of Planet Nine as an ice giant eclipsing the central Milky Way, with a star-like Sun in the distance. (Tomruen, nagualdesign; background taken from File:ESO , CC BY-SA)

    A Stolen Exoplanet That Will Kill Us All? Here’s What We Do Know About ‘Planet Nine’

    Ever since a study suggested that a “Planet Nine” could be lurking in the outskirts of our solar system, astronomers have been busy trying to... Read more

  • While working on her bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy, Michelle Kunimoto found four previously unknown planets. (AOL Screenshot)

    Canadian College Student Finds Four Previously Unknown Planets (Video)

    College is often a time of great personal and scholarly discovery, and that is particularly true of a recent graduate at the University of British... Read more

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    New Data Gives Clearer Picture of How Quickly We’re Consuming Natural Resources

    The worldwide use of natural material resources, such as fossil fuels and metals, has tripled in the past 40 years. And it will triple again... Read more

  • The Vjosa river, Albania.  Albania's government in May defied local and international opposition and granted initial approval to a proposal by two Turkish firms to build a 25-metre (80-foot), 99,5 megawatt dam at Pocem. Residents of Kut, 170 kilometres (100 miles) south of Tirana, fear the lake created by the dam will engulf their fields and olive groves, leaving only their houses above the water line.  (GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

    Uproar as Albania to Dam Europe’s ‘Wildest River’

    “This river will bury the living and the dead,” sighed Enver Vasilaj, 93, standing by the Vjosa, one of Europe’s last wild waterways, which runs... Read more

  • A fracking rig in a rural county of Pennsylvania on July 11, 2013. (James Smith/Epoch Times)

    Fracking May Worsen Asthma for Nearby Residents, Study Says

    CHICAGO—Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year... Read more

  • (3dmotus's/Shutterstock)

    Will This Year’s Hurricane Forecast Be More Accurate?

    Scientists are testing a new model for predicting the number of hurricanes that are expected to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from... Read more

  • A black condor eats a dead alligator floating in the Paraguay river, 
in  Corumba,  gateway  to  the  Pantanal,  a  stunning  biodiversity  
sanctuary which extends through Brazil and eastern Paraguay. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought Kills Paraguay’s Thirsty Alligators

    A drought in northern Paraguay has driven thousands of thirsty alligators to crowd around lakes and wells, scaring off cattle from the dwindling water sources,... Read more

  • Algal bloom in lake in Bavaria. (Wolfilser/Shutterstock)

    Reducing Water Pollution With Microbes and Wood Chips

    Beneath fields of corn and soybeans across the U.S. Midwest lies an unseen network of underground pipes. These systems, which are known as tile drainage... Read more

  • An ancient network of channels which may have taken up to 2.3 million years to form has been found under the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ancient River System Found Under Greenland’s Ice Sheet (Video)

    An ancient network of channels which may have taken up to 2.3 million years to form has been found under the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland... Read more

  • Painting of vaquitas. (Courtesy of Barbara Taylor)

    China Wiped Out Dolphin Species, Now a Porpoise Is Under Threat

    Ever heard of a baiji? It used to be a freshwater dolphin living uniquely in China’s famous Yangtze River. Local fishermen and boatmen considered it... Read more

  • Lionfish at Cyclops Caves, Protaras, Cyprus. (Courtesy of Wolf Werner via Plymouth University)

    Lionfish Invading Mediterranean Sea Must Be Removed ‘Preferably Tomorrow,’ Says Expert

    Less than two dozen lionfish have been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, but they need to be fished out immediately if the ecosystem is to be preserved, a... Read more

  • CASTLE DALE, UT - JUNE 3: The Hunter Power plant operated by PacifiCorp produces electricity on June 3, 2016 outside Castle Dale, Utah. The EPA announced new restrictions on the Huntington and Hunter coal fired power plants in Utah to help reduce pollution and haze at several National Parks in the area. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images

    Toxic Ponds Near These US Power Plants Are Leaking

    Researchers have found heavy metals leaking from unlined coal ash ponds near 21 power plants in five US states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and North... Read more

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    Can We Harness Bacteria to Help Clean Up Future Oil Spills?

    In 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico—the largest offshore spill in U.S... Read more

  • A fracking application has been approved in Malton, England, yet opponents of fracking  warn against its environmental impacts. Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same time, said scientists on June 21st, 2016. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

    Scientists Moot ‘Green Fracking’ Technique

    Adding CO2 instead of water to the cocktail used in fracking could boost oil and gas extraction and help fight global warming at the same... Read more

  • Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi in a historic concert in the Arctic in collaboration with Greenpeace. 
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    Video: Breathtaking Performance by Italian Pianist as He Floats Among Crumbling Arctic Glacier

    An acclaimed Italian pianist and composer performed a stunning concert, while floating in the Arctic surrounded by falling glaciers. Ludovico Einaudi, along with his grand piano, were... Read more

  • A man surf paddles near a beach as sun sets in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 12, 2014. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    Small Tropical Islands Could Become the World’s First 100% Renewable Nations

    We’ve heard a lot about urgent climate action from “world leaders” in developed countries, yet actual concrete achievements have been limited. The rich world may... Read more

  • Young secondary forest in Costa Rica, with old-growth trees visible in the background. (Susan G. Letcher, CC BY-SA)

    Good News on Rain Forests: They Bounce Back Strong, Storing More Carbon Than Thought

    When you cut and burn a tropical forest, you’re left with a barren plain of cracked red mud, incapable of supporting life—the opposite of the... Read more

  • Map of North America’s artificial sky brightness. (Fabio Falchi et al./Science Advances)

    Light Pollution So Bad, 80 Percent of Americans Can’t See Milky Way Anymore

    Light pollution blankets America so extensively, almost four out of five can’t see the Milky Way at night from where they live. And the United States... Read more

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    Scientist: We Could Be Inhaling Microplastics Laden With Chemicals

    Microplastics, or microbeads, are small plastic particles generally defined as being smaller than 5mm and originating from the disintegration of larger plastic. The particles are also used... Read more

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    Large Magma Chamber Dubbed ‘Zombie Volcano’ Found in New Zealand Town

    Geologists have recently discovered a ‘zombie volcano’ in Matata—a small town located in the North Island of New Zealand. The term ‘zombie volcano’ refers to a... Read more

  • Roads built for logging in the Congo Basin have implications for forest management. (Fritz Kleinschroth)

    How Forests Recover Rapidly on Logging Roads in the Congo Basin

    Large areas of tropical forest worldwide are used for selective logging which requires extensive road networks to access trees harvested for timber. It is well... Read more

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    20,000 Bees Chase Car Around for Days After Queen Bee Gets Trapped Inside

    Around 20,000 bees chased down their queen bee after it got trapped inside a car in Pembrokeshire. Eek! pic.twitter.com/oW0FEhNUG0 — Fly FM (@Fly_FM) May 24,... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For decades, many have told stories about an escape tunnel that was dug by hand at Ponar, Lithuania, a Holocaust mass burial site. Researchers recently... Read more

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

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

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

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    Report: Great Pyramid of Giza Leans Ever So Slightly

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

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    Egyptian Pharaohs First Put Houses on a Grid

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

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

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

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

  • (Damian Evans/Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative)

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

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

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

    Archaeologist Claims He’s Found Ancient Greek Kings’ Throne

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

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

    Vast, Ancient Cities Beneath Cambodian Jungle Change History Books

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

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

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

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

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    Evidence Accumulates for Ancient Transoceanic Voyages, Says Geographer

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

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

    Why Did Tutankhamen Have a Dagger Made From a Meteorite?

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

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

    King Tut’s Dagger Was Forged From a Meteorite

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

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    Greek Archaelogist Says He Has Found Aristotle’s Tomb

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

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

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

  • Wayne MacIsaac stands near what he believes may be the remnants of a Norse fortification wall. (Tara MacIsaac/Epoch Times)

    New Lead in the Search for Elusive Norse Settlements

    CODROY VALLEY, Canada–A story passed down in my family for generations may be the clue to finding a lost Norse settlement. The only Norse settlement in the... Read more

  • "The stone tools and faunal remains at the site show that at 14,550 years ago, people knew how to find game, fresh water, and material for making tools," says Michael Waters. "These people were well-adapted to this environment. The site is a slam-dunk pre-Clovis site with unequivocal artifacts, clear stratigraphy, and thorough dating." (Texas A&M University)

    Tusk Hints Humans Were in Florida 14,500 Years Ago

    Stone tools found in a Florida river show that humans settled the southeastern United States far earlier than previously believed—perhaps by as much as 1,500... Read more

  • Rare bronze artifacts, part of a large ancient marine cargo of a merchant ship that sank during the Late Roman period 1,600 years ago seen during a presentation of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Caesarea, Israel. Monday, May 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    Video: Israeli Divers Find Massive Treasure From a Roman Shipwreck 1,600 Years Ago

    Israeli divers discovered a trove of of artifacts, including statues and thousands of coins 1,600 years old, lying on the seabed of the ancient harbor... Read more


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