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  • "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

  • 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

  • Total eclipse of the moon underway over southern California as seen from Korea town ,west of downtown Los Angeles ,early on April 15, 2014. The entire event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were out of luck, according to NASA.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Blood Moon Delights Americas, as Stargazers Prepare for Solar Eclipse on April 29

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear... Read more

  • Aerial view of a burnt out sector of the Jamanxim National Forest at an illegal settlement November 29, 2009, in the Amazon state of Para, nothern Brazil. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought and Fire Push Amazon Forests to Tipping Point

    Deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help create tinderbox conditions for wildfires in remnant forests and contribute to rapid and widespread loss of... Read more

  • Pasir Panjang beach and adjacent forest. (Photo by: Nadine Ruppert)

    Forests and Sea Turtle Nesting Ground At Risk

    Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia’s only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to... Read more

  • SuperPlanetCrash App

    Telescope Apps Help Amateurs Hunt for Exoplanets

    People around the world are being invited to learn how to hunt for planets, using two new online apps devised by scientists at the University... Read more

  • Wind farm in the Dominican Republic. (Tiffany Roufs/news.mongabay.com)

    UN Touts Ambitious (But Cheap) Investment in Renewable Energy

    The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly... 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

  • Blood Moon

    Blood Moon Live Stream: Watch Lunar Eclipse Live Video (+Date, Time)

    The lunar eclipse and blood moon are being live streamed through multiple sources early Tuesday morning. The live video is being provided by NASA along... Read more

  • (YouTube)

    Pastor John Hagee: Blood Moon a ‘Signal’ of ‘World-shaking Event’

    Pastor John Hagee, who is credited by some for popularizing the term “Blood Moon,” says that the upcoming tetrad (series of blood moons) signals something... Read more

  • Blood Moon

    Pink Moon, Paschal Full Moon: First of the ‘Tetrad’ Begins April 15; What Time is the Full Moon?

    The so-called “Blood Moon,” referring to a total lunar eclipse, is also a Paschal Moon and a “Pink Moon.” It takes place on the night... 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

  • Ants at work. (Shutterstock*)

    Ants Plant Rainforests, One Seed at a Time

    Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and... Read more

  • Even bacteria get sick. (Zappys Technology Solutions, CC BY)

    Scientists Pinpoint When Harmless Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Monsters

    Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always... Read more

  • "Phages are the most abundant life forms on the planet—if you consider viruses to be alive," Paul Ebner says. "You can eat thousands of phages just by licking your lips." (Shutterstock*)

    These ‘Spaceship’ Viruses Can Kill E. Coli in Food

    Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows. In the study, an... Read more

  • "There was a sense that no catalyst could efficiently reduce carbon monoxide to a liquid. We have a solution to this problem that's made of copper, which is cheap and abundant," says Matthew Kanan. "We hope our results inspire other people to work on our system or develop a new catalyst that converts carbon monoxide to fuel."(Wikimedia Commons)

    Copper Catalyst Makes Ethanol Without Crops

    Scientists have found a highly efficient way to make liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol... Read more

  • Bar-Headed Goose. (Tejinder Singh Rawal/Wimipedia Commons)

    World’s Highest Flying Bird may Hold Key to Prevention of Heart Attacks

    In a significant breakthrough, scientists studying the survival mechanism of the world’s highest-flying bird- the bar-head goose, have indicated that the new insights gained from... Read more

  • Wineberry, or wine raspberry, is a typical species in the genus Rubus, which contains blackberry and raspberry. It was introduced into the United States in 1890 as breeding stock for new Rubus cultivars and is used today by berry breeders to add specific genes to berry varieties or species. Wineberry is an example of one man's flower being another man's weed. (Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group)

    Invasive Species: If We Can’t Beat Them, Maybe We Should Eat Them

    What to do about invasive species, which are having a growing and generally detrimental effect on Europe’s environment and economies, is the subject of discussion... Read more

  • Baby Olive Ridley turtle  (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Baby Olive Ridley Turtles Journey to the Sea

    Six lakh Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings made their way to the sea in Orissa’s Rushikulya Rookery. One of the few mass nesting site for the... 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

  • Bar-Headed Goose. (Tejinder Singh Rawal/Wimipedia Commons)

    World’s Highest Flying Bird may Hold Key to Prevention of Heart Attacks

    In a significant breakthrough, scientists studying the survival mechanism of the world’s highest-flying bird- the bar-head goose, have indicated that the new insights gained from... Read more

  • Blood Moon

    ‘Blood Moon’ Attracts Stargazers, Conspiracy Theories

    Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse will bring out both stargazers and conspiracy theorists alike as the blood red moon fills up the early morning sky.…... Read more

  • Wheelchair

    Will Electric Shocks Cure Paralysis?

    A new experimental treatment uses electricity to help people suffering from paralysis stand up and even walk! Could this technique provide a cure for some... Read more

  • Yelp

    Do Yelp Food Reviews Expose the Inner Self?

    Word choice in online restaurant reviews reveals a lot about people’s inner worlds, according to new research. The study, appearing in the journal First Monday, uses... Read more

  • Good Luck

    Luck Can Save You From Public Scorn

    Researchers tested people’s beliefs about luck. What they found was that Spock was right—humans are “highly illogical” and will let “lucky” offenders off the hook... Read more

  • Rabbit or duck, it’s all in the eyes. (Wikimedia, CC BY)

    Animals Could Help Reveal Why Humans Fall for Illusions

    Visual illusions, such as the rabbit-duck (shown above) and café wall (shown below) are fascinating because they remind us of the discrepancy between perception and... Read more

  • That is probably an underestimate. (NASA HiRISE camera, CC BY)

    Massive Asteroid May Have Kickstarted the Movement of Continents

    Earth was still a violent place shortly after life began, with regular impactors arriving from space. For the first time, scientists have modelled the effects... Read more

  • "Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven. Rather, they are cognitively driven," says Jean Decety. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

    The Brain’s Need for Justice Is Based In Reason, Not Emotion

    New research based on brain scans shows that people who care about justice are swayed more by reason than by emotion. Psychologists have found that... Read more

  • (Russell Garwood/NHM)

    Ancient Arachnids Had Four Eyes, Researchers Discover

    Some ancient spiders had four eyes, researchers just discovered in studying a 305-million-year-old fossil of a harvestman.  The researchers say that the discovery adds to... Read more

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    Watch: Ever Wonder What Sound Looks Like?

    Have you ever wondered what sound looks like? You may picture a graphical depiction, perhaps showing the frequency of a sound wave or the audio... Read more

  • The Mummy of Tamut, a temple singer around 900 BC, is shown during a press conference at the British Museum in London, Wednesday April 9, 2014. Scientists at the British Museum have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing the skin, bones, internal organs, and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers. The results are going on display in an exhibition which sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed 3-D images of their insides. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    New Technology Unwraps Mummies’ Ancient Mysteries

    LONDON— The fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists have used CT... Read more

  • Minoan pottery from Crete. The Minoan civilization flourished from 3,000 to 1,100 B.C.  (Agon S. Buchholz/Wikimedia Commons)

    Where the Swastika Was Found 12,000 Years Before Hitler Made Us Uncomfortable About It

    The earliest known swastika was found in 10,000 B.C. in the Ukraine, carved on mammoth ivory. Its meaning has been a good one for thousands... Read more

  • Mars

    Opposition of Mars: Red Planet to Shine Brightly in Tonight’s Sky

    The opposition of Mars is upon us. Every 26 months, including April 8, Mars, the Sun, and Earth end up in a nearly-straight line. With... Read more

  • NASA Video: Hint of Universe’s Elusive Dark Matter

    A new NASA video shows the most compelling hint of dark matter ever recorded. Using raw data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope, scientists isolated an... Read more

  • (Screenshot/DNews)

    Do Animals Have a Sense of Humor?

    We know that some animals, like dogs and apes, can laugh. Can an animal also have a sense of humor? Join Anthony as he discusses... Read more

  • This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Dr. Molly Freeman pulling Listeria bacteria from a tube to be tested for its DNA fingerprinting in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target: Listeria, a kind of bacteria that's the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning, and one that's especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the technology has helped to solve a small listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Experts Decode Germs’ DNA to Fight Food Poisoning

    WASHINGTON—Chances are you’ve heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings?... Read more

  • "This approach should pave the way to generating more valuable biomass that can be processed in a more energy efficient manner for biofuels and paper products," says John Ralph. (Charles Knowles/Flickr)

    Poplar Trees Engineered to Break Down Into Biofuel

    What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper production and to make poplars more digestible for cattle, may now lead to a... 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

  • Chupacabra Found? Probably Not; Texas Couple Gets Animal Euthanized

    A “chupacabra”–which is probably a raccoon–found in Texas by a couple was later euthanized, according to reports on Monday. The couple, Jackie Stock and Arlen... Read more

  • Dulce, New Mexico

    Alien-Human Battle of 1979 in New Mexico: Alleged Eye-Witness Report

    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

  • Consciousness

    Astronomer Says Spiritual Phenomena Exist in Other Dimensions

    Astronomer and mathematician Bernard Carr theorizes that many of the phenomena we experience but cannot explain within the physical laws of this dimension actually occur... 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

  • Skeptic

    What Is Unhealthy Skepticism?

    According to Webster’s dictionary, a skeptic is “One who is yet undecided as to what is true; one who is looking or inquiring for what... Read more

  • London Hammer

    Out of Place in Time: Was This Hammer Made 100 Million Years Ago?

    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

  • Herbal Cancer Treatment

    Cancer Cure? Lotion Draws Out Tumor Without Bleeding (Photos)

    Linda came across a strange, sweet-smelling black salve said to cure cancer. An acquaintance had obtained it from an elderly woman whose family had placed... Read more

  • (Screenshot/AllTime10s)

    10 Mysterious Airline Disasters in History

    With Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 still missing and shrouded in mystery, here are 10 other strange and unexplained airline disasters.…... Read more

  • Hypnosis

    Science of Spirit Possession

    Modern science questions much of the knowledge gained through the collective memory of humanity over the course of millennia. “Every culture and religious belief system... Read more

  • A car rides between US tanks, in October 1961, across the famous border of the American sector in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie crossing point, the only one in the Berlin Wall between East (Soviet sector) and West Berlin (American sector) used only by diplomats and foreigners. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Psychic Spies of the Cold War

    The U.S. government’s use of trained psychics for military application has a history dating back at least a few decades. Project Stargate was an umbrella... Read more

  • Total eclipse of the moon underway over southern California as seen from Korea town ,west of downtown Los Angeles ,early on April 15, 2014. The entire event was to be visible from North and South America, but sky watchers in northern and and eastern Europe, eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia were out of luck, according to NASA.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Blood Moon Delights Americas, as Stargazers Prepare for Solar Eclipse on April 29

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse — at least those fortunate enough to have clear... Read more

  • SuperPlanetCrash App

    Telescope Apps Help Amateurs Hunt for Exoplanets

    People around the world are being invited to learn how to hunt for planets, using two new online apps devised by scientists at the University... Read more

  • Blood Moon

    Blood Moon Live Stream: Watch Lunar Eclipse Live Video (+Date, Time)

    The lunar eclipse and blood moon are being live streamed through multiple sources early Tuesday morning. The live video is being provided by NASA along... Read more

  • (YouTube)

    Pastor John Hagee: Blood Moon a ‘Signal’ of ‘World-shaking Event’

    Pastor John Hagee, who is credited by some for popularizing the term “Blood Moon,” says that the upcoming tetrad (series of blood moons) signals something... Read more

  • Blood Moon

    Pink Moon, Paschal Full Moon: First of the ‘Tetrad’ Begins April 15; What Time is the Full Moon?

    The so-called “Blood Moon,” referring to a total lunar eclipse, is also a Paschal Moon and a “Pink Moon.” It takes place on the night... Read more

  • The moon is seen taking different orange tones during a lunar eclipse over Mexico City, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. The event was widely visible from the United States and Canada as well as South America, the Pacific Ocean, western Asia and Australia. During a total lunar eclipse, the moon's disk can take on a colorful appearance from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and, rarely, very dark gray. (AP Photo Marco Ugarte)

    Blood Moon: Red or Orange ‘Pink Full Moon’ and Lunar Eclipse (Tetrad) Taking Place April 15

    The “Blood Moon,” or a moon that can turn red or orange, is slated for April 15–along with a lunar eclipse. The rare sight from... Read more

  • This Tuesday, March 26, 2013 file photo provided by NASA shows the release of the SpaceX Dragon-2 spacecraft from the International Space Station. NASA is pressing ahead, on Monday, April 14, 2014, with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising the situation is safe. (AP Photo/NASA)

    NASA Presses Ahead Monday Launch Despite Dead Computer at Space Station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA is pressing ahead with Monday’s planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station, promising... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Newsy)

    NASA’s New ‘Flying Saucer’ Key to Mars Missions (Video)

    NASA’s Low Density Supersonic Decelerator aims to use an inflatable addition to increase drag and slow down spacecrafts landing on Mars.…... Read more

  • The moon rises above the Savior of Spilled Blood Cathedral in downtown St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    Full Pink Moon: ‘Blood Moon’ on April 15 Along with Lunar Eclipse

    A full Pink Moon will take place on April 15, 2014. A lunar eclipse will also take place, making it also a “Blood Moon.” According... 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

  • Mars

    Opposition of Mars: Red Planet to Shine Brightly in Tonight’s Sky

    The opposition of Mars is upon us. Every 26 months, including April 8, Mars, the Sun, and Earth end up in a nearly-straight line. With... 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 2014: Dates, Peak Times, Maps, More Info

    The Lyrids meteor shower is a welcome return after the last meteor shower ended on January 10. The Lyrids begin on April 16 and go... Read more

  • The moon is 37 per cent obscured by the Earth's shadow during the partial lunar eclipse above Sydney on June 4, 2012. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/GettyImages)

    Lunar Eclipse 2014: Americas Get Front-Row Seat

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— North and South America, get ready for the first eclipse of the year. Next Tuesday morning, the moon will be eclipsed by... Read more

  • Nasa's Solar Dynamic Observatory has captured amazing close-up footage of a solar flare erupting from the surface of the Sun. (ITN)

    Incredible NASA Close-Up View of Solar Flare Erupting from Sun

    NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory has captured amazing close-up footage of a solar flare erupting from the surface of the Sun.…... Read more

  • NASA Video: Hint of Universe’s Elusive Dark Matter

    A new NASA video shows the most compelling hint of dark matter ever recorded. Using raw data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope, scientists isolated an... Read more

  • This diagram illustrates the possible interior of Saturn's moon Enceladus based on a gravity investigation by NASA's Cassini spacecraft and NASA's Deep Space Network. The gravity measurements suggest an ice outer shell and a low density, rocky core with a regional water ocean sandwiched in between at high southern latitudes. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    There’s a Large Ocean Inside Saturn’s Icy Moon

    Using gravity measurements collected by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists have confirmed that Saturn’s icy moon is home to a large subsurface ocean near its south... Read more

  • This photo provided by NASA shows water vapor jets, emitted from the southern polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL, Caltec, Space Science Institute)

    Saturn’s Moon Enceladus: Vast Ocean Found Beneath Ice

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s little moon Enceladus. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using... Read more

  • The image, publicly provided by the European Space Agency ESA, shows an artist rendering of a Sentinel satellite. The European Space Agency is launching the first of six satellites that will be part of a new system designed to better monitor climate change, environmental disasters and catastrophes like floods, volcanoes and earthquakes.  (AP Photo/ European Space Agency, ESA) MANDATORY CREDIT

    ESA Launches First of Six Climate Change Satellites

    BERLIN—The European Space Agency is launching the first of six satellites for a new system designed to better monitor climate change, environmental disasters and catastrophes... Read more

  • The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. (YouTube.com. ScreenShot)

    After Seeing This Video, Your Perception of the Universe Will Never Be the Same Again

    The universe is big. Really big.  A recent movie created by the American Museum of Natural History shows you exactly how unfathomably huge it really is,... Read more

  • A Lyrid meteor shower captured by NASA astronaut Don Pettit out the window of the International Space Station on April 21, 2012. The lights of Florida are also visible. (NASA)

    Lyrids Meteor Shower in April, And Other Meteor Shower Dates In 2014

    The Lyrids meteor show is coming up in 2014, beginning on April 16 and going through April 25. The peak is on the night of... Read more

  • 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

  • Aerial view of a burnt out sector of the Jamanxim National Forest at an illegal settlement November 29, 2009, in the Amazon state of Para, nothern Brazil. (Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drought and Fire Push Amazon Forests to Tipping Point

    Deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help create tinderbox conditions for wildfires in remnant forests and contribute to rapid and widespread loss of... Read more

  • Pasir Panjang beach and adjacent forest. (Photo by: Nadine Ruppert)

    Forests and Sea Turtle Nesting Ground At Risk

    Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia’s only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to... Read more

  • Wind farm in the Dominican Republic. (Tiffany Roufs/news.mongabay.com)

    UN Touts Ambitious (But Cheap) Investment in Renewable Energy

    The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly... Read more

  • Ants at work. (Shutterstock*)

    Ants Plant Rainforests, One Seed at a Time

    Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and... Read more

  • Even bacteria get sick. (Zappys Technology Solutions, CC BY)

    Scientists Pinpoint When Harmless Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Monsters

    Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always... Read more

  • "Phages are the most abundant life forms on the planet—if you consider viruses to be alive," Paul Ebner says. "You can eat thousands of phages just by licking your lips." (Shutterstock*)

    These ‘Spaceship’ Viruses Can Kill E. Coli in Food

    Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows. In the study, an... Read more

  • "There was a sense that no catalyst could efficiently reduce carbon monoxide to a liquid. We have a solution to this problem that's made of copper, which is cheap and abundant," says Matthew Kanan. "We hope our results inspire other people to work on our system or develop a new catalyst that converts carbon monoxide to fuel."(Wikimedia Commons)

    Copper Catalyst Makes Ethanol Without Crops

    Scientists have found a highly efficient way to make liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. The discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol... Read more

  • Wineberry, or wine raspberry, is a typical species in the genus Rubus, which contains blackberry and raspberry. It was introduced into the United States in 1890 as breeding stock for new Rubus cultivars and is used today by berry breeders to add specific genes to berry varieties or species. Wineberry is an example of one man's flower being another man's weed. (Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group)

    Invasive Species: If We Can’t Beat Them, Maybe We Should Eat Them

    What to do about invasive species, which are having a growing and generally detrimental effect on Europe’s environment and economies, is the subject of discussion... Read more

  • Baby Olive Ridley turtle  (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

    Baby Olive Ridley Turtles Journey to the Sea

    Six lakh Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings made their way to the sea in Orissa’s Rushikulya Rookery. One of the few mass nesting site for the... Read more

  • (Shuttertsock*)

    Climate Change Meets Hollywood

    How do you make climate science or (yawn) energy efficiency dramatic enough to captivate a Showtime audience more used to the serial killers, sex, and... Read more

  • The largest global assessment of urban biodiversity to date shows our urban jungles may be more wild than we thought. (Shutterstock*)

    Life Finds a Way: Surprising Biodiversity in Cities

    Public perception of wildlife tends to be tied to natural habitats such as forests, ocean and other wild settings. However, cities can provide habitat for... Read more

  • Urban rooftops are green spaces (Photo by Alyson Hurt)

    Life Finds a Way: The Surprising Biodiversity of Cities

    Public perception of wildlife tends to be tied to natural habitats such as forests, ocean and other wild settings. However, cities can provide habitat for... Read more

  • Pump jacks are seen at dawn in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 24, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports. (David McNew/Getty Images)

    Geologists Link Earthquake Activity to Fracking in Ohio

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the... Read more

  • Kakapo, flightless New Zealand bird (Shane Mcinnes, news.mongabay.com)

    List of the 100 Most Endangered Birds in the World.

    The comic dodo, the stately great auk, the passenger pigeon blotting out the skies, the giant moas reigning over New Zealand: human kind has wiped... Read more

  • Support ships are seen near where efforts continue to recover oil and cap the Deepwater Horizon spill site on July 3, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    BP Oil Spill Health Concerns Linger (video)

    Researchers studying the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill say it could be years before they understand how the exposure to oil and dispersants is impacting... Read more

  • ECOncrete CEO Shimrit Perkol-Finkel talks about the ECOncrete tide pools at Brooklyn Bridge Park, April 2, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    NYC Marine Life Bolstered by Israeli Technology

    NEW YORK—An Israeli company specialized in ecologically friendly solutions for coastal and marine infrastructure is making its mark on New York City. Tel Aviv-based ECOncrete... Read more

  • Pruning tomatoes in my garden.  (Todd Heft/bigblogofgardening.com)

    Prune Those Tomato Suckers!

    “Should I prune my tomatoes?” “If they’re the vine-types, yes. Especially the suckers.” “What are suckers?” I can’t count how many times I’ve had this... Read more

  • Abel Nzeheke collects samples for analysis (Thomas Gillespie/news.mongabay.com)

    Next Big Idea in Forest Conservation? Connecting Deforestation to Disease

    Dr. Thomas Gillespie is concerned with the connections between conservation and disease, with a particular emphasis on primates. Much of his research examines the places... Read more

  • Grazing Animals To Rescue Grasslands

    RESEARCH: A team of scientists has come up with a unique solution to conserve and protect the grasslands that cover more than a quarter 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

    Alien-Human Battle of 1979 in New Mexico: Alleged Eye-Witness Report

    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

  • (Screenshot/Alien Disclosure Group UK/YouTube)

    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)

    Bizarre Cattle Mutilations Baffle Investigators

    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

  • UFOs

    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

  • UFO

    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

  • UFO

    More Than 14,000 UFO Sightings in Canada Since 1989

    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

    6 Best UFO Sightings This Month (+Photos +Videos)

    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)

    Life on Mars? NASA Investigates Mystery ‘Rock’

    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

  • (Shutterstock*)

    Space Aliens Live Quietly Among Us, Say Some Scientists and Officials

    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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