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A ‘Mysterious Purple Orb’ Spotted In Deep Ocean Stumps Scientists (Video)

During a recent exploration of the waters near the Channel Islands, the crew of the E/V Nautilus encountered a truly mysterious purple orb just floating amid some rocks. (AOL Screenshot)
During a recent exploration of the waters near the Channel Islands, the crew of the E/V Nautilus encountered a truly mysterious purple orb just floating amid some rocks. (AOL Screenshot)

During a recent exploration of the waters near the Channel Islands, the crew of the E/V Nautilus encountered a truly mysterious purple orb just floating...




  • A gel image of the DNA of 96 horses displayed on a computer monitor at the UC Davis veterinary genetics lab in Davis, Calif., on April 24, 2002. DNA is an information-storing molecule; the genes passed from generation to generation transmit the blueprints for creating the organism. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Scientists Work Toward Storing Digital Information in DNA

    NEW YORK—Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her “digital attic”—a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer... 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

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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

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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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