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Black Hole in Milky Way Wakes Up After 26 Years (Video)

Astronomers have been observing the recent activity of V404 Cygni, a system consisting of a black hole and companion star, which had been dormant for the past 26 years. (AOL Screenshot)
Astronomers have been observing the recent activity of V404 Cygni, a system consisting of a black hole and companion star, which had been dormant for the past 26 years. (AOL Screenshot)

In space, a dormant system can reactivate at any time, even after decades of inactivity. One recent example is the reawakening of the V404 Cygni...




  • Round natural pearls are rarely found in nature. So when archaeologists uncovered a 2000-year-old near-round pearl on the north Kimberly coast of Western Australia, they described it as 'irreplaceable.' (AOL Screenshot)

    Archaeologists Uncover Rare 2,000-Year-Old Pearl (Video)

    Round natural pearls are rarely found in nature. So when archaeologists from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the University of New England (UNE) uncovered... Read more

  • Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding exactly how ancient dinosaurs evolved into modern birds. (AOL Screenshot)

    How the Beak is Providing a Breakthrough in Bird Evolution (Video)

    If you want to get the most realistic look at some dinosaurs this summer, your best bet really isn’t “Jurassic World.” No, your best bet... Read more

  • A BBC documentary shows scientists revealing that most of the 800 ancient Egyptian animal mummies they scanned do not contain full skeletons; in fact, many contain no animal remains at all. (AOL Screenshot)

    Many Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies Have Little To No Skeletal Remains (Video)

    Thanks to technology, scientists now know that around two-thirds of more than 800 animal mummies from ancient Egypt do not contain full animal skeletons. In... Read more

  • According to a recently published paper, paleontologists in China have discovered a new species of bird that is dated to be around 130.7 million years old and represents the earliest known ancestor to modern birds. (AOL Screenshot)

    Modern Birds’ Oldest Known Ancestor Found in China (Video)

    The oldest known bird species from which all current ones have descended has been found in China. It is estimated to have lived approximately 130.7... Read more

  • According to a recently published study, 60% of the world's largest terrestrial herbivores are facing extinction. (AOL Screenshot)

    60% of World’s Largest Herbivores Facing Extinction (Video)

    According to a recently published study, many large wild herbivores are facing extinction. The study, led by Professor William Ripple of Oregon State University, covered... Read more

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    Our Ancestors Saw This Every Night—Now We’re Shocked at the Rare Sight

    Light pollution is an environmental hazard not often discussed alongside the other hazards produced by our modern lifestyle. Yet it is depriving us of an... Read more

  • Paleontologists have recently announced the discovery of a new winged dinosaur in China named “Yi qi” meaning “strange wing”; it is estimated to be around 160 million years old. (AOL Screenshot)

    Winged Dinosaur Discovered in China (Video)

    Despite the numerous dinosaur discoveries that have been made, paleontologists continue to unearth new species. Now, a  winged dinosaur  found in China has been added... Read more

  • Antarctica is a cold, largely barren place, but researchers report they have come upon a previously unknown place on the frozen continent that may be teeming with life. (AOL Screenshot)

    Microbial Life May Exist in Newly Discovered Waters Below Antarctic Surface (Video)

    Researchers report they have come upon a previously unknown place on Antarctica that may be teeming with life. They’ve discovered that salty water exists beneath the surface... Read more

  • A mysterious, glowing object was spotted in the sky over Bakersfield, California. Some wonder if this was a UFO sighting. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mysterious Glowing Object Seen in California Sky (Video)

    A mysterious, glowing object was spotted in the sky over Bakersfield, California. Some wonder if this was a UFO sighting.…... Read more

  • Curiosity’s hard work has once again proven to pay off, turning up evidence that liquid water quite likely exists on Mars at this time. (AOL Screenshot)

    Evidence Found That Supports Current Existence of Liquid Water on Mars (Video)

    Curiosity’s hard work is once again paying off by turning up evidence that liquid water quite likely exists on Mars at this time. A paper... Read more

  • One line from a NASA panel discussion is making headlines: a prediction that we will have signs of life within the next 20-30 years. (AOL Screenshot)

    NASA’s Claim We’ll Find Alien Life Isn’t Out of This World (Video)

    Dr. Ellen Stofan said,  “I’m gonna say I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond earth within a decade and I think... Read more

  • Archaeologists digging in Tulln, Austria discovered an approximately 300-year-old full camel skeleton, the first of its kind to turn up in central Europe. (AOL Screenshot)

    300-Year-Old Camel Skeleton Found Buried Beneath Cellar in Austria (Video)

    Back in the days when the Ottoman Empire was sending its armies far and wide to claim more territory, troops often traveled with camels specially... Read more

  • A 508-million-year-old arthropod is thought to share a common ancestor with spiders and scorpions. (AOL Screenshot)

    New Arthropod Fossil Might be Relative of Spiders, Scorpions (Video)

    Paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a new arthropod. Yawunik kootenayi was swimming around oceans in Canada in the Cambrian period, 508 million years... Read more

  • A group of Harvard researchers have been working on this project for a while, but it's not without critics. (AOL Screenshot)

    Scientists Add Woolly Mammoth DNA to Elephant Cells (Video)

    The woolly mammoth has been extinct for some 4,000 years. But now researchers are attempting to bring it back to life. A team at Harvard University has successfully inserted woolly... Read more

  • Researchers looking for habitable planets in the galaxy are using a model that estimates more planets could support life than previously thought. (AOL Screenshot)

    New Research Predicts Billions of Livable Milky Way Planets (Video)

    The search for habitable planets may have just taken a big step forward. New research indicates most stars in the Milky Way have between one... Read more

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    What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

    What makes a person believe that he visited heaven? Is there a way for science to get at what’s really going on? In the April 2015 issue of... Read more


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