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Centuries-Old Shipwreck Found Off North Carolina Coast

Scientists discovered a previously unknown shipwreck off the North Carolina Coast that may date back to the American Revolution, Duke University said Friday.<p>Using sonar and a robotic underwater vehicle, marine scientists from Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of …

New Horizons' Latest: Fly Over Pluto's Ice Mountains and Alien Plains

The hit parade from NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto continued on Friday with views of an alien-looking plain in the dwarf planet's "heart," dark streaks on the surface that look like windswept trails, and mountainous terrain named after Everest climber Tenzing Norgay.<p>The focus of Friday's news …

Solar System

Photos Of Pluto Reveal A 'Toy Store' Of Surprises

Pluto turns out to be pretty lively.<p>Not Las Vegas, perhaps, but more vivacious with geologic activity than we've ever known about, and for good reason: Pluto is currently almost 3 billion miles away from Earth, a dwarf planet spinning in the lonely last ring of our solar system.<p>But this week the …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Book in Brief: Dinosaurs of the British Isles

A few months back I finally got a chance to visit one of the dinosaur museums that I had been longing to see since childhood – London’s Natural History Museum. Familiar fossil faces greeted me as I made my way through the historic halls. “Dippy” the <i>Diplodocus</i> stood at attention near the museum …

Paleontology

Life-size Ivory Elephant Sculpture Unveiled in Botswana

Wildlife<p><b>A towering elephant sculpture made entirely from ivory tusks will now greet arrivals at Gaborone’s international airport, in Botswana––a poignant symbol of the country’s commitment to protecting wild elephants.</b><p>The 2.5-ton sculpture, constructed from the tusks of animals that died of natural …

Extinction

Charon: The Mega-Moon With a Mountain in a Moat

Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is almost as enigmatic as Pluto. As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft helps unveil the underworldly moon, most of its features are turning out to be more puzzling than expected.<p>Early images showed an unexpectedly dark polar cap, which scientists think could be the result …

Life on Mars: when will humans live on the Red Planet?

Fifty years after the first close-up images of Mars, Rosa Silverman speaks to the science writer who believes there will be life on Mars before the 21st century ends<p>The human race was able to view the furthest reaches of the solar system in high-definition glory this week, as Nasa’s New Horizons …

French Food

Could Dragons Have Existed If Evolution Had Taken A Different Turn?

A reptile expert examines the evidence.<p>It would have taken quite a few turns for natural selection to have produced dragons, but if you're willing to stretch a bit, most classic dragon characteristics do exist in other species. They just don't come packaged in one animal.<p>First up on the dragon …

The best images from the Pluto flyby week

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft snapped the first high-resolution photographs of Pluto and its moons this week. The images reveal the planetary system in unprecedented detail — highlighting mountain ranges, icy plains, deep canyons, and more. Planetary scientists are now using the images to figure …

Big Hydro Threatens to Wipe Out Little Hydro in Malaysia

Tensions are rising over a large proposed dam that would flood six rural villages—and their microhydro systems—to provide power and water to cities.<p>Nestled within the rain forest of Malaysian Borneo, a handful of villages are so remote they don't even have roads. They do, however, have …

Forestry

Update on mission to asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission is on target for a 2016 launch to near-Earth asteroid Bennu. It will reach Bennu in 2018 and return samples to Earth in …

‘I think the solar system saved the best till last’ says lead investigator as Nasa states only 1-2% of data from mission to dwarf planet has been downloaded so far<p>Pluto has giant plains threaded with trenches and studded with hills, Nasa revealed on Friday, as researchers of the New Horizons …

Solar System

Bleaching Poses a Threat to Hawaii's Coral Reefs, Scientists Say

Coral reefs, already under threat around the globe, may be in particularly acute danger in the waters of Hawaii because of a phenomenon known as bleaching.<p>Coral makes up less than 1 percent of the underwater ecosystem yet helps to protect 25 percent of marine species, generates tourism revenue and …

Extreme Science: Town On Fire

What we can learn from a blaze that's still burning after half a century<p>Town On Fire<p>What we can learn from a blaze that's been burning for half a century<p>Town On Fire<p>Extreme Science Centralia <i>by PopSci</i><p>May 27, 1962, was an ordinary spring Sunday in the rolling green hills of Centralia, Pennsylvania. …

No double moon in 2018, or ever

2018 will be an excellent year to view Mars. The planet will be closer to Earth – and brighter in our sky – than since 2003. But as big as the moon? …

Moov’s new fitness tracker will coach you through your workout

Moov has launched its new wearable fitness device – MOOV NOW – which is available for pre-order, with a limited number being sold at a discounted price of $59.99 instead of $99.99.<p>The band itself is designed to be lightweight and breathable, and is worn on the ankle as opposed to the wrist. It …