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Garage reveals trove of grandmother's paintings, all inspired by the stars

When Skyler Davis was cleaning out his stepmother's garage, he stumbled upon some beautiful paintings created by his grandmother, Erva Lee Edler, who …

Painting

Ancient Footprints Discovered in Arizona

The recent discovery of dozens of remarkably well-preserved footprints in the southern Arizona desert provides new insights into how Native people …

Small Spaces

2016 January 26 - A Candidate for the Biggest Boom Yet Seen

<b>A Candidate for the Biggest Boom Yet Seen</b> <b><br>Illustration Credit:</b> Jin Ma (Beijing Planetarium)<p><b>Explanation:</b> It is a candidate for the brightest and most …

Cosmology

2016 January 18 - Proxima Centauri: The Closest Star

<b>Proxima Centauri: The Closest Star</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> ESA/Hubble & NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> Does the closest star to our Sun have planets? No one is sure -- but …

Science

Archaeologists have hailed the finding of a 3,000-year-old 'bronze age Pompeii' in England

The settlement of large circular wooden houses, built on stilts, collapsed in a fire and plunged into a river where it was preserved in silts leaving them in pristine condition, Historic England said.<p>Discoveries from the dwellings in Whittlesey, in central England, which archaeologists said had …

Archaeology

2016 January 11 - A Colorful Solar Corona over the Himalayas

<b>A Colorful Solar Corona over the Himalayas</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Jeff Dai<p><b>Explanation:</b> What are those colorful rings around the Sun? A corona …

Astronomy

2016 January 3 - A Starry Night of Iceland

<b>A Starry Night of Iceland</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees); <i>Rollover Annotation:</i> Judy Schmidt<p><b>Explanation:</b> On some nights, the sky is the …

Cosmology

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover just snapped a picture of something that's unlike anything it encountered before

The new Mastcam color self portrait was taken just days ago on December 19, and includes the first ever color images of the rover deck.<p>Previously, …

Dozens of Mummies Unearthed at Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Archaeologists have discovered the final resting place of at least 50 royal Egyptians — including princes, princesses and infants — while excavating …

Archaeology

Viking hoard discovery reveals little-known king 'airbrushed from history'

A hoard of Viking coins could change our understanding of English history, after showing how Alfred the Great 'airbrushed' out a rival king<p>A Viking hoard discovered by an amateur metal detectorist could prompt the re-writing of English history, after experts claimed it shows how <b>Alfred the …

NASA releases the highest resolution images ever taken of Pluto

NASA has just released the highest resolution photographs of the surface of Pluto from the New Horizons flyby. The images were taken about 10,000 miles (17,000 kilometers) above the surface of Pluto, just 15 minutes before the spacecraft's closest approach.<p>These are also the highest quality images …

Solar System

Mysterious 555-Million-Year-Old Organism Reveals Ancient Life Was Strangely Advanced

Life on Earth has been through quite the journey. After its emergence around 4.1 billion years ago, life evolved and diversified rapidly during the …

Confirmed: Oldest Fragment of Early Earth is 4.4 Billion Years Old

Ever heard this life advice? When solving a big problem seems impossible, break it into smaller steps.<p>Well, scientists just took one of geology's …

Earth Science

Ancient viruses are alive in humans and crucial for life, says Stanford University

The human genome is littered with sequences left behind from long-ago viral infections but now scientists have found the code is still active<p>Ancient viruses were critical to the evolution of humans and infections left genetic code in our bodies which is still essential for life today, Stanford …

Biology

Genetic history of Europeans revealed

<b>A study of ancient DNA has shed new light on European genetic history.</b><p>It confirms that farming spread across Europe due to the influx of ancient people from what is now eastern Turkey.<p>Many modern Europeans owe their taller stature to these early farmers - and a later influx of Bronze Age "horsemen" …

Anthropology

A Fossil Tropical Forest Is Helping Solve an Ancient Climate Mystery

A team of scientists has unearthed the fossil remnants of a tropical forest on the arctic island of Svalbard, and it could help explain one of the …

A Prehistoric Murder Mystery: Earth's Worst Mass Extinctions

<i>Paul Wignall is the author of "</i>The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions<i>" (Princeton University Press). He</i> …

Lost Island of Ancient Greece Discovered in Aegean Sea

Archaeologists think they may have found the city of Kane, site of a major battle between Athens and Sparta during the Peloponnesian war.<p>An international team of archaeologists and geophysicists believe they have discovered a lost island in the eastern Aegean that was once home to the ancient city …

Hobbits Were a Separate Species, Ancient Chompers Show

An ancient, 3-foot-tall (0.9 meters) human whose diminutive stature has earned it the nickname "hobbit" has puzzled evolutionary scientists since its …

Polls: Americans believe in evolution, less in creationism.

Few issues have divided the American public as bitterly as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Since <i>On the Origin of …

Religion

800-Year-Old Ancient Extinct Squash Uncovered During Archeological Dig on Menominee Indian Reservation

An archaeological dig on the First Nation's Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin yielded some unexpected results when a clay vessel about the size of a tennis ball was uncovered. After carbon dating, it was revealed that the pot was over 800 years old and contained a variety of seeds from a species …

Native Americans

Radiation superflares make Earth-like planet uninhabitable, research suggests

Kepler 438b, hailed as most habitable planet beyond our solar system, is regularly blasted with enough radiation to strip away its atmosphere<p>It was hailed as the most habitable planet ever found beyond the solar system. But now the distant world of Kepler 438b has started to look decidedly less …

Universe

6 million years of human evolution in 1 minute

Mesmerizing reconstructions of long-lost human ancestors – created using fossil discoveries and forensic techniques – from a 2013 book published by …

Astronomy

DNA from teeth discovered in Siberia suggest that an extinct human species lived there for 60,000 years

Until now, Denisovans were represented only by DNA from a finger bone found in Siberia's Denisova Cave in 2008.<p>Evolutionary geneticist Susanna Sawyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and her colleagues have now extracted nuclear and mitochondrial DNA …

Evolution

Zombie white dwarf star caught destroying an orbiting planet

It's the first time astronomers have found a planet around a white dwarf<p>More than 570 light years away in the constellation Virgo, a disintegrating planet orbits around a white dwarf — the leftovers of a yellow star after it died. The cause of the planet's demise is the zombie star itself; the …

Astronomy