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Scientists Discovered What Actually Wiped Out The Mayan Civilization

Researchers believe a shift in the region may have caused much-needed monsoons to miss the entire Yucatan peninsula altogether.<p>This video originally appeared on Slate Video. Watch More: slate.com/video<p><i>Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He's the</i> …

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Mammoth DNA Has Been Implanted Into Functioning Elephant Cells

And so it begins.<p>Scientists have been discussing and debating over it for years, and now the first real step towards bringing the extinct woolly …

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target.<p>A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields …

How tuna avoid cardiac arrest in cold water

Pacific bluefin tuna should be hit with cardiac arrest every time they dive deep. Though their bodies remain warm, their hearts receive blood …

Carnivorous plant packs big wonders into tiny genome

Great, wonderful, wacky things can come in small genomic packages.<p>That's one lesson to be learned from the carnivorous bladderwort, a plant whose …

Scientists discover bacteria in marine sponges harvest phosphorus for the reef community

Did you ever wonder why the water is so clear around coral reefs? Scientists have known for years that sponges can filter water and gather nutrients …

The dark future of American space exploration - Vox

NASA's golden age is about to come to a thudding halt<p>One by one they flickered to life. Venus, first, in 1962, and two and a half years later, Mars. Our spacecraft flew by those planets, orbited them, and became manmade meteors streaking toward the first soil we couldn’t generically call "earth." …

What happens when you blow bubbles when it's minus 49 degrees?

The answer might surprise you.<p>With winter starting to settle into the Northern Hemisphere, this video seems well-timed. In it, the most Canadian …

Baby woolly rhino, 10,000 years old, found in Siberian permafrost

According to the Siberian Times, the remains of the cub, weighing about 132 pounds (60 kg), was presented on Wednesday to the Academy of Sciences in …

California researcher accidentally discovered solution for color blindness

Why Astronaut Ron Garan Thinks We Should Colonize The Moon Before Mars

As the Dutch-based Mars One venture continues to narrow down candidates for its one-way mission to the red planet, the idea of a permanent human settlement in space is seeming less far-fetched.<p>But in a conversation with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, whose space travels …

Space Science

Stephen Hawking Thinks These 3 Things Could Destroy Humanity

Stephen Hawking may be most famous for his work on black holes and gravitational singularities, but the world-renowned physicist has also become …

New Titanium-Making Process Could Result in Lighter Aircraft - MIT Technology Review

A new process for producing titanium—a metal that’s increasingly used in aircraft to reduce weight and fuel consumption—is significantly cheaper and …

Earth - Sharks reveal new super memory

Despite old wives’ tales to the contrary, goldfish actually possess excellent memories. Goldfish can be trained to nudge a lever for food, and even after the lever is removed, they can remember this trick for up to three months.<p>But goldfish now have some serious competition: sharks.<p>Dr Vera …

The Curiosity robot confirms methane in Mars' atmosphere which may hint that existed life

The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase …

Methane

Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell …

Moon

How Scientists Have Made Bullets Out Of Light

Light bullets are not the deadly things their names make them out to be. They are, however, decidedly weird. To make a light bullet, researchers have …

Researchers discover new material to produce clean energy

Researchers at the University of Houston have created a new thermoelectric material, intended to generate electric power from waste heat - from a …

Electricity

Science Explains Why Men Like Women With Curvy Booties

From that bootylicious Kim photo that broke the internet to hit songs like "All About That Bass," women's backsides are having a major moment in the spotlight.<p>Interest in the female form is nothing new, of course. Previous research suggests that men evolved to prefer women with small waists and big …

These Ultra-Small Bacteria May Be The Tiniest Life Forms On Earth

So, this is about as small as life can get.<p>Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley have captured the first detailed microscopic images of so-called "ultra-small bacteria" that are believed to represent the lowest size limit possible for life …

This World-First Bionic Heart Works Without a Pulse

Human transplants are expected from 2018.<p>Australian researchers have invented a new type of bionic heart that pumps blood around the body without a …

Hot water flows on Enceladus, which could harbor life

New study just made another popular target for life in our solar system<p>The search for life in our solar system has pointed us in many directions like Mars and Europa. Now, a new study in <i>Nature</i> just made another candidate look even more promising: Enceladus, an icy moon of Saturn, likely has an …

Astronomy

When Did the Human Epoch Begin?

The duties of the Anthropocene Working Group—a thirty-nine-member branch of a subcommission of a commission of the International Union of Geological Sciences—are both tedious and heady. As the group’s chairman, Jan Zalasiewicz, whom Elizabeth Kolbert wrote about, in 2013, says wryly, “People do not …

Jupiter's Moon Ganymede Has a Salty Ocean with More Water than Earth

A salty ocean is lurking beneath the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found.<p>The ocean on …

Astronomy

Wealth and power may have played a stronger role than 'survival of the fittest'

Researchers studied DNA samples taken from the saliva or blood of 456 males living in seven regions of five continents including Africa, the Andes, …

A pinch of baking soda for better vision?

Bicarbonate (baking soda) makes sparkling water sparkle, causes bread to rise, absorbs odors and can be used for cleaning all sorts of stuff, …

WATCH: Welcome to The Deepest Hole in The World

Here's what we can learn from one of the most ambitious science experiments ever performed.<p>Deep in western Russia, if you know where to look, you'll …