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Senility, storms, global domination, and other possible reasons an army of octopuses showed up on a Welsh beach

Some scientific explanations for a recent cephalopod invasion.<p>A beach in Wales recently faced an eight-armed invasion. Over 20 octopuses were reportedly seen crawling up New Quay beach on the west coast of the country, with many later being found dead after failing to make it back to the …

A Beaver Moon is coming this weekend — here's what that actually means

The Beaver Moon peaks this weekend at 1:22 a.m. ET on Saturday.<p>The phenomenon is also called a Frost Moon, but both names describe the same thing: the full moon.<p>In fact, these two labels join dozens of other names for this phase of Earth's largest satellite. The terms change from month to</b> …

Astronomy

Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxies Are Far, Far Away

Time to pull the Millennium Falcon out of the hangar, because the space objects in this week’s photos are far, <i>far</i> away. First up is a stunning photo …

Watchdog app reveals list of absurd teen texting codes

Is this what the kids are doing these days?<p>Teen/parent watchdog app Bark.us released a list of abbreviations and acronyms it has gathered that are popular among teens. No surprise, most of them are about naughty things like sex and drugs. It’s not exactly new — I’ve seen similar versions of the …

The Explosive Legacy of Guy Fawkes, the Man Behind the Mask

A popular symbol of protest today, Guy Fawkes was first the face of treason because of his role in the murderous Gunpowder Plot of 1605.<p>Tensions were high in England in late October 1605, when an English nobleman, Lord Monteagle, received a mysterious letter. Along with the rest of England’s peers …

Humanities

Puerto Rico Is Burning Its Dead, And We May Never Know How Many People The Hurricane Really Killed

People whose bodies are cremated are largely not being counted in the official death toll. The government says it’s the fault of funeral directors, while funeral directors say they’ve received no guidance from the government.<p>AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — Funeral home and crematorium directors are being …

Caribbean

7 Ways That The Clocks Changing Actually Impacts Us

How is that time again?⏰<p>For most people, the clocks changing in March and October every year cause little more than the inconvenience of having to …

#SkinSchool: How to sugar-proof your skin

Forget weight gain, it’s the sticky relationship between sugar and your skin that may make you want to curb your sweet tooth. Sugar is responsible for a process called glycation, which isn’t pretty. To understand why it happens and how your sugar habit might be showing on your face, we spoke to the …

Diabetes

Male Dolphins Offer Likely Love Token to Females in Rare Video

Male Australian humpback dolphins give sponges to females in a possible show of courtship, a new study says.<p>Australia's bottlenose dolphins have long been known to use sea sponges as a tool for finding a meal—but now researchers may have observed males of another species attempting towoo females …

Why This Massive Mud Volcano Turned Deadly

The cause of the eruption is hotly debated, but a new study found that a tunnel of magma may have kept the site active for the past decade.<p>More than ten years ago, rivers of mud started spewing out of the ground in five different locations on the Indonesian island of Java. And it hasn’t stopped …

This Saber-Toothed Cat Mingled With Modern Humans

A surprisingly young fossil jaw found in Europe is helping scientists better climb the sabertooth family tree.<p>When modern humans first wandered into Europe some 50,000 years ago, this snaggle-toothed cat was probably there to greet them.<p>Painstaking genetic analysis of a jawbone dredged up from the …

Mosquitoes evolved to fly away with a belly full of your blood—without you ever noticing

The secret is in their flight.<p>Mosquitoes are weird fliers.<p>Your typical aeronaut—a sparrow or a fruit fly, for instance—takes flight by jumping into the air. Only once aloft do they begin to flap their wings.<p>Mosquitoes have the perplexing distinction of doing basically do the opposite. They begin …

Biology

Mars Has a Mysterious "Tail," According to New Find From NASA Spacecraft

At first glance, Elon Musk’s future home, Mars, looks like an overgrown litter box. But if the red planet has proven anything, it’s that it’s full of …

Space

Discovery of 50km cave raises hopes for human colonisation of moon

Japan says lunar chasm measuring 50km long and 100 metres wide could be used as a base for astronauts and their equipment<p>Scientists have fantasised for centuries about humans colonising the moon. That day may have drawn a little closer after Japan’s space agency said it had discovered an enormous …

Space Science

9.7 Million-Year-Old Teeth Found in Germany Could Recast Human History

'It's definitely a fantastic, exciting story.'<p>A startling discovery in Germany has caused scientists to question historical records regarding the …

Paleontology

Dogs Pay Attention to Your Looks

Here’s looking at you, pup.<p>The wide-eyed, pleading look of your dog may melt your heart and cause food to vanish from the table, but that doesn’t really mean your pet has become the master of manipulation.<p>Sometimes a dog’s expression merely reflects yours.<p>In a new study, researchers in Britain …

Pets

Scientists say "ecological armageddon" is imminent due to massive insect deaths

Dropping Like Flies<p>The amount of flying insects living in Germany has dropped precipitously over the past 25 years, according to a new study. Dozens …

Millions of years ago, hollow trees literally tore themselves apart to grow

Sometimes, early life was profoundly weird.<p>374 million years ago, fish and trilobites dominated the seas, swimming past coral reefs and ammonites. Things were <i>happening</i> underwater, while on land everything stayed pretty dry and boring.<p>A few arthropods started to step out on solid ground, but for the …

National Academy of Sciences

The next most powerful supercomputer in the U.S. is almost complete

Computing for Science<p>Inside one of the rooms of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) at Tennessee, the next fastest and most powerful …

Quantum Computing

Expedition to Submerged 'Lost Continent' Zealandia a 'Success'

Humans made contact with the mysterious eighth continent for the first time.<p>The first-ever expedition to Zealandia, the mysterious, submerged “eighth …

New Caledonia

By 2040, you won't be able to buy a non-electric vehicle in these nations

The Time Is Now<p>Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming cheaper and more efficient, and their benefit to the environment can’t be overstated. To speed up …

Electric Vehicles

How Brains Learn to Fear: Neuroscientists Reveal a Surprising Truth

We're revising what we know about how experience turns into knowledge.<p>When you’re born, your brain is set up with all the physical abilities it needs …

Neuroscience

This Stunning New Image of the Fornax Cluster Will Make You Feel Small

Space is the ultimate slice of humble pie; it has a way of making a person feel small and insignificant, because within the context of the universe, …

Universe

Transparent solar panels are "the wave of the future"

See-through Solar Panels<p>Solar panels and solar power-generating windows are a couple of things people have come up with to take advantage of the Sun, …

Clean Energy

Blood-thinning drugs 'can reduce risk of dementia by up to 48%'

Research ‘strongly suggests’ that patients taking anticoagulants for irregular heartbeat could be protected against dementia and stroke<p>Blood-thinning drugs could protect against dementia and stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat, research suggests.<p>A study found that patients being treated …

Medical Research

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

<b>All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say.</b><p>The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed.<p>This means the number of baby cod growing to …

Climate Change

A "city of the future" reveals the hoversurf flying bike

Dubai’s police force is adding a new ride in the form of a hoverbike. Officially called Hoversurf, the bike was unveiled by Dubai Police at this …

Skyscrapers

The Sun Just Burped Plasma and Here's Why

Every now and again, the sun comes down with a minor case of indigestion, and if we’re lucky, we get to watch. Recently, NASA’s Solar Dynamics …

Astronomy

Stephen Hawking's expanding universes thesis breaks the internet

Demand for 1966 PhD work, made freely available for the first time, crashes Cambridge’s repository website<p>Stephen Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis has broken the internet after becoming available to the general public for the first time.<p>Demand for the thesis, entitled Properties of Expanding …

Stephen Hawking

Buildings of the future might be constructed by swarms of robots

It's not just possible—it might actually be better.<p><i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Soonish <i>by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith.</i><p>Thanks to recent advances in robotics, computing, and other technologies, a small but growing number of scientists and engineers think robot-made housing might finally be …