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Massive coral reef discovered in the Amazon River

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Amazon River, known for its array of wildlife from pink dolphins to flesh-eating piranhas, has revealed a new treasure -- a massive coral reef that stretches for some 600 miles, scientists say.<p>A team of scientists from Brazil and the United States discovered the reef in the muddy waters …

Great Barrier Reef

A Master Of Science Visualization Animates Deadly Viruses

Using the Protein Data Bank, an illustrator puts a new spin on molecular science.<p>Twenty-three-year-old Seattle-based designer Eleanor Lutz is one of our favorite practitioners of the art of the science visualization, but it’s been a while since we last heard from her. Her latest work was worth the …


See Earth in stunning 4K from the ISS

Check out some of the most gorgeous footage ever caught of Earth. NASA astronauts have beamed down stunning 4K footage of our planet from the ISS using a RED Epic Dragon digital camera and posted it on their YouTube channel.<p>This isn't the first ultra-high definition video sent from the ISS: NASA …


8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

200 years after Darwin, this is how the iconic Galapagos finches are still evolving

When Darwin watched his famous finches flit about the craggy cliffs and lush forests of the Galapagos, he observed that something essential was at work in this remote part of the Pacific — some force of nature that, over the course of millennia, pushed each type of bird to become perfectly suited …


A Starter Guide to Phrases Coined by Shakespeare

Next time you’re at the local bar’s quiz night, and the question has something to do with state birds, guess cardinal. That is, if you’re otherwise unsure. Seven U.S. states use the cardinal for their representative plumed pal. Seven out of fifty odds isn’t bad for a guess.<p>Likewise, if you’re …

Game of Thrones: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Season 6

A spoiler-free refresher on where we left off.<p>It’s been a long time since we visited the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and more. Though speculation about what <i>might</i> happen next year is sky high, many have stayed out of the guessing game. For those who prefer to be surprised by what’s in store for …

Sneak Peek at Game of Thrones Season 6: Pictures

Chernobyl, Ukraine: the nuclear option holiday

Thirty years after reporting the nuclear meltdown, Kim Willsher returns to consider the new ‘disaster tourism’<p>Standing 100 yards from the husk of Chernobyl’s Reactor Number 4, the click-click-click of the Geiger counter becomes alarmingly insistent. One step closer and it is beeping and flashing. …

Nuclear Energy

Intricate Illustrations of Star Wars Spacecraft Cutouts Reveal Their Inner Mechanics

Hans Jenssen has been working as a technical illustrator for decades, and it shows. With painstaking detail and accuracy, he creates cutaway paintings that expose the interior structures of complex vehicles and buildings, down to every last tiny piece of machinery.<p>Jenssen is best known for his <i>Star</i> …

Darth Vader

ORNL researchers discover new state of water molecule

Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is …

U.S. Dept. of Energy