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Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Whales Do Awesome Leaps Into the Air

Everybody knows that humpback whales make excellent professional wrestlers: With zero hesitation, these gentle giants will leap out of the sea, …

Cognitive Science

Incredible Video Shows Planets Orbiting A Star 129-Light Years Away

Wow.<p>An incredible new video shows direct images of four alien exoplanets orbiting a star.<p>The stunning animation was created by University of …

How evolution turned ordinary plants into ravenous meat-eaters

Meat-eating plants the world over, separated by thousands of miles and millions of year of evolution, share the same sneaky flesh-grabbing tricks …

This photographer has captured beautiful star-filled images of the Milky Way over Finland

A Finnish photographer has captured some stunning celestial landscape images of the Milky Way over his home country.<p>Oscar Keserci, who is in his late 20s, is a self-taught photographer. He began shooting nocturnal landscapes in 2013<p>He lives in Kirkkonummi, Finland, and takes pictures in the …

This Metal Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

We’ve found the first metal that can conduct electricity with hardly any heat at room temperature, breaking a long-standing rule of materials science. We don’t know whether it’s good for anything, but don’t let that ruin the fun. This is cool.<p>The metal vanadium is used primarily in alloys to …

Clean Energy

Thanks To Climate Change, The World’s Storms Are Getting More Dangerous

Removing the climate change page from the White House site won’t do anything to slow the damage to our planet, just as refusing to “believe” in science won’t help your home stay standing when dangerous, violent storms tear it from the Earth. And those storms are getting a lot worse, says new …

Climate Change

Do Dark Matter And Dark Energy Affect Ordinary Atoms?

A colleague in the Psychology department emailed me a week or so ago asking this question, but I got distracted by other stuff and forgot to reply. He reminded me of it yesterday, and while I answered him in person, it’s a question worth a penitent blog post. Thus, this.<p>So, the question at hand is …

Physics

Hubble Reveals the Wondrous Aftermath of a Star's Death

Filed Under Science, Astronomy & NASA<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>The blossoming rose of this distant …

Your Roommate’s Genes May Be Changing Your Health

A new study in mice suggests that the live-in partner’s genes impacts things like wound healing, immune function, and anxiety.<p>Our genes are among the most intimate little bits of information that exist, passed down from our parents, and determining the unique traits that make us ourselves.<p>But what …

Genetics

Researchers Just Found Evidence of an Ancient 'Lost Continent' Under Mauritius

Earth still has some massive secrets.<p>Newly discovered crystals expelled from volcanic eruptions on the island of Mauritius are billions of years …

Earth Science

SpaceX takes a key step toward a reusable rocket launch | Ars Technica

Launch of the used booster could come as early as March.<p>On Tuesday evening, SpaceX revealed that it has performed a critical static firing of one of …

Getting Over Rover: Why Our Grief Over a Dog Is So Intense

Those of us who have loved a dog know the truth: Your pet is never "just a dog," which explains why we miss them so much when they pass away.

Pets

Earth is sending oxygen to the moon

Between 1969 and 1972, 12 astronauts left footprints on the moon. But according to new research, our planet has been sending another sign of life to …

Nature Is Full Of Amazing Hermaphrodites

In the beginning of Disney's Finding Nemo, a father clownfish is left to care for his one remaining egg—which grows up to be Nemo—after the mother …

Zoology

12+ spots that prove Texas is as impressive as you think it is

Texas usually conjures images of cowboys, riding off into the great unknown with the sun on their backs and mountains in the distance. The truth is …

15 Stunning Travel Photos That Will Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

Add these beautiful destinations to your travel bucket list.<p>If your list of New Year's resolutions includes more traveling, there are some amazing places to see in 2017. In fact, sometimes all it takes just one beautiful photo of a faraway place to pop up on your newsfeed to inspire you to your …

Couples Who Travel Together Are Stronger and Have Better Sex

Win-win.<p>This Valentine’s Day, don’t blow the budget on flowers or candy or for the love of god certainly not on a balloon on a stick attached to a …

20 Romantic Date Ideas for Any Budget

When’s the last time you had a date night with your partner?<p>If you’re like most couples, chances are, it’s been a few months since you had some …

Asia Travel

NASA is close to figuring out how to put space crews in cryostasis on long space journeys

Longer trips to say Europa, Titan or even the Outer Oort cloud will almost certainly require some form of suspended animation, in the form of …

Birth photographer captures the real and beautiful first moments of newborn babies and their families

While having someone photograph you during both one of the most intimate and painful experiences of your life is something most people would not wish …

Wedding Photography Lighting Tips That Will Make Your Photos Shine

How often do you hear the phrase, “photography is all about lighting?”Probably a lot, right?And rightfully so...lighting is a crucial element of any …

Photography

10 Bizarre Recently Discovered Animal Species

Modern human beings have lived on Earth for about 200,000 years. In that time, we’ve been almost everywhere—on land, in the sea, and on (and under) …

Fossils of wolf-sized otter unearthed in China

Siamogale melilutra, which grew up to 2 metres long, frolicked in the country’s south-western wetlands about 6.2m years ago<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils of an otter as big as a wolf that frolicked in rivers and lakes in a lush, warm and humid wetlands region in south-western China about 6.2m …