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Mountain top blown up to make way for world’s largest telescope – watch again

Construction of the E-ELT monster telescope starts on Thursday with the blasting of a million tonnes of rock from a mountain top. Watch the livestream below<p>It was one of the last places on Earth I expected to get a mobile signal. And in a few hours' time it won't exist at all.<p>Between 17:30 and …

Did our evolution hinge on a 'twist of fate'? - Futurity

Scientists resurrected an ancient ancestor of an important human protein. Their findings reveal a number of alternative histories that could happened.

7 Must-Read Books on Time

Time is the most fundamental common denominator between our existence and that of everything else, it’s the yardstick by which we measure nearly every aspect of our lives, directly or indirectly, yet its nature remains one of the greatest mysteries of science. Last year, we devoured BBC’s excellent</i> …

The Future Of Medicine Is In Devices You Swallow

Instead of going to the doctor for tests, the tests will be inside us.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>It sounds like the premise for a futuristic medical thriller: doctors prescribe pills for their patients that double as ingestible …

Colorful Sea Creatures

See photos of colorful sea creatures (including sea stars, clownfish, nudibranchs, and more) in this ocean photo gallery from National Geographic.

Is Seawater the Next Big Fuel Source?

In April, the Navy announced a breakthrough in transforming seawater, the earth's most abundant natural resource, to fuel. Researchers used it to fly a model jet powered with an internal combustion engine like its full-sized counterparts. What are the implications of such a technology in a world …

Natural Gas

Best Space Pictures: A Black Hole Blows, Waters Recede, and a Mountain Erupts

A satellite tracks floodwaters, Mount Etna puts on a show, and gas passes in front of a black hole.<p>An instrument on NASA's satellite Terra captures the soggy aftermath of historic flooding west of Belgrade, Serbia (map), in an image released June 12. The ground remains so saturated with river water …

Rare Fossil 'Mona Lisa' Meteorites May Be Evidence Of Ancient Cosmic Collision

They're being likened to the Mona Lisa -- four fossil meteorites that may be linked to an ancient cosmic crash in the early universe.<p>Dr. Philipp Heck, curator of meteorites and polar studies at the Field Museum in Chicago, made the comparison to the iconic Leonardo da Vinci portrait -- and not …