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Oldest Neanderthal DNA Found in Italian Skeleton

The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever …

NASA plans to 'move out' of the ISS on its way to the Moon

During a meeting with NASA's advisory panel, William Gerstenmaier (the agency's chief of human spaceflight) has pretty much confirmed that the agency isn't working on a successor to the ISS. NASA isn't even thinking of funding the current one beyond 2024 (2028 at the latest), because its new …

Australian scientists discover new dinosaur species – the Kunbarrasaurus

Scientists examine 3D images of dinosaur skeleton found in north-east Australia in 1989 and discover distinct species<p>Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur that roamed around Australia – a heavily-armoured sheep-sized creature with a parrot-like beak.<p>The dinosaur, named …

Paleontology

NASA Spotted an Object 3.3 Billion Miles Away From the Sun

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured the closest-ever look at a small object in the solar system’s distant Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy bodies and …

The Moon, Venus And Comet Catalina Shine In Beautiful Space Photograph

The captivating shot was taken from a farmer's field in Georgia.<p>An almost holy trinity of celestial objects came together for this spectacular space shot.<p>Photographer Greg Hogan took the captivating snap of the moon, Venus and Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) before dawn on Dec. 7.<p>The image was …

Mysterious Buried Artifacts Discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

Four deposits of artifacts possibly buried as a ritual act of sorts before the construction of a tomb have been discovered in Egypt's Valley of the …

The Beginning of the End

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

Consciousness

‘Batman V Superman’ May Have A Secret Villain That’s Even More Threatening Than Doomsday

For months, it was rumored that Superman-killer himself Doomsday would be showing up in <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>, and the movie’s latest trailer confirmed it. That said, this cinematic version of Doomsday is still somewhat shrouded in mystery.<p>We know the new Doomsday is somehow created by …

Comic Books

13 Ways Your Body Can Go Wrong In Space

As Tim Peake prepares to go to the International Space Station, a space scientist tells BuzzFeed why it's such a challenge keeping people alive up there.<p>On Tuesday, a Briton will go into space for the first time in more than 20 years. Tim Peake will set off in a Soyuz rocket to the International …

After Blazing Siberian UFO Sighting, Expert Offers Scary Explanation

"Sometimes, even governments seem to prefer people think what they saw was aliens, and not the government's secret activities."<p>When a spectacular bright object descended from the evening sky on Nov. 17 over several cities in Siberia, many people thought they were seeing a UFO -- especially when an …

Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days

GettyCollision course: Large Hadron Collider could discover parallel universe<p>The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in …

This incredible electron micrograph shows light as both a particle and a wave

The particle-wave nature of light has fascinated researchers for more than 200 years, but a new experiment has allowed researchers to visualize it like never before. This image was taken by turning an electron microscope on a laser-charged nanowire. Light moved down the wire in both directions, …

Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

In search for the legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.<p>An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, …

Archaeology

NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet.<p>The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit captures, the …

Astronomy

What Happens When You Strap a Camera to a Sea Turtle's Shell - The Atlantic

Using a camera strapped to the creature, scientists reveal for the first time the intricacies of how the sea giant hunts.<p>Submerged in murky seawater, a grey leatherback turtle homes in on its spineless prey, a pink jellyfish drifting through the dark green abyss. The giant turtle glides toward the …

Zoology

Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist

A object from the very early universe is bafflingly rich with dust that theory says shouldn't have formed yet.<p>Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all.<p>The problem, the …

Universe
Dark Matter

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa

Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.<p>Where did our species come from, and how did we get from there to everywhere?<p>Genetic studies have supplied a convincing answer to the first question: Our modern human ancestors evolved in Africa, then swept …

Anthropology

Scientists Plan to Hunt for Alien Life on Europa

Jupiter's icy moon is a candidate for harboring alien life—but would we know life if we found it?<p>Are we truly alone in the universe? Or is Earth just one of many inhabited worlds? These are some of the most fascinating questions facing humanity, and soon, thanks to a 2016 federal budget allocation …

Astronomy

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core.Thanks to a novel application of …

Earth Science

The Big Bang never happened, suggests a new theory

<b>Washington</b>: The Big Bang never happened and our universe may have no beginning and no end, suggests a new theory by physicists, including one of …

Biology Ideas That Billionaire Peter Thiel Thinks Are Worth Funding

Targeting "undruggable" proteins and putting stress sensors in watches<p>Investor Peter Thiel may be best known for founding PayPal and investing early in Facebook, but it seems he has a soft spot for biology too. Since 2011, the Thiel Foundation has funded biotechnology startups through an …

How Can We Protect Mars from Earth Germs, While Searching for Life?

The search for life on Mars presents us with many challenges – not the least of which is microbial contamination. How do we ensure that microbes from …

Mars probe missing for over a decade may have just been found

LONDON — There is fresh hope that a probe missing for 11 years may have been found on the Red Planet.<p>The UK Space Agency sparked optimism after …

'Super-Earths' May Have Stable Oceans That Are Key For Alien Life

NASA's Kepler space telescope celebrated its 1,000th exoplanet discovery earlier this month, an impressive milestone in the search for life on other worlds.<p>Now astronomers are homing in on those exoplanets that may have liquid water, which is thought to be essential for supporting life. And …

Space Shots: The Universe's Best Images

A gallery of photos, visualizations, and other pictures of outer space.<p><i>This post was last updated on Friday, May 12, 2017.</i><p>Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we love space—and we know you do too. From seeing the nearly-true colors of Europa, a molten metal orb levitate in microgravity, or even a map of a …