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Tonight, NASA is launching a mission that could solve the mystery of life with just a few scoops of dirt

(NASA)<br>Tonight, NASA will launch a rocket-fueled, minivan-sized spacecraft on a seven-year-journey through space — all for a pile of dirt. But this …

Mars volcanoes spewed billion billion tonnes of lava, causing surface to swivel around

‘If a similar shift happened on Earth, Paris would be in the polar circle,’ says researcher, explaining unusual location of dry riverbeds and frozen reservoirs<p>A volcano-dotted region on Mars half the size of France spewed so much lava 3.5 billion years ago that the weight of it displaced the red …

Boy finds 3,400-year-old figurine in Israel

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 7-year-old Israeli boy is being hailed after finding a piece of history during a day trip to an archeological site.<p>READ: Bronze Age wheel found at "Britain's Pompeii"<p>Ori Greenhut was climbing a mound at Tel Rehov with friends when he came across a covered figurine, said the Israel …

Archaeology

Neanderthals and Humans Hooked Up Earlier Than We Previously Thought

Neanderthals and humans may be different species, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t occasionally mate. New research shows that Neanderthals and …

Evolution

Qatar seeks release of citizens abducted in Iraq

Qatar has announced that it is sending high-level officials to work on the immediate release of its citizens who were abducted during a hunting trip in Iraq.<p>In an official statement on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, the assistant foreign minister; and Zayed …

Hot Jupiters’ missing water mystery solved

These results rule out the idea of dry hot Jupiters. That’s a good thing, since it would require a complete rethinking of current theories on how …

Astronomy

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Pluto like you've never seen it before

This movie is composed of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its flyby on July 14, 2015.

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

Just in time for Black Friday, Hulu will debut a virtual reality app

Hulu, the popular video streaming service, plans to launch a virtual reality app in November to coincide with the release of the Samsung Gear VR …

Medieval chivalry wasn’t just knights and valor

Our popular ideas of the chivalric world are off base, according to historian Richard Kaeuper. The gallant knights on horseback and banners unfurling …

Ancient History

BT promises 300Mbps broadband for 10 million homes by 2020

BT's chief executive Gavin Patterson has emerged today with a laundry list of promises designed to improve broadband speeds, coverage and public confidence in the UK. First up is a commitment to a new, minimum broadband speed of 5-10Mbps, which the company claims will be enough for people to "enjoy …

Watch an exoplanet orbit its star

A series of images has been made into a video, showing Beta Pictoris b moving through 18 months of its 22-year orbit around its star. Very …

Paleo Profile: “Lightning Claw”

<b>Name:</b> There is no official name yet, but the specimen has been given the informal name “Lightning Claw”.<p><b>Meaning:</b> The nickname comes from Lightning Ridge, where the bones were found, and the large claws that help distinguish the lineage this dinosaur belonged to.<p><b>Age:</b> Around 110 million years</b> …

First look inside the SpaceX Dragon's luxury interior

Footage shows the inside of the new couture spacecraft designed to take humans into space in style and comfort<p>Ever dreamed of going into space? The SpaceX Dragon could be about to make your dreams come true, and in such style too.<p>The Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial …

This fish ‘snoozes’ for years without food or water

African lungfish, <i>Protopterus annectens</i>, can live in suspended animation, called aestivation, without food and water for three to five years. They …

National University of Singapore

Mastodon emerges from a Virginia creek, three decades after first remains found

Photograph: Timothy C Wright/Washington Post<p>Inaccessible for decades : the area where Gerald Johnson sits has been cleared in advance of a dig that may find further evidence of ancient …

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