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Is this the stomach-turning truth about what the Neanderthals ate?

It was the tell-tale tartar on the teeth that told the truth. Or at least, that is what it appeared to do. Researchers – after studying calcified plaque on Neanderthal fossil teeth found in El Sidrón cave in Spain – last year concluded that members of this extinct human species cooked vegetables …

How endangered porpoises hear in one of the world’s busiest rivers

New research on how the highly endangered Yangtze finless porpoise navigates and communicates in th high-traffic waters near China’s Three Gorges Dam.<p>…

Oarfish: second giant 'sea serpent' found on Californian beach

Second carcass of rare oarfish is found washed up on California beach, measuring 14 feet in length, just five days after an even larger specimen was found nearby<p>A 14-foot (4.3-metre) oarfish washed up on a southern California beach on Friday afternoon, less than a week after another rare 'sea …

The World's Only Galloping Insect Runs Like A Race Horse In Slow-Mo

One genus of South African dung beetle traded flying for a ridiculous-looking run.<p>Most insects walk with an ambling, tripod gait, keeping at least three legs on the ground while the others move. This type of walk is the most common gait in the animal kingdom. But somewhere along the line, three …

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APOD: A Massive Star in NGC 6357 (2013 Oct 22) Image Credit: NASA, ESA and J. M. Apellániz (IAA, Spain) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131022.html Explanation: For reasons unknown, NGC 6357 is forming some of the most massive stars ever discovered. One such massive star, near the center of NGC 6357, is framed above carving out its own interstellar castle with its energetic light from surrounding gas and dust. In the greater nebula, the intricate patterns are caused by complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures, magnetic fields, and gravity. The overall glow of the nebula results from the emission of light from ionized hydrogen gas. Near the more obvious Cat's Paw nebula, NGC 6357 houses the open star cluster Pismis 24, home to many of these tremendously bright and blue stars. The central part of NGC 6357 shown spans about 10 light years and lies about 8,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Scorpion. http://spacetelescope.org/news/heic0619/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2006/54 http://www.iaa.es/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131022 #APOD

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Beautiful baby dinosaur delights palaeontologists

Despite the fact that they were likely very numerous indeed, baby dinosaurs are actually extremely rare to find as a fossil and so any new discovery is to be welcomed. There are some inherent biases in the fossil record such that some things tend to preserve more often than you would expect by …

APOD: Three Galaxies and a Comet (2013 Oct 20) Image Credit & Copyright: Miloslav Druckmuller (Brno University of Technology) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131020.html Explanation: Diffuse starlight and dark nebulae along the southern Milky Way arc over the horizon and sprawl diagonally through this gorgeous nightscape. The breath-taking mosaic spans a wide 100 degrees, with the rugged terrain of the Patagonia, Argentina region in the foreground. Along with the insider's view of our own galaxy, the image features our outside perspective on two irregular satellite galaxies - the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The scene also captures the broad tail and bright coma of Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007. Currently, many sky enthusiasts are following the development of Comet ISON, a comet which might become the Great Comet of 2013. http://www.zam.fme.vutbr.cz/~druck/ http://www.vutbr.cz/en/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131020 #APOD

Orionid meteor shower peak tonight!

This weekend presents the Orionid meteor shower at its best, and tonight – the night of October 20-21, 2017 – may well be the shower’s peak night. …

The 'Watch Dogs' Delay And What Investors Don't Get About Video Games

At this point, it’s a familiar story. A major release intended as a tent-pole franchise is delayed, and the publisher’s shares go tumbling. It happened with GTA 5, Bioshock Infinite, and now Watch Dogs. Ubisoft Stock fell more than 26 percent when the French company announced it would be delaying …

Space Station Crew Members Discuss Life in Space with KSTP-TV and the Big Ten Network

Big Pic: Typhoon Francisco Swirls Near Guam

Wowza.<p>Meet Typhoon Francisco. This image, captured by NASA's Aqua earth-observing satellite, shows the storm picking up strength just southwest of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. It's expected to head toward Japan, possibly next week.<p>Typhoons are strong tropical cyclones that occur in the northwest …

Lunar Eclipse 2013: Penumbral Eclipse Will be Visible to Naked Eye

The latest lunar eclipse in 2013 is the penumbral eclipse of October 18, which will be visible to the naked eye in some areas.<p>People in Europe and …

Lunar Eclipse

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Expedition 38/39 Crew Undergoes Final Training Outside Moscow

How Voyager Became a Grand Tour

A few weeks ago, NASA announced that Voyager 1 has become history’s first interstellar spacecraft. More than 11 billion miles from the Earth and 35 years into its mission, sometime in early August 2012 the spacecraft left the heliosphere, that invisible bubble where the solar wind’s influence …

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Virgin Galactic hopes its spacecrafts might someday be used for superfast flights across Earth

Virgin Galactic may be closing in on launching its first-ever commercial space flight, but the company is also thinking about how its technology can help improve travel on Earth, as well. Speaking at the Wired 2013 event in London, Virgin Galactic's commercial director Stephen Attenborough hinted …

For Philandering Time Travelers, A Map Of Syphilis During The Civil War

Enjoy this artifact of public health<p>This 1875 map of the prevalence of syphilis in the Union draws from one of the U.S. government's earliest sources of big data: Civil War conscription records.<p>In the age before antibiotics, syphilis rendered an individual unfit for military service. Conscripted …

Public Health

Watch Live: Partial Lunar Eclipse Darkens Moon's Surface

This afternoon, the moon will dip into the Earth's outer — or penumbral — shadow, creating an unusual and uneven shading across its surface. A live …

Spacewatch: India goes to Mars

As the optimum period opens for flights to Mars, both India and the US are poised to launch Mars-orbiting craft. The US federal shutdown, though, threatened both missions, delaying them until the next launch window opens in 2015-2016. As it is, dispensations were granted to allow work on Nasa's …

APOD: Sh2-155: The Cave Nebula (2013 Oct 19) Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131019.html Explanation: This colorful skyscape features the dusty, reddish glow of Sharpless catalog emission region Sh2-155, the Cave Nebula. About 2,400 light-years away, the scene lies along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus. Astronomical explorations of the region reveal that it has formed at the boundary of the massive Cepheus B molecular cloud and the hot, young, blue stars of the Cepheus OB 3 association. The bright rim of ionized hydrogen gas is energized by the radiation from the hot stars, dominated by the bright blue O-type star above picture center. Radiation driven ionization fronts are likely triggering collapsing cores and new star formation within. Appropriately sized for a stellar nursery, the cosmic cave is over 10 light-years across. http://jwalk.smugmug.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131019 #APOD