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This Incredible Photo Of A Baby Weasel Riding A Woodpecker Is Straight Out Of A Children's Fantasy Book

Unfortunately, the weasel was attacking the bird. Fortunately, the bird escaped.<p>It's a photo of a weasel trying to kill a woodpecker.<p>Le-May, a hobby photographer, was taking a walk with his wife through the Hornchurch Country Park in East London in the hopes of her seeing a green woodpecker for the …

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Mechanics

Superfluid Helium Can Leak Through Glass And Climb Out of Its Container

This incredible video proves that helium isn't just a voice-raising gas. In its superfluid state it also defies gravity, has zero friction and can …

Helium

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

If you've ever listened to karaoke at a bar, you know that drinking can affect how well someone can sing. Christopher Olson and his colleagues at Oregon Health and Science University recently set out to find if the same was true for birds, specifically zebra finches.<p>"We just showed up in the …

Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Memory can be a playful thing. It collects minute details from childhood events, yet leaves us wondering where we left our keys.<p>There are several …

5 Predictions For The World In 2039

You will probably live to see a time when we can make backup copies of your brain.<p>Natalia Hatalska says there are two types of people in the world: those “who take one day at a time” and “those who have a vision, look far ahead [and] see its opportunities and threats.” She puts herself in the …

True Facts About The Owl

Extinct Creatures You’ll Be Glad Don’t Exist

Extinct Creatures<p>We all hear and read about few species that have become extinct because of the hunting, human population etc but believe you would …

Nature

Benedict Cumberbatch is just what was ordered for Doctor Strange

Of all the big names in the hat, only Cumberbatch has both the scene-chewing intensity and the capacity for weird this operatic Marvel character demands<p>Take a quick gander at the web and you won’t be surprised to discover that Twitter loves the idea of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, …

Microscopic Robots Learn To Move Like White Blood Cells

Someday they could save your life<p>In the 90s kids show <i>The Magic School Bus</i>, eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle took her class for a wild ride in a sick student’s immune system -- only to be attacked by white blood cells. White blood cells tracked the bus using the same chemical traces they follow to find …

White Blood Cells

Antares rocket on ISS resupply mission explodes seconds after launch

Private unmanned craft carrying supplies for International Space Station crashes and burns on Nasa launchpad in Virginia<p>• Antares disaster is stark reminder of ‘incredible dangers’ of spaceflight<p>The company behind a resupply mission to the International Space Station that ended in a spectacular …

Dark matter may have been detected – streaming from the sun’s core

First direct detection of dark matter, thought to make up most of the matter in the universe, would be a historic breakthrough<p>An unusual signal picked up by a European space observatory could be the first direct detection of dark matter particles, astronomers say.<p>The findings are tentative and …

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APOD: The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble (2014 Oct 01)<br>Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team;<br>Reprocessing & Copyright: Francesco …

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APOD: The Bubble Nebula (2014 Oct 02)<br>Image Credit & Copyright: Bernard Michaud <br>http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141002.html<p>Explanation: Blown by the wind …

The water on Earth is even older than the sun

Next time you reach for a “fresh” glass of water, think of this: some of the molecules in that water are billions of years old — older, in fact, than the solar system itself.<p>On the face of it, this seems impossible: how can water on Earth pre-date the solar system in which it exists? But a new …

Dolphins Aren't Just Smart—They Can Sense Magnetism, Too

Scientists show that dolphins—like birds, bees, and many other animals—are attuned to magnetic fields.<p><b>An astonishing variety of animals can sense</b> the Earth's magnetic field—the list includes birds, salmon, frogs, sea turtles, honeybees, salamanders, lobsters, and rodents. You can add dolphins, too. …

Scientists Have Discovered an On/Off Switch For Ageing Cells

Image: mopic/Shutterstock<p>In our bodies, our cells are constantly dividing in order to replenish our lungs, skin, liver and other organs. But most …

Biology

Including female animals in scientific studies really pays off

$10 million will go toward funding female biology<p>Pretty much any animal medical researchers test is male. So too are the tissues they use to conduct tests. Despite the loads of research demonstrating important biological differences between how men and women react to various drugs or diseases, the …

India's First Mars Probe Makes Historic Red Planet Arrival

India has joined the Mars club.<p>India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe was captured by the Red Planet's gravity around 10:11 p.m. EDT Tuesday (Sept. …

Physics
Physics

Augmented Reality Visor Will Overlay Data On The Real World

Instead of a Glass-like "phone on your face," Leap Motion's AR prototype genuinely blends the virtual and the physical.<p>Playing a first-person shooter like <i>Call of Duty</i> with a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift or the Sony Morpheus seems like a recipe for ultra-realistic gaming bliss – …

Virtual Reality

Daytime moon, west after sunrise

In the next few mornings, look west after sunrise for the daytime moon. The September 5-6, 2017 full moon has passed. Now the moon is in a waning …

Astronomy

Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

New York City

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.<p>If humans ever set up permanent bases on the Moon or Mars, we'll need to be able to grow our own food there. To find out whether that’s actually possible, a team of scientists in the Netherlands planted 14 plant …

Gardening

How to win at (almost) everything

In games, humans are hopelessly predictable. Spot this hidden behaviour and you can crush puny-minded opponents in everything from the lottery to Rock, Paper, Scissors.<p>Although we can never outwit the weather or natural disasters, there are ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable …

Sherlock Holmes

Scientists Send Messages Directly From One Brain To Another

But the cumbersome experimental setup won’t replace Facebook's Messenger app anytime soon.<p>So a team of neuroscientists sent a message from the brain of one person in India, to the brains of three people in France, using brainwave-reading equipment and the Internet. Yes, really.<p>The process is slow …

The Brain

Ticks That Can Make People Severely Allergic To Meat Are Spreading In The U.S.

Interviews with doctors suggest the Lone Star tick, and the allergy to sugars in red meat that it can cause, is on the rise.<p>Mike Abley will always remember the last hamburger he ever ate. It was more than 20 years ago, and he recalls the meat being particularly juicy and delicious.<p>But a few hours …

Disease

Scientists uncover key clue for protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia

Previous research has shown carbon monoxide, which is produced naturally in heart cells, can guard against ventricular fibrillation, however the …