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Functional human hearts regenerated from skin cells

A team of researchers has used adult skin cells to regenerate functional human heart tissue, a major step forward in bioengineering organs.<p>The day that heart transplant patients no longer need to wait for a donor match just got a little closer. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have …

Stem Cells

Yes, Animals Think And Feel. Here's How We Know

The author of a new book also says that animals can feel empathy, like the humpback whale that rescued a seal.<p>Do animals feel empathy? Does an elephant have consciousness? Can a dog plan ahead? These are some of the questions that award-winning environmental writer Carl Safina teases out in his new …

Harry Potter spent the day as an office receptionist and things got weird

What would you do if you happened to come across Daniel Radcliffe IRL? Me, I’d probably refuse to believe it was a real-life situation, but take a …

20 Classics You Should Read At Least Once In Your Life

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” – John Green<p>Nothing could be more fulfilling, exhilarating, or reassuring than …

More Evidence Life Could Have Come From Beyond

A new study reveals bacteria can survive atmospheric entry<p><i>Lithopanspermia.</i><p>The word is a mouthful but it represents one of the most intriguing theories about the origin of life on Earth. Quite literally, it means life began from an extraterrestrial source and came here by hitching a ride on a rock, …

Nikki Sixx Plots Post-Motley Crue Life With Sixx:A.M. Albums, Tour

"I'm not interested in taking a break and fading out and then trying to restart the engine in the middle of winter," Sixx says<p>When Nikki Sixx calls …

Relive First Glimpses of the Planets With These 9 Pictures

From Mercury to Pluto, flip through history's first looks at our celestial neighborhood.<p>Pluto may not be officially in the same category as the other planets, but it's still family. In fact, judging from our first close-ups sent back from New Horizons on Wednesday, this dwarf planet could be called …

Scientists 'stumped' by odd geologic feature on Pluto's moon Charon

NASA's New Horizons mission has revealed that Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is full of surprises, including a strange feature that scientists are calling "a mountain in a moat."<p>You can see it in the upper left corner of the inset in the image above.<p>"This is a feature that has geologists stunned and …

Mind-blowing Pluto has ice mountains and water

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> It had been downgraded to a dwarf planet. It looked like a fuzzy blob in our best telescopes. And it was often referred to as just an icy orb. Even scientists working on the first mission to Pluto expected to find an old, pockmarked world.<p>But Pluto is turning out to be full …

Solar System

40 Swimming Pools We'd Love to Take a Dip in Right Now

Now this is where we want to spend our summer.<p>From a Tuscan-style retreat to an all-natural swimming pond, these designer pools make a splash. Steal our favorite patio and landscaping ideas too for the ultimate backyard getaway.

Great white shark population is healthy and growing, new census shows

A new census study shows there are more than 2,400 white sharks off California and suggests that existing protective measures should be maintained because they are increasing the size and health of the population.<p>The study by a 10-member team led by George H. Burgess, director of the Florida …

Mammals defend against viruses differently than invertebrates

Biologists have long wondered if mammals share the elegant system used by insects, bacteria and other invertebrates to defend against viral …

This morning’s moon near Venus

We received many beautiful photos of the June 23 and 24 moon near the planet Venus.<p>Thank you to all who posted photos of the June 23 and 24 moon near …

Astronomy

Obama Starts Task Force To Prevent Bee Deaths

Now here is some change you can bee-lieve in.<p>Honeybees are vital for pollinating plants that provide the fruits, nuts, and vegetables that we eat, a service that is valued at around $15 billion annually in the United States. But these and other bees are in trouble, as you may have heard--while …

How to see a full circle rainbow

It’s possible to see the whole circle of a rainbow – but sky conditions have to be just right. Plus you have to be up high!<p>When sunlight and …

Sea Level

The music industry is still screwed: Why Spotify, Amazon and iTunes can’t save musical artists

Pandora, Spotify and Beats aren’t making a profit. If they never do, your favorite band will need a day job<p>What if the future of streaming music is a bust?<p>On June 9, a musician named Michael St. James tapped into a deep vein of insecurity shared by all artists challenged by the ongoing digital …

15 Lessons From Touring Musicians That Apply To Everyone

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Astronomers Detect An X-ray Signal That Hints At Dark Matter

Astronomers at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have detected a mysterious X-ray signal coming from Perseus galaxy cluster. Although the signal still requires more investigation, there’s a possibility that it represents a concrete discovery of a form of dark matter.<p>Dark matter is still something of …

The 16 Most Bizarre And Beautiful Homes We've Ever Seen

A look at one-of-a-kind homes.<p>As homeowners shift toward more sustainable, off-the-grid, DIY habitats, unique homes are inevitable. Here we look at 16 innovative, bizarre, and one-of-a-kind homes and what makes them stand out.