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Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human

US scientists say they have discovered fossils of the ‘Carolina butcher’, a pre-dinosaur beast with sharp teeth<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right …

Fossils

Unexplained Aurora And Dust Clouds Spotted Above Mars

The red planet is literally shrouded in mystery<p>Our planetary neighbor just got a little more mysterious. In September, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft arrived at Mars to study the planet’s upper atmosphere, and since its arrival, the orbiter has picked up two unusual readings: 1) There’s a giant dust cloud …

Astronomy

Russia outlines plans to build national space station after ISS ends in 2024

Moscow assures it will continue funding the International Space Station until 2024 but will then disconnect its modules to build a national base<p>The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has revealed plans to build an orbiting outpost and land cosmonauts on the moon once the International Space …

Gigantic Black Hole Discovered From the Dawn of Time

Astronomers find a cosmic monster that pushes theories of the early universe to the limit.<p>Astronomers have identified a mammoth black hole weighing as much as 12 billion suns.<p>It's not the biggest black hole ever found, but it's astonishingly young. The giant appears to have swelled to its enormous …

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Blomkamp's Alien movie will be a direct sequel to Aliens

Neill Blomkamp's Aliens film — which we've been speculating on since it was announced last week — is going to be a direct sequel to 1986's <i>Aliens</i>. In an interview with Sky Movies (promoting the soon-to-be-released <i>Chappie</i>), Blomkamp said he wants his upcoming film to feel like the "genetic sibling" …

Why do people choose to buy a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One or a Wii U?

Owners of different consoles buy them for very different reasons, according to new research.<p>A new study from Nielsen asked console owners for the top reasons why they chose to buy a particular new machine. The answers that came back show a stark diversity for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U.<p>For …

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes

Inside the Shop of the Last Great American Watchmaker

The greatest timepieces in the world come from Switzerland. And Amish country.<p>On the corner of a nondescript block in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a bank, or what used to be a bank. Now it is the home of Roland G. Murphy Watch Company, the country's only truly independent elite watchmaker. …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

Italy

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

Astronomy