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The Sydney Morning Herald

Sweden's national women's football team is attracting attention after deciding to swap the names on the backs of players' jerseys for inspiring …

Is Earth as Special as We Think?

You might be surprised at some of the factors that made Earth a cozy place for life to set up shop.<p>Maybe Earth isn't so special. "We could have easily been standing on Venus having this conversation," says Mark Jellinek, a geologist who studies how planets form.<p>I envision standing under Venus' …

Brazilian Wasp Venom Kills Cancer Cells, But Not Healthy Cells

Wasps get their fair share of bad press. They have painful stingers, and they're not as useful (or cute) to us as bees. However, their time to step …

International Landscape Photograph

DAVID BURNETT<p>CO-FOUNDER CONTACT PRESS IMAGES<p>DAVID BURNETT (born Salt Lake City, Utah 1946) He learned photography at the Olympus High yearbook, and …

Marie Curie's Belongings Will Be Radioactive For Another 1,500 Years

The personal effects left behind by the mother of modern physics.<p>Marie Curie, known as the 'mother of modern physics', died from aplastic anaemia, a …

2015 Traveler Photo Contest | National Geographic

Travelers

This startup's fast charging battery software could land on cell phones next year

A handful of high end smart phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are starting to offer the ability to quickly charge a cell phone with …

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 finalists – in pictures

Wrestling komodo dragons and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by photographers for this year’s competition. The exhibition opens on 16 October at the Natural History Museum in London

Wildlife

Comets Could Have Kickstarted Life On Earth And Other Worlds

No crowdfunding required<p>Comets are typically associated with extinction. However, there is growing evidence pointing to their ability to "seed" or create life on planets, a controversial idea, but one boosted by a groundbreaking experiment that re-created a comet impact as it would have occurred on …

3 Two-Ingredient Treats Anyone Can Make

Cooking tasty food can be time consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Check out some of our favorite recipes that only require two ingredients. That's right, TWO.<p>It doesn't get much easier than this.<p><b>Bacon Egg Cups</b><p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>5 slices of bacon<p>5 eggs<p><b>Directions:</b><p>1. Preheat oven to 400°F.<p>2. Wrap a strip …

Pluto: ten things we now know about the dwarf planet

With the immediate excitement of the Pluto flyby behind us, here are the ten most important things we now know about this fascinating world<p><b>Pluto is larger than we thought</b> Pluto’s diameter is larger than expected at 2,370 kilometres across. This is about two-thirds the size of Earth’s moon, giving …

Solar System

Astronauts take emergency shelter after junk threatens space station

A piece of space junk threatened to crash into the international space station, forcing the three astronauts to seek emergency shelter.<p>For nearly an hour on Thursday, the American and two Russians hunkered down in their Soyuz capsule, which is docked to the space station, in case they had to make a …

Space Exploration

After Lengthy Mystery, Buckyballs Found In Interstellar Space

What's a nice molecule like you doing in a space like this?<p>There are buckyballs floating around in space! Not to be confused with toy magnets, buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules made up of 60 carbon atoms, affectionately named for their resemblance to the geodesic dome designs of …

Google Street View takes a hike through Australia's spectacular Northern Territory

You'll soon be able to take a virtual trek through Australia's red centre from your desk, thanks to a collaboration between Google and the Northern …

Why Is This Planet Acting Like A Comet?

Scientists catch a Neptune-style orbiter by its very long tail<p>Some planets that are now small, hot, and rocky may have started off as icy giants like Neptune. Orbiting too close to their stars, their gassy shells boiled off until all that’s left is a rocky core. That’s what scientists have thought …

Big universe, big data, astronomical opportunity

Astronomical data is and has always been “big data”. Once that was only true metaphorically, now it is true in all senses. We acquire it far more rapidly than the rate at which we can process, analyse and exploit it. This means we are creating a vast global repository that may already hold answers …

Big Data

25 Fascinating Color Photographs of Street Scenes of the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s

Although the technology to produce color prints was widely available as early as the 1940s, for many years black and white remained the only accepted …

Street Photography

Parrots teach wild birds how to talk

Wild flocks of birds have learnt how to talk by picking up phrases from pet parrots who have escaped or been released from their cages.<p>Naturalists revealed that birds such as wild galahs, sulphur-crested cockatoos and corellas have been heard chattering in the trees after picking up the technique …

Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

The deep-sea crustacean, which lives near hydrothermal vents, is only the third species of yeti crab known to science.<p>It's white. It's hairy. It's elusive. It's a yeti … crab. Meet <i>Kiwa tyleri</i>, the newest member of the yeti crab family and the first to be found in the cold waters off …

How The Turtle Got Its Shell

The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.<p>Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern …

Paleontology

15 photos that capture Earth's turbulent drama and blissful serenity

The deadline is rapidly approaching for National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest with the first place contestant winning an eight day …

Costa Rica

Photographer Takes His Rescued Dog Maddie On Epic Adventures

Maddie the dog, of ‘Maddie on Things’ fame, is traveling across America with owner Theron Humphrey and looking for friends. Maddie became famous for …

This talented parrot thinks he's a songbird

Today is “Caturday” -- that wonderful day of the week when we stop thinking only about ourselves and take a few minutes to celebrate animals. Today, I had to share this wonderful video of a pet cockatiel who whistles a song whilst his human accompanies him on piano:<p>The cockatiel, <i>Nymphicus</i> …

Birds

16 Classic Pasta Recipes Most Definitely Worth Mastering

From baked ziti to bolognese, these 16 classic recipes will make you a pasta pro in no time.<p><b>There are an endless amount of excellent pasta recipes.</b> Instead of going down the rabbit hole, focus on these 16 classic versions. They're all excellent, and will make you a pasta master in no time.

Cooking

Watch A Starfish Spit A Microchip Out Of Its Leg

Starfish aren't having any of this tagging nonsense<p>Starfish apparently really like their privacy. Two biology students in Denmark learned this the hard way. They'd been given a relatively simple assignment; label starfish with tiny tags that would let researchers identify individual animals for …

New Expressive Dog Portraits By Elke Vogelsang

Elke Vogelsang, the pet photographer we wrote about a while ago, is back with more fun and lively portraits of adorable dogs, including her 3 pups – …

Explosive Dance Portraits By Alexander Yakovlev

Studio-dance photographer Alexander Yakovlev makes his images of professional dancers come alive by adding dynamic elements like exploding flour.<p>The …

Photography

Exams Around the World

Pen, paper, and a time limit<p>Examinations, tests, assessments—whatever the nomenclature, it’s hard to imagine schooling without them. Testing is the most popular method of quantifying individuals’ knowledge, often with the intention of objectively measuring aptitude and ability.<p>Test-taking is a …