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Japan landslides: deaths confirmed after homes swept away

At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-soaked hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early on Wednesday in several landslides.<p>Video footage from the Japanese national broadcaster NHK showed suburban homes in the western Japanese city surrounded by streams of …

Water's reaction with metal oxides opens doors for researchers

A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world's most common substances interact.<p>In a paper published …

The black hole at the birth of the Universe

The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? …

Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

Black Holes

Death toll in southern China quake rises to 589

LUDIAN, China (AP) — The death toll in southern China's earthquake rose to 589 on Wednesday as search and rescue teams pushed into isolated mountain …

Giant penguin fossil shows bird was taller than most humans

A penguin species that lived millions of years ago would have dwarfed today’s biggest living penguins and stood as tall as most humans, according to analysis of fossils by a team of researchers from the La Plata Museum in Argentina.<p><i>Palaeeudyptes klekowskii</i> has already been dubbed the “colossus …

Life beyond Earth seems 'inevitable', US planetary scientist says

Astronomers are standing on a "great threshold" of space exploration that could see evidence of extra-terrestrial life being discovered in the next 20 years, an expert has claimed. Life beyond the Earth seems inevitable given the immensity of the universe, says US planetary scientist Dr Sara Seager.<p>…

We’ve dug so many tunnels, future historians will think we were mole people

We humans have gotten pretty good at leaving our mark on the planet. So much so that, to some scientists, we’ve joined the ranks of catastrophic …

5 Phenomena That Science Has Yet To Fully Explain

What do ghosts and yawns have in common? They remain scientific enigmas.<p>Who doesn't love a good mystery, especially one that stumps researchers?<p><i>Popular Science</i>'s editor-in-chief, Cliff Ransom, moderated a panel about such seemingly inexplicable phenomena this weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. The …

Virginia family of five killed in apparent murder-suicide

(Reuters) - A Culpeper, Virginia, family of five was shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide, with the father the suspected shooter, police said on Monday.<p>The bodies of Clarence and Shauna Washington, both 35, and their three daughters, ages 4, 6, and 13, were discovered by officers late on …

Campers being rescued from Calif. mudslide

As many as 500 children and adults are being safely evacuated Monday after torrential rain and mudslides trapped them at a Southern California church camp, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department told CNN.<p>The Forest Home camp had been trapped behind a mudflow in Forest Falls -- …

U.S.—Russia Tensions Nuke Plans For Real-Life ‘Armageddon’ Asteroid Defense

Rising tensions between the United States and Russia, stemming from the latter’s recent aggressions, have upended the Obama administration’s …

Man sentenced to prison for scattering pipe bombs in Palm Springs

A 49-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 72 months in federal prison for leaving six pipe bombs in a Palm Springs neighborhood, mostly near his ex-girlfriend's home, officials said.<p>Edward Allen Costa, of Desert Hot Springs, pleaded guilty in May to possessing an unregistered destructive device, …

Woman accused of killing 1 daughter, cutting other

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman going through a divorce and custody battle is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and severely cutting her …

U.S. official: Spy plane flees Russian jet, radar; ends up over Sweden

The Cold War aerial games of chicken portrayed in the movie "Top Gun" are happening in real life again nearly 30 years later.<p>A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18, just a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air …

France launches "rigorous" probe of drugs squad after officer arrested

French drugs squad under scrutiny after 34-year old narcotics officer is arrested on suspicion of stealing 52kg of cocaine from a high-security room from within Paris police headquarters.<p>France has launched an internal audit of its main drug squad after an officer was accused of stealing 52kg of …

California husband and wife die 4 hours apart after 62 years of marriage

Don and Maxine Simpson were married for 62 years, and not even death could keep them apart for long.<p>According to the couple's granddaughter, Melissa Sloan, the Simpsons, of Bakersfield, Calif., passed away approximately four hours apart on the morning of July 21. Maxine, 87, had suffered from …

Anger in Bangladesh as ferry capsizes, killing at least 125

Families of scores of people presumed dead after their ferry capsized in central Bangladesh accused authorities on Tuesday of launching a feeble rescue effort and leaving their loved ones trapped inside the vessel for more than 24 hours.<p>More than 200 people were believed to be on board the M.V. …

Hurricane Iselle Heads to Hawaii, Tailed by Tropical Storm Julio

Weather<p>Hurricane Iselle barreled towards Hawaii early Tuesday, with forecasters warning that the islands could face a one-two punch as Tropical Storm Julio is trailing not far behind.<p>It is extremely rare to have such major storms in such quick succession, according to Weather Channel lead …

First Asteroid With Rings Discovered

Move over, Saturn—rings aren't just for giant planets anymore.<p>Saturn has rings, of course, and so do the other gas giants of our solar system—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune—albeit wispier ones than Saturn's.<p><b>But until now it seemed that only giant planets had the gravity to hold on to the billions of</b> …

Top 10 Physics Findings That Will Tangle Your Brain

There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.<p><i>"Expanding Universe" by Mblegacy</i> …

These Beautiful Graphics Reveal The Chemistry Of Everyday Foods

Literally everything around us is made up of chemicals. That includes all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.<p>On the blog Compound Interest, a chemist and teacher in the United Kingdom has illustrated the chemistry behind …

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As we wrote last week, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

2 New Holes Mysteriously Appear in Siberia

Two new mysterious holes have appeared in the Siberian permafrost, the Siberian <i>Times</i> reports—just two weeks after the first crater appeared in the …

Natural Gas

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…