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19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

An undersea world of peaks, canyons and volcanoes

An image from Geoscience Australia shows the MH370 search area including Broken Ridge. The scale of the newly discovered underwater terrain dwarfs many mountains above sea level<p>Until now, scientists had better maps of the surface of Mars than of this ocean floor.<p>These images show for the first time …

China's “Supercave” Takes Title as World's Most Enormous Cavern

China's immense Miao Room cavern is announced as the world's largest cave chamber.<p>China's immense Miao Room cavern, hidden beneath rolling hills and reachable only by an underground stream, is the world's biggest cave chamber, an international mapping team reported on Sunday. (Related: "China's …

Battleship beast: colossal dinosaur skeleton found in southern Patagonia

Dreadnoughtus schrani unearthed in Argentina is most complete skeleton of plant-eating titanosaur recovered anywhere in world<p>The spectacular remains of one of the largest beasts ever to walk the planet have been unearthed by fossil hunters in southern Patagonia.<p>The unique haul of bones includes a …

Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster

Astronomers discover that our galaxy is a suburb of a supercluster of 100,000 large galaxies they have called Laniakea<p>In what amounts to a back-to-school gift for pupils with nerdier leanings, researchers have added a fresh line to the cosmic address of humanity. No longer will a standard home …

More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday — days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes and closed down highways.<p>The rain is forecast to arrive late Sunday morning and slowly move …

Pennsylvania puts $1.4m towards extinguishing years-old mine fire

Fire deemed threat to air travel in state where abundance of abandoned mines make underground long-burning fires common<p>The Pennsylvania department of environmental protection announced this week it would spend $1.4m to put out a several-year-old fire near the Pittsburgh International Airport that …

Mysterious, Giant Half-Mile-Long Crack Splits Ground In Mexico

Scientists in Mexico are puzzling over a giant fissure that has split the ground in the northern part of the country.<p>The crack, which runs for nearly two-thirds of a mile, measures close to 30 feet deep and is just more than 15 feet across at its widest spot. Locals found the geographical oddity …

Found: An ancient flying lizard with a massive, sail-shaped crest

Meet the <i>Caiuajara dobruskii</i>: one of the craziest extinct flying lizards you'll ever see.<p>The newly discovered animal is a member of the order <i>Pterosauria</i>, a clade of flying lizards that lived during the time of the dinosaurs.<p>Scientists are still not entirely sure what its wingspan looked like, but …

Why mosquitoes bite some people and not others

Science explains one of life’s great mysteries. Plus! A natural remedy to keep you insect-free all summer<p>Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you don’t want to resort to DEET? (DEET, while …

The curse of the $8 million dinosaur

In 1990, a group of small-time fossil hunters discovered the world's most valuable T rex. They also uncovered a legal nightmare<p>To the untrained eye, the three bones jutting out from the cliff face would have looked like stones, bleached white in the blinding South Dakota sun. But as soon as Peter …

How Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.<p>This isn't just the stuff of comic-book villains: Real humans in the real world—actually, in Oklahoma, of all places—can cause earthquakes.<p>Scientists have known about man-made earthquakes for decades. They've …

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