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10 movies you need to watch on Netflix this week before they expire

Many of us are ecstatic to see 2016 come to a close, but the end of a month means a new selection of content is being removed from Netflix. …

What Happened to Oil Prices in 2016?

Oil prices are notoriously volatile, and their actions in 2016 were no exception. Prices plunged to start the year as supplies piled up in storage due to resilient shale production and rising output from OPEC. Speaking of which, OPEC spent most of the year arguing within itself, instead of working …

We Finally Know Why Freaky Sounds Come From the Deepest Stretch of Ocean

During exploratory missions to the Mariana Trench in 2014 and 2015, scientists recorded mysterious sounds they dubbed the “Western Pacific Biotwang.” …

Whales

The hardest part of dealing with sea-level rise will be the uncertainty

By far one of the most important impacts of global warming in the decades ahead will be sea-level rise. As the Earth heats up and ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica melt, ocean levels will creep upward, flooding coastal cities and forcing large-scale relocations around the world.<p>But there’s a …

Climate Change

Dale Earnhardt Jr. symptom-free after test run at Darlington

Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed a test session Wednesday at Darlington Raceway and suffered no concussion symptoms, clearing him to race at the start of …

NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf

The breakup of the massive Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is getting closer and will eventually produce an iceberg the size of Delaware prowling …

Paul Ryan's Plan to Change Medicare Looks A Lot Like Obamacare

President-elect Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan agree that repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with some other health insurance system is a top priority.<p>But they disagree on whether overhauling Medicare should be part of that plan. Medicare is the government-run health …

Global wildlife populations continue their rapid decline

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London says global wildlife populations have declined by almost 60 percent since the 1970s — and the losses continue.<p>The two organizations jointly release a biennial Living Planet report that assesses how the natural world is …

Biodiversity

Scientists Think They Finally Found Evidence of Ancient Life on Mars

We’ve written about why scientists believe Mars is one of the places in our solar system most likely to have alien life. There are a few reasons, but …

Will Human Evolution Be Shaped by Climate Change?

<i>Welcome back to Giz Asks, a series where we ask experts hard questions about science, technology, and humanity’s future. Today, it seems like we’re</i> …

Bolivia schools close early as drought empties reservoirs

<b>Authorities in three Bolivian regions have called an end to the school year two weeks early as the country suffers from a severe and prolonged drought.</b><p>Three reservoirs which supply the largest city, La Paz, are almost dry, and water rationing is in effect until further notice.<p>More than 125,000 …

Why A One-Degree Difference Can Make Or Break Earth's Climate

<i>Why does it make such a big difference on earth to increase the temperature by one degree? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Jess H. Brewer, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics &</b> …

Saturn's North Polar Hexagon Has Changed Color

Add this to the long list of celestial End Times portents to keep you up at night: Saturn’s north polar hexagon, a six-sided vortex of unknown origin …

Astronomy

10 Easy ways to make money while you're unemployed

Share14<p>Tweet<p>Share29<p>+11<p>Shares 44<p>Job hunting is a time-consuming task, but learning how to make money fast doesn’t pay a cent until you actually land a …

Earthquake: Magnitude 2.7 quake strikes in southeast Long Beach

A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon in southeast Long Beach, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:54 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 7.5 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was located just south of the Long Beach Veterans Affairs …

Rare sea life found in mysterious underwater 'mountains'

Scientists recently traveled thousands of miles below the ocean's surface to explore underwater mountain ranges of cone-shaped dormant and active volcanoes with peaks rising 9,843 feet above the seafloor off the coast of Hawaii.<p>Living along these seamounts, Conservation International researchers …

Fast and Furious 8: Watch the gang goof around during their first day on set

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and the rest of the <i>Fast & Furious</i> crew are hard at work on the upcoming eighth film in the franchise …

archatlas: Images of Earth from Space The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is an imaging instrument onboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) launched in December 1999. Beginning April 1st 2016, all Earth imagery from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft since late 1999 is now available to users everywhere at no cost. Images from the top: NYC Baektu Mountain Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah and Palm Deira Paris Venice Washington DC Alluvial Fan Taklimakan Desert Netherlands Dikes Angkor Wat Anti-Atlas Mountains The public will have unlimited access to the complete 16-plus-year database for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument, which images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet. ASTER’s database currently consists of more than 2.95 million individual scenes. The content ranges from massive scars across the Oklahoma landscape from an EF-5 tornado and the devastating aftermath of flooding in Pakistan, to volcanic eruptions in Iceland and wildfires in California. All images by NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. See more images here. (via archatlas)

Washington D.C.

Stunning Photo Reveals Galaxy With Supermassive Black Hole

At the heart of a brilliant elliptical galaxy sits one of the most massive black holes ever discovered.<p>A dramatic new image from the Hubble Space Telescope may offer fresh insight into one of the great mysteries of the universe: black holes.<p>The image shows a bright white orb against a starry black …

The most popular Victoria's Secret models during the fashion show

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired last night.<p>The extravaganza showcased some outrageous outfits.<p>But the main attraction was the models.<p>Marketing technology company Amobee found out which models were the most tweeted about from 10 p.m. EST until 1 a.m. this morning. These are the models that …

World’s tiniest pacemaker implanted without surgery

The world’s smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker was successfully implanted in 99.2 percent (719 of 725) of patients participating in an …

Medical Technology

Here Are the Best Black Friday Deals - So Far

Need a new TV? You’ll have a number to choose from at incredibly discounted prices this Black Friday – assuming you’re willing to wake up early …

Best photos: This weekend’s planets before dawn

Venus is the brightest one up before dawn, but Mars and Jupiter were closer on Saturday than they will be again until 2018. Plus many people caught …

Astronomy

Milky Way over Morocco

The Milky Way over the top of Toubkal, a mountain peak in Morocco. At 4,167 meters, this point is the highest peak in North Africa.<p>Besancon Arnaud …

Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ really happen?

In the 2004 film <i>The Day After Tomorrow</i> climate warming causes an abrupt collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), which in …

Climate Change

Paleo diet should include carbohydrates to be authentic, say scientists

Early humans would have needed a diet high in both meat and carbohdrates to fuel the rapid evolutionary expansion of the Pleistocene<p>The Paleo diet has won thousands of fans with its seemingly straightforward logic that what was good for our metabolisms as we evolved is likely to be good for us …

El Niño Could Be Among Strongest on Record, Raising Risk of Floods

The phenomenon known as El Niño is brewing in the Pacific Ocean — and it could be one of the strongest on record, raising the risk of floods and mudslides this winter in Southern California, forecasters said Thursday.<p>It won’t produce enough rain to end the historic drought in California, they …

As El Nino grows, drought-stricken California braces for wild winter weather

For months, scientists have been saying that the El Niño weather pattern this winter could finally put a dent in California's four-year drought.<p>Given the stakes, there is likely going to be much focus Thursday when the latest El Niño forecast is released.<p>The forecast is scheduled to be announced …