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508-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 50 Legs and Giant Claws

A 508-million-year-old critter — one that looks like a weird lobster with 50 legs, two claws and a tent-like shell — is the oldest known arthropod …

Evolution

'Hobbits' May Have Led Early Humans Out of Africa

I was in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008 and lucky enough to examine the bones of one of the most controversial hominin species that has ever been …

Evolution

Pope Urges Solidarity and Compassion in 1st-Ever Papal TED Talk

The pope urged compassion alongside progress in a surprise TED Talk shown in Vancouver, British Columbia, yesterday (April 25).<p>In the first-ever TED …

Pope Francis

Did Human Ancestor 'Lucy' Have a Midwife?

How might the ancient relative of humanity dubbed "Lucy" have given birth? In a manner in between that of chimpanzees and humans, with newborns …

Pregnancy

Distant Dwarf Planet DeeDee Stirs Up the Pluto Planethood Debate

What's a planet? What's a dwarf planet? Should we make a distinction? Should we really care about these definitions in the first place?<p>As we learn …

Solar System

High-Tech Crime Steals the Show in 'Outlaw Tech'

The Wild West of the American frontier was well-known as a lawless place; with small outposts and homesteads separated by acres of rolling prairie, …

Security

On Tinder, Swipe Right to Save This Endangered Rhino

He's big, smelly and a little past his prime, but should you happen to see a northern white rhinoceros named Sudan pop up on your Tinder, you might …

Wildlife

'Dragonfly' Drone Could Explore Saturn Moon Titan

A relocatable lander could explore the hazy skies of Saturn's intriguing moon Titan, according a new mission proposal. As the eight-bladed whirlybird …

Space Exploration

Earth's Mantle Could Suck Up Carbon from the Air

If efforts to reduce carbon emissions fail and the world is barreling toward unchecked global warming, are there any last ditch strategies to save …

Climate

Beware of Bogus Cancer Treatments, FDA Says

Americans should be wary of products claiming to treat or cure cancer, as a number of products are falsely making these claims, according to the Food …

Cancer

Psychedelic Drugs Really Do Trigger a 'Higher' State of Consciousness

People who use psychedelic drugs have described the experience as feeling as though they have reached a "higher state of consciousness." And now, a …

The Brain

Trademark Style: Why No One's Naming Their Baby Ivanka

Ivanka Trump just had to trademark her name in China to avoid copyright copycats, but she doesn't have to worry that new parents will infringe on her …

Donald Trump

Eureka! The Archimedes Principle

Archimedes was possibly the world's greatest scientist — at least the greatest in the classical age. He was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, …

Ancient History

Straight Out of 'Star Wars': This 'Death Star' Laser Actually Works

Though it's not big enough or strong enough to destroy a planet, scientists have developed an amplified laser reminiscent of the Death Star from …

Materials Science

Climate Change Altering the Arctic Faster Than Expected

Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the …

Climate Change

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Everglades National Park<p>A set of new posters by conceptual artist Hannah Rothstein paint a dire picture of the perils of ignoring climate change. The …

National Parks

Odd New Theory Explains How Early Earth Got Its Oxygen

One of the still-unsolved mysteries about Earth's history is how the planet became oxygenated, and breathable, billions of years ago. Now, a new …

Geology

Did Edvard Munch See 'The Scream' in Spectacular Rare Clouds?

Could Edvard Munch's "The Scream" have been inspired by a rare cloud formation?<p>Scientists at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting this month …

Art History

What Your 'Brain Age' Means For Living Longer

Your brain may not be the same age as your body, and an "older" brain may be linked to an increased risk of dying at a younger age, a new study from …

The Brain

Why Can't You Shake Hands with a Robot?

<i>This article was originally published at</i> <i>The Conversation.</i> <i>The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Robotics

Extinct Toothy Carnivore Named After Egyptian God of the Underworld

Scientists have identified a new species of small, toothy mammal that once ruled the food chain in Africa almost 40 million years ago.<p>Researchers …

Biodiversity

This Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Plastic Bags

A wiggly, ravenous caterpillar — one that doesn't limit its diet to naturally grown objects — can biodegrade plastic bags, a material infamous for …

Recycling

An Aurora Called 'Steve'? Strange Sky Phenomenon Investigated

Meet "Steve," a strange, new aurora feature discovered by citizen scientists and verified by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm satellites.<p>Eric …

Astronomy

What Is Short-Term Memory Loss?

When a person experiences short-term memory loss, he or she can remember incidents from 20 years ago but is fuzzy on the details of things that …

The Brain

Gulp! Soda Linked to Memory Woes, Strokes and Dementia

People who often drink soda, with sugar or without it, may be more likely to develop memory problems and have smaller brain volumes, according to two …

Dementia

Strange Recall: How Do Golf Balls Get into Hash Browns?

A bizarre and unwanted ingredient is prompting a recall of several frozen hash-brown products: The hash browns may contain pieces of golf balls.<p>On …

Cool Stuff

Earliest Fungus-Like Fossils Date Back 2.4 Billion Years

An international group of scientists says it has discovered 2.4 billion-year-old fungus-like fossils — approximately 2 billion years older than any …

Fossils

Crystal-Haired 'Radiohead' Ant Discovered

"No killing moths or putting boiling water on the ants," the band Radiohead intoned in its creepy, computerized 1997 track "Fitter Happier." A new …

Biodiversity

After the March: Science Advocates Prepare for a Marathon

The March for Science brought tens of thousands of science supporters into the streets of Washington, D.C. and to around 500 satellite marches around …

March for Science

Sea Urchins Launch Their Weird Mobile Jaws to Scare Predators

A common and colorful sea urchin has some truly bizarre appendages that seem to move independently from its body, and now scientists know why: It …

Nature