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Sandy Hook school massacre report to be released Monday

Almost a year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., local prosecutors said they are about to release the long-awaited report on their investigation – but the public will have to keep waiting for the full police report on the massacre.<p>The report on the Dec. 14, 2012, …

Both sexes 'ogle' women, study finds

Women are just as likely to "ogle" other women's chests and waists as men, new study finds<p>It's not the greatest surprise that a scientific experiment found that men spend less time looking women in the eyes than they do ogling their waists and chests.<p>However, researchers also found that women do …

Eye Tracking

Can Facebook Tell When Your Relationship Is Doomed?

Analyzing the structure of a social network can predict who a person's spouse is. And when the algorithm's wrong, that means the couple is likely to break up.<p>Give up now. Facebook knows everything. According to a new paper, the makeup of your Facebook network might even be able to tell you when …

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Scientists Prove God Exists? German Scientists Say They Have

Two scientists believe that they have proven that God exists.<p>Analyzing a theorem from the late Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel with a Macbook has …

Video: Can stress actually kill you?

Can we die from too much stress?<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral part of the award-winning EarthSky …

If we envy others, we smirk when they suffer - Futurity

People are less empathetic to others when they envy them and sometimes even delight in their suffering, new research shows.

16 Seriously Creepy Things Kids Have Said

Kids say the darndest things, and sometimes those things are darn creepy.<p>A Reddit user asked people on the social media website to share stories of …

How Close to the Big Bang Can We See?

Astronomers frequently break the record for the oldest galaxy ever spotted. But how close to the beginning of the universe can they really get?<p><b>As astronomical records go, one is in</b> constant jeopardy: Last week, headlines trumpeted yet another galaxy as the most distant—and therefore oldest—ever …

Universe

Huge magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone is two and a half times larger than expected

The magma reservoir under the Yellowstone National Park is 50 miles (80km) long and 12 miles (20km) wide: more than two and a half times larger than expected. <i>Nature</i> describes the reservoir as "a 4,000 cubic kilometer underground sponge," between six and eight percent of it filled with molten</i> …

French King Henry IV's head stars in forensic dispute

Doubt — and a reportedly royal severed head — haunts a murky corner of forensic science these days, as researchers squabble over an unearthed packet of mummified remains thought to have belonged to King Henry IV of France.<p>The mystery has produced a frightful case of regret among two researchers who …

Ghost lights: Believe if you dare

In folklore, ghost lights were strange lights seen over swamps or bogs. But we’re more sophisticated today. Aren’t we?<p>Ghost lights used to be called</i> …

These Hauntingly Bizarre Lifeforms Could Inspire Your Best Costume Ever

<i>Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures</i> by Ross Piper was published by Thames & Hudson on Sept 16.No matter how many species we …

7 Happy Ghost Stories for Halloween

Spooked out by Halloween tales? Here are are few to leave you with thoughts of friendly ghosts.<p>Here are a few spooky, but not terrifying, stories …

A Fossil Shows Dinosaurs Permanently Locked In A Fight

And it can be yours for $9 million<p>This month, two fossilized dinosaurs, locked in eternal battle, will be auctioned off at Bonhams in New York City. Experts expect them to fetch one of the highest ever prices for a fossil, up to $9 million. The pair’s prehistoric fight was intense. The carnivore, …

Paleontology

Mars 3D flyover video released by European Space Agency

Images from a stereographic camera show the landscape of Mars in 3D effect. The pictures, taken using nine image sensors on board the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe, show craters and mountains on the red planet. The satellite has orbited the planet almost 12,500 times to build the …

10 Amazing Things Kids Have Said About Past Lives

Many children seem wise beyond their years or like “old souls,” but some have said things that truly seem to hearken back to previous lives.<p>Parents …

10 Unanswered Science Mysteries

New York Aerial | New York (by Tim Sklyarov)

<b>New York Aerial | New York</b> (by Tim Sklyarov)

Experimental Light Painting Self-Portraits

Self-portraits aren’t exactly ground-breaking — in fact, the word “selfie” was recently added to the dictionary — but Alex DeForest‘s self-portraits …

Tom Petty Through the Years

When Tom Petty first hit the airwaves in 1976 with his debut single "Breakdown" he didn't seem destined to become a superstar - more like the kind of …

Music

The Sounds Of New York City, Circa 1920

We can hear the music of the Roaring '20s anytime we want. But what if you could hear the day-to-day sounds of what it was like to live at that vibrant time?<p>That's the basis of Emily Thompson's project "The Roaring Twenties." She's a history professor at Princeton University who's been mapping the …