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A Crazy New Species of Beaked Whale Has Been Discovered in the Pacific

Did you know that beaked whales are a thing, and that they’re more than just giant, weird-looking dolphin clones?<p>On Tuesday, a team of scientists …

Whales

43 Scientists Banded Together To Warn The World Of ‘Megafauna’ Extinction…It’s Time We Listen

Forty-three scientists from around the globe co-authored an article that discusses the potentially grim future of the planet’s megafauna (animals over 90 pounds). Titled “Saving the World’s Terrestrial Megafauna” the study was published today in the latest Oxford Journal’s <i>Bioscience,</i> and claims …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Earth - Some lifeforms may have been alive since the dinosaur era

Some corals live for thousands of years. American lobsters can live to at least 140. One tortoise lived to 250. And a mollusc called Ming was the ripe old age of 507 when researchers inadvertently killed him.<p>Forget these babies, though. The oldest living creatures on Earth can easily shatter their …

Biology

‘Burps of Death’ in the Bermuda Triangle?

03/15/2016 · by carylsue · in Classroom Ideas, Current Event Connection, Geography In the News, Main. ·<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p>Researchers say methane bubbling to the surface of the ocean could explain the sudden loss of ships in the western North Atlantic. (Guardian)<p>Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find the …

Mindfulness Training Changes Teacher Behavior in the Classroom

Any parent knows that teaching is hard work. It’s not just about trying to get across a certain subset of information through fun, interactive …

Russia offers free land to all citizens willing to move to the Far East

By Ishaan Tharoor<p>Ishaan Tharoor<p>Reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics and history<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Call it the Muscovite version of "manifest destiny." On Monday, President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that offers every Russian citizen a tract of land in their country's remote Far …

Russia

A new book recalls a notorious lynching site in the American South

America’s dark and painful history lingers on the banks of the Chickasawhay River in Shubuta, Mississippi. But if you visited this small rural community, you would never know it — there is no plaque to commemorate the violent struggles that took place here, and it’s unlikely that anyone in this …

Thirty-three lions rescued from circuses in South America are airlifted to South Africa

Thirty-three lions, that were rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia, have been airlifted to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa to begin …

Circus

‘Cold case’ scientists solve absolutely brutal killing from 500,000 years ago

Scientists have unravelled a very, very cold case – a savage killing from half a million years ago.<p>Their findings will make you very, very glad you …

This Phrase and Theme Collectively Appears 365 Times in the Bible — and Here’s Why Pastor Rick Warren Believes That Really Matters

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, recently penned a devotional in which he explained that the Bible includes 365 messages telling Christians not to be afraid — a significant fact that the preacher believes sends a powerful message about fear.<p>“It’s interesting to …

Bible

Ancient American: Kennewick Man's Tribal Links Confirmed

The origins of a man who lived some 8,500 years ago, and whose skeleton was discovered in 1996 in Kennewick, Washington, have finally been pinned …

Aztecs: A New Perspective

John M.D. Pohl reviews recent scholarship about the empire swept away by Cortes.<p>To read this article in full you need to be either a print + archive …

New Study Ponders If Earth Is Surrounded By Extinct Ancient Civilizations

The search for extraterrestrial life seems to be an increasingly fruitless task for us mere human mortals as our technology advances and our understanding of our universe increases. The universe is amazingly large, featuring nearly endless star systems, planets and chances for intelligent life to …

Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.<p>Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that …

Ruby-red seadragon species spotted in the wild for the first time

There are rubies in the sea.<p>Not gemstones, but ruby-colored seadragons that have been spotted in the wild for the first time, in the waters off Western Australia.<p>The discovery made by marine biologists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography confirms that there is a third species of seadragon, …

A new discovery sheds light on ancient Egypt’s most successful female pharaoh

By Elahe Izadi<p>Elahe Izadi<p>Pop culture writer<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Hatshepsut was no ordinary Egyptian ruler.<p>After her husband died, Hatshepsut didn't just keep the "throne" warm for her stepson to come of age. She became a pharaoh in her own right, and in doing so, became one of ancient Egypt's first …

Ancient History

Let’s go ahead and make Earth invisible to aliens, just in case

What would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of “Star Trek” than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction.<p>Of course we’ve been leaking our own position to distant stars via radio …

Scientists have solved an ancient Peruvian mystery from space

The mystery centers around a series of carefully built, spiraling holes called puquios, burrowed into the ground in the Nazca Desert of southern Peru.<p>These peculiar formations could not be dated using traditional carbon dating techniques, and the Nazca people didn't leave behind any evidence of …

Earth - What really happened when the 'dino-killer' asteroid struck

Where armies of trees once stretched skywards, seemingly escaping from the thickets of ferns and shrubs that clawed at their roots, only scorched trunks remain. Instead of the incessant hum of insect chatter blotting out the sound of ponderous giant dinosaurs, only the occasional flurry of wind …

Loch Ness 'monster' found | CNN Travel

The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

They're literally fit for kings.<p>Built to protect and entertain royalty, ancient castles naturally possess a lasting beauty. But unlike the gated compounds of yesteryear, modern travelers can now step inside their historic gates.

European Travel

Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

As we're sipping away on a glass of stout or Merlot, we probably take for granted our ability to digest the alcohol in the drink. Alcohol, or dietary ethanol (as scientists like to call it), is technically a toxin — imbibing too much can lead to a hangover and even poisoning, of course.<p>But thanks …

Mysterious giant sphere unearthed in forest divides opinion

This round rock could be the oldest stone sphere made by human hands, says Bosnian archaeologist Semir Osmanagic.<p>Discovered in a forest near the Bosnian town Zavidovici, the ball has a radius of between four and five feet, and an "extremely high" iron content.<p>Dr Osmanagic believes the sphere proves …

Climate change is now affecting how the Earth moves

NASA researchers from JPL believe that melting ice is redistributing the planet's weight balance.<p>Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that climate change is now affecting the way that the Earth moves. The team found that, as the last century has progressed, the "wobble" that …

Climate Change

There’s Something Living In the Rocky Crust Beneath the Ocean Floor

Deep-ocean microbes could help us look for life on other planets.<p>In just about every nook, cranny, and crevice of our planet, some sort of life manages to thrive—whether it's under an Antarctic ice sheet, in super-salty Arctic water, or in Chile's Atacama desert, one of the driest and harshest …

This huge region of Brazil is even more deforested — and less protected — than the Amazon

By Chris Mooney<p>Chris Mooney<p>Reporter covering climate change, energy and the environment.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The Amazon has it bad, but the Cerrado may have it even worse. After all, at least you’ve actually heard of the Amazon.<p>The Cerrado isn’t as big, but it is still one of the largest and most …

Research

Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill

BERLIN (Reuters) - At an hour-long meeting in Moscow on March 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov irritated his German counterpart by raising the case of a German-Russian girl who said she was raped by migrants in Berlin earlier this year.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with …

The 14 women in history who have tried to be U.S. president

Hillary Clinton is closer to the White House than any woman in American history, but she's hardly the first to set her sights on the role of commander in chief.<p>History reveals that women were running for president before the 19th Amendment gave them the right to vote in 1920.<p>A total of 14 women …