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Something Is Sucking Iron Out of Earth's Crust, and Scientists Think They Know What

What makes the Red Planet red? The answer, as Sherlock Holmes might say, is elementary. And that element is iron.<p>The continental crust of Mars is so …

‘Overwhelming grief’: 8 students, 2 teachers killed in Texas high school shooting

SANTA FE, Tex. — This time, it happened during first period.<p>The day after a student went on a shooting rampage at a Texas high school, a Houston-area community grappled with a horrific reality that has unfolded in so many other places across the nation.<p>On Friday morning, a 17-year-old student armed …

Santa Fe

Paleontologists Investigate a Jurassic Bite

A damaged bone at Dinosaur National Monument reveals the feeding habits of a Jurassic carnivore

Dinosaurs

Archaeologists uncover stunning find to help shed light on the dawn of mankind

Australian researchers have led a dig which they say has shed new light on the dawn of civilized humans.<p>Archaeologists from the Australian National University (ANU) have unearthed a treasure trove of items from a cave in Kenya, giving researchers fresh insight into a crucial time period when <i>Homo</i> …

The rise of the ambient video game

‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and its contemporaries are sensory soothing software several decades in the making.<p>In February 1986, …

Breath of the Wild

Isolated lakes found beneath Canadian ice sheet

<b>Researchers have found lakes that may shed new light on icy worlds in our Solar System.</b><p>High in the Canadian Arctic, two subglacial bodies of water have been spotted beneath over 500 metres of ice.<p>The water has an estimated maximum temperature of -10.5C, and would need to be very salty to avoid …

Trump Promises Strike on Syria and Warns Russia Against Backing Assad

WASHINGTON — President Trump put Syria and Russia on notice Wednesday morning in a Twitter post, promising that missiles fired at Syria “will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’” and telling the Kremlin that it should not partner with a “Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!” …

Middle East

Why Cats "Knead Dough," According to Science

There's actually a reason, we promise.<p>Most cat behavior is heartwarming and deeply confusing. Perhaps the most obvious example is something there’s …

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Universe

New findings paint picture of Neanderthals as artists

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neanderthals may not have been that different from us, after all.<p>New evidence reveals that they created the world's oldest known cave paintings and even wore seashells as body ornaments. Both behaviors suggest that they thought symbolically and had an artistic sensibility like modern …

Humanity

Here’s what happened the last time the living things in our oceans and lakes died

On January 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are …

The Mysterious Hasanlu Lovers and Their 2800-Year Old Kiss

The Hasanlu Lovers are human remains found by a team from the University of Pennsylvania led by Robert Dyson at the Teppe Hasanlu archaeological …

The best recent science fiction – reviews roundup

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds, Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft, Spring Tide by Chris Beckett, The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander, The Feed by Nick Clark Windo<p>Alastair Reynolds excels at world building – his impressive backlist attests to that – but he’s also a master at …

Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows

New science sheds more light on recent controversy over how much the large carnivores are being impacted by melting sea ice.<p>Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina …

Global Warming

Nine novels we can’t wait to read in 2018

However you’re feeling as 2018 trudges interminably on, at least there are books to look forward to – and there are some wonderful ones coming out in the next few months to add to your reading list.<p>Fiction that imagines different worlds can deepen our understanding of the fault lines underpinning …

Books

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

The 15 Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2018

<i>New Paul Tremblay! New King! New McCammon!</i><b>Column</b> by <b>Max Booth III</b>The present may be a shit show but there is no denying how beautiful it’s felt to be …

Books

Idris Elba: The Next James Bond Should Be a Woman

“Do something different with it. Why not?”<p>Back in 2015, there was a brief, but glorious window of time where it seemed like <b>Idris Elba</b> might actually be the next James Bond. The public lapped up the idea with such intensity that 007 news dogged the actor wherever he went. He was consistently asked …

Michael Wolff claims Trump is having an affair: 'Read between the lines'

Michael Wolff has given several interviews about his bestselling bombshell book, <i>Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House</i>, but his appearance on …

'The Widows of Malabar Hill' is a thrilling mystery set in a changing India, a century ago

Unless you're a member of England's Lincoln's Inn or an avid Google Doodles follower, odds are you've probably never heard of Cornelia Sorabji or Mithan Tata Lam. Sorabji was the first woman to graduate from the University of Bombay, the first woman to read law at Oxford and India's first female …

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

Ancient Rome’s sinful city at the bottom of the sea

Baia was the Las Vegas of the Roman Empire – the place where the rich and powerful came to carry out their illicit affairs.<p>Rome’s ultra-wealthy took weekend trips here to party. Powerful statesmen built luxurious villas on its beach, with heated spas and mosaic-tiled pools where they could indulge …

Ancient History

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

We Are What We Read

<b>THE WRITTEN WORLD</b> <b><br>The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization</b><br>By Martin Puchner<br>Illustrated. 412 pp. Random House. $32.<p><b>THE SOCIAL LIFE OF BOOKS</b> <b><br>Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home</b><br>By Abigail Williams<br>Illustrated. 351 pp. Yale University Press. $40.<p>I recall Noel Annan, the …

Literature

18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January

Start off your year with a good book (or two)<p>It’s a brand new year, and that means that it’s time to dust off the reading list and take a look at what’s coming ahead.<p>In the last days of 2017, I finally found some time to catch up on Brian K. Vaughn and FIonna Staples’s brilliant comic <i>Saga</i>. I’ve …

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

Top 10 experimental thrillers

In these risk-taking novels, by writers from Paul Auster to William Burroughs, watching the formal adventures can be as thrilling as the detective work<p>Gertrude Stein once said fiction that merely related events was no longer interesting in an age of ubiquitous mass media. But Stein remained …