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Human bones in Pennsylvania thought to be from 1918 flu pandemic | Reuters

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. (Reuters) - Forensic archaeologists on Friday began excavating a highway embankment in eastern Pennsylvania, looking for more bones believed to be from impoverished victims of the worldwide Spanish flu pandemic in 1918.<p>Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Joe Pothering points to …

Astronomers find teeny supermassive black hole

In a dwarf galaxy 340 million light years away, astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the center of a galaxy.<p>Astronomers …

Universe

Astronomers discover ‘young Jupiter’ exoplanet

A team of astronomers has discovered a planet outside our solar system, 100 light-years away, that resembles a young Jupiter.<p>An international team of …

How to spot ISS in your sky

A new map-based feature in NASA’s Spot the Station program makes it even easier to track the International Space Station as it passes over you.<p>This …

Space Exploration

Butchered bone suggests earlier start to eating meat

Marks on two 3.4-million-year-old animal bones found at the site of Dikika, Ethiopia, were not caused by trampling, as previously believed, but are …

Anthropology

Watch: This octopus has an odd way of trapping prey

Unlike most octopuses, which tackle their prey with all eight arms, a rediscovered tropical octopus subtly taps its prey on the shoulder and startles …

Zoology

DNA Can Store Your Digital Data For Up To 2,000 Years

Stop throwing all your data into a digital black hole<p>Your DNA holds an incredible amount of information in a very small space. Recently, researchers have looked to DNA as a method to store large amounts of digital information that are currently saved on hard drives. DNA storage has another …

Ancient ‘Scarface’ may have spewed venom

Scientists have identified a new species of pre-mammal: an ancient Dachshund-sized creature that lived about 255 million years ago in a time just …

University of Washington

Was prehistoric man responsible for first ever war crime?

Victims were found with marks of torture, suggesting they were mutilated before or after death<p>Prehistoric man may have been responsible for the first ever war crime, after German archaeologists found a mass grave with evidence that the victims had been tortured and slain.<p>Researchers at the …

Can droplets that ‘dance’ purify water?

We’ve all seen dew droplets form on spider webs. But what if they flung themselves off the strands instead?<p>As long as the strands are moderately …

Nanotech

Watch Drone Footage Of A Giant Lava River

This is what flying robots with cameras were built for<p>Lava is dangerous, but it’s so pretty to watch. This makes filming it an ideal job for flying robots. Using two DJI Inspire drones, American Eric Cheng filmed a flowing lava river in Iceland. The drone survived both the cold of the winter and …

Glasses Let The Colorblind See Pigments For The First Time

The colors!<p>They may look like typical sunglasses, but these are making waves for people who are colorblind. Since they first went on sale in 2012, glasses from the company EnChroma Labs have allowed people to see colors as they’ve never seen them before, according to an article published this …

Alligator On Helium Reveals The Secret Meaning Of Alligator Bellows

They bellow to communicate their body size to other gators<p>Alligators are extremely vocal animals, making loud grunts called bellows year-round, but especially around their mating season. Researchers have long known that alligators make these sounds by exhaling either above or below the water …

Summer Triangle on August evenings

We’ve recently seen Orion’s return to the east before dawn, which means our northern summer is beginning to draw to the a close. But the Summer …

Astronomy

The tigon’s return: a rare tiger-lion takes over the Manchester Museum

A tigon, a cross between a tiger and lion, goes on display at the Manchester Museum. It is stuffed.<p><b>Name:</b> Maude<b><br>Species:</b> <i>Panthera tigris</i> x <i>P. leo</i> cross<b><br>Dates:</b> 1932-1949<b><br>Claim to fame:</b> Tigon<b><br>Where now:</b> The Manchester Museum, Manchester

David Cameron: captain of the starship Enterprise | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Alan Dyer/Alan Dyer/Stocktrek Images/Corbis<p>Space, the final frontier...<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/17/1439851313513/3eeef9cb-f393-4475-96cd-eab228c4b567-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alan Dyer/Alan Dyer/Stocktrek Images/Corbis<p>Space, the …

Star Trek

Young moon and Mercury from Zimbabwe

The young moon and the planet Mercury adorn the western twilight after sunset on August 16.<p>Because Peter Lowenstein lives in the Southern Hemisphere, …

Velvet ants share warning signals with the neighbours | @GrrlScientist

Photograph: Joe Wilson/Joe Wilson et al./Current Biology 2015<p>Adult female <i>Dasymutilla asteria</i> velvet ant, a member of the Madrean Mimicry ring.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/8/17/1439824082502/9156cbdc-7269-48da-b989-0d69faff8f3a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Joe …

Zoology

Mars One debates MIT: CEO Bas Lansdorp still doesn’t have a plan to reach the planet

His debate strategy includes appealing to nostalgia while providing very little facts<p>In October 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate students Sydney Do and Andrew Owens released an independent research report on Mars One — a not-for-profit organization that wants to create a …

Space weather threatens equatorial regions too

Damaging electric currents in space affect Earth’s equatorial region, not just the poles, according to new research.<p>The Earth’s magnetic field – …

Tiny wireless device inside mice sends light to nerves

Scientists have implanted a wireless device the size of a peppercorn inside mice to stimulate nerves.<p>The technique combines optogenetics—using light …

National University of Singapore

Climate change turned ancient dogs into runners

North American dog fossils—as old as 40 million years—suggest that the evolutionary path of whole groups of predators can be a direct consequence of …

Rocky Mountains

MRI scanner steers cancer-killing virus inside the body

MRI scanners, normally used to take detailed images inside the body, can noninvasively steer tumor-busting therapies to target sites.<p>Cell-based …

University of Sheffield

Going up? Space elevator could zoom astronauts into Earth's stratosphere

Canadian space firm granted US and UK patents for elevator designed to take astronauts 20km (12 miles) above Earth so they can then be propelled into space<p>A Canadian space firm is one step closer to revolutionizing space travel with a simple idea – instead of taking a rocket ship, why not take a …

Space Travel

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.<p>Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a …

How our brain hides (and gets back) scary memories

Some stressful experiences—such as childhood abuse—are so overwhelming and traumatic that the memories hide in the brain.<p>Those hidden memories may …

Neuroscience

Special Serrations Gave Carnivorous Dinosaurs an Evolutionary Edge

Railroad spikes. Knives. Razors. The teeth of carnivorous dinosaurs like <i>Allosaurus</i> and <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> have been compared to plenty of piercing and cutting tools over the years, but such comparisons are far too rough. In a study published earlier this month, University of Toronto paleontologist …

Can Islamic scholars change thinking on climate change?

Declaration calls on Muslims to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Fewer than four months before politicians gather in Paris to try to hammer out …

Comets Could Have Kickstarted Life On Earth And Other Worlds

No crowdfunding required<p>Comets are typically associated with extinction. However, there is growing evidence pointing to their ability to "seed" or create life on planets, a controversial idea, but one boosted by a groundbreaking experiment that re-created a comet impact as it would have occurred on …