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Scientists Set to Drill Dinosaur-Killing Impact Crater for the First Time

A tale of dead dinosaurs and ecological recovery is written in the Gulf of Mexico’s seabed.<p>The Gulf of Mexico, rich in oil deposits, is no stranger to offshore drilling. But for the first time ever, an expedition of scientists is set venture off the Yucatán coast to drill for core samples from the …

Ecology

Rare reptile holds clue to penis evolution

A rare reptile is shedding light on the evolution of the penis — even though it doesn’t have one.<p>The tuatara, a lizardlike species in New Zealand, …

Biology

2016 January 25 - Where Your Elements Came From

<b>Where Your Elements Came From</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Cmglee (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons<p><b>Explanation:</b> The hydrogen in your body, …

In This Videogame, Death Means You’ll Never Play Again

So your avatar died in a videogame. No big deal—at the click of a button, you can begin anew.<p>Uh, not so fast if you're playing <i>Upsilon Circuit</i>, where …

Extremely Rare Fishing Snakes Discovered

The little-seen reptiles, native to Andean cloud forests, are still mostly a mystery, scientists say.<p>Deep in the remote tropical forests of the northern Andes, scientists have discovered three new species of extremely rare snake.<p>The discovery comes mere weeks after a separate team announced the …

Zoology

China’s 36-year-old one-child policy may soon be replaced with a two-child policy

Since 1979, China’s government has heavily taxed most citizens who have more than one child, an extremely effective method of population control that managed to more than cut the growth rate in half.<p>But the policy’s time is up. It was relaxed somewhat two years ago to allow more couples meeting …

China

Earth was one of the universe’s first habitable planets, and we’re likely to miss chance to meet future alien civilisations, study claims

Earth was one of the first habitable planets in the universe, according to a new study.<p>We were among the first 8 per cent of worlds that could …

What Are the Odds of an Alien Megastructure Blocking Light From a Distant Star?

A strange star located 1,500 light-years from Earth is exhibiting strange flickering behavior that’s leading some scientists to speculate that an …

Five-Foot-Long Sea Scorpion Proves the Ancient Oceans Were a Terrifying Place

Beach-goers often fret over sharks and jellyfish, but modern day oceans are downright tame compared to Earth’s geologic past. 460 million years ago,a …

#ILookLikeAnEngineer: Women scientists smash sexist gender stereotypes on Twitter

A new hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer - aimed at dispelling myths around how women in STEM industries look - has gone viral on social media<p>Remember #DistractinglySexy – the hashtag that took off in the aftermath of the ‘Tim Hunt women are distracting and cry in labs’ debacle? The one where women …

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Placebos

An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and all else towards it at 14 million mph

The Night Sky in April 2015: the Great Attractor is neither a black hole or a super-cluster of galaxies, but we are travelling towards it inexorably<p><i>The chart shows the whole sky as it would appear from the UK at 23:00 on April 1st, 22:00 on April 15th and 21:00 on April 30th. All times are …

Meet Little Foot - the 3.7 million-year-old human ancestor

Scientists say a new dating technique suggests that a human ancestor whose fossils were found in a South African cave lived about 3.7 million years ago<p>Scientists have said a sophisticated new dating technique shows that Little Foot, an important fossil of an early human forerunner unearthed in the …

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists have revealed.<p>The extraordinary object is at the centre of a quasar - an intensely powerful galactic radiation source - with a million …

Universe

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

Climate change is an obvious myth – how much more evidence do you need?

Climate change is a myth. We all know this, deep down. Some of you reading this may have been taken in by the fear-mongering governments or corrupt scientists so have been brainwashed into thinking climate change is a real thing that “threatens all of humanity” or some other nonsense, but it’s just …

Inventor creates watch that fires laser - CNN.com

Patrick Priebe's laser watch will pop balloons and burn through plastic.<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- It cuts through plastic! It burns holes in walls!<p>It ... tells time?<p>Like something out of a James Bond film, it's a watch -- equipped with a laser. Its inventor, Patrick Priebe, built it during downtime from his …

Rosetta comet landing: Why we should all be excited - CNN.com

<i>The Art of Movement is a monthly show that highlights the most significant innovations in science and technology that are helping shape our modern world.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- From the realms of science fiction to science fact, the Rosetta mission reached its climax this week when when the mission's scientists …

Man gets $1,171 bill for using in-flight Wi-Fi

When it comes to offering Wi-Fi in the sky, airlines enjoy a situational monopoly. Still, this takes the cake: a Singapore Airlines passenger stepped …

Sweden confirms foreign sub in its waters

A foreign submarine recently trespassed in Swedish territory, officials there said Friday, but they couldn't say what country the vessel belonged to.<p>The Swedish military began an intense sweep of the waters off the coast of Stockholm more than three weeks ago.<p>On Friday, the Swedish Armed Forces …

Remains could be those of 43 missing Mexican students

The 43 Mexican students who disappeared in southern Mexico in September were abducted by police on order of a local mayor, and are believed to have been turned over to a gang that killed them and burned their bodies before throwing some remains in a river, the nation's attorney general said …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Alvin: The Little Submarine That Could

As the world races to outer space, a submarine about the size of a delivery truck has explored what some consider the real final frontier: the deep blue sea.<p>The first research submarine capable of carrying passengers to and from the seafloor, Alvin has spent some 50 years plumbing the ocean's …

Updated: Descent rudders deployed early before Virgin Galactic space plane’s crash

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday after special tail “feathers” meant to increase drag deployed early, BBC reports. One pilot unlocked …

Mexican officials find fugitive mayor, wife accused of ordering attack on students

The capture Tuesday of a fugitive Mexican mayor suspected of ordering the disappearance of 43 college students raises expectations of progress in the unsuccessful five-week-long search for the missing men.<p>But it also is probably making several politicians and other officials nervous, given their …

Mexico

Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist

An Iranian woman convicted of murder -- in a killing that human rights groups called self-defense against a rapist -- was hanged Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported.<p>Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was sentenced to death for the 2007 killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran's …