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Let's Stop Persecuting 'Auschwitz Selfie Girl' for Smiling at a Camera

This selfie of a girl in front of Auschwitz has prompted unfair social media outrage.<p>I grew up Jewish so I'm naturally very sensitive to the horrors that took place at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. I'm also very critical of Holocaust deniers and those who would minimize what the Nazis did to …

Practicing life on Mars, on a Hawaiian volcano

Photo: Ross Lockwood, via Twitter.<p>A team of researchers has been living in a simulated Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano for the past four months, …

This Cruel Pavlok Bracelet Shocks You To Exercise

Hate exercising? ZAP! Still hate exercising?<p>The fitness bands we know today have all been built around positive reinforcement. From glowing animations to congratulatory messaging when you hit goals and milestones, Fitbits, Nike+ Fuelbands, and the Jawbone Up are drenched in cheerful celebration of …

'Disintegrated' Air Algerie plane found with no survivors; 'black box' recovered

French forces who secured the site of a crashed Air Algerie flight in Mali found one flight recorder but no survivors, French President Francoise Hollande said Friday.<p>Wreckage of the jet was found in a "disintegrated state" in Mali, he said, making it the third major international aviation disaster …

Investigators Examine Shrapnel-Like Holes in MH17 Debris

Vadim Ghirda—AP<p>Mauricio Lima—The New York Times/Redux<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Bulent …

Law of physics governs airplane evolution

Researchers believe they now know why the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo—it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac.<p>In a …

New Schizophrenia Gene Links Uncovered

A new genetic analysis of people with schizophrenia — and the largest study investigating the genetic basis of any psychiatric disorder to date — …

Genetics

Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient …

How to see anticrepuscular rays

To catch a glimpse of elusive anticrepuscular rays: Next time you see crepuscular rays – sunrays – at sunrise or sunset, turn around.<p>We’ve all seen …

Perseid meteors: All you need to know

In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year.<p>In the Northern …

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

Maybe some extra-terrestrials pollute their planets too.<p>Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By …

Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p>As we reported on Saturday, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's …

Study casts doubt on rate of Antarctic sea ice growth

A new study suggests that scientists must reexamine records that show increases in Antarctic sea ice since 1979. Researchers found that something changed in the way satellite data get converted into ice cover, but they can't yet identify the exact nature of the change, or whether it fixed a problem …

Ancestors of birds were not the only dinosaurs with feathers

If you've visited a dinosaur exhibit in the last five years you know that at least some of the scaly, reptilian-looking creatures most of us imagined were in fact plumed. That is, in addition to scales, they had feathers too.<p>But the recent discovery of a small downy dinosaur in Siberia suggests …

Researchers practice living on Mars - without leaving Earth | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - For the past four months, a team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet.<p>For the most part, expedition leader Casey Stedman and his five crewmates have stayed inside their 1,000-square …

Go someplace dark and watch meteors!

Tonight – July 27, 2017 – and in the coming nights, treat yourself to one of nature’s spectacles. Every year, people look forward to the August …

The owl who liked sitting on Caesar by Martin Windrow - review

Unless you are Harry Potter, you probably don't live with an owl in your house. But writer Martin Windrow lived with his "one true owl" long before Harry met Hedwig, as we discover in the charming book, The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar [Bantam Press, 2014; Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK; Amazon …

Could Extraterrestrial Pollution Be a Sign of Life in Space?

A novel approach to the search for intelligent (or not so intelligent) beings.<p>We like to think of Earth as a pretty special place in this universe. We’ve got water, we’ve got life, we’ve got human industry. Plus, we've got boatloads of industrial pollutants now contributing to our …

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday …

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the …

Newly discovered <i>Kulindadromeus</i> opens up the possibility of many more dinosaurs having been coated in feather-like structures<p>For the last 20 years, huge numbers of fossils from China have dramatically demonstrated that large numbers of dinosaur species that were closely related to the birds had all …

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Jurassic fossils may mean that feathers were all in the family.<p>Almost all dinosaurs were probably covered in feathers, Siberian fossils of a tufted, two-legged running dinosaur dating from roughly 160 million years ago suggest.<p>Over the past two decades, discoveries in China have produced at least …

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes gets a release date

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes has been given a 23rd September release date in North America, Disney has announced.<p>Ostensibly this means it …

If Researchers are Right, This Rock Will Make Solar Power Cheaper than Coal

In 2007, a student at the University of Tokyo brought a lump of a grey, sparkly mineral to his professor Tsutomu Miyasaka, with the hope that this …

Researchers find first sign that tyrannosaurs hunted in packs

The collective noun is a terror of tyrannosaurs: a pack of the prehistoric predators, moving and hunting in numbers, for prey that faced the fight of its life.<p>That tyrannosaurs might have hunted in groups has long been debated by dinosaur experts, but with so little to go on, the prospect has …

Iraq Christians get Islamic State's warning

The Islamic State group has threatened Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul with death if they do not convert to Islam or pay a tax, Al Jazeera has learned.<p>The Sunni rebel group issued the orders in a letter after Friday prayers. The document, obtained by Al Jazeera, states that the order was …

Exosuit aims to open up hidden undersea world to researchers

Deep down in the ocean, far below where most humans have gone, there’s an unexplored world of glowing sea creatures and mysterious environments that scientists are desperate to study.<p>To reach these depths – and explore them safely – researchers rely on hi-tech, space-age equipment like the Exosuit, …

'We Have Just Shot Down a Plane': Haunting Audio From the Crash Scene

"They shouldn't be [expletive] flying. There's a war going on."<p>"It's smoking."<p>The voice reportedly belongs to Igor Bezler, a commander of the separatist rebels in Ukraine, speaking to Russian officers. It is the first of three chilling phone calls intercepted by Ukraine, which purportedly shows …

NASA thinks the moon's underground caves could house astronauts

The moon's surface isn’t just full of craters — it’s also full of holes. And according to NASA, these holes, and the underground caves to which they connect, could one day provide shelter to the space agency’s astronauts.<p>The moon’s more than 200 holes, or "lunar pits," were discovered by NASA’s …