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Philae comet probe given one last shake to continue its search for life

Rosetta mission probe will be told to crank up a flywheel in a bid to shake dust off its solar panels so it can continue work on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko<p>Scientists have begun work on a last-chance manoeuvre to contact the long-silent Philae probe, dropped more than a year ago onto the …

NASA Confirms 100 New Alien Planets

The revamped Kepler mission is raking in the discoveries, turning up new kinds of worlds.<p>After being crippled by a mechanical malfunction, NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft is back in action and has found a slew of planets orbiting other stars.<p>Called K2, the revamped mission has already found …

Light pillars and aurora over Montana

In one night, nature photographer John Ashley caught contrasting images of two very different light displays in the sky.<p>John Ashley in northwestern …

Demise of Klamath River deal could rekindle old water-use battles

The demise of a deal to end decades of feuding on the Klamath River could rekindle old battles over water use and dams in a remote corner of California.<p>A key piece of a three-part agreement expired when Congress failed to approve it by Dec. 31. The complicated pact, backed by the states of …

Forests

California Residents Fear Long-Term Impact of Gas Leak

When Robyn Shapiro’s 18-month-old son started suffering from nosebleeds last fall, she knew it was time to leave her home in Porter Ranch, the Los …

Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain

Lower-back pain is very democratic in the people it strikes.<p>"It's a universal experience. You'd be a really uncommon person never to have had an episode of back pain," says Chris Maher, a physical therapist turned health researcher at the University of Sydney in Australia. "It's a common problem …

Giant icebergs store high levels of carbon

Satellite images of the Southern Ocean show large icebergs store up to 20 percent of carbon in the ocean.<p>Melting water from the icebergs, which …

Bronze Age settlement dubbed ‘Peterborough Pompeii’ due to amazing preservation

Archaeologists found complete roundhouses, pots containing meals and clothes hastily abandoned in the ruins of the site at Must Farm Quarry near Whittlesey<p>A British Bronze Age settlement, captured in time at the very moment settlers fled for their lives from a devastating fire, has been dubbed the …

Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal

Cosmologist’s tweet appears to confirm rumours of discovery that could ‘open a new window on the universe’<p>Not for the first time, the world of physics is abuzz with rumours that gravitational waves have been detected by scientists in the US.<p>Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State …

Gravitational Waves

Infamous 'Wow Signal' From Space May Be Comets, Not Aliens: Astronomer

A powerful radio signal received from space in 1977 and never explained may have been the result of a then-unknown comet, not extraterrestrials, an astronomer proposes in a new paper.<p>The "Wow! signal" is named after what astronomer Jerry Ehman wrote ("Wow!") next to the paper readout of the radio …

Dark matter and dinosaurs: meet Lisa Randall, America’s superstar scientist

Harvard professor’s radical theory of dark matter wiping out the dinosaurs and enigmatic research on extra dimensions has made her a true trailblazer<p>It’s a bright, chilly winter morning in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Peet’s cafe, just around the corner from Harvard University, the coffee …

Harvard

'A bronze age Pompeii': archaeologists hail discovery of Peterborough site

Silty fen preserved burning houses and domestic objects inside them to reveal unprecedented view of life 3,000 years ago<p>Almost 3,000 years after being destroyed by fire, the astonishingly well preserved remains of two Bronze Age houses and their contents have been discovered at a quarry site in …

Archaeology

Archaeologists hail find of 'best-preserved' UK Bronze Age dwellings

LONDON (Reuters) - Archaeologists said on Tuesday they had discovered what were believed to be the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain, providing an extraordinary insight into prehistoric life from 3,000 years ago.<p>The settlement of large circular wooden houses, built on …

Gravitational wave detection could be a false alarm

Caution is needed over claims that gravitational waves have been found. It could be a fake to test the detectors and scientists involved – it has been before<p>There is a strong rumour that gravitational waves – one of astronomy’s holy grails – have been found. Rumours have been circulating since …

Milky Way age map shows growth rings

The first-ever complete age map of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy grew from the inside out.<p>Scientists have completed the first-ever …

Rare Bronze Age Dig Reveals What Life Was Like 3,000 Years Ago

Archaeology

Monster-Size Marine Crocodile Discovered

A fossil found in the African desert is the biggest of its kind.<p>Paleontologists have dubbed the new species <i>Machimosaurus</i> <i>rex</i> and describeit Monday in the journal <i>Cretaceous Research</i>.<p>Although the recovered remains are fragmentary, enough remained in the 120-million-year-old rock to identify the …

David Attenborough to reveal remains of largest dinosaur ever to walk the planet

Renowned naturalist will unveil a full-size model of the 37-metre titanosaur, which weighed 70 tonnes, in a new BBC show<p>The biggest dinosaur ever to walk the planet is to be unveiled by Sir David Attenborough in a new BBC show.<p>The 70-tonne titanosaur, which at 37 metres from nose to tail is nearly …

Everyday Life In A Bronze Age Village Emerges In U.K. Excavation

What did villagers in England eat for dinner 3,000 years ago? And what were they wearing?<p>These are the kinds of questions that archaeologists believe they can answer with a Bronze Age-era discovery at the Must Farm Quarry, some 80 miles north of London.<p>"What's special about this is, it's not the …

Smart Scanner Will Make It Easier To Digitize Archaeological Relics

My Presious<p>Working as an archeologist can be long and grueling--sifting through the dirt out in the field, then fitting together tiny shards of shattered artifacts in the lab.<p>The British Museum and others are trying to make artifacts and archeology more accessible by digitizing their collections …

Remains of Largest-Ever Marine Crocodile Found in Desert

Paleontologists have found the remains of a colossal crocodile believed to be the biggest of its kind.<p>The newly discovered “Machimosaurus rex” …

How to Track a Brutal Cereal Killer: Extreme Weather

It’s no surprise that wildly swinging temperatures, droughts, and floods aren’t exactly good for crops. California’s drought cost the state’s thirsty agricultural sector $1.84 billion in 2015 alone, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that a warming climate reduces yields of …

Aleutian Quake Zone Could Shoot Big Tsunamis To Hawaii, California

Two teams of geologists say portions of the seafloor along the Aleutian Islands in southwestern Alaska could produce tsunamis more devastating than anything seen in the past century. They say California and Hawaii are directly in the line of fire.<p>Tsunamis — the giant waves generated by undersea …

Galaxy quakes in our Milky Way

Astronomers say they can use “galactoseismology” – the study of ripples in a galaxy’s disk – to map the interior structure of galaxies and learn …

Universe

Global Warming Could Stave Off Next Ice Age For 100,000 Years

OSLO — Global warming is likely to disrupt a natural cycle of ice ages and contribute to delaying the onset of the next big freeze until about 100,000 years from now, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>In the past million years, the world has had about 10 ice ages before swinging back to warmer …

Google Streetview Takes Viewers Into A Miniature Train 'Wunderland'

Now you can feel like Alice, without eating any strange mushrooms<p>Google Street View is downsizing. They've taken us deep into the seven seas and up perilous rock faces but now, they're taking us somewhere very small: Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland, a huge model train set.<p>The best part is, you can …

Google Street View

Ancient tools show mysterious humans occupied Indonesian island

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The diminutive prehistoric human species dubbed the "Hobbit" that inhabited the isle of Flores apparently had company on other Indonesian islands long before our species, Homo sapiens, arrived on the scene.<p>Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of stone tools at …

Excavation of Ancient Lost City Yields New Finds

Archaeologists are revealing the site’s artifacts, with help from the President of Honduras.<p>Excavation of a “lost city” in eastern Honduras has begun with a flourish, with President Juan Orlando Hernández personally removing the first stone sculpture from the site Tuesday. The artifact is one of …

Global Warming Could Delay Another Ice Age For 100,000 Years

Earth will likely have to wait even longer for the next Ice Age because of global warming.<p>Scientists in Germany announced Wednesday that the next …

Brightest-ever supernova still baffles astronomers

Origin of exploding star that is twice as luminous as any other remains unclear.<p>Seven months after it was first spotted, a puzzle still hangs over …