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Squirrel Winter Olympics: Most Beautiful Photo Series By Geert Weggen

Geert Weggen is a Swedish/Dutch national and an internationally awarded nature photographer. He has worked extensively with wild squirrels and birds …

Photography

Mind-Bending New Paper Could Explain The Strange 'Patterns' Within Our Solar System

Meet pilot wave gravity.<p>There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets …

Physics

Scientists have proven the existence of the strangest state of matter: superionic ice

In 1935, the <i>Harvard Crimson</i>, a student-run newspaper of Harvard University, carried the following clip:<p>Percy W. Bridgman ’04, professor of physics, can now make ice which will not melt until a temperature higher than the boiling point of water is attained.<p>This was newsworthy indeed. Bridgman went …

Chemistry

Giant viruses may play an intriguing role in evolution of life on Earth

We all know viruses cause colds and flu this time of year, but you might be surprised to learn that a virus may have played a key role in the …

Biology

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought<p>Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and …

Archaeology

Researcher discovers incredibly rare ‘sea monster’ fossil hiding in a private collection

Fossil hunting can be a tricky thing, especially when you’re searching for examples of a new species whose existence is still in question, but …

Paleontology

New research suggests toward end of Ice Age, human beings witnessed fires larger than dinosaur killers

On a ho-hum day some 12,800 years ago, the Earth had emerged from another ice age. Things were warming up, and the glaciers had retreated.<p>Out of …

Climate Change

The brain systems for language learning predate both language and humans

Word recall and grammar seem to be handled by different areas, too<p>Why has the human brain proved adept at learning languages? One explanation is that …

The Brain

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

It’s been one of the vexing questions in medicine: Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors?<p>These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of …

Medical Research

This 40 Year Old Antibiotic Could Fight Back Against The Worst Superbugs

We'd forgotten all about it.<p>As scientists look for new ways to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria that evolve to resist our …

Medicine

This Could Be The One Key Hormone That Set Us Apart From Apes

It's not just about brain size.<p>Even though you might not believe it on a crowded subway train, humans have a unique set of social skills that set us …

Evolution

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

Earth Science

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Recycle Waste CO2 Back Into... Plastic

This just might work.<p>It's been clear for a while now that there's too much carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, heavily contributing to a warming …

Recycling

Researchers have mapped out how plants sense our world

Mapping Senses<p>Plants may lack our facial features, but the fact that they don’t have eyes, ears, or noses has not stopped them from developing ways …

Neuroscience

Cilia in the brain may be busier than previously thought

A hairlike appendage sticking out of brain cells may be much more important in the brain than scientists realized.

Biology