Pieter Willem Smit

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Amazing Pictures: Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know It Hatched

Weird & Wild<p>The newborn, curled tightly in an egg-shaped ball, offers a rare insight into the life of a developing reptile.<p>Looks like someone needs a wake-up call: This newborn baby chameleon hadn't yet realized it had hatched.<p>Nick Henn, owner of Canvas Chameleons in Reading, Pennsylvania, recently …

"Extinct" Amphibians Rediscovered After Nearly Half a Century

Weird & Wild<p>Two species of amphibians thought lost to science have been found again in the mountain forests of the Philippines.<p>It had been 50 years since anyone laid eyes on the Malatgan River caecilian, a legless amphibian native to the island province of Palawan in the Philippines.<p>Scientists …

Here's Where Astronomers Discovered We Are All Star Stuff

The Snow Telescope is one of those amazing artifacts, a phenomenal piece of history that is still working more than a hundred years after it was set up. This world’s first solar astrophysical observatory was the telescope that first showed astronomers what elements made up the Sun, and made it …

Universe

It's all in your genes: how DNA explains your sense of humour, sleep patterns, and phobias

A new study shows that people with a certain gene have a better sense of humour. But that's not the only thing genetics can explain<p>If people don't laugh at your jokes, you can blame their genetics. That's <b>according to a study</b> which suggested that people with a certain genetic variation smile or …

Genetics

Week's Best Space Pictures: Champagne Flows, Pockmarked Moon

Week's Best Space Pictures<p>Bubbles of hot gas burst and Saturn's moon Rhea displays its cracks and crags in this week's most amazing views from space.<p>Feed your need for "heavenly" views of the universe every Friday with our picks of the most awe-inspiring space pictures. This week, enormous gas …

Kyrgyzstan

12 Extraordinary Pictures Show Animals Headed for Extinction

On Endangered Species Day, there are thousands of species that may not be around for long.<p>The term “endangered species” usually brings to mind charismatic animals—fluffy pandas and majestic tigers. But there are thousands of lesser-known species that are in greater danger of disappearing.<p>These …

Lemurs

NASA astronaut records stunning view as he flies across the night sky

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station don't need to flick on the TV to help them fall asleep at night. They can just look out the window. This weekend, Commander Terry Virts, who's been aboard the station since November, gave us Earthbound folk a look at just what we're missing. A video …

Space Exploration

6 Dreamy Travel Destinations for This Summer

Oops! I did it again. I forgot to make summer travel plans, and it's almost the end of May! Time to come up with a few ideas of where to head this summer.<p>Oops! I did it again. I forgot to make summer travel plans, and it's almost the end of May! Time to come up with a few ideas of where to head …

Sri Lanka

The return of Jibo, the family robot

Jibo, the social robot from robot scientist Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, is still almost a year away from commercial availability but Breazeal and her team …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Microsoft is vowing to have $20 billion in cloud revenue in 2018.</b>The company will need to triple cloud revenue over the next 3 years to meet this goal.<p><b>2. Someone is looking to buy Salesforce.</b> The company is worth $47 billion, meaning the deal — if it goes through — would be the largest software …

16 islands you can buy right now

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, Oracle cofounder Larry Ellison, and Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson have them.<p>But you don't necessarily have to be a billionaire to buy an island. Nearly a thousand islands come onto the market each year, and they vary greatly in terms of size and price.<p>With …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Scientists discover why lobsters turn red when boiled

Manchester University has discovered the complex chemical process behind a lobster's distinctive colour change<p>Scientists have found the reason why lobsters change colour when boiled and believe it could provide the key to cooking food properly, scientists have suggested.<p>Lobsters are naturally a …

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

In celebration of Earth Day, we set out to find the most beautiful natural attraction in each state, using input from folks who have lived in these places.<p>Can you guess which state the picture to the right is from? Follow along to find out. (They're in alphabetical order if you want to find yours …

National Parks