Rachel Waldman

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New Study Finds Cats Have The Surface Area Of A Ping Pong Table

Knowing this can actually help us build better machines<p>Cats are neat freaks.<p>They spend inordinate amounts of time grooming themselves, and while that might seem a bit excessive to us filthy humans, they've got cause. A new study finds that if you spread out all their skin and hair (insert many ways …

520-Million-Year-Old Brains Preserved in Fool's Gold

A set of incredible fossils from southwest China reveals something amazing: 520 million-year-old brains, some preserved in fool's gold.<p>The brains belong to shrimplike creatures just a few centimeters long named <i>Fuxianhuia protensa</i>, which scuttled around the seafloor during the Cambrian Period. …

Venus' Twin? New Earth-Sized Exoplanet GJ 1132b Found in Our Neighborhood

There's a new rocky Earth-size exoplanet on our galactic block, and it's a sizzler. Astrophysicists on Wednesday revealed the newfound world, GJ 1132b, named after the small nearby star that it orbits. Even though the mercury can hit 450 degrees at this planet, it's cool enough to have a thick …

What triggers supervolcano eruptions?

Supervolcanoes – massive eruptions with potential global consequences – don’t appear to follow the conventional volcano mechanics, say researchers.<p>A …

Nearby 'Venus Twin' Could Be Clue To Finding Inhabited Planets

So close we might even be able to measure its wind speeds, GJ 1132b is a very important exoplanet<p>In a solar system not so far away, an Earth-size planet orbits a small star. The planet is rocky like our own, but its average temperature is between 300 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit.<p>The planet's name is …