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Was Earth Born With Life On It?

If you asked a professional – a biologist, a fossil-hunter or a geologist – how old life on Earth was back in the 1970s, you would’ve gotten a very careful “I don’t know” answer. Going back before the rise of mammals, before birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, fish, crustaceans or even starfish and …

Natural History Museums

Scientists caught black holes swallowing stars — and burping energy back up

Supermassive black holes are voracious beasts. Their tremendous gravitational pull sucks in everything that gets too close, including stars.<p>For the first time, astronomers have clearly observed at infrared wavelengths what happens after a black hole eats a star: it burps back up a brilliant flare …

Black Holes

Mars Had Lakes Of Water Even A Billion Years After Its ‘Wet Era’ Ended

Long after the solar wind had stripped Mars of its atmosphere, turning it into the cold, arid world it is today, lakes of water still existed on the …

Science says you get your intelligence from your mama

If your mother has ever praised you for being the most intelligent human being on the planet, she was also unknowingly commenting on how smart she …

Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life

GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii (AP) — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts.<p>The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes …

Fish