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Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

NASA's Kepler spacecraft finds first alien planet of new mission

NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again.<p>The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced Dec. 18. The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a "super Earth" about 2.5 times larger …

The Coolest-Looking New Species Of 2014

PopSci's pick of the litter<p>The world is so abundant with strange species, scientists describe new ones every year. Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we picked a few of our favorites from this year to share. This is a small fraction of the species scientists name in a year. Just today, the California Academy …

Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires. Yes, I was surprised to learn that the same forest shrub that we love …

An Interview with a Guy Who Lived Underwater for 31 Days for Science

Fabien Cousteau lived underwater for a month and built a robot shark to swim around in.<p>We all watched <i>The Little Mermaid</i> as kids and prayed that one day we'd sprout a tail and fins so we could join the magical world at the bottom of the ocean. In reality, for a human, spending extended periods of …