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Divers Found The World's Largest Underwater Cave, And It's Full of Maya Secrets

The photos are spectacular.<p>After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world's largest flooded cave system – …

Archaeology

Here's Why 200,000 Endangered Antelopes Dropped Dead in Kazakhstan

So devastating.<p>When over 200,000 saiga antelopes dropped dead in Kazakhstan over the course of a few weeks in May 2015, scientists were baffled.<p>In …

Biological Species

No, This Spectacular Meteor Explosion in The US Didn't Cause an Earthquake

It was still one hell of a boom.<p>A fireball ripped through the sky over southeast Michigan at around 8:10pm Tuesday evening, a display that set social …

Amazing

McDonalds Just Made a Huge Pledge to Improve Its Recycling Game

Manufacturing and transporting packages for over 37,000 restaurants is bound to take its toll on the environment. And that's why today, McDonalds …

Recycling

The End of Single-Use Plastic Has Officially Arrived

The EU is cracking down.<p>It has been estimated that by 2021, humans will annually use as many as half a trillion plastic bottles.<p>Our consumption and …

Recycling

Scientists Just Recalibrated Our Future Climate Scenarios And We Need to Pay Attention

They've narrowed it down.<p>Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would …

Climate Change

5 Ways That "Shithole" Countries Have Made American Science Better

Last week, President Trump reportedly asked why the U.S. bothers to take immigrants from "shithole" countries, referring to Haiti and nations in …

TED Talks

Nearly All Members of The National Park Service Advisory Panel Have Resigned in Frustration

Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that …

National Parks

Over 2,000 Newly Discovered Biological Markers Could Help Explain How Autism Develops

This could be huge.<p>Scientists have discovered a swathe of biochemical regions that look to be deeply involved with the risk factors behind autism …

Biology

This Researcher Says The Moon Has No Link to Earthquakes After All

It's all random?<p>In recent years, studies have shown that there is a correlation between the phase of the Moon and large earthquakes.<p>Now a new study …

Earthquakes

Genome of Man Who Died in 1827 Has Been Reverse-Engineered Without Any Remains

This Icelandic settler had an incredible story.<p>Hans Jonatan was born in the Caribbean in 1784, migrated to Iceland in 1802, and died in 1827 – and …

DNA

Chinese Researchers Say We Could Use Lasers to Destroy Space Junk

Zap! Smash!<p>Pollution isn't just a problem here on Earth. It's also an issue in space where a growing collection of space debris is orbiting our …

NASA

There Could Be a Scientific Reason Why Trump Can Sleep Just 4-5 Hours a Night

He might be a "short sleeper".<p>Following President Donald Trump's annual physical exam, his physician told reporters on Tuesday that the president …

Sleep

U.S. Government Ignores Scientists And Removes Protections For Canadian Lynx

The Canadian lynx is about to lose its special protections after nearly two decades of holding a threatened species status, according to the U.S. …

Wildlife

Emergency Alert in Japan After Supermarket Accidentally Sold Extremely Toxic Fish

"Please return your deadly purchase to the store."<p>Health authorities in the Japanese city of Gamagori were forced to activate an emergency warning …

Japan

This Wriggling Sac of Deadly Baby Spiders Has Australian Researchers Excited

Oh hell no.<p>You probably won't be surprised to hear that Australia is home to the world's most toxic spider.<p>It's called the funnel-web, it's …

Spiders

Science Is Facing a Serious Replication Crisis, But There Are Solutions

The scientific method relies heavily on systematic replication of research. Nevertheless, many existing results in medicine, life science and …

Research

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image

Whoa.<p>Isn't it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the …

Space Science

We Were Wrong About Rats Spreading The Black Death Plague

Classic rodent blaming.<p>Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human …

Public Health

Endangered Owls Are Being Fatally Poisoned by Illegal US Marijuana Farms

Do you know where your weed is coming from?<p>Something is poisoning groups of owls in the US, including endangered species, and scientists think …

Cannabis

There Were Over 12,000 Poison Control Calls For People Eating Laundry Pods Last Year

But people also eat hand sanitiser.<p>Tide Pods are the Internet's breakout meme of early 2018. For those of you not in the know, the joke is that …

Trends

Fact-Checking The Trump Administration's Claims on 'Saving' Coal Country

"I'm the one that saved coal. I'm the one that created jobs."<p><b>— President Trump, in an interview with the New York Times, Dec. 28, 2017</b><p>As a candidate, …

Clean Power Plan

Humans Share a Relevant Gene With This Fish That Can Repair Its Spinal Cord

This has huge implications.<p>The lamprey looks about as different from a human as you can imagine. This fish has an eel-like, finless body, bulging …

Breakthroughs

The World's First Universal Flu Vaccine Is Already Undergoing Clinical Trials

Fingers crossed!<p>A company in the UK is currently conducting a clinical trial of what could become the first universal flu vaccine in the world - an …

Medicine

Scientists Are Engineering GMO Species to Self-Destruct After Breeding in The Wild

Wild sex isn't always a good thing.<p>Genetically modified organisms could potentially do a lot of good for the world, like ending the spread of …

Biology

A Man Tore a Hole in His Throat Trying to Hold Back a Sneeze

Oookay, this is scary.<p>When it comes to sneezes, it seems there's a golden rule: better out than in. This has been somewhat painfully demonstrated by …

Medicine

Scientists Have Created a Mini Gamma-Ray Burst in The Lab For The First Time

So cool!<p>Gamma ray bursts, intense explosions of light, are the brightest events ever observed in the Universe – lasting no longer than seconds or …

Physics

Mysterious 16th Century Epidemic That Almost Wiped Out Mexico Finally Identified

It killed 15 million people.<p>When European conquistadors sailed for the New World, their conquest was invisibly assisted by a devastating, unseen ally …

Anthropology

The Obesity Epidemic May Be Actively Decreasing U.S. Life Expectancy

With countless advances in medical research, you would expect human life expectancy to only get better. But last year, life expectancy in the U.S. …

Obesity

Stunning Fossil Discovery Reveals a New Dinosaur With Iridescent Feathers

It may have been as bright as a hummingbird.<p>The discovery that dinosaurs were feathery, not leathery, means we've had to rethink how they might have …

Dinosaurs