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Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

Stephan’s Quintet. Four galaxies merging into one - Exploring Space

Fossils Of Ancient Forest Fire May Hold New Clues To The Last Days Of The Dinosaurs

In the badlands of southern Saskatchewan, Canada, scientists discovered evidence of a 66-million-year-old forest fire locked in stone.<p>Fossilized plants found on top of the layers of ancient charcoal show that forests bounced back from wildfires during the last days of the dinosaurs much like they …

Two-In-One Wires Could Turn Clothes Into Batteries

The wires are able to conduct and store electricity at the same time.<p>A team of materials scientists has created a copper wire that’s able to store electricity as well as transmit it. Two in one! It’s like the shampoo/conditioner of the electronics world. Above, you can see the wire lighting an LED …

New Laser Device May Be A Drunk Driver's Worst Nightmare

Scientists in Poland may have come up with a powerful new deterrent to drunk driving. It's a laser-based device that can detect alcohol vapor--like that exhaled by someone who's been drinking--inside a car as it passes by.<p>The device works by detecting subtle changes in the laser beam as it passes …

College Turns Cow Poop Into Clean Water, And It Could Be Great For The Environment

When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade. When a cow gives you manure... make clean water?<p>That's the result of new technology that extracts nutrients and pollutants from cow poop and produces water clean enough to dispose of safely or for livestock to drink. The McLanahan Nutrient …

An Enormous Asteroid Is Passing By Earth Today And NASA Just Found Out About It

Today is the day this monstrosity is whizzing past our planet. And even though there's no chance it will hit us, it will get relatively close.<p>"Beast" is only a little over 3 times the distance to the moon today at its closest point. That's just 777,000 miles.<p>And at its fastest, the asteroid is …

Asteroids