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5 Trillion Pieces of Ocean Trash Found, But Fewer Particles Than Expected

Scientists estimate extent of plastic pollution amid mystery of where it's all going.<p>A new study on the amount of plastic pollution floating around the world's oceans found a lot of garbage but fewer small particles than researchers expected, raising new questions about how litter is interacting …

Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs

At the start of the 1980s, the question of what forced dinosaurs and huge numbers of other creatures to become extinct 65 million years ago was still …

Paleontology

Why Didn't Toxic Waste Cause a Cancer Epidemic, Like We Expected in the 1970s?

There are hundreds of hazardous waste sites in the U.S.—but only three have been linked to excess cancers.<p>Like so many people who fear their health has been damaged by living near a hazardous waste site, the veterans of Camp Lejeune, a polluted Marine Corps base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, …

Proof Of Japan's Kamikaze Typhoons Found In Ancient Rocks

The Mongol army was no match for bad weather<p>A massive storm is currently battering northern California just after another storm bombed the United Kingdom. These weather events are huge news for the people living through them, but they are nothing compared to two storms that changed the course of …

World History

Brazilian serial killer admits to being 'addicted' to murder after killing 38 women

Police are investigating the claims of Sailson Jose das Gracas, 26, who says he murdered dozens of women and would "do it again"<p>A 26-year-old Brazilian psychopath has confessed to being a prolific serial killer who murdered 38 women over the last decade.<p>Police in Rio de Janeiro are investigating …

Mother jailed for promoting terrorism on Facebook

Runa Khan, from Luton, encouraged fellow Muslim women to urge their male relatives to fight jihad and posted picture of suicide vest<p>An “extremist” mother-of-six who took pictures of her toddler son holding a toy gun and daydreamed about sending his eight-year-old brother to fight jihad when he …

Buildings Built By Energy And Light Create A New Type Of Architecture

Architect Sean Lally sees building materials beyond just wood, concrete, and glass.<p>When most architects think about energy, they’re thinking about how to use less of it. But Chicago-based architect Sean Lally sees energy in a fundamentally different way–as a building material. Lally envisions a …

Art & Painting

Mountain watercolor<br>Found on flickr.com<br>Posted by Lara

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Experimental building technique makes concrete look like skeletons

Casting concrete is as old as the Roman Empire -- the Romans poured concrete to create their aqueducts -- and even now it remains among the …

In pictures: Art of Building 2014

The finalists of this year's Art of Building Photographer of the Year have been announced, with the overall winner being chosen by a public vote. Frank Machalowski took this picture in Potsdam and said: "This multi-exposure picture reduces the building to its core, without any irrelevant …

Abu Dhabi

Can laughing gas lift chronic depression? - Futurity

A drug that makes people laugh might offer a way to treat stubborn depression.

Depression

Do extraverts have stronger immune systems? - Futurity

New research finds links between personality traits and the expression of genes that control the activity of our immune systems.

Personality

The Pursuit of Deeper Learning

At this California charter school, students are evaluated based on yearly portfolios—not test scores.<p>On a recent Wednesday morning, 11th-grader Sophia Wellington took to the undersized stage at the front of her high school gym and, with seamless poise, demonstrated what a smarter method of …

Human cells make mouse brains 4 times smarter, scientists say

Pop culture is full of anthropomorphized mice that can drive boats, fall in love and hatch diabolical plans. None of them are real, but a mouse that …

Is There A Scientifically Valid Way To Interrogate People?

Even if torture were condonable, it doesn't work, says a research psychologist. What does?<p>The release of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program documents the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) against terrorism …

South-east Asia

Images show how brain heals itself after tumor - Futurity

Scientists used a new imaging technique to learn how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks after a tumor was removed.

Imaging

Water alone couldn't have made Mars hospitable to life

Mars' habitability also depended on temperature, radiation, and other factors harder to see in rock record<p>Dried-up riverbeds, water-weathered minerals, underground reservoirs of ice: the evidence for Mars’ watery past keeps building. In fact, the eight missions that have successfully landed on the …

Rosetta’s comet fuels debate on origin of Earth’s oceans

There’s three times the concentration of deuterium-enriched water (heavy water) in the vapor from Rosetta’s comet as in the water on Earth.<p>In one of …

Astronomy

Crocodiles are 'stuck in the past' compared to their bird relatives

Crocodiles are the closest living relatives of birds, but while one species has flown the other has crawled, scientists say<p>Crocodiles are the closest living relatives of birds but compared with their feathered cousins are stuck in the past, new research has shown.<p>Both groups share a common ancestor …

Genes tell story of birdsong and human speech

His office is filled with all sorts of bird books, but Duke neuroscientist Erich Jarvis didn't become an expert on the avian family tree because of …

How Pterosaurs Filled Their Lungs

Imagine a balloon inside a cask. There’s an opening at the top to blow air into, but here’s the problem – the balloon hugs the wooden walls of the chamber. There’s nowhere for the balloon to expand into and no way for old air to be pressed out. The sides of the barrel won’t move. But there is …

Chickens are closely related to dinosaurs, and other insights from the new bird family tree

Using statistical techniques to handle genetic data, scientists are learning new things about our fine feathered friends<p>Flamingos and doves are more closely related than they look, a new genetic analysis of birds shows. That's not all: chickens are close relations of dinosaurs, and genetic patterns …