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What Does Shipwrecked 170-Year-Old Beer Taste Like?

Bottles found under the sea sampled<p>Yo ho ho and a bottle of beer. Scientists in Finland have analyzed two different beers recovered from an 1840's shipwreck in the Baltic Sea to see if they could figure out how the beers were made.<p>Unlike some notable examples of booze that were stored in ideal …

Wine Cellars

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Global Warming

The formal cat fantasy portraiture of Eldar Zakirov

Man, I love this guy's work--particularly the cats. Eldar Zakirov is on DeviantArt, and you can support his high weirdness by purchasing prints. He …

DARPA opens biotech office to utilize biology for national defense

"Starting today, biology takes its place among the core sciences that represent the future of defense technology." That's according to a press release today from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announcing its new Biological Technologies Office, which will work on things like …

Darth Plagueis: Star Wars

• <b>Author:</b> James Luceno<p><b>He was the most powerful Sith lord who ever lived.</b><b><br>But could he be the only one who never died?</b> <i><br>“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to</i> …

The bats that mix nature’s grossest perfume

Humans are not the only species that makes perfumes, but you might think twice before sniffing the stinky cocktail mixed by this bat.<p>Women would do well to look, act and smell like flowers – at least if the etiquette guides of the 19th Century are to be believed. One such book of rules, called …

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Knives

Space-Born Jellyfish Hate Life On Earth

Space babies get major vertigo on Earth after a microgravity childhood.<p>A warning for future space colonizers: Babies born in space might not ever figure out how to deal with gravity. Jellyfish babies, at least, have to deal with massive vertigo on Earth after spending their first few days in …

Crystals

The Week In Numbers: A Planet That Rains Glass, NASA's New Hunt For Life, And More

<b>63 light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to the blue exoplanet HD 189773b, which looks like a cozy place to live—except its surface temperature is 1,000 degrees Celsius and it rains glass. Sideways.<p><b>5.5 million square feet</b>: the floor space of the new world's largest building, which could fit 20 …