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How To Become Indiana Jones With Online Courses [Infographic]

Or an alien hunter. Or Nate Silver. Or lots of other stuff.<p>The first massive open online course, or MOOC, launched in September 2008 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Via the Web, anyone could attend the class on learning theory, and 2,300 people signed up. MOOCs quickly took off. In 2011, …

Wild Weather Tied To Unusual Jet Stream Activity

There has been a lot of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere this year, including the recent torrential rains in Colorado, flooding in Europe, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska. And scientists say all of it is related to some odd behavior by the powerful air currents called the …

These Are Some of the Most Otherworldly Creatures You'll Find on Earth

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Scientists Unravel Secrets of Monster Black Hole at Center of Milky Way

Supermassive black hole last erupted two million years ago, and will again.<p><b>For years astronomers have been puzzled as to why our Milky Way galaxy's "volcano"—a supermassive black hole (SMBH) at its core—is dormant today.</b><p>It seems the answer may simply be that we didn't catch the cosmic …

Today in science: An island is born

On November 14 1963, crew aboard a trawler sailing near Iceland spotted a column of smoke rising from the sea surface. A new island, Surtsey, was …

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

From vacant lots to vertical "pinkhouses," urban farmers are scouring cities for spaces to grow food. But their options vary widely from place to place.<p>While farmers in post-industrial cities like Detroit and Cleveland are claiming unused land for cultivation, in New York and Chicago, land comes at …

Sea turtles nesting in record numbers

Large increases in endangered sea turtle nests were found at three southeastern U.S. National Wildlife Refuges during the summer of 2013.<p>Large …

Team finds new microbe inside termite gut

Scientists have discovered a previously unidentified bacterium in the termite gut that may play a key role in turning hard, fibrous material into a …

Can fossils help predict when the glaciers will crumble?

Scientists thought an ice sheet formed more than 90 million years ago when the climate was warmer than it is today. Now, fossil evidence suggests …

Cell close-ups reveal how plants get bigger

A new, super-sensitive instrument lets scientists see where a protein binds to plant cell walls, which loosens them and makes growth …

Odd Clawed Spider That Builds Ladder-Shaped Webs Discovered in Australia

A spider described by scientists as mysterious and "odd-clawed" has been discovered in Victoria, Australia. The spiders reside in the hollows of old …

Neolithic arrowhead found high in the Alps

Excavations in the high altitudes of the French Alps offer evidence of human occupation dating back 8,000 years.<p>The 14-year study in the Parc …

Is this mineral to blame for deep earthquakes?

Scientists are closer to understanding deep earthquakes, which occur when tectonics drive the oceanic crust under continental plates.<p>Their new …

5 Amazing Facts About Babies

Monkeys Whisper, Study Says—But Why?

<b>Here’s a little secret: Humans aren’t the only animals who know how to speak softly.</b><p>Gophers sometimes whisper. There are bats that do it to avoid detection by moth prey. A certain fish does it to initiate sex (whispering sweet nothings into her mate’s ear canal?). (See “‘Whispering’ Bat Evolved to …

Biting controversy: forensic dentistry battles to prove it's not 'junk science'

Should the practice that landed serial killer Ted Bundy on death row be banned?<p>In 1994, when Monica Reyes was strangled, beaten, and left dead in an Elizabeth, NJ drainage ditch, the only evidence investigators found to identify her killer was a bite mark on her back. There were no witnesses. There …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

RoboticsThis Robot Hand Taught Itself How to Grab Stuff Like a Human<p>Author: Matt SimonMatt Simon<p>BummerSorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on …

New Genus of Electric Fish Discovered in South America

A new genus of electric fish has been discovered in a remote region of South America. The thin eel-like fish, <i>Akawaio penak</i>, was found in the upper …

7.0-magnitude earthquake off coast of central Peru on September 25

USGS reported strong earthquake off coast of central Peru on September 25. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned of possible local events, but no …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

Fish Fossil Has Oldest Known Face, May Influence Evolution

The 419-million-year-old fossil has the same jawbones as vertebrates.<p><b>Scientists have found the oldest face—and it's a fish. (Not a fishface, though.)</b><p>The 419-million-year-old fish fossil could help explain when and how vertebrates, including humans, acquired our faces—suggesting a far more primitive …

Toad Swallows Bat: Cane Toad Photographed with Bat 'Wings'

The Internet was abuzz this week after a picture emerged of a toad after it swallowed a bat, giving the impression it had “wings.”<p>The cane toad was …

7 Fantastic Vintage Anatomy Drawings

Studies of the human body made by the intrepid scientists of the 1500s through the 1700s<p>Medicine in the Middle Ages wasn't the greatest: the leeches, the dirt, that whole four-humors thing. And yet physicians from all over the world made heroic efforts to develop and share their knowledge. Here, …

Astronomers Find Densest Galaxy in Nearby Universe Using Hubble and Chandra

A new galaxy discovered by Chandra and Hubble could be the densest galaxy in the nearby Universe. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, is located near a …

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

Fossil fish find in China fills in evolutionary picture

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An international team of scientists in China has discovered what may be the earliest known creature with a distinct face, a 419 million-year-old fish that could be a missing link in the development of vertebrates.<p>The fossil find in China’s Xiaoxiang Reservoir, reported by the …

Ancient Fish Fossil Sheds Light On Modern Jaws

A newly discovered fossil of a fish in China changes what scientists know about the origins of jaws. It turns out, human jaws are remarkably similar to the jaw of this 419-million-year-old fish. That suggests jaws evolved much earlier than previously thought.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>OK. Now, …

America’s Cup: how the yachts go faster than the wind

The victory by Sir Ben Ainslie and his Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup is being ranked as one of the most astonishing comebacks of all time. The Telegraph’s science correspondent Richard Gray examines the technology that allows the boats to travel at up to three times the speed of the …