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Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

Geoscience

Good grief: the psychology of mourning

There have been a worrying number of high profile deaths of late. First there was Paul Walker, yesterday we lost both Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine, even Brian the dog from Family guy died (sort of). Most high-profile of all was of course the recent passing of Nelson Mandela.<p>High-profile deaths …

Steve Jobs' Doctor Wants to Teach You the Formula for Long Life

David Agus helped Steve Jobs live longer. Now he want to help us all. Bryce Duffy<p>It's 6:30 on a Monday morning and already David Agus is doing an …

Ancient Chinese cat bones shake up domestication theory

A cat-and-mouse game played out in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago is helping scientists understand how wild felines became the tame pets we know today.<p>Scientists believe it was the cat's appetite that led to domestication. Grain stored by ancient farmers was a magnet for rodents, which in turn …

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

Why cats decided to live with people

5,300 years ago in China, grain attracted rodents, which attracted cats to live alongside the farmers, new research with bones suggests. The study …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Cats Have Been Crashing on Our Couch for 5,300 Years

To my mind, there’s no excuse for cats. They’re animal hipsters — preening, demanding and terribly full of themselves. Plus they make me sneeze. Yes, …

Very Sad Planet Orbits Very Sad Star

Since they first began finding distant planets in the 1990’s, astronomers have found alien worlds orbiting everything from Sun-like stars to dim red …

Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …

Antibiotics can’t beat wastewater ‘superbugs’

Tests shows that antibiotic-resistant bacteria were escaping purification at two wastewater treatment plants in Northern China, as well as breeding …

$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there's a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It's supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we've never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 …