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These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known today

So-called Ediacaran organisms have puzzled biologists for decades. To the untrained eye they look like fossilized plants, in tube or frond shapes up …

University of Cambridge

World's largest king penguin colony has declined by 90%

The planet’s largest colony of king penguins has declined by nearly 90% in three decades, researchers have warned.<p>The last time scientists set foot on France’s remote Île aux Cochons – roughly half way between the tip of Africa and Antarctica – the island was blanketed by 2m of the penguins, which …

Penguins

How to make fire bricks out of junk mail

These folks have figured out how to make burnable fuel from junk mail. You toss all your junk mail, newspaper, cardboard boxes, and the like …

Power Tools

"Octonion" Math Could Underpin Physics

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Physics

This Japanese fungus can dry-age a steak in 48 hours. Here's how.

Thomas Payne<p>DIY<p>This barbecue season, try cooking with koji.<p>Read more<p>In the hipster precincts of Brooklyn, New York, it's getting so you can't ride your fixie down the street without getting your mustache caught in a banjo string. The same type of cultural giggle might be had about a certain fungus, …

The 7 Best Open-Source Software to Download in 2018

Track time, recover lost data, burn disks and more<p>Updated June 12, 2018<p>Computers are part of our daily lives: From households to offices, and from …

Take Back Control of Your Wi-Fi Connection with This Incredible Tool

Netspot Pro helps you analyze and optimize your wireless network like never before.<p>Wireless internet is one of the great inventions of our time. It’s …

Diamonds Packed Inside Rare Meteorite Offer Clues to a Destroyed Planet

Back in 2008, an 80-ton meteor exploded over the Nubian Desert of Sudan, showering the region with hundreds of tiny rocks. New research suggests the …

Nature Communications

What Should You Do If You Find a Piece of China's Crashed Space Station?

China's defunct Tiangong-1 space station is careening through low-Earth orbit right now, and is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere sometime …

Is Your Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Fake?

Sought-after American whiskies and Scotches are now being faked and passed off as the real deal.<p>The world of high-end whisky is reeling from the …

'Fascinating And Also A Little Bit Uncomfortable': Andrew Wyeth At 100

In 1977, nearly 30 years after Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting "Christina's World" was created, critic Robert Rosenblum was asked to name the most overrated and most underrated artists. He put Wyeth in both categories.<p>"Robert Rosenblum's comment is accurate to a degree but also simplistic," …

Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

What’s the point of inheriting the Earth if it’s only going to burn (or drown)?<p>Kids around the world are asking governments this question and demanding answers in court. For example, on Dec. 11, <i>Juliana v. US</i> pitted the president and American lawmakers against the very children whose future they so …

Climate

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

What happened when a ship packed with six million pounds of explosives went up in flames

Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion<p><i>One hundred years ago, a massive explosion rocked Halifax when a ship—the</i> Mont-Blanc—<i>carrying six million pounds of explosives caught fire in the harbor. The following is an excerpt from</i> THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and …

Security Flaw In Banking Apps Make Millions Of Users Vulnerable

A new study has found critical vulnerabilities in nine major banking apps including the ones from NatWest, HSBC, and the Bank of American …

Airlines Decide All Your Checked Smart Luggage Must Become Real Dumb, Battery-Free Luggage

Leading U.S. airlines have all agreed that all your expensive smart luggage is dumb luggage now, CNN reported on Wednesday. Carriers including …

Archaeologists think they’ve proven Santa was real, and they have his bones

Santa season is here, and on December 25th many young children will be tearing open gifts they believe were dropped off by an incredibly efficient …

$450 Million Da Vinci: Why Was Damaged Painting So Expensive?

<i>Leila Amineddoleh is the founder and managing partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP in New York City, where she specializes in art, cultural</i> …

Use of Hand Sanitiser Can Seriously Mess With Breath Alcohol Test Results

This is important.<p>Many humans have gone way too far in their need to have squeaky clean, completely germ-free hands at all times.<p>And while …

The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this …

Intel: We've found severe bugs in secretive Management Engine, affecting millions

An attacker can use Intel's flaws to run malware that's invisible to the operating system.<p><i>Video: Intel's self-learning AI chip aimed at autonomous</i> …

Information Security

10 Popular Fruit Trees Which Are So Easy To Grow in Your Backyard

One of the best ways to form an edible garden is to begin with some plans that include fruit bearing trees. No matter what climate you live in, you …

13 Nostalgic Facts About American Graffiti

According to the EPA, Americans generate 254 million tons of waste each year. Here are a few things you may have been throwing out that, with a …

Pop Culture

7 Weird Social Security Facts You Never Knew About

Social Security's oddest aspects, explained.<p>Though debatable, Social Security is widely believed to be America's most important social program. More …

Retirement

Buried For Up to 50,000 Years, a Perfectly Frozen Cave Lion Cub Was Just Found in Siberia

There is talk about cloning!<p>With its head resting on its paw, the remains of a cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia could have been sleeping in the …

Coin collection dating back 2,500 years discovered in drawer at English castle

A vast collection of ancient coins from far-flung locations across the globe, including Syria and China, has been been discovered tucked away in a …

Scientists confirm there’s a mysterious “void” in the Great Pyramid

Scientists used a muon detector to spot a large, hidden space at the center of the pyramid.<p>Though the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt is one of the …

Archaeology

The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

A pair of physicists announced the discovery of a subatomic event so powerful that the researchers wondered if it was too dangerous to make …