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The Biggest Thing? Supervoid Spans a Billion Light-Years

Astonomers may have found "the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity," and it's ... nothing. Istvan Szapudi at the University of Hawaii and colleagues around the world have ventured a theory to explain a cosmic anomaly: A "cold spot" in heat maps of cosmic microwave background …

Universe

Yes, the quadruple rainbow photo is real

Amanda Curtis’ rare sighting of a quadruple rainbow over Long Island on April 21, 2015 is the real thing. It’s what’s called a reflection rainbow …

10 surprises about our solar system

Here are 10 unexpected and intriguing facts about our solar system – our sun and its family of planets – you probably did not know!<p>Remember those …

Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds

The sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, new research concludes. …

Hubble spies enigmatic quasar ghosts

Astronomers use the Hubble Space Telescope to examine 8 ethereal wisps orbiting distant galaxies, illuminated by blasts of radiation from …

Surprise! Babies learn best from the unexpected

When babies confront something surprising, they want to figure out what happened—and that curiosity helps them learn.<p>If an object behaves differently …

Is black hole ‘information loss paradox’ wrong?

Shred a document, and you can piece it back together. Burn a book, and you could theoretically do the same. But send information into a black hole, …

Medieval Potion Kills Superbug MRSA Better Than Antibiotic Vancomycin

An ancient concoction for eye infections seems to really work. The potion, which contains cattle bile, kills the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, researchers at Britain’s University of Nottingham report.<p>In fact, it worked better than the current gold standard for MRSA …

Super Bug

Cause of death pending for boy found in septic tank

DUBLIN, Va. — The investigation into the death of a 5-year-old boy found in a septic tank will focus "on facts and physical evidence and will not be driven by speculation or rumors," the Pulaski County sheriff said Friday.<p>An autopsy on Noah Thomas of Dublin has been completed my the medical …

Huge underground city discovered in Turkey--by accident

It's a stunning find uncovered by accident: Construction workers demolishing homes in Turkey's Nevsehir province in 2013 ended up discovering entrances to what could be the largest ancient underground city ever found in the region.<p>The country's <i>Hurriyet Daily News</i> reported on its existence just days …

School bus explodes in flames

A bus driver is being hailed as a hero for safely evacuating 35 students from a school bus after it caught fire.

Scientists discover 'new species' of dinosaur

Creature thought to be related to the Titanosaurs which could grow to 40 metres and weighed up to 90 tonnes.<p>Scientists claim to have discovered a new species of dinosaur which roamed the world 100 million years ago.<p>Nicknamed the Sibirosaurus, the creature is <b>thought to be related to the giant</b> …

Can Eve Online work as a spectator sport?

<i>Eve Online</i> is separated between two servers: Tranquility, the server for most of the world and Serenity, the server for Chinese players. It's time for them to battle it out.<p>"The greatest pilots of Serenity and Tranquility will meet in combat for the first time in a conflict of staggering …

You can get a whole bunch of PlayStation games for under $1 right now

If you only have a few dollars to spend on new games, that's okay: you can still grab a lot in the latest PlayStation Store sale. Sony is offering huge discounts on a number of PS3, PS4, and Vita games, all of which are available for under $1. That includes a number of classics like <i>Dino Crisis</i> and</i> …

A mysterious star called Epsilon Aurigae

One of the most puzzling stars in all the heavens is Epsilon Aurigae. It’s an eclipsing binary star, but doesn’t behave exactly as one would expect. …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject of new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Enceladus may have ocean with the right ingredients for life, scientists say

Scientists say they've discovered evidence of a watery ocean with warm spots hiding beneath the surface of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. The findings, described in the journal Nature, are the first signs of hydrothermal activity on another world outside of Earth – and raise the chances that …

Astronomy

Watch Crota, Destiny's baddest boss, killed by one man ... with no guns

You gotta feel for Bungie.<p>You work day in and day out making a new boss in <i>Destiny</i> that you think is going to provide a real challenge. You think "Man, if a team wants to kill Crota they need to simultaneously fire on him with rockets while a lone player retrieves a sword and attacks him at the …

Bulgarian bones could be John the Baptist's, scientists say

Science and archaeology offer insights into ancient artifacts that could be linked to Jesus Christ. "Finding Jesus: Fact. Faith. Forgery," premieres Sunday Night, March 1 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> When the tools of modern science are applied to religious relics, the results are almost always the …

Archaeology

Dozens of New England roofs buckling under 8 feet of snow

BOSTON (AP) — No building is safe from the incredible stress of the 8 feet of snow that has piled up on roofs across New England, and things are …

Mysterious dark matter in inner Milky Way

It’s a tough measurement, but astronomers in Stockholm say they’ve proven dark matter exists in our part of the galaxy.<p>We knew there was dark matter …

Worst Drought In 1,000 Years Forecasted For The U.S.

Megadrought is coming<p>The drought in California is persisting even after significant rainfall. It’s a bad situation, but it is absolutely nothing compared to what is in store for the Central Plains and Southwestern region of the United States in the next 100 years.<p>Scientists had already found that …

Climate Change

Right Now, You're Breathing A Potentially Dangerous Substance

Air: It's one of the world’s most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances<p>The air man needs a fresh hit. It’s a beautiful summer morning. Dew shines on the grass. Birds chirp. What a glorious day to contemplate the air. I had con­tacted the air man—he has a name: Steven …

Public Health

Revealed: the far side of the moon - video

Nasa has released a video animation of the dark side of the moon. Scientists sifted through hundreds of terabytes of data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create the footage. The other side of the moon is shown to have less dark spots, called maria, that cover the side that faces Earth, and …

Ask Ethan #73: The Multiverse and you

Is there another version of you somewhere out there in a parallel Universe?<p><i>“Go then, there are other worlds than these.” -</i>Stephen King, The Dark Tower<p>…

Watch a giant black hole tear a star apart

Five years ago, researchers using the ROTSE IIIb telescope at McDonald Observatory noticed just such an event. But far from being your run-of-the-mill stellar explosion or neutron star merger, the astronomers believe that this tiny flare was, in fact, evidence of a supermassive black hole at the …

Black Holes

3 ways the universe might end

Astrophysicists don't know exactly how the universe will end, but they have some ideas. A group from Munich called Kurzgesagt put together a video explaining the three most likely ways it could happen.<p>The problem is that the universe is expanding, and the rate that it's expanding keeps increasing. …

Black holes do not exist where space and time do not exist, says new theory

(Phys.org) —The quintessential feature of a black hole is its "point of no return," or what is more technically called its event horizon. When …

New Rosetta pictures reveal crack in the neck of comet 67P

Photograph: European Space Agency<p>A a long, deep crack appears in the neck region of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as seen here in this latest image from Rosetta …

Microsoft Rumoured To Showcase New Windows 10 Phone/Laptop Hybrid Device Tomorrow

Tomorrow during Microsoft’s scheduled Windows 10 media event, taking place on January 21st, Microsoft is expected to unveil more information about …