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Lake of doom: deadly waterway calcifies any animal that dares to dive in

Sometimes, truth is indeed more terrifying than fiction. In what could easily make for prime horror film fodder, a renowned photographer has captured stunning images of wildlife calcified by the caustic waters of a deadly Tanzanian lake.<p>Nick Brandt, well-known for his photography of East Africa's …

Watch This Droplet 'Walk' On Liquid [Video]

Mesmerizing. These little drops of silicone oil can "walk" and bounce across a vibrating bath of the same fluid, rather than sinking down and becoming part of the bath. The vibrations in the fluid allow the droplets to be borne across the surface by the waves produced when they collide. In short, …

Physics

Peter Higgs proves as elusive as Higgs boson after Nobel success

Physicist disappears on holiday without a mobile phone to escape inevitable rush of journalists seeking out prizewinner<p>The media spotlight has often been too harsh for Peter Higgs, the Edinburgh physicist, who disappeared off on holiday without a mobile phone this week to escape the inevitable rush …

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Breakthrough Method Turns Brain Invisible

Stanford University researchers have developed a breakthrough approach to studying neural networks without physically dissecting the brain. They’ve …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

MAVEN Launches for the Red Planet

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>MAVEN thunders into the Florida sky as seen from Kennedy Space Center. Photo Credit: Jon Brack<p>When MAVEN fires its thrusters and settles into Martian orbit next September, it will join a celebrity list of spacecraft already studying the red planet. Its launch today from Cape …

The Truth About ISON: What Happened to the Comet Over Thanksgiving?

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.02.13.<p>Time of Publication: 1:53 pm. 1:53 pm<p>It’s dead! It’s alive! Did something …

New water-repellant surface destroys drops that hit it

Water-repellant materials are everywhere. Inspired by structures found in nature, these materials excel at staying dry by making water "bounce" off their surface. Now, a new structure detailed in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> improves water-resistance even more by shortening the time fluid makes …

The weird object near Saturn’s A ring

A member of the Cassini spacecraft’s imaging team spied a mysterious object at edge of Saturn’s A ring and named it Peggy.<p>On April 15, 2013, the …

Student dies and wakes up in the morgue—what happens next, it was mistake

A computer programming student was undergoing surgery in Costa Rica, when she died, experienced the afterlife, then returned to her body—in the …

Rare snow storm hits Middle East

A rare snow storm hit the Middle East, producing record snows and extreme conditions for Syrian refugees.<p>A rare winter storm struck the Middle East …

Watch a robotic cube walk and balance under its own power

Cubes aren't usually the go-to shape when creating an object that's meant to move around, but researchers in Switzerland have created one that can do just that — along with a handful of other surprising talents. Called the Cubli, it measures nearly 6 inches on each side and can walk around by …

Japan's Newest Island Triples in Size

The new volcanic island Niijima should last at least several years, scientists say.<p><b>Japan's newest island now has a name, Niijima, and it continues to grow.</b><p>The small volcanic island sits about 600 miles (970 kilometers) south of Tokyo, offshore of a small, uninhabited island called Nishino Shima. …

Baja California: 'Two-headed' Whale Found in Mexico (+Video, Photos)

Gray whale calves were found in Mexico’s Scammon’s Lagoon (Laguna Ojo de Liebre) over the weekend, surprising locals. It might be the first discovery …

Zombies in Real Life: A Man’s Horrific Experience

In 1980, Clairvius Narcisse checked himself into a hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti, almost 20 years after his family had buried him in their village’s …

Stunning Electric-Blue Flames Erupt From Volcanoes

Indonesia's Kawah Ijen and other craters emit rivers of light from burning sulfur.<p>For several years Paris-based photographer Olivier Grunewald has been documenting the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia, where dazzling, electric-blue fire can often be seen streaming down the mountain at night.<p>"This …

The Asteroid Threat, Visualized

It's not a question of if a large asteroid will strike the Earth again. It's a question of when.<p><b>Hazardous asteroids are 10 times more likely</b> to hit Earth than previously thought, according to new research by Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario. The physicist crunched 20 years' worth of …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Oxygen

No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

<b>Update on Oct. 8: The Ebola patient in Dallas, the first diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., has died.</b><p>Holy moly! There's a case of Ebola in the U.S.!<p>That first reaction was understandable. There's no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has …

In Venezuela, nature’s most electrifying lightning show

Storm chasers flock to remote Catatumbo, where most experts estimate that lightning strikes roughly 140 to 160 nights a year, with flashes often visible seven to 10 hours per night.<p>Almost anywhere else, we would have been happy to see so many bright, twinkling stars filling the sky. But here on the …

Weather

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Roadmap

Phil's Fish Market 'Where Are You From' Map Looks Unbelievable, But It's Real

Phil's Fish Market is located in Moss Landing, a small inlet near the coast of San Francisco. The cozy family eatery is famous for its <i>cioppino</i>, but other than the simple fish stew and local marine research center, there's not much to speak of in Moss Landing-- with just over 200 residents, the …

Six Years After Chemical Ban, Fewer Female Snails Are Growing Penises

Before the ban, in the worst cases, the added male plumbing would make female snails explode.<p>When do you want to see penises disappear? (I mean, besides on Snapchat.) When they appear on female animals. Luckily, six years after a global ban on a chemical that once appeared in the paint on ship …

New York Times

System turns solar energy into hydrogen fuel for later use - Futurity

Researchers have built a system that converts the sun's energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it to use after the sun goes down.

Clean Energy
National Parks

From algae to crude oil in less than an hour

Engineers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a pressure cooker-like technique that can convert algae into biofuel in less …

Adam Summers uses dyes to create images of fish that look like coloured x-rays - Telegraph

Two Russians Film Their Illegal Climb On Shanghai Tower, And Your Stomach Will Plummet

This is a whole new level of stomach-lurching.<p>Urban daredevils Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov recently released a video of their illegal ascent up Shanghai Tower, which will be the second-tallest building in the world when it's completed. In black hoodies and face masks, the Russian duo breaks …