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12 UFO Myths Scientists Wish You Would Stop Believing

There are all sorts of things flying around the universe that we earthlings haven’t yet figured out how to identify.<p>Back in 1947 when rancher Mac …

Paranormal

Ancient Tools Discovered in China Confound Accepted Theory of Human Migration

"This has been one of the high points in my career."<p>Earth is littered with evidence of intrepid, ancient peoples who had one big thing in common …

Anthropology

Here's Why IceCube's Neutrino Discovery Is a Big Deal

Scientists have spotted a high-energy, incredibly tiny "ghost" particle called a neutrino flying through Antarctic ice and traced its origins back to …

Physics

The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles

Reader, here’s an incomplete list of things you shouldn’t try with elephants: a memory contest, jump rope and castration.<p>See, in addition to having uncanny recall and a firm relationship with gravity, elephants have their testicles nestled deep within their bodies, all the way up near their …

Biology

Psychedelic Brew Made From Amazonian Plants May Ease Depression

Even for those with difficult-to-treat depression.<p>“Leon” is a young Brazilian man who has long struggled with depression. He keeps an anonymous blog, …

Depression

Our Brains Could Still Be Partly Conscious Under General Anaesthesia

Scary stuff.<p>When you're getting the kind of surgery that requires being put under, you definitely don't want to be awake for any of the slicing. But …

The Brain

Harvard Robotic Cockroach Walks Underwater

The HAMR is tiny and amphibious. That was hard to do.<p>Small wonder that scientists want to copy the cockroach, one of the most durable creatures around. But Harvard roboticists are now one-upping the insect with Harvard's Ambulatory Microbot (HAMR). The new, next-generation HAMR can walk on land, …

Robotics

NASA releases image of 'celestial fireworks' in honor of Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day, NASA released a photo of sparkling stars that the space agency compared to a "burst of celestial fireworks."<p>"Like a July 4 fireworks display, a young, glittering collection of stars resembles an aerial burst," NASA said in a press release about the photo, which is …

Cosmology

Earth's first animals probably triggered a change in climate

Of course, they warmed things up over millions of years, not a couple hundred.<p>Human beings might be the most egregious example of how life can wreak havoc on a planet’s natural environment, but life of all kinds push the world’s climate in new directions over time. The evolution of the first …

Climate Change

Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds, scientists say

In the beginning, the solar system was little more than a cloud of dust and gas. Then cold temperatures caused the center of the cloud to collapse, forming the sun. The newborn star lit up with nuclear fusion, sending light and heat out into the spinning circumstellar disk. Soon that material …

Universe

Today in History for July 4th

Thomas Jefferson

Today In History, July 4: Declaration of Independence

Declaration Of Independence

July 4th 2018: How a tax on playing cards and a thwarted tea shipment led to American Independence Day

July 4 1776 was a prominent day in American history, as the 13 colonies successfully claimed their independence from the British Empire.<p>In what is now known as Independence Day, the US' most beloved national holiday is celebrated annually on the Fourth of July (that's today!) with millions of …

American Revolution

The Return of the USS Cairo – How a Lost Civil War Ironclad Was Brought Back to Life

The USS Cairo shortly after her launch. (Image source: WikiCommons)<p><i>“The Cairo suffered catastrophic damage when a controlled underwater mine was</i> …

Military History

On the Fourth of July, teach your kids about what made America great in the first place

I have vivid memories of celebrating Independence Day in my hometown of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Each Fourth of July I rode on a parade float down Myrtle Avenue, competed in watermelon seed-spitting contests with my cousins and watched colorful fireworks burst over the beach.<p>But even in my …

George Washington

Paranormal Researcher Joshua Warren Claims He Found Time Warp Outside Las Vegas

If his claim is accurate, then it wasn’t much of a time warp at all. But paranormal researcher Joshua Warren believes that he did detect such a …

Paranormal

Egypt discovers Ptolemaic tomb with black sarcophagus in Alexandria

Cairo, July 2 (IANS) An Egyptian archeological mission discovered on Sunday a tomb with a large black granite sarcophagus dating back to the …

Archaeology

US Army Troops Could Be Headed to the Space Force

WASHINGTON — If and when a new military branch for space gets off the ground, its ranks would be dominated by airmen. But Army soldiers also would …

Military

Japanese Spacecraft Reaches Diamond Asteroid After 3.5 Years

The Japanese space agency has successfully rendezvoused with a diamond-shaped asteroid millions of miles from Earth.<p>After travelling for three and a half years, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft made its final approach to the space rock on June 27 and is ready to start its exploration and survey of the …

Space

Viking invasions, a French failure?

<b>Viking invasions, a French failure? French Historians never studied Viking invasions in France: explanations</b><p>By Joël Supéry<p>Published Online (2014)<p>A …

Medieval

Archaeologists Have Found Something Truly Disturbing in an Ancient Chinese Tomb

Whoa.<p>A long-forgotten species of ape has been found buried in a 2,300-year-old tomb. It's a type of gibbon, which scientists named <i>Junzi …

Habitats

The floating Aztec city

Meet the ancient Mexican metropolis. Situated on Lake Texcoco we find the incredible capital city of the Aztec empire; Tenochtitlan.<p>When Spanish conquistadors under the command of Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico in the 16th Century, they encountered the unique indigenous empire of the Aztecs.<p>The …

Mexico

Heinrich Schliemann and the Discovery of Troy

Did Heinrich Schliemann Really Steal Credit for the Discovery of Troy?<p>According to widely published legend, the finder of the true site of Troy was …

Archaeology

Stonehenge Marks the Solstice, but That's All Scientists Know for Sure

They're still wrestling with three very different theories.<p>In Wiltshire, about 9,500 people gathered on Thursday around that famous Neolithic circle …

Archaeology

Ancient Roman road exposed in Jerusalem

The worn-down flat stones of an ancient Roman road have been unearthed in Jerusalem, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced.<p>About 1,800 years ago, the road was one of two imperial arteries that connected Jerusalem to the ancient coastal city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv. A well-preserved …

Archaeology

How Stonehenge Architects Used Pythagoras' Theorem for the Mysterious Structure

It may have beat Pythagoras by 2,000 years.<p>There are few prehistoric monuments still standing that have catalyzed as much intrigue as Stonehenge. The …

Archaeology

Dried-Up Grass Reveals the Secret of Stonehenge's Circle

An exceptionally dry summer — and a watering hose that was too short — helped archaeologists clear up a centuries-old mystery surrounding Britain's Stonehenge monument: Did the ancient stones make a complete circle in ancient times?<p>The dried-up grass around Stonehenge suggests that they did. A …

Archaeology