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These real dogs wearing pants is the solution to that viral meme drama

It was one of the most important questions of the tail end (pun totally intended) of 2015: How should a dog wear pants? The picture was first posted …

Watch This Homemade Railgun Fire A Projectile Into A Cantaloupe

Thwack!<p>Railguns scream science fiction. Hobbyists love making these rifles, which use electromagnetic forces to rapidly accelerate a magnetic metal slug before hurling it into the air. This design, by YouTube user xtamared, is hardly the first homemade railgun, but it’s one of the biggest. Here, …

Did Humans Evolve Opposable Thumbs So We Could Punch Each Other?

Testing a hypothesis about fistfights with cadaver arms<p>It's thought that our hands are what make us human. Combined with our big brains, our fully opposable thumbs enabled our ancestors to make complex tools to conquer the world. But according to biologist David Carrier of Utah State University, …

99 percent chance large earthquake strikes Los Angeles in next 3 years, study says

There is a 99.9 percent chance of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake striking within three years in the greater Los Angeles area, where a similar sized temblor caused more than $12 million in damage last year, according to a study by NASA and university researchers.<p>The study released Tuesday was …

Los Angeles

Sweden school attack: horror as sword attacker kills teacher and pupil

Latest report: Police investigate racist motive for double murder Masked attacker posed for picture with students before killing spree Assailant, who was shot dead by police, said to have far-right sympathies Premier calls attack a ‘black day’ for country as two patients remain critical<p>Sweden has …

Extremism

FBI opens hate crime probe in Indiana attack on Muslim woman

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The FBI has opened a hate crime investigation into an attack on a Muslim woman in which police say an Indiana University college student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove her headscarf.<p>FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne said Thursday that there is no deadline for …

Crime

Is Dried Fruit Just a Giant Sugar Bomb?

<b>Nope. It’s healthy, say 4/5 experts.</b><p>Call your grandma, because prunes—and other shriveled dried fruits—really <i>are</i> awesome, say four out of five of our …

Nutrition

5-year-old boy struck, killed by his school bus

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 5-year-old Kentucky boy was struck and killed by his school bus after he got off at his stop.<p>Preliminary information from Kentucky State Patrol indicated the child was struck during the "unloading" Monday afternoon but didn't specify if the boy went in front of the bus or behind it.<p>The …

Turner Broadcasting

Thousands of greyhound dogs killed annually in Australia

In a disturbing statistic, up to 17,000 dogs are believed to have been killed every year in Australia's greyhound racing industry, simply because …

Japanese climber with one finger vows to attempt Everest ascent again

Nobukazu Kuriki, a one-fingered Japanese climber who abandoned his Mount Everest ascent last weekend, is planning to try again on Thursday<p>A Japanese climber with only one finger who abandoned an ascent to the top of Mount Everest last weekend has vowed to try again within days.<p>Nobukazu Kuriki is …

Mountaineering

When Pope Francis Met Donald Trump

What would these two clashing icons say to each other?<p>Pope Francis met with Donald Trump at his Trump Tower apartment last night. The Daily Beast has …

Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment Creeps Out Scientists

Chinese scientists have caused an uproar by trying to permanently edit the DNA of human embryos — created genetic changes that could be passed along from generation to generation.<p>Their attempt didn’t work very well, but the report, published in a small, online journal called Protein & Cell, has …

Genetics

40,000-year-old teeth suggest an ancient culture belonged to humans, not Neanderthals

Two teeth and a bone fragment are all that's left of the Protoaurignacians, but that might be enough<p>Tens of thousands of years ago, the rise of humanity as we know it began. Modern humans spread from Africa to Europe and Asia, which were already populated by older Neanderthal cultures. The two …

Anthropology

Woolly mammoth genome could shed light on extinctions

In what may be a first for a long-extinct non-human animal -- and certainly for an extinct creature of such stature -- scientists have assembled the complete genome of the woolly mammoth, gaining insight into why the last surviving population of the great beasts, marooned on an Arctic island off …

The Deep History of the Sea’s Bone-Eating Worms

Bones are symbols of death. That makes sense. Before X-rays and CT scans allowed us to look inside ourselves, we’d only see our skeletons after death and decay had stripped everything else away. Not to mention that poison labels, the Jolly Roger, and visages of the Grim Reaper have all reminded us …

Paleontology

The people who are lost in time

What is it like to lose your memory after brain injury, drug abuse – or energetic sex? Christian Jarrett reports on the strange causes and consequences of amnesia.<p>After a car crash, the patient reported that her memories were wiped clean each night.<p>One morning in 2008, Naomi Jacobs, then 32, woke …

The Brain

The High-Tech Battle Against Pirates

A stealth vessel and other technologies could protect ships in troubled waters--if only we'd deploy them<p>Ghost looks more like a spacecraft than a seaborne combat vessel. It's waiting for us in the Piscataqua River, a few minutes out from its home at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. …

Yellowstone national park: scientists discover huge magma chamber

Seismic tomography provides scientists with a much bigger picture of the volcanic ‘plumbing system’ under Yellowstone national park<p>Deep beneath Yellowstone national park, one of the world’s most dynamic volcanic systems, lies an enormous, previously unknown reservoir of hot, partly molten rock big …

Earth Science

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.<p>That's the conclusion of a paper in <i>Cell</i> published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.<p>"This tumor is …

Cancer

Volcano Erupts in Chile: Pictures

San Francisco Bay Area

London Sidewalk 'Opened Like a Trapdoor,' Swallowing Woman

A woman was literally swallowed by the ground below her when the London sidewalk she was walking along collapsed on Thursday morning, according to officials and witnesses.<p>The woman — who has not been named — was helped from the hole by police and treated by London ambulance staff and taken to …

England

Questions after Indiana school stage collapse injures 16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The superintendent of an Indiana school district where a stage collapsed, injuring 16 high school students when they plunged into an orchestra pit, said Friday that the section that gave way was only a few years old, but it's unclear whether it was ever subject to inspection.<p>The …

Latin America

Clouds obscure 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse for many Australian viewers

Internet helps those in cloudy areas see rare lunar eclipse that turned moon red for a few minutes on Saturday night<p>Cloud and rain ruined the view of many Australians who looked to the skies, hoping to see a rare lunar eclipse on Saturday night.<p>But thanks to the internet, astronomers like Brenan …

Lunar Eclipse

NASA’s ‘Flying Saucer’ Lander Is Going For A Test Spin Today

The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator will help the space agency slow its roll<p><i>Update: The test was rescheduled until later this afternoon, and will take place from 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.</i><p>Perhaps the most iconic symbol to emerge from the science fiction genre over the last century is …

‘Huge Loss’: Western Canada’s Glaciers Could Vanish by 2100

Canada's glacial ice draws millions of tourists and provides drinking water to two countries, but this important economic resource could disappear by the end of the 21st century, a new study finds.<p>For the study, scientists devised a new computer model that predicts how glaciers will respond to …

Climate Change