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'Black Holes' In Ocean Exist, Scientists Say

Nothing escapes the yawning chasm of a black hole.<p>Not matter, sound nor even light.<p>Normally confined to the reaches of space, black holes and their …

Plan for hydro dam on B.C.'s Similkameen River raises immediate environmental concerns

Print<p>Related<p>A river that has been identified as one of the most endangered in B.C. is the site of a proposed hydro dam by Fortis Generation Inc.<p>Plans …

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Zombie Ant and the Fungus That Controls Its Mind

The zombie is a simple creature with simple tastes, enjoying leisurely walks on the beach, dining out with hordes of its friends, and every now and …

New Clues for How to Remember Dreams

A new study suggests that there are distinct differences in brain function between people who remember their dreams and those who don't.<p>This morning, I woke up with a very strong memory of staging a political coup in my sleep. Why I happened to remember my dream so vividly when I woke up, it's hard …

First lab-grown hamburger gets full marks for 'mouth feel'

All it took was a little butter and sunflower oil and, in less than 10 minutes, the world's most expensive burger, grown from muscle stem cells in a lab, was ready to eat.<p>"I was expecting the texture to be more soft," said Hanni Rützler of the Future Food Studio, who researches food trends and was …

Big Pic: Underground Machines For Detecting Dark Matter

Going deep underground in search of the elusive particles<p>Almost a mile beneath Gran Sasso mountain in Italy sits the DarkSide detector. DarkSide, which started operating in May, is designed to capture the faint signals generated by dark matter, the elusive particles that scientists suspect are …

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Mirror Treehouse in Sweden (not sure if it's safe for birds) 17 of the World's Most Amazing Treehouses: www.boredpanda.com/amazing-treehouses/ #architecture #treehouse

As strange as it sounds, it is a real thing! Hidden Underwater River Flowing Under the Ocean in Mexico (7 pics): www.boredpanda.com/cenote-angelita-underwater-river-mexico/

Offsetting Emissions: Wetland Plants Counter Carbon

A 19-year Smithsonian study of wetland plants and carbon dioxide offers new hope about the planet’s resilience.<p>When carbon dioxide levels rise, …

Climate Change

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

Wente: What has Trudeau been smoking?

I'm not overly invested in the marijuana debate. My friends and I all smoked pot when we were young, but hardly any of us bother any more. In my circle, the drugs of choice are martinis and Chardonnay. Frankly, we consider stoners déclassé.<p>That doesn't mean pot laws are of no concern to the upper …

Researchers Find Biggest Viruses on Earth. They Have Named Them Pandoravirus

Mimiviruses, which are extremely large viruses, were discovered about ten years ago. The discovery prompted the scientific community to reconsider …

King David's Palace Found Near Jerusalem, Archaeologists Say

King David’s palace was discovered by a team of archaeologists, who said the ruins near Jerusalem are “indisputable proof” there was authority in …

Archaeology

A Florida Man Woke Up In A Motel Room Speaking Only Swedish. Could It Happen To You?

A cheat sheet for the strange case of Michael Boatwright, the 61-year-old who reportedly forgot his native language.<p>Michael Boatwright, a Florida man found unconscious in a California Motel 6 months ago, woke up in a Palm Springs hospital in February speaking exclusively Swedish. News of …

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That’s not natural or organic: How Big Food misleads

<b>(Big Pants Production, er ryan via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Major conglomerates claim their food is healthy. But they might have funded the study — and the feds barely care<p>Gyorgy Scrinis<p>July 20, 2013 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice”<p>Food Technology is …

Why Ancient Earth Was So Warm

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere kept the planet toasty, model shows.<p><b>Some three to four billion years ago, Earth was about as warm as it is today, but the sun was much dimmer.</b><p>This so-called faint young sun paradox, first identified by astronomer Carl Sagan in the early 1970s, has flummoxed many a …

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Lunar Park For The U.S.?

Can astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's "giant leap for mankind" be permanently preserved? Two House Democrats want to do just that: They proposed a bill to create a national historic park for the Apollo 11 mission — on the moon. The legislation would designate a park on the moon to honor …