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Cracking the Secrets of Old Faithful's Geyser Eggs

Science & InnovationYellowstone Live<p>Researchers get their first look at a geological 'gobstopper' from Yellowstone, which may hold clues about its iconic geyser's past and future.<p>The animal kingdom brims with egg-laying creatures—chicken, goldfish, toads, and more. But one thing you might not …

Geology

The Lost City of Trump

It was supposed to be his legacy. Today it’s a mere shadow of his dream—but he declared victory anyway. How the saga of Trump City foreshadowed the president’s chaotic path to the White House.<p><b>The week before Thanksgiving in 1985, a 39-year-</b>old Donald Trump announced his plan to make sure nobody …

Donald Trump

How a female-only line of salamanders 'steals' genes from unsuspecting males

Kleptogenesis gets a little less mysterious in a new study.<p>Imagine a lineage made up solely of women. Generation after generation, these females pilfer genes from males—not mating and reproducing in the usual way, but using sex as a means to collect genetic material that they can parcel out to …

Biology

Gaudi’s Lost Manhattan Tower

The designer of such architectural masterpieces as Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí left behind designs for a monumental Manhattan hotel …

Earth - We know where the world’s loneliest species came from

A tiny species of fish can claim some of the most unenviable of all records.<p>The so-called Devils hole pupfish survives within one of the driest places in the world, in the heart of the Mojave desert in the US.<p>Each fish is less than one inch-long (2.5cm), and perhaps fewer than 50 individuals …

Science Invents A Better Way To Boil Water

Steam is an essential part of our energy systems–and now it’s a lot easier for us to get it.<p>Sometimes the objective of boiling water isn’t to get hot water. You might boil it to create steam, say, to turn a turbine and create power. A lot of heat might get wasted doing that boiling. But a new …

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

Streaming

Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.<p>An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.<p>Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other …

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Scientists discover coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon River

Scientists have discovered vibrant coral reef ecosystem near the mouth of the Amazon River that stretches roughly 3,700 square miles -- even though coral isn't supposed to be able to grow there in the first place.<p>The reef described in the journal Science Advances could shed light on how these …

Amazon River

Sunday Chess Problem

Some chess problems are engineering marvels featuring deep and complex strategy. Other problems are elegant and delightful, and serve as reminders of …

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

10 amazing ancient forests around the world

Getting back to nature can be like going back in time, especially if you wander through one of these woodlands—all amongst the oldest on Earth.<p>Some are old growth, meaning they haven't been molested much by people, while others are forests that have been regenerating on the same land for time …

America's Most Beautiful Gardens

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the mastermind of New York’s Central Park, designed the gardens and grounds cradling this 250-room …

Vanuatu's Espiritu Santo, where paradise is a leaky canoe without a paddle

Smiles dazzle, adventures abound and bliss comes out of the luminous blue water on the island that inspired South Pacific<p>I’ve just found my happy place.<p>It’s been a long time coming. For years whenever anyone told me to close my eyes and picture it I’ve drawn a blank, then spent the next few minutes …

The Verge Review of Animals: the naked mole rat

Covered in poop and feeling no pain<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>Imagine a tiny pink walrus — no more than …

Hyping The Hyperloop: How A Moonshot Technology Could Become A Reality

In downtown L.A., millions of dollars and hundreds of labor hours are being spent on a technology most people don't believe exists. But as powerful political players start to get involved with the company, traveling just under the speed of sound is getting a little more real.<p>Brogan BamBrogan wants …

Forbes Welcome

World's Longest Continental Volcano Chain Found in Australia

Scientists have just found the world's longest chain of volcanoes on a continent, hiding in plain sight.<p>The newly discovered Australian volcano chain isn't a complete surprise, though: Geologists have long known of small, separate chains of volcanic activity on the island continent. However, new …

Eighteen Campy and Cool Spots in the White Mountains of New Hampshire: Kitsch Them While You Can

The 800,000-acre White Mountain Region of New Hampshire has been drawing tourists for over 150 years. Though not quite tamed, man has left his mark on these stony hills, making money by highlighting Mother Nature's finest features. And selling fudge. <b>The Cog Railway</b> on Mount Washington, in fact, was …

New England

Collinsium Was One Prickly Invertebrate

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>The Cambrian was the Age of Weird. True, this is a bias that stems from considering the modern world’s organisms as “normal”, or at least familiar, but it’s difficult to look at some of the world’s first animals without seeing evolutionary oddities that held the potential …

These homes prove that the ‘tiny house movement’ has become a global phenomenon

In case you hadn’t noticed, tiny homes are the next big thing.<p>1. Keret House<p>Blink and you’ll miss it. That’s because this home, built in the wasted …

New York City

Visit The Asteroid Vesta Without Leaving Your Home

NASA takes you into an asteroid field--virtually<p>Flying into an asteroid field is pretty impractical for most of us, even if you're trying to escape an Imperial Star Destroyer. But for those who relish exploring giant space rocks, NASA's provided the next best thing: a virtual tour of Vesta, the …

Google Earth

Free Things to Do in Barcelona

From the street performers who line Las Ramblas to works by modernist masters like Picasso, Gaudí, and Miró, the Catalan capital is awash in culture, much of it accessible for free with a little planning.<p>From the street performers who line La Rambla to works by modernist masters like Picasso, …

The World's Oldest Animal Is Even Older Than We Thought

A new dating method puts a mollusk specimen at 507 years young<p>Here you see Ming, a mollusk of the species <i>Arctica islandica</i>. In 2006, researchers discovered the bivalve in Iceland, and examined its interior growth rings--patterns on the inside of its shell--to determine its age. That put Ming at an …

Clams