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Lonely planet found wandering a mere 80 light years from Earth

Astronomers say discovery of 12m-year-old free-floating planet will provide view into inner workings of gas giants like Jupiter<p>Astronomers have found a planet, a mere 80 light years from Earth, that is wandering the heavens alone. The free-floating planet, named PSO J318.5-22, is a gas giant with …

“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador

<b>It’s no lie—scientists have spotted a lizard with a nose like Pinocchio in an Ecuadorian cloud forest. What’s more, the long-nosed reptile was thought extinct, having been seen only a few times in the past 15 years.</b><p>“It’s hard to describe the feelings of finding this lizard. Finding the Pinocchio …

Faeces-filled pill stops gut infection

Treatment halts recurrence of Clostridium difficile bacteria, but a commercial pill is still far off.<p>Patients with a stubborn, debilitating bacterial …

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What Happens When You Donate Your Body To Science?

You expand the body of research, so to speak.<p>No computer simulation or dummy or animal can really convey the complexity of human anatomy like a cadaver can. But what exactly happens to your body when you donate it to science?<p>Safety Studies<p>Researchers subject cadavers to laboratory scenarios—an …

Potential New Tick Species Discovered In Researcher's Nostril

GAAAAAH GET IT OUT GET IT OUT GET IT OUT<p>Tony Goldberg, of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, found that he had an unwelcome stowaway from his trip to a national park in Uganda: a tick up his nose. Being a professional, Goldberg extracted the tick, and found that it doesn't match any other kind …

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Fish That Lay Eggs Out of the Water: Freshwater Species of the Week

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>The splash tetra is the world’s only known fish that lays its eggs out of the water. Photo: Zikamoi, Wikimedia Commons<p><b>These fish are born out of water.</b><p>The fish <i>Copella</i> <i>arnoldi</i> is commonly called the splash tetra or splashing tetra, due to its unique reproductive behavior. That …

How Do Spiders Fly for Miles? Mystery Solved

<b>As if spiders aren’t unnerving enough, did you know that some of them use an electrostatic charge to leap into the air and fly for miles? They’re probably coming to your house.</b><p>The flight of the gossamer spider was a curiosity even to Charles Darwin, who noted that his boat, the <i>HMS Beagle,</i> was …

Rare Giant Salamanders Bred in Captivity

<b>Imagine an amphibian up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) long that can weigh 80 pounds (36 kilograms) and snap chunks off your finger in a split second.</b><p>The Japanese giant salamander is one of the largest of its kind in the world: a mottled, slimy, living fossil that has changed little in millions of …

Exclusive Video: Jaguar Kills Caiman

Exclusive video shows a jaguar stalking and killing a caiman in Brazil.<p>Dramatic still images of a jaguar ambushing an unwary caiman in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands went viral on the web this month. National Geographic has exclusive video of the attack that reveals what the pictures only hint at.<p>With …

Scientists Created a New Form of Matter and It's Like a Lightsaber

The latest science news out of Harvard and MIT sounds like a joke, but it's not. A team of physicists were fooling around with photons when they …

Mad Scientist 101: A New MIT Class Aims To Turn Science Fiction Tech Into The Real Thing

Scientists and engineers, as a whole, love science fiction. At a recent technology conference I went to, a sedate collection of engineers suddenly jumped into animated discussion when one said <i>Star Trek</i>‘s teleporter would be impossible. Now a new college class is devoted to turning science fiction …

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Chemistry's Biggest Loser: Official Atomic Weights Change For 19 Elements

The periodic table gets a few tweaks.<p>Cadmium, are you looking a bit chubbier these days?<p>Improved measurements of different elements and their isotopes have changed the official atomic weights of 19 elements, the International Union of Applied Chemistry and the U.S. Geological Survey announced …

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Science Fair Tips For Middle School Students

Can't wait for the Intel ISEF or Google Science Fair? Here's how to find and succeed in national science fairs before you even get to high school.<p>Why let the high school guys and girls have have all the fun?<p>Last month, <i>Popular Science</i> published tips for winning two of the world's most prestigious …

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Fish Fossil Has Oldest Known Face, May Influence Evolution

The 419-million-year-old fossil has the same jawbones as vertebrates.<p><b>Scientists have found the oldest face—and it's a fish. (Not a fishface, though.)</b><p>The 419-million-year-old fish fossil could help explain when and how vertebrates, including humans, acquired our faces—suggesting a far more primitive …

It Turns Out Dinos Didn't Need Feathers To Fly

In 2003 when a Cretaceous-era dinosaur adorned with long feathers was discovered in China, it sparked a debate as to if and how such a creature could …

NASA Probe Found Han Solo on Mercury's Surface

Not at all long ago, in our galaxy just two planets away, NASA's Messenger probe discovered what appears to be a raised human shape in the surface of …

Insect leg cogs a first in animal kingdom

Toothed gears enable young plant hoppers to synchronize limbs for jumping.<p>Insect gears<p>The plant hopper <i>Issus</i> <i>coleoptratus</i> has natural gears that …

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Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

Watch This Weird, Gelatinous Material Heal Itself

A Jell-O-ey new solution to a major problem in materials science<p>This is a neat trick. After slicing a tube of gelatinous material in half with a razor, researchers stick the two pieces back together again. After they've sat together for two hours at room temperature, the pieces are impossible to …

FYI: How Forceful Is A Sneeze?

About as strong as a cough<p>A long-standing estimate pins the velocity of a sneeze at roughly 100 meters per second, or 224 miles per hour, but that appears to be a gross exaggeration. The figure originates from a mid-century researcher named William Firth Wells, who analyzed the size of airborne …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Pharmaceutical Ads Are Misleading

Six out of 10 claims in TV drug ads exaggerate or omit information.<p>The U.S. is one of only two countries in the world* that allows pharmaceutical companies to market their products directly to consumers--in commercials like those cute little Zoloft ads and all those coy Viagra spots. Somewhat …

Tiger Genome Sequenced, Shows Big Cats Evolved to Kill

Gene map of endangered Amur tiger seen as aid to preserving big cats in the wild.<p><b>The first sequenced tiger genome shows that big cats evolved to kill.</b><p><b>Genes for strong muscle fibers and for meat-eating appear narrowly shared, researchers reported, among species as distinct as the African lion and</b> …

CDC: “We Will Soon Be In A Post-Antibiotic Era”

In a highly unusual new report, the Centers for Disease Control warned that America is threatened by a wave of new antibiotic-proof germs that could threaten public health, and that overuse of antibiotics in health care and industrial agriculture bears much of the blame.<p>The 112-page report on …

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