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Second Life has devolved into a postapocalyptic virtual world. The weirdest thing is how many people still use it

Remember Second Life?<p>Launched in 2003 by Linden Lab, it was an unprecedentedly wide and open free online world (which allowed real-money purchases). Complete with its own in-game currency, it was a virtual reality with no objective other than to let people build and do what they want, and people …

Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard by sheriff's search-and-rescue team

A search-and-rescue team pulled a rare half-ton whale fossil from a Southern California backyard Friday, a feat that the team agreed to take on as a makeshift training mission.<p>The 16- to 17-million-year-old fossil from a baleen whale is one of about 20 baleen fossils known to exist, Natural History …

Dinosaurs shrank to evolve into birds over 50m years

Huge meat-eating dinosaurs shrank steadily over 50 million years to evolve into small, flying birds, researchers say.<p>The branch of theropod dinosaurs which gave rise to modern birds decreased inexorably in size from 163kg beasts that roamed the land, to birds weighing less than 1kg over the …

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars

An experimental engine is gaining acceptance among scientists, and could introduce a new era of space travel — it only had to break a law of physics …

Why We Prefer Pictures: It's the Way We're Wired

<i>Abhilasha Shah is a PR/Communications Intern studying communications and psychology at the University of Michigan. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Let’s play a little game. See how long you can stay focused on the data and research …