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Pluto's weird surface has puzzling pitted terrain

Pluto's surface is totally the pits in a new NASA image showing odd formations of dimples, troughs and curved indentations.<p>For years, we only knew Pluto as a fuzzy space blob. Low-resolution pictures were the best looks we had at the dwarf planet. Then NASA's New Horizons spacecraft left Earth in …

Solar System

Astronomers have spotted something in space that looks like it could have been made by aliens

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build," Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University in the US, told The Atlantic.<p>The star, KIC 8462852, is located about 1,500 light-years away between …

Penn State

The Internet May Be Changing Your Brain In Ways You've Never Imagined

Five years ago, journalist Nicholas Carr wrote in his book <i>The Shallows: How The Internet Is Changing Our Brains</i> about the way technology seemed to be eroding his ability to concentrate.<p>"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words," he wrote. "Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."<p>In …

The Brain

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

What Is the Big Bang Theory?

The Big Bang Theory is the leading explanation about how the universe began. At its simplest, it says the universe as we know it started with a small …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Milky Way Galaxy: Facts About Our Galactic Home

The Milky Way Galaxy is most significant to humans because it is home sweet home. But when it comes down to it, our galaxy is a typical barred …

What is Dark Matter?

Roughly 80 percent of the mass of the universe is made up of material that scientists cannot directly observe. Known as dark matter, this bizarre …

Better Treatments for Depression with Help of Discovery About Brain Protein

<b>Study in humans & rats shows more physical changes in depressed brains.</b><p>Low. Down. Less than normal. That’s what the word depression means, and what …

How caterpillars use poop to trick plants - Futurity

To trick plants into letting them nibble, caterpillars use a chemical weapon: their poo. Now researchers want to turn that sneaky poop into pesticide.

Astronomy

LHC Produces 'Primordial Soup' of The Universe Using Less Particles Than Thought Possible

Welcome to the birth of the Universe.<p>Physicists at CERN have managed to create quark-gluon plasma - the particle 'soup' thought to have existed in …

Physics

What is a Wormhole?

A wormhole is a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe. Wormholes are predicted by …

Who Are We Beyond Our Brain? Science Explores The Answer To The Question

I'm in!<p>While I have never had a true near death or out of body experience, one memory that I have preserved was of a time I fainted while visiting …

A Map That Counts All the Trees in the World

A new study says Earth is home to 3.04 trillion trees, more than seven times the previous estimate.<p>In the fight against climate change, the health of global forests is critical. Forest store carbon, purify air and water, and provide essential habitats and resources for countless species, humans …

The farthest known galaxy is 13.2 billion years old

Scientists have long reckoned that the first galaxies came into being roughly 500 million to 1 billion years after the Big Bang, but finding these ancient celestial bodies is tricky when their light is so faint that even many specialized tools aren't up to the job. However, researchers have managed …

Extraordinary Discovery: Paleontologists Have Unearthed The World’s First Single-Boned Dinosaur

It’s an exciting day for science, because paleontologists in Argentina have dug up something absolutely remarkable!<p>According to a report released …

Interview: Electric Blue Molten Sulphur Flows from Indonesia's Blue Fire Crater

While on a trip to East Java in Indonesia this past July, Chicago-based photographer, music producer, and filmmaker Reuben Wu (of Ladytron fame) captured the otherworldly sight of electric blue molten sulphur gushing from fumaroles (hot gas vents in the earth's crust) in the base of the Blue Fire …

Hiking

How I chose the right programming language for Data Science

<i>Which programming language should I learn for getting started in data science?</i><p>That’s one of the most popular question for anyone who is getting …

This Horrific-Looking Prehistoric Water Monster Has Returned to England’s Rivers

Yay?<p>This horrific-looking prehistoric water monster has returned to England's rivers. Yay?<p>The lamprey is an eel-like fish that dates back hundreds of millions of years, well before the dinosaurs; many call it a "living fossil." The largest British species, the sea lamprey, can grow up to a metre in …

Fish

Scientists map genes at work in human embryos' earliest days

A team of scientists in Sweden has broken open the genetic recipe for a human embryo's first three days of development, chronicling what happens in the crucial hours that follow the union of egg and sperm.<p>The order in which a human's 23,000 genes awaken and start the process of building a person …

Watching TV seriously harms GCSE results, says Cambridge University

Switching off the television while studying for GCSEs will help students gain the best grades they can, scientists believe<p>Teenagers should ditch television entirely if they want to do their best at GCSE after a study showed each hour a day of screen time reduces scores by the equivalent of two …

Cambridge University

This Gel Glows When It Detects Pollutants

It could also change color if a pipe’s about to burst<p>A team of researchers from MIT has created sensitive metallic polymers that change color in response to chemical or physical variations in their surroundings, according to a study published recently in the <i>Journal of the American Chemical Society</i>. …

Chemistry

From icky bugs to good grub: Why more people are eating insects

Gillian Spence plunges her hand into a shallow tray of 10,000 writhing mealworms. She comes up with a handful of the inch-long, beige-colored grubs, which squirm over and between her fingers.<p>Most are destined to become bait for fish or food for reptilian pets. But not all of them.<p>"A lot of orders …

Tough little 'water bears' inspire new glass - Futurity

Tiny, strangely hardy animals called water bears—or tardigrades—have led researchers to discover a new type of glass.

Giant sea scorpion was ancient sea predator

Scientists have discovered a person-sized sea scorpion that lived 467 million years ago.<p>Scientists have discovered what they say is the oldest …