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Scientists Prove Einstein Right Using the Most Elusive Particles in the Universe

Once again, scientists have shown that Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity is right — this time, thanks to a particle detector buried deep …

Physics

Scientists Discovered a Quadrillion Diamonds Hidden Deep Within the Earth

"Diamond is not a particularly rare mineral."<p>Adorning an ear or encircling a finger, a natural diamond is synonymous with luxury. The average cost of …

Earth Science

World's oldest bread shows hunter-gathers were baking 4,000 years before birth of farming

Hunter-gatherers were baking bread thousands of years before the birth of farming, archaeologists have discovered after digging up pieces from the world’s oldest loaf.<p>The remains of a charred flatbread were found at an archaeological site in Jordan dating back 14,400 years by an European team of …

Archaeology

Ancient Papyrus Reveals Galen's Crazy Theory About 'Hysterical Suffocation'

An unreadable wad of ancient papyrus remained tucked away in a Swiss university's collection for nearly 400 years. Conservators have now peeled the …

Ancient History

Intelligent birds

New Caledonia crow<p>A discovery by Dr Sarah Jelbert of Jesus College, Cambridge, has led to the refinement of our understanding of crow intelligence. On the south-west Pacific island of New Caledonia, a crow called Emma has stunned researchers by operating a vending machine they constructed for it, …

Birds

New Island Of Lava Growing Off The Coast Of Hawaiian Island

Scientists discovered what appears to be a "new island" forming off the coast of Hawaii.<p>On Friday morning, a crew from the Hawaiian Volcano …

Geology

Fascinating Discovery Of Ghost Particle Heralds A New Era In Astronomy

From the depths of space, billions of particles patter to the earth every second. Now researchers have identified a source of high-energy neutrinos …

Physics

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

Water-bearing minerals reveal that Earth’s mantle could hold more water than all its oceans. Researchers now ask: Where did it all come from?<p>A couple …

Earth Science

5,300 Years Ago, Ötzi the Iceman Died. Now We Know His Last Meal.

Science & Innovation<p>It took 20 years to find his stomach. Now researchers know what was inside—in excruciating detail.<p>Ötzi the Iceman's stomach wasn't where it was supposed to be. The misplaced organ eluded researchers for some 20 years. But in 2009, while looking at new radiographic scans, they …

Anthropology

'Ghost particle' found in Antarctica provides astronomy breakthrough

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time, scientists have been able to trace the origins of a ghostly subatomic particle that traveled 3.7 billion light-years to Earth. The tiny, high-energy cosmic particle is called a neutrino, and it was found by sensors deep in the Antarctic ice in the IceCube …

Physics

Women Making Science Videos on YouTube Face Hostile Comments

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are popular topics on YouTube. Some channels that stream videos on these subjects have millions of subscribers. Most are hosted by men.<p>“There is a lot of discussion about YouTube being an unpleasant environment for female creators,” said Inoka …

Internet

Activating "grandmother neurons" could reset body clock

Humans have evolved to do stuff during the day and sleep at night, but international travel or shift work can throw off that natural rhythm. Finding …

Neuroscience

There May Be a Biological Reason Why You Can't Give Up on a Difficult Task

Sticking with frustrating pursuits is irrational, but even animals do it.<p>We can’t help but pursue the things we want, even when the chase is …

Sunk Costs

Which Political Party Is the Most Adulterous? New Study Points to Patterns

Actions speak louder than voting records.<p>Are Republicans more likely to cheat than Democrats? It’s difficult to say for sure when most polls that …

Research

4 Timeless Productivity Lessons from Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein knew how to work hard, and he also knew when to take time off.<p>He once said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”<p>Einstein’s curiosity drove him as a child, adult and older man to pursue scientific ideas and projects that are still applicable today, such as his …

Albert Einstein

House Republicans Pass Hostile 'Empty Oceans Act'

By Molly Masterton<p>For the last 40 years, the Magnuson-Stevens Act has been our nation's primary defense against overfishing.<p>The road hasn't been …

Conservation

Ancient Humans Lived in China 2.1 Million Years Ago

The discovery of stone tools—the oldest ever found outside of Africa—dramatically shifts the story of hominin migration, researchers say.<p>For hundreds of thousands of years, small bands of ancient humans ranged across a sandy, hilly grassland. They survived on the mammals around them—perhaps hunting …

Anthropology

Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe

If astronomers are right, a ghostly particle that lit up an instrumented swath of ice beneath the South Pole on 22 September last year was a …

Physics

French farmer who found 'near mythical' remains of elephant ancestor kept it to himself to avoid fossil hunters

A farmer in the south of France stumbled across the skull of a giant, four-tusked ancestor of the elephant but failed to inform paleontologists for almost three years because he didn’t want any “bother” from fossil hunters.<p>The unnamed farmer struck scientific gold when he unearthed the remarkably …

Dinosaurs

How do insects survive the winter? Not the way we thought

A new study is revealing the science behind how some insects survive winters in harsh climates, and it goes against previously-believed …

Biology

Newly-discovered fossils suggest giant dinosaurs evolved millions of years earlier than scientists thought

<b>(CNN) —</b> Recently-unearthed fossils in Argentina suggest that giant dinosaurs roamed the Earth some 30 million years earlier than scientists had previously thought.<p>The plant-eating dinosaur was a type of sauropodomorph that lived in the Late Triassic period and weighed about 10 tons, according to a …

Dinosaurs

Giant, newly discovered dinosaur was literally a huge weirdo

You're standing in a lush forest 230 million years ago in what is now Argentina.<p>You're alone among the Triassic shrubbery. Suddenly, an …

Dinosaurs

What Was It Like When The Universe Was At Its Hottest?

When we look out at the Universe today, we see that it’s full of stars and galaxies, in all directions and at all locations in space. The Universe isn’t static, though; the distant galaxies are bound together in groups and clusters, with those groups and clusters speeding away from one another as …

Physics

Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Boson

July 4, 2012. Besides being the United States’ 236th birthday, it was the day that physicists announced that they had found strong evidence of the …

Physics

Dogs spread across the Americas alongside humans. Then they got eaten.

Little genetic legacy remains from these pups.<p>When people ventured across the land bridge connecting Siberia to North America, dogs trotted by their sides. Canines and their human companions spread throughout the continent for thousands of years, settling from California to Nova Scotia and down to …

Anthropology

Humans Didn’t Evolve From a Single Ancestral Population

In the 1980s, scientists learned that all humans living today are descended from a woman, dubbed “Mitochondrial Eve,” who lived in Africa between …

Humanity

This newly-discovered wasp has a horrifying stinger—but what it uses it for is even worse

That's some big stinger energy.<p>Charles Darwin once cited the evolution of parasitoid wasps as an illustration for why he couldn’t believe in the existence of God. An insect capable of injecting caterpillar bodies with eggs that would eventually pop open and allow tiny little wasp larvae to consume …

Zoology

Yet More Evidence that Viruses May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

For decades, the idea that a bacteria or virus could help cause Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed as a fringe theory. But not so much anymore. On …

Neuroscience

Lunar mystery solved by recovery of lost Apollo mission tapes

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA's Apollo missions in the 1960s and '70s served not only to land Americans on the lunar surface but to answer key questions about the moon that could be answered only by going there.<p>As often happens, those answers sometimes stirred up more questions -- or, as in this case, an abiding …

Space Exploration