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New clues to possible Venus auroras

For 40 years, astronomers have puzzled over signs of a green aurora on Venus, despite the planet’s lack of a magnetic field.<p>Astronomers love a good …

Rare Southern Songbird Thrives in 'Biological Deserts'

Swainson's warbler, a little bird with a big noise, has found a surprising new home.<p>With its natural habitat mostly gone, one of North America's rarest songbirds has found a surprising workaround: It's thriving in the industrial pine plantations of the southeastern United States.<p>Farmed loblolly …

New to Nature No 135: Cycloseris boschmai

This new type of mushroom coral has been discovered among the specimens collected on a 1922 Dutch expedition<p>Dr Bert Hoeksema of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden in the Netherlands has described a beautiful new mushroom coral, the smallest discovered to date. <i>Cycloseris boschmai</i>, like many …

Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity

A roe deer shot in Slovenia has a single antler that makes it look exactly like a unicorn.<p>It looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.<p>Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia (map), in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare …

Philae: ‘I’m feeling a bit tired, did you get my data? I might take a nap’

After a rollercoaster week, Philae sent a last tweet and shut down. Now the world waits to see if the comet probe can be revived<p>It began with a bumpy landing and ended with a touching tweet. “I’m feeling a bit tired, did you get all my data? I might take a nap …” tweeted @Philae2014.<p>It was early …

The Ongoing Eruption In Hawaii, In Pictures

Lava is continuing its slow and steady approach towards the community of Pāhoa.<p>Lava is still approaching the Hawaiian town of Pāhoa. It already destroyed a house (see below; the red-roofed structure still standing is a garage) and is continuing its march, oozing slowly towards other structures, …

U.S. Geological Survey

43 Facts About Your Brain That Will Blow Your Mind

If this year's iPhone release taught us anything, it's that we're a society which craves new technology, jumping at the chance to replace last year's …

Nobel Prize

Are We Doomed To Arctic Winters In America?

Scientists Square Off On The Coming Freeze<p>There's an unwelcome guest on your doorstep, America.<p>It comes from the north, dragging frigid air and awful commutes like a terrible shroud over the continental United States, from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Atlantic. While the East Coast saw …

Global Warming

Watch the Leonid Meteor Shower for a Weekend Spectacle

The Leonids will put on a show of shooting stars Sunday night into Monday morning.<p>Sky-watchers are getting ready for a meteor shower from a celestial lion: The Leonids peak this weekend.<p>While this year's performance is expected to be dampened somewhat by the partially illuminated moon, there will …

Philae lander enters deep sleep after sending last transmissions from comet surface

The Philae lander has gone into hibernation on the surface of a comet roughly 300 million miles from earth. After its bouncy (and unprecedented) landing earlier this week, the lander has run out of power, and signals from the unit have ceased.<p>But just before the last bits of Philae's power ran out, …

Rosetta comet landing: Why we should all be excited - CNN.com

<i>The Art of Movement is a monthly show that highlights the most significant innovations in science and technology that are helping shape our modern world.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- From the realms of science fiction to science fact, the Rosetta mission reached its climax this week when when the mission's scientists …

Scientists Venture Deep Inside Mysterious Siberian Crater And Come Back With Incredible Photos

Scientists are closing in on what caused three massive holes to open up mysteriously in northern Siberia last July.<p>This week a team of Russian researchers roped their way down 34 feet to the bottom of the largest crater and found no evidence of alien beings or meteorites that some people had …