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Antikythera Mechanism: 2,000 Year Old Computer Used by Ancient Greeks

In the early 1900s, divers looking for sponges in the Antikythera area between Crete and Greece came upon one of the most mysterious discoveries the …

Seafloor

This Bacterium-Sized Bunny Could Be The Future Of Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.<p>The rabbit sculpture above is the size of a typical bacterium and is made of a new type of resin that has exciting implications for bionic implants. …

Liquid woolly mammoth blood found preserved in Russian ice, researchers report

As global warming thaws the ground in Russia, researchers have been making some amazing finds. Now, Russian researchers claim to have made what could be the most incredible discovery of all: the preserved blood and meat of a woolly mammoth. "When we broke the ice beneath [the mammoth's] stomach, …

APOD: One-Armed Spiral Galaxy NGC 4725 (2013 May 30) Image Data: Subaru Telescope (NAOJ), Hubble Space Telescope, Additional Color Data: Adam Block, Bob Franke, Maurice Toet Assembly and Processing: Robert Gendler http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130530.html Explanation: While most spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, have two or more spiral arms, NGC 4725 has only one. In this sharp color composite image, the solo spira mirabilis seems to wind from a prominent ring of bluish, newborn star clusters and red tinted star forming regions. The odd galaxy also sports obscuring dust lanes a yellowish central bar structure composed of an older population of stars. NGC 4725 is over 100 thousand light-years across and lies 41 million light-years away in the well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices. Computer simulations of the formation of single spiral arms suggest that they can be either leading or trailing arms with respect to a galaxy's overall rotation. Also included in the frame, a more traditional looking spiral appears as a smaller background galaxy. http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/NGC4725-Subaru-HST.html Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130530 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0530

Meet Corvus the Crow

One of my favorite constellations, little squarish Corvus the Crow, can be found in the south after sunset at this time of year. It’s not far from …

Birds

Early bird called Dawn beat Archaeopteryx to worm by 10m years

A prehistoric beast the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the Earth.<p>The small, feathered "Dawn" bird …

Gaggle of Canada Goose goslings?

EarthSky Facebook friend Ryong Lee captured this adorable picture this week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.<p>An adult Canada Goose (<i>Branta</i> …

Genome of frog-killing fungus sequenced

<b>CORNELL (US) —</b> Researchers have sequenced the genomes of 29 strains of a fungus that is responsible for the mass killing of amphibians around the …

Asteroid 1998 QE2's close encounter generates a wave of attention online

Asteroid 1998 QE2, a space rock more than nine times as long as the QE2 ocean liner, is due to sail past Earth on Friday — generating a huge wave of observations and online commentary.<p>The 1.7-mile-wide (2.7-kilometer-wide) near-Earth asteroid won't pose any threat to our planet: Its orbit will …

Planetary trio has ended. Where do the planets go next?

Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are no longer within a 5-degree circle. But you can still see all three in the west after sunset for a few more days.<p>The …

Actor Jaden Smith Highlights NASA Earth Science