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The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

Eighth Amendment

"The Galaxy at the Beginning of the Universe" --Only 670 Million Years After Big Bang

The team discovered an exceptionally luminous galaxy more than 13 billion years in the past and determined its exact distance from Earth using the …

Wildlife smuggler found with 21 cockatoos crammed into plastic bottles

If it’s not pangolins in a freezer, it’s cockatoos in bottles. The horrors of the illegal wildlife trade were once again revealed this week as …

Obama’s Earth Day Trek to Florida Everglades to Highlight Climate Change

Earth Day

Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

Welcome back, Bouvier's red colobus monkey. It's been a while.<p>The African primate hasn't been seen since the 1970s and was assumed to have become extinct.<p>But, in a statement released late last week, the Wildlife Conservation Society says two primatologists working in the forests of the Republic of …

Wildlife

Teen Climber Returns to Himalaya to Attempt to Everest, Lhotse, First Ski Descent

<i>Matt Moniz became our youngest Adventurer of the Year at 12 years old when he climbed to the high points in all 50 United States in just 43 days. He is now 17 years old.</i><p>In just a few hectic days, I’m off with climbing partners Willie Benegas and Jim Walkley for my second consecutive expedition to …

Mountaineering

See the American Civil War in Color Photographs

Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand; at the main eastern theater of the war, Battle of<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alexander …

War

Why We Melt at Puppy Pictures

Cute babies elicit caregiving behavior in humans—but why do we have the same response to the cute young of other species?<p>Things were great at home. Everyone was getting enough sleep, cleaning all the laundry and dishes, and keeping up with homework. So it seemed like the obvious time to upend it …

Cute

The Perfect Hybrid Backpack/Messenger Bag

All messenger bags are not created equal, but their differences are often subtle and revealed only through actually using them to carry stuff around on your body. The Switch from Bergans of Norway, though, sets itself apart right from the get-go, with a style and silhouette suggesting that it’s no …

Messenger Bags

Chevy Volt production to halt for 4 weeks: slow sales cited

Things aren’t looking so good for General Motors‘ gas-electric hybrid, with the company revealing that Chevrolet Volt production will be suspended …

Electric Vehicles

Revisiting a Fossil Friend

Some fossils feel like old friends. As happy as I am to encounter petrified skeletons I’ve never seen before in museum halls, there’s something comforting about rounding a corner to find a cast of AMNH 5027 – the first <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> I ever met – or see <i>Stenomylus</i>, a little North American camel that …

Paleontology

Flying Oceans of Magma Help Demystify the Moon's Creation

The story of the moon’s birth might also include Pluto-size wrecking balls.<p>If the devil is in the details, then the story of the moon’s birth has been cursed for decades.<p>Sure, scientists think they know more or less how Earth’s little friend came to be: About 4.5 billion years ago, soon after an …

Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system

Our solar system may not be as special as we thought. A new study of a young star's protoplanetary disk finds the same kinds of complex organic molecules that are found on the comets in our own solar system.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, show that the same chemical building blocks …

Universe

NASA Chief Scientist Is Sure We'll Find Alien Life Within 20 Years

The truth is out there<p>NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.<p>Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they …

Astronomy

UN urged to ban 'killer robots' before they can be developed

Fully autonomous weapons should be banned by international treaty, says a report by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School<p>Fully autonomous weapons, already denounced as “killer robots”, should be banned by international treaty before they can be developed, a new report urges the United Nations …

Human Rights

Did A Giant Asteroid Impact Make Earth's Rock Crust Splash Like Water?

Next year, scientists will start drilling into the issue<p>Over 65 million years ago, when a 6-mile wide asteroid slammed into the earth with the force of a billion atomic bombs, it left a crater 110 miles wide.<p>The Chicxulub crater, just off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, is best known for being the …

Geology

Mars has belts of glaciers

A thick layer of dust covers the Martian ice. Under the dust, there are glaciers made of frozen water.<p>Mars is known to have distinct polar ice caps, …

Earth Science

'Blood rain' to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa

Storms in the Sahara desert have whipped up sand into a fine dust which is being carried to Britain on northerly winds<p>‘Blood rain’ will fall on Britain this weekend staining cars and pavements a rusty brown as red dust blows in from the Sahara desert.<p>Parts of the UK are facing soaring levels of air …

Human genetic engineering demands more than a moratorium

On April 3 2015, a group of prominent biologists and ethicists writing in <i>Science</i> called for a moratorium on germline gene engineering; modifications to the human genome that will be passed on to future generations. The moratorium would apply to a technology called CRISPR/Cas9, which enables the …

Genetics

Sound Waves Could Help Detect Hard-To-Find Cancer Cells

Paving the way for personalized medicine<p>Finding cancer cells in the blood can be nearly impossible. Just 1 milliliter of blood contains about 5 billion red blood cells, and only about one to 10 cancer cells. But detecting these circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is critical, so that doctors can …

See a cloud passing our Milky Way’s central black hole

Join astronomers in examining the fate of G2, which has survived its encounter with the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.<p>Here is …

Black Holes

Shark Attacks Are So Unlikely, But So Fascinating

They don't want to bite you<p>Sharks are incredibly unlikely to bite you. They’re even less likely to kill you. However, we remain fascinated with their ability--and occasional proclivity--to do just that. With so many things more likely to harm us, why do we pay such rapt attention when sharks make …

Tyrannosaur Skull Reveals Signs of Fierce Cannibal Battle

About 75 million years ago, a towering tyrannosaur may have lit into one of its own species, ripping into its skull and leaving behind jagged scars and deep punctures that have only recently seen the light of day.<p>The beastly tale comes from paleontologists examining the marred skull of the possible …

Paleontology

The Moon May Be The Result Of Earth's Collision With Its Long-Lost Twin

Digging up dirt on our satellite's back story<p>Our beloved Moon, often the staple of a peaceful and tranquil nighttime scene, has a pretty violent origin story.<p>In 1970, researchers proposed the “giant impact” hypothesis, which reasons that the Moon is the result of a huge collision between the Earth …

Astronomy

Scientists Say a Lake’s Worth of Water Is Frozen on Mars

Space

Fossil Fish Sliced Prey With Bizarre Jaws

Paleontology collections are wonderful. Shelves and cabinets hold anywhere from thousands to hundreds of millions of years of life’s history, assembling giant ground sloths, Cambrian oddballs, petrified plants, and other fantastic organisms into a fossilized menagerie. And as much as I’ve enjoyed …

Paleontology