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“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Sailing

Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets

Relentless use of social media and partisan outlets helped him swamp Clinton and exceed Romney’s performance in places lacking trusted local news media.<p>President Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and …

Journalism

Lessons From Europe's Densest Neighborhoods

Examine the densest areas in each country and you’ll find some striking trends: Many were built in the same era for the same reasons, but their current popularity is a far cry from where they began.<p>In the sprawl of a contemporary North American city, it can be tempting to envy urban Europe for its …

Urbanism

The Jacuzzi of Despair Is a Deadly Lake Within the Gulf of Mexico

A jacuzzi is the picture of warm, bubbling, soothing relaxation. It's a luxury. But tweak the scene to make those steamy bubbles full of methane and …

Search for superlight dark matter particles heats up

The hunt for wispy particles called axions, which might make up the dark matter whose gravity keeps galaxies from falling apart, is heating up. The …

How blood-red ants became slave snatchers

Every summer, blood-red ants of the species <i>Formica sanguinea</i> go on a mission to capture slaves. They infiltrate the nest of another ant species, like …

Biology

Simple Quantum Computing in 150 Lines of Python

What does it take to build a quantum computer? Lots of exotic supercooled hardware. However, creating a simulator isn’t nearly as hard and can give …

Quantum Computing

Spain moves to dismiss Catalonia’s secessionist government

THE hesitation is over. On October 21st Mariano Rajoy (pictured, left), Spain’s prime minister, announced that his government will ask the Senate to …

Troubled By Flint Water Crisis, 11-Year-Old Girl Invents Lead-Detecting Device

When the drinking water in Flint, Mich., became contaminated with lead, causing a major public health crisis, 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao took notice.<p>"I had been following the Flint, Michigan, issue for about two years," the seventh-grader told ABC News. "I was appalled by the number of people …

High School

An 'atmospheric river' is about to dump a ton of rain and snow on the West Coast — here's what an atmospheric river actually is

An atmospheric river is scheduled to cause severe rain and possible flooding in parts of California over the next few days. But what is an "atmospheric river" anyways? Following is a transcript of the video.<p>What is an atmospheric river? Rivers don't just exist on land. They can form in the sky, …

Earth's Underworld is Real and Scientists Just Mapped It

<i>Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate,</i> reads the gates to the <i>Inferno.</i> “Abandon all hope, you who enter,” which is a pretty nice way of saying …

16% of deaths worldwide linked to pollution

Pollution was responsible for about 9 million deaths around the world in 2015, according to a new study commissioned by The Lancet. That's "three …

Pollution

Searchers in Mexico find, but release, vaquita porpoise calf

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Researchers trying to catch and enclose the last survivors of the vaquita porpoise species captured a calf but released it because …

Marine Mammals

When Your Body Needs Nourishment, Your Brain Eats First

Even if you're a generous person who believes in sharing, helping the needy and spreading wealth, your brain is a selfish glutton.<p>Sometimes your body …

Here's Why This County With 15,000 People Is The Unhealthiest Place in America

A life expectancy 10 years lower than average.<p>Union County, Florida could be in trouble.<p>Located about an hour southwest of Jacksonville, the county …

Wayne Rooney

6 of The Biggest Misconceptions About Happiness, According to Science

And real things you can do about it.<p>Some people see happiness as the feeling in a small moment - a chat between old friends, a warm meal. Some see it …

Shocking discovery of ancient teeth could rewrite human history

There’s still many questions to be answered regarding the origins of mankind, but researchers have a pretty good outline of how it all went down — or …

Anthropology

We're One Step Closer to Understanding The Inner Workings of Bacteria's Complicated Proteins

Cleaving from the inside.<p>There's been a lot of talk surrounding superbugs recently – and rightly so. Without a new approach to fighting bacterial …

Biology

It Can Take Just One Mutation For Some Cells to Turn Cancerous, New Study Finds

A lot faster than we thought.<p>Cancer is the ugly side of natural selection. While mutations are rarely good for individual organisms, the same can't …

Your dog knows exactly what it’s doing when it gives you that look

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably long suspected that your pup has learned exactly how to push your buttons, but new research out of the …

Pets

Park hikers may have died in 'sympathetic murder-suicide'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while …

Murder-suicide

Munich knife attack: Suspect sent to psychiatric hospital

Munich police have sent a man suspected of wounding eight people in a knife attack to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation. The 33-year-old …

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

Meditation

Friction Welding Titanium Looks Like Magic In Slow Motion

Frankly, welding is a kind of magic. Think about it – you're taking two completely separate chunks of metal and fusing them into a single, solid …

Helmets

5 things mentally strong people don't do

The science of how much sleep you actually need

Getting plenty of sleep each night is important to maintaining a healthy and productive life. But how much sleep do you actually need?<p>Joe Avella and Jessica Orwig tackle this question on the Facebook series "Science the $#!* out of it."<p>For the average adult, the National Sleep Foundation recommends …

Ben Saunders on His Hardest Mission Yet

“Dragging heavy things around cold places.” That’s how British polar adventurer Ben Saunders describes his chosen career. Saunders, who set the record for the longest polar journey on foot in 2014 while retracing Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated 1912 attempt, is clearly in the right line of …

Adventure Travel