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Hear the sound of the Earth moving from the deepest hole on the planet

For billions of years, the Earth has silently traveled through space, spinning around the sun without making a sound. Even here on the planet, there's been little to hear. But now with the right recording equipment and processing, we can get a sense of what it sounds like for the planet to spin and …

Supermoon Coming on January 1, 2014

A supermoon is coming on January 1, 2014.<p>The new moon is one of two in January, the other coming on January 30.<p>A supermoon is an unofficial term that …

Astronomy

Hubble telescope finds evidence of clouds on a distant planet

40 light-years away lies the exoplanet GJ 1214b, a searingly hot "super-Earth" orbiting a red dwarf star. And thanks to the Hubble telescope, researchers believe they've found what lies in the planet's upper atmosphere: thick clouds. A paper, published in the January 2nd issue of <i>Nature</i>, relies on …

January’s birthstone is the garnet

Happy birthday January babies! Your birthstone is the garnet.<p>The birthstone for January is the garnet.<p>The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin …

Jewelry

Everything you need to know: Camelopardalids could be the best meteor shower this year

North America is predicted to have the best view of a possible new meteor shower from Comet 209P/LINEAR Friday night through Saturday morning (May …

How Playing Fruit Ninja Can Help Stroke Victims

Researchers discover that using a video game motion sensor such as Xbox Kinect has the potential to spur the brains of stroke victims to reorganize and restore some motion in limbs.<p><b>Video games that employ virtual reality and</b> motion sensors have been shown to help stroke victims recover function in …

Neurology

Archeologists Race Against Time In Warming Arctic Coasts

Archeologists who study the people who lived in the Arctic thousands of years ago are in a race against time. Coastal settlements are being washed away by erosion, storm surges and other climate changes related to global warming. Clues to the past that were frozen intact in permafrost for thousands …

Living With: T-Shirts That Are More Than Just Pretty Patterns

At first glance, these t-shirts look like they have really cool patterns on them, but in fact, they are designed as a way to help remove the stigma …

Multi-Functional Design Transforms Desk Into Bed

Both a bed and a desk, this transformable piece of furniture by designer Mira Schrder elegantly solves the common problem of too little space. By providing an environment for two separate functions, work and sleep, the design optimizes the space available. With the push of one button, the desktop …

Furniture

Playful Ceramic Sculptures Filled With Lively Motion

Clay seems to come alive in these detailed sculptures by Hong-Kong based artist Johnson Tsang. Each one of his hand-crafted scenes is filled with energetic movements that seem to be frozen in time, many of which are created in the artist's signature style where human faces are blended into …

Modern Art

The Desktop Wallpaper Project by Dan Funderburgh - The Fox Is Black

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has ambitious plans for 2014. I have a good feeling about this year. To set the year in motion properly it’s …

Dubai's World Record Breaking Fireworks Show

Last night, Dubai broke the world record for the largest fireworks display ever! Over 500,000 fireworks were used in the six minute show which covered a distance of 61.6 miles (or over 94 km) and included the city's seafront as well as Dubai's most famous landmarks like the Palm Jumeirah, World …

Burj Khalifa

One Step Closer to Hover Boards: Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation | Colossal

<p>While we’ve seen examples of objects suspended mid-air using quantum levitation and acoustic levitation, a team of three Japanese engineers from The …

Primus and the Chocolate Factory unwraps 2014 at Oakland’s Fox Theater

“Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.” –Willy Wonka, 1971<p>The original <i>Willy Wonka and the Chocolate</i> factory begins with us …

The Most Ridiculous Things That Happened In Air Travel In 2013

Air travel is always kind of ridiculous. But this year, there were some completely crazy things that happened in the world of airlines, airplanes and airports.<p>These were the moment this year that had us shaking our heads -- the WTF moments, if you will.<p>That time when...<p>U.S. Airways flight attendant …

Space-Born Jellyfish Hate Life On Earth

Space babies get major vertigo on Earth after a microgravity childhood.<p>A warning for future space colonizers: Babies born in space might not ever figure out how to deal with gravity. Jellyfish babies, at least, have to deal with massive vertigo on Earth after spending their first few days in …

First-Ever Submarine Dive on Vancouver's "Living Fossils": Glass Sponge Reefs

Researchers discover a seafloor oasis made of hundreds of glass sponges.<p><b>Howe Sound, British Columbia—Through the submersible's acrylic viewport, a large patch of glass sponges looms up from the seafloor of Howe Sound (map), a network of fjords located on Vancouver's doorstep. The sponges glow</b> …

Sea to Sky Corridor

Discoverer of the Titanic Is Mapping Underwater America

Robert Ballard's new mission is to map and explore the U.S.'s ocean boundaries.<p><b>Robert Ballard, the National Geographic explorer who found the Titanic, has embarked on a ten-year mission to explore a hidden America—the part of the country that lies beneath the ocean waves.</b><p>Underwater America is …

Titanic

Giant Deep-Sea Oarfish Found off California Coast

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>This giant oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island Sunday. Photo: CIMI<p><i>Updated on October 16, 2013 at 11 am.</i><p>A deep-sea creature that is rarely seen, and was likely the inspiration for sea serpent tales among mariners of yore, has resurfaced.<p>On Sunday, staff of the Catalina …

Nature

Economic Prowess Not Translating to Healthier Oceans

The Ocean Health Index was launched last year to much fanfare; for the first time policy makers and businesses worldwide had a tool to assess how well individual countries – and the world – sustainably use ocean resources and benefits. Measuring ten ocean health goals, the Index defines a healthy …

Sustainability

Translucent snails

You can see through the shells to the snails inside.<p>Scientists discovered this new species of a peculiar cave-dwelling snail in one of the 20 deepest …

Nature

Bizarre Mystery Fish Identified: Species of the Week

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>This spotted armour gurnard (Satyrichthys rieffeli), sometimes called a type of searobin, may be the same species or at least closely related to a “mystery fish” caught in Borneo. Photograph by Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, …

Zoology

New Caledonia Expedition: A Treasure Trove of Stunning Sea Life

Changing Planet<p>Yesterday we explored the remote Huon Island and its lagoon, and experienced the most vibrant refuge for marine life, including an incredible diversity of species. In this photo essay you will see the azure waters of the Huon lagoon, a little jack using a shark’s wave pressure to …

Melanesia

Orange Octopus, More Creatures Found Deep in Antarctic Sea

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>A sea snail feeding off a dead octopus’ beak is among the 30 new species found during an expedition to Antarctica‘s Amundsen Sea (map), according to the first study to shed light on the sea’s</b> <b>bottom dwellers.</b><p>The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in …

Zoology

How “Walking” Fish Made the Leap From Ocean to Land

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>The Pacific leaping blenny (Alticus arnoldorum) is a fish out of water. The legless land fish makes its home on the intertidal rocks on the island of Guam (map), and new research shows how this strange fish was able to make the leap from stealthy swimmer to landlubber.</b><p>The two- …

Nature

Country’s First New Species of Fish Discovered

<b>The science community welcomed a new species of fish today, called Eviota santanai. The striking, pinkish-mauve-and-white animal, a type of dwarf goby, was found off Timor-Leste (map), and is the first new species of fish found in the country, according to Conservation International (CI), the group</b> …

Zoology