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Astronomers Just Discovered a Rare Dwarf Galaxy That's Loaded With Precious Elements

Stars packed with gold, platinum, and silver.<p>Scientists have been searching for the origin of some of the most precious metals on Earth - including …

The Gutsy Girl: A Modern Manifesto for Bravery, Perseverance, and Breaking the Tyranny of Perfection

A former firefighter and lifelong adventurer’s clarion call for the joy of adventure in a culture obsessed with risk-averse achievement.<p>In 1885, a young woman sent the editor of her hometown newspaper a brilliant response to a letter by a patronizing chauvinist, which the paper had published under …

Paragliding

2015 Proves That Our Solar System Is Way More Awesome Than We Realized

Here are eight spectacular things that we learned this year.<p>We already know <i>a lot</i> about our solar system. It's nearly 4.6 billion years old, and consists of eight planets and five known dwarf planets, for starters.<p>But did you know that our solar system may have once been home to a long-lost ninth …

Astronomy

Tiger Becomes Friends with Live Goat Who's Given to Him as Food

Recently, Primorye Safari Park's zookeepers placed a goat named Timur (who didn't have a name at that point) in Amur the Siberian tiger's cage as live food. Instead of treating the goat as his prey, Amur didn't go after Timur. This shocked the creature's caretakers because Amur has never behaved …

Dangerous dirt: Why the animal world is obsessed with staying clean

Going without a shower for a few days might make you feel gross, but for small animals like bees and houseflies, keeping clean is a matter of life or death.<p>A mosquito flying through the fog of the early morning may find its wings so weighed down by water droplets that it can no longer search for …

Honey Bees

Indian Madras Okra

I love okra. It has high levels of vitamins A and C. Although fresh okra can be a little on the expensive side, the frozen okra is easy to make and much cheaper. Frozen okra is still healthy and has high levels of vitamins.<p><b>Indian Madras Okra Serves: 3</b><p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>Frozen Okra<p>1/4 chopped red onion<p>4 …

'Definitely Weird': Scientists Spot Ice-Spewing Volcanoes on Pluto

Scientists have discovered what appear to be ice-spewing volcanoes on the surface of Pluto, raising questions about how the tiny, distant world has been so geologically active, according to research presented on Monday. The findings, released at an American Astronomical Society meeting in National …

Solar System

Minecraft used to teach children molecular chemistry

<b>Virtual world-building game Minecraft, played by tens of millions of children worldwide, could be used in schools to teach pupils chemistry.</b><p>A group of Hull University students created an educational version of the game that allows players to explore specially created molecular structures and …

How Minecraft could help teach chemistry

Children should be playing more computer games in school. That idea might enrage you if you think kids today already spend too much time staring at screens or if you are already sick of your offspring’s incessant prattling about fighting zombies and the like. But hear me out.<p>Specifically, I think …

Minecraft

Watch the First Footage of the Planet’s Most Elusive Whale

An international team of marine biologists has made the first-ever field observations of rare Omura’s whales—one of the least known species of whales …

Whales

A Mexican startup has pieced together the elusive data behind the country’s secretive drug war

The Mexican government has been waging a drug war for 40 years. But in all that time, it has generated very little in terms of public and consistent data to help Mexicans understand their country’s brutal cartels—or how effective their elected officials have been at combating them.<p>A new interactive …

Mexico

You're Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

It got a lot of attention this morning when I tweeted, “You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist.” It’s been …

Bluethroat singing in Dividalen, Norway - www.naturgalleriet.no

Video: Climbing the Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most iconic climbing routes in the world, but none are as well known as The Nose on El Capitan, a …

Junk shop photo spurs quest to confirm Billy the Kid image | Reuters

DENVER (Reuters) - For the $2 he spent to buy three old photographs, Randy Guijarro may have hit the mother lode. Among them was a tintype purported to be of Wild West gunslinger Billy the Kid, now valued at $5 million.<p>A newly discovered 4-by-5-inch tintype photograph featuring legendary Wild West …

New Mexico

10 Incredible Images Of The Tiny World Around Us

These are the winners of Nikon's 'Small World' competition<p>There are plenty of large, incredible things in this world, from canyons to oceans and huge fossils left behind by dinosaurs. But most of the things that make up our wide world are small--tiny even. Often, these things escape notice because …

Honey Bees

New Features Of Jupiter's Great Red Spot Revealed In 4K Video

A portrait of the planet in high-resolution<p>Every year, the Hubble Space Telescope snaps a family portrait of the Solar System. It images each planet in detail, giving scientists a chance to spot any changes over time.<p>Jupiter is the first to get its new close-up, and the new ultra-HD 4K images have …

Astronomy

Watch Astronauts Create Colored Orbs Of Water On The ISS

Can you paint with all the colors of food dye?<p>We showed you what it looks like when astronauts dissolve an antacid tablet in a floating ball of water.<p>Now, they've taken it a step further, making life on the station a bit more colorful by adding food coloring to their otherwise bland floating balls …

This Is What Happens to Your Debts After You Die

Your debts become the responsibility of your estate.<p>When you die, any debts you leave behind could eat up assets that you had hoped to leave to …

Nature-Inspired Tattoos Combine Vintage-Style Etchings of Fauna and Flora

Pony Reinhardt‘s naturalistic monochromatic tattoo pieces reflect deep artistic flair and amazing talent. Her intrinsic tattoos are rich in detail and visual texture, and often feature elements of the natural world with a modern twist. She tattoos using vegan ink with plant-based glycerin, and is …

Vintage

Snow Leopard Cubs Make Public Debut at Brookfield Zoo: Pictures

Endangered Species

Hundreds Of New Species Found Within The Eastern Himalayas

Let's get to know the new species found in the past six years<p>The World Wide Fund for Nature (also known as the World Wildlife Fund) released a new report detailing the new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas from 2009 to 2014. The report counted 211 new species, which comprise 133 plants, …

World Beard and Moustache Championships: Pictures

Austria

Nuclear Forensics Shows Nazis Were Nowhere Near Making Atomic Bomb | October 5, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 39 | Chemical & Engineering News

FINAL REACTOR<p>Werner Heisenberg’s last wartime experiment, called B8, used 664 uranium cubes suspended in deuterated water as fuel. Shown here is a …

Stone’s Throw

Geologists tend to notice when rocks, especially big ones, are out of place. A few years ago, a group of researchers working in the Cape Verde islands, off West Africa, made a particularly jarring discovery—elephant-sized chunks of basalt and limestone that had formed at sea level and somehow ended …

New Zealand Creates Massive New Marine Sanctuary

Saving the ocean, one island at a time<p>New Zealand's landmass covers an area of 103,363 square miles. But yesterday it announced that it was designating an area of ocean over two times that size as a protected ocean sanctuary.<p>The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary will prohibit all fishing or mining within …

L.A. Transcendental: 7 Blissful Places to Replenish Your Spirit

Photo: Paul Haddad<p>One of the biggest challenges of living in a city with 4 million souls is how to carve out a little piece of paradise where you can take a step back, take a deep breath and recalibrate your inner Chi. You don't need yoga or transcendental meditation to achieve harmony with the …

Man Documents His Incredible Outdoor Adventures with His Gorgeous Wolfdog

Meet Loki, a wolf-dog hybrid who proves that dogs aren't man's only best friend. Loki, a low-content wolfdog who's a husky/Arctic wolf/malamute mix, goes on amazing hiking adventures with his human, Kelly Lund, in the great outdoors of Colorado and beyond. From backcountry skiing, to sleeping in …