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DNA Solves 200-Year-Old Mystery of Weird Ice Age Creature

An odd extinct mammal that lived in South America during the last ice age had a long neck like a llama's, three-toed feet like a rhino's and what may …

Evolution

Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards …

Physics

Scientists may have found a way to stop cancer from metastasizing

Metastasis is the main cause of death in cancer, and current treatments against it are ineffective. But new research may have found a way to slow …

Cancer

Forget Coal: Asteroid Mining Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

Robots are paving the way toward lucrative space mining as NASA and private startups launch pioneering prospecting missions to precious metal-rich asteroids.<p>President Donald Trump is obsessed with returning America to its coal mining past—but scientists and entreprenurs have far more ambitious …

Space Exploration

The Hubble Telescope's Greatest Hits

Few of us accomplish this much by our 25th birthday.<p>Earlier this year the Hubble Telescope turned 25. Ridiculed for its early bugs, the telescope …

Astronomy

A mysterious Mars-sized planet may be hiding at the edge of our solar system

A mysterious celestial body may be lurking in the frozen, far-flung reaches of the solar system, scientists say.<p>This is not the proposed “Planet Nine,” a ginormous body that Caltech scientists believe could be tugging at the orbits of the solar system's most distant inhabitants. And it's not Pluto. …

Astronomy

Another stunner from the Juno spacecraft: Jupiter's giant cloud bands and 'String of Pearls'

After a bit of an absence for vacation, and to finish work on a feature article on Arctic climate change and geopolitics for bioGraphic magazine, I'm …

Space Exploration

Uranus ‘gapes wide open for blasts of hot wind’, scientists claim

Uranus ‘opens wide’ on a daily basis to let in blasts of solar wind – then it clenches shut again, scientists have claimed.<p>Man wearing suicide belt …

Astronomy

A new study finds that the seeds for supermassive black holes were planted when the universe was still young, with intermediate-sized ones practically nonexistent in the modern-day universe.

Credit: Ute Kraus/Wikipedia, CC BY-SAFor decades, while astronomers have detected black holes equal in mass either to a few suns or millions of suns, …

Universe

Weakness: it's what makes us human

Chimpanzees are about 1.35 times stronger than humans, according to a new study. But despite tales of superpower-like strength from chimps, this …

Muscle

NASA Advances Its Design for a Quiet Supersonic X-Plane

NASA really wants us to be able to travel between New York and Los Angeles in two hours. Supersonic flight — flying faster than the speed of sound — …

Aerospace

Chimpanzee "Super Strength" is Built Into Their Muscles

Humans? Not so much.<p>Humans have a reputation as the weaklings of the animal kingdom, and for good reason. It’s not just that we’ve become soft after …

Evolution

Study shows how pheromones drive sexual behavior

A new mouse study shows how different brain circuits for males and females turn chemical signals into either aggressive or sexual behavior, …

Neuroscience

Solving the mystery of evaporating black holes: What happens to its stuff when it vanishes?

For all their extraordinary power, black holes are not immortal.<p>They have a life cycle just like we do. Forty years ago Stephen Hawking, the world’s …

Astrophysics

These are the photos of Jupiter’s weather that everyone is talking about

Six years ago, the Juno satellite was launched into space with Jupiter as its goal. Now it’s sending back incredible images like these — and perhaps raising more questions than providing answers.<p>Like the image above, for instance, which shows Jupiter’s south pole speckled with (giant) storms.<p>“We’re …

Astronomy

We’re Finally Considering a Probe for Uranus

Source: NASA<p>Get your yucks in while you can, folks. The planet that’s been the butt (lol) of almost every joke we’ve ever made about space is getting …

Ziff-Davis

Dirty money: 80% of cash carries cocaine -- and more

We live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes.<p>Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches. We pass these tiny organisms to each other when we share a handshake or a seat on the plane.<p>Now, researchers are finding we also share our …

Bacteria in the sky may help to make it rain

Here's how they do it.<p>Microbes are everywhere—in your gut, on your skin, even in the sky. Along with water vapor and particles, clouds also contain living bacteria. And certain airborne species have a superpower: They can cause water to freeze into ice, which in turn prompts the heavens to open. …

Biology

Will Spermbots and Bee Venom Change Cancer Care?

As some researchers work to find new chemotherapy drugs, others are exploring strange new ways to deliver them.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>Cancer patients are all too familiar with the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, still a mainstay of treatment for many malignancies. But as …

Biology

The shapes of galaxies

Since Edwin Hubble proposed his galaxy classification scheme in 1926, numerous studies have investigated the physical mechanisms responsible for the …

Universe

This Is the Highest-Resolution Image of the Volatile Star Betelgeuse

The red supergiant is a ticking time bomb.<p>Unlike other stars, the red supergiant Betelgeuse, some 600 light-years from Earth, is a bulging mass, far …

Astronomy

Pointy Wings, Pointy Eggs: Birds' Flight Abilities Influence Egg Shapes

Scientists may have finally discovered a sort of “Grand Unified Hypothesis” that explains what may determine the plethora of diverse egg shapes for all bird species<p>Birds’ eggs come in a variety of shapes — but <i>why?</i><br>(Credit: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.)<p>A newly published study …

Who Would Win a Human-vs.-Chimp Wrestling Match?

If you were to wrestle a chimpanzee in some kind of bizarre battle of the species, you'd be at a serious disadvantage.<p>Pound for pound, our closest …

Evolution

Say Goodbye to Hair Loss and Hello to Body Regeneration

If you’ve ever been concerned about hair loss in the past, this could be your lucky day. A new experiment carried out by Michael Rosenblum, assistant …

hair loss

Ischemic stroke: Causes, symptoms, and risk factors

A stroke, or "brain attack," happens when blood flow to the brain is cut off.<p>Strokes are the second leading cause of death in the world, according to …

Medicine

Scientists find clever way to help you de-clutter your home

If your attic is full of stuff you no longer use but can't bear to give away, a new study may offer you a simple solution.

Quantum Mechanics

When galaxies collide: Cool NASA photo shows galactic 'goulash'

Ever wondered what happens when galaxies "collide?"<p>Now we know, thanks to a cool image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. The image of "Arp 299," which was released Monday, is a composite of visible light and X-ray light.<p>In the image, X-rays are represented with pink and blue colors, while …

Universe

Bread's Done! This Company Wants to Help Astronauts Bake in Space

A team of engineers and scientists may have just found a way for astronauts to enjoy fresh bread in space.<p>Currently, astronauts on the International …

Space

Dark Matter Day Is Approaching … but Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Dark Matter Day Is Approaching … but Don’t Be Afraid of the DarkPress ReleaseDanielle Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:532017A global hunt for the universe’s …

Dark Matter

A Great White Shark Was Spotted Near Scituate

Hello there.<p>June 26, 2017, 10:47 a.m.<p>Big day out on the water #whiteshark #greatwhitw pic.twitter.com/vh9XOVDaIx<p>— Kyle Osborne (@Kyle_Osborne18) June …

Oceans