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Hundreds of Reindeer Died by Lightning. Their Carcasses Became a Laboratory.

On a chilly day in August 2016, more than 300 reindeer, huddled for warmth, dropped dead on a mountain plateau in Norway. They died by lightning, which coursed through the wet ground, climbed up their legs and fatally jolted their hearts.<p>Their bodies soon became a soup of nutrients and a rich …

Michigan State University

A Fascinating Demonstration of the Delicate Craft of Restoring Damaged Fine Art to Its Former Beauty

In March 2018, Jack Brandtman of Chicago Aussie shadowed second generation fine art conservator Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art …

Art

Hunt for aliens boosted by discovery of hundreds of 'water worlds'

The chances of finding alien organisms have been boosted by the discovery of hundreds of “water worlds” capable of supporting life.<p>New analysis by Harvard University estimates that one in three “exoplanets” outside our solar system that are larger than Earth are likely to contain an abundance of …

Harvard

U.S. soldier charged with smuggling 90 lbs. of cocaine from Colombia to Florida

WASHINGTON — A decorated Special Forces soldier was arrested Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly 90 pounds of cocaine from Colombia into the U.S. on a military airplane, according to two defense officials.<p>Army Master Sgt. Daniel Gould, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, was arrested …

Florida

Psychologist may examine if Reagan shooter deserves complete freedom

A federal judge on Friday authorized a psychologist chosen by the U.S. government to examine John Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt, in order to determine whether he deserves unconditional freedom.<p>Hinckley, 63, has been living with his mother in …

Judiciary

Watchmen gets HBO series order, teaser graphic revealed

It’s finally official: <i>Watchmen</i> will be HBO’s first-ever superhero series.<p>The project has received a series order from the network (until now, despite …

Comic Books

Yuval Noah Harari: why the reluctant guru is upsetting scientists

Yuval Noah Harari likes to spin a yarn about an obscure African ape that took over the world by telling stories. The ape in his tale is <i>Homo sapiens</i>. …

Bill Gates

FBI seeks help to find stolen art depicting Old West

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI is seeking the public's help in rounding up more than a half-million dollars' worth of artworks that were stolen in 1983 from the New York City home of an artist known for his scenes of the American West.<p>The missing art may be linked to a former police detective whose 1985 …

Art

Alex Jones of Infowars Destroyed Evidence Related to Sandy Hook Suits, Motion Says

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for the families of two Sandy Hook shooting victims are accusing the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars media business of intentionally destroying evidence relevant to the defamation cases against him, according to a motion filed on Friday in a Texas court.<p>Mr. …

Alex Jones

Either This Data is Incorrect or These Physicists Just Changed the World

A paper posted to arXiv last month claims to have achieved superconductivity at room temperature, but other physicists say the data may be incorrect.<p>When it comes to applied quantum mechanics, there are two “holy grails” in the field.<p>One is building a large scale quantum computer and the other is …

Quantum Physics

The Tragic Case of a 25-Year-Old Man Stuck in the Body of a 12-Year-Old Boy

25-year-old Tomasz Nadolski, from Wroclaw, Poland, suffers from a rare and cruel disease that has not only made his life a living hell, but also left …

Organic Chemistry

Museums are not the proper home for our greatest works | Simon Jenkins

What is the connection between an Ethiopian’s hair, a famous steam engine and a set of chess pieces? The answer is that all are topics of dispute in the murky world of museum politics. The hair was cut from the head of a dead emperor and brought to London by a victorious British general in 1868. …

Art

Why You're All Wrong And Blade Runner 2049 Was Brilliant, Dammit

Image: Blade Runner<p><b>Video:</b> How do you feel about sequels in general? At best, they can build pon a world you have already come to know and love. At …

Blade Runner 2049

Police work to stop overdoses after 76 fall ill

Police swarmed a Connecticut park near Yale University and searched people's homes for drugs Thursday in an effort to prevent more overdoses from a batch of synthetic marijuana blamed for sending more than 70 people to the hospital.<p>Social workers and mental health professionals also responded to …

New Haven

A Mysterious Furry 'Sea Monster' Has Washed Up on a Russian Beach

A massive and mysterious creature has washed up on a beach in Russia, and naturally, everyone is freaking out.<p>According to the <i>Siberian Times</i>, a …

Glaciers

Michael Caine reveals meaning behind 'Inception' ending

Michael Caine says his scenes in “Inception” are the real deal.<p>The British actor recalled speaking with director Christopher Nolan about his place in the mind-bending 2010 movie.<p>“When I got the script of ‘Inception,’ I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to him, ‘I don’t understand where the dream …

Michael Caine

Jar of Ancient White Stuff Found in Egyptian Tomb Finally Identified

It's the oldest solid cheese ever discovered.<p>Ptahmes was a high-ranking official under Pharaoh Seti I and later and his successor Ramesses II, and …

Archaeology

Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'

Sequencing the wheat genome – once considered by scientists to be an insurmountable task – has been achieved through a worldwide collaboration of researchers spanning 13 years.<p>On Friday the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the genome of …

Genetics

​How weaponized AI creates a new breed of cyber-attacks

IBM security researchers discovered invasive and targeted artificial intelligence-powered cyber-attacks triggered by geolocation and facial …

Artificial Intelligence

Good Vibrations: A Buddhist Music Playlist

Music has long served as a bridge between the ordinary and the divine. And while the early vinaya [monastic code] required monks and nuns to abstain …

Meditation

US officials: Ex-ISIS fighter entered US as refugee

An Iraqi man accused of killing for the Islamic State entered the U.S. as a refugee after claiming to be a victim of terrorism, in a case drawing attention amid the Trump administration's criticism of the resettlement program's vetting process.<p>Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested in California …

Immigration

How humans can communicate with aliens

Stephen Wolfram is an expert in computer languages. And he has an interesting theory on how we may discover that what we learn from computer and artificial intelligence, could ultimately help us communicate with intelligent alien life. The following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Stephen Wolfram:</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Several Tesla Gigafactory Workers Allegedly Trafficking 'Significant Quantities' of Cartel Drugs, says Ex-Employee

A former Tesla employee has filed a formal whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging the automaker failed to …

Tesla

Does Earth have more than one moon? Researchers propose ‘mini-moon’ theory

We’ve all been taught from a very young age that the Earth has just one natural satellite. The Moon is there, it’s easy to see at night from just …

Astronomy

These Swirls of Light Could Be Signs of a Previous Universe Existing Before Ours

Something feels familiar.<p>If our Universe happened to be locked in an eternal heartbeat of expansion and collapse, black holes would leave an …

Physics

Humans Could Be Smarter In Groups, If Their Groups Had These Features

Collective intelligence is seen throughout the natural world, like in flocks of birds or schools of fish. Here's how humans could tap into their own kind of collective intelligence.<p>The ant species, <i>Eciton hamatum</i>, can build “living bridges” across gaps in the forest floor, creating a short cut for …

Artificial Intelligence

Jackie Gleason’s Spaceship-Like Mansion Hits the Market For $12M

Built by a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple for American icon Jackie Gleason, this UFO-like home known as "The Mothership" is a unique architectural wonder.<p>Tucked away in the woods of the Hudson Valley is a striking spaceship-inspired home that befits American comedy legend Jackie Gleason’s …

Hudson Valley

A Museum in Tehran Found 10 Picassos It Didn’t Know It Had

You know how when you’re cleaning out your closet or investigating a crime scene or high on Peyote you just seem to <i>find</i> things? An ex-lover’s missing earring. An in-the-process-of-dissolving fish oil pill. Both those things stuck together. Sometimes though, you find something of true value — you …

Art

Alex Jones Said He’s A Victim Of Sandy Hook Parents Who Remind People He Called Their Children’s Death A Hoax

The conspiracy theorist said he may file cease and desist orders to get parents to stop talking about his Sandy Hook denials.<p>Alex Jones is tired of …

Alex Jones

Who is 'Ben Bilemy?' Florida police try to uncover identity of mystery hiker found dead near Everglades

He goes by the alias of “Ben Bilemy” -- but who is he really?<p>Florida police trying to figure out the identity of a hiker who was found dead inside his tent at a campsite near the Everglades on July 23 say weeks later, they still don’t know his real name.<p>The mystery hiker used the “Ben Bilemy” alias …

Florida