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10 Amazing Facts About Black Holes

Imagine matter packed so densely that nothing can escape. Not a moon, not a planet and not even light. That’s what black holes are — a spot where …

Asteroid That Hurtled Past Earth Has a Miniature Moon

An asteroid that hurtled past Earth at a distance of 745,000 miles on Monday brought along a surprise — a small moon that scientists detected orbiting the larger space rock.<p>Scientists using NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California, grabbed a glimpse of asteroid 2004 BL86 during …

Astronomy

Study: Pollution may be giving polar bears penis problems

Researchers found a correlation between PCBs and lowered bone density in the Arctic mammals<p>Researchers who previously discovered that chemical pollutants may be shrinking the sexual organs of polar bears are now reporting that those pollutants may also be reducing the density of the bears' penis …

Watch this: Great horned owls try to steal a bald eagle nest

Bald eagles in Decorah, Iowa, are fighting off some interlopers hoping to steal their nest: great horned owls. Here's a tangle between the two predators, as seen by nest cameras. The action starts around the 16:00 mark.<p>In the footage, a male great horned owl lands in one of the nests used by …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Confirmed: Microbial life found half mile below Antarctic ice sheet

In an icy lake half a mile beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have discovered a diverse ecosystem of single-celled organisms that have managed to survive without ever seeing the light of the sun.<p>The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature is not so much a surprise as a triumph …