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Facts about: Black Holes

What are black holes?<p>Basically, black holes are regions in space-time that have such a strong gravity, that nothing we know of can escape - not even …

Best Space Photos of the Week: Blue Fire, Raindrop Dunes

Deadly 13th-Century Volcano Eruption: Mystery Solved?

Scientists find source of massive eruption felt centuries ago around the globe.<p><b>One of history's great disaster mysteries may be solved—the case of the largest volcanic eruption in the last 3,700 years. Nearly 800 years ago, the blast that was recorded, and then forgotten, may also have created a</b> …

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

<b>Roses are red, violets are blue … and these lizards’ blood is green.</b><p>It’s not a trick of the imagination or a penchant for food coloring—<i>Prasinohaema</i> skinks living on the island of New Guinea actually have green blood, bones, and tissue—and one scientist is trying to figure out why.<p>Louisiana State …

'Wii Sports Club' Brings Record Breaking Top Seller To Wii U

<i>Wii Sports Club updates the classic Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Baseball and Bowling on the Wii U adding MotionPlus and Online features.</i><p>Selling over 115 million copies worldwide Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort have contributed significantly to the huge success of the Wii and, possibly, the ongoing …

Did Life on Earth Come From Mars?

Two scientists present new data on great cosmic questions.<p><b>Did life begin on Mars and then travel to Earth for its blossoming?</b><p><b>A long-debated and often-dismissed theory known as "panspermia" got new life in the past week, as two scientists separately proposed that early Earth lacked some chemicals</b> …

New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest in the World

Tamu Massif in the northwest Pacific challenges traditional views of ocean science.<p><b>A volcano the size of New Mexico or the British Isles has been identified under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) east of Japan, making it the biggest volcano on Earth and one of the biggest in</b> …

4 Sky Events This Week: Harvest Moon, Green Giant, and Fall Equinox

Wildlife<p><b>This week two of the brightest planets join forces, and sky-watchers celebrate the change of seasons with a bright full moon.</b><p><b>Saturn and Venus.</b> Starting on Monday, September 16 after sunset, Venus and Saturn will be having a close encounter that will last most of the week. Low in the …

How Do Blind Mole Rats Avoid Cancer?

<b>Their eyes and ears seem to be missing, but that’s no</b><b>t the only thing that makes blind mole rats an odd bunch.</b><p>The furry rodents are also highly resistant to cancer, a new study says—raising the possibility of new cancer treatments for humans.<p>Researchers Aaron Avivi, Imad Shams, and Irena Manov of …

Beautiful High-Speed Photographs of Ink Mixing with Oil

When it comes to high-speed liquid photography, you’d be hard-pressed to find more than one or two people the world over who can match illustrator …

5 great features in iOS 7 you’ll want to try right away

As promised, Apple(s aapl) released iOS 7 on Wednesday for multiple iOS devices. The software represents a radical departure from the now 6-year old …

Leaked photos show 'space gray' iPad Mini model

French tech site NowhereElse, which has been a source of several Apple leaks in the past, has posted even more photos of what appears to be Apple's next iPad Mini model.<p>The latest is a new color, suggesting Apple plans to offer the same "space gray" color found on the iPhone 5S, and …

Did a Comet Really Kill the Mammoths 12,900 Years Ago?

Did the planetary upheaval 12,900 years ago come from the heavens—or Earth?<p><b>Why did mammoths, mastodons, and other mega-beasts vanish from North America?</b><p>Was it because:<p>1) humans killed them;<p>2) they couldn't hack the climate after the Ice Age ended; or<p>3) an exploding comet ignited continent-wide …