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Death toll climbs to 16 since Mount Sinabung eruption

Thousands displaced from their homes. Disaster agencies still mobilizing medical and social services. A thin layer of ash expected to arrive in Malay …

Disappearance of wildflowers may have doomed Ice Age giants | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Flower power may have meant the difference between life and death for some of the extinct giants of the Ice Age, including the mighty woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros.<p>A Mammoth tusk extracted from ice complex deposits along the Logata River in Taimyr, Russia, is shown in …

Now In Japan: Giant Cyborg Cockroaches

Don't worry, they're probably only here to rescue you. Probably.<p>What if tiny scurrying insects could power batteries with their own bodies? Thanks to a team of researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Osaka University, we …

New Space Station Cargo Ship Flies a Fast Track to Deliver Supplies

New Software Reads History From Skulls

Forensic anthropologists get some digital help for their work.<p>If you've ever seen a lot of skulls together—say, at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia—you know they look as varied as fully-fleshed faces do. There are big ones and little ones, narrow ones and squat ones, and ones with differently …

Foundation Plans To Open A "Fat Farm" For Elephants In California

Many zoo elephants have too much junk in the trunk.<p>African elephants are the world's largest land animals. But some of them are too large. A recent study, for example, found that about 75 percent of elephants in American zoos are overweight.<p>Plans are in the works to open a "fat farm" for overweight …

Supermoon 2014: 'Super Moon' Could Appear Bigger in Sky, or Not

The next supermoon in 2014–which will also be a black moon–is slated for January 30, but astronomy experts warn that even though the moon could …

Astronomy

Blending fracking wastewater could be a ‘win-win’

Much of the naturally occurring radioactivity in fracking wastewater might be removed by blending it with another wastewater from acid mine …

Fracking

Scientists discover giant trench under Antarctic ice

A UK research team has discovered a massive ancient subglacial trough that’s deeper than the Grand Canyon.<p>Scientists from several universities in the …

The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

<b>Listen · 3:25</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Scientists have gained new aerodynamic insight into why many species of birds fly in a V formation. The results, published in the journal <i>Nature,</i> suggest that the distinctive formations are the result of each bird catching a little lift from the bird …

Glowing Plants Now Up For Auction

Bid now for one of 20 genetically modified, bioluminescent house plants.<p>St. Louis-based biotech company Bioglow has put 20 of its light-emitting plants up for auction. First off, here's where you can bid. The plant, called Starlight Avatar, glows blue-green throughout its life cycle, but lives only …