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Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

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Pakistan earthquake island is a 'mud volcano'

Dr Brian Baptie from the British Geological Survey says the island that appeared off the coast of Pakistan after the earthquake is a "mud volcano" formed as gas and water forced its way to the surface.<p>Pakistani officials are investigating a small island, about 60 feet high, 100 feet long and 250 …

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Explosion in Number of Potentially Habitable Worlds

Climate model predicts 60 billion water-friendly planets around red dwarf stars.<p><b>The number of potentially habitable worlds circling red dwarf stars—the most abundant type of star in our Milky Way galaxy—may have just doubled to 60 billion, a new study suggests.</b><p>Using global climate models originally …

Cosmic Concepts: Space Balls Rolling Across Titan

To travel to outer solar system and eventually to the stars, we're going to need some big breakthroughs in propulsion, protection from cosmic radiation, and more. Our Cosmic Concepts series looks at the far-out ideas that will take us there.<p><b>The vehicle circles Saturn's largest moon</b>, Titan, skating …

The Galaxy's Core Is About to Explode

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy will soon consume a blob of gas and begin to radiate energy at a tremendous rate.

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space at last, NASA says

An artist's illustration of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, the farthest human-built object from Earth, which launched in 1977 and has left our solar system.<p>A spacecraft from Earth has left its cosmic backyard and taken its first steps in interstellar space, NASA says.<p>After streaking through space for …

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Technology Sheds Light on 6 Great Art Mysteries

Scientists are using advanced techniques to look at history's masterpieces.<p><b>Beneath the familiar faces of hundreds of paintings lining the walls of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a host of secrets sit, waiting to be discovered.</b><p>Whether a Picasso or Da Vinci, every canvas holds …

One-Way Ticket to Mars Attracts Global Attention

<b>There appears to be no shortage of wannabe planetary colonists willing to live—and possibly die on Mars.</b><p>Mars One—a controversial project that aims to send humans on a one-way trip to the Red Planet by 2023—has garnered interest from 202,586 folks from more than 140 countries who sent in video …

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 …

Your Best Names for the Odd Picket Fence Maker

Wildlife<p><b>When I asked my readers to suggest names for the strange new species in the Amazon that had built a picket fence-like structure, you responded in droves.</b><p>Although you had plenty of creative and clever suggestions, you also disagreed on the type of organism making the structure. The two …

Why Genetically Modified Flies Don’t Want Sex

<b>Birds do it. Bees do it. But genetically modified fruit flies just aren’t in the mood.</b><p>In what could be called the chemical equivalent of a cold shower, an international team of entomologists has discovered how to decrease some pest insects’ interest in sex. (Related: “Female Flies Put Up a Fight to …

How to Scare Elephants—For Their Own Good

Recorded tiger growls could scare Asian elephants away from raiding crops, protecting them from human retaliation.<p>When an old African elephant matriarch hears a lion roar out on the savanna, she listens to discern whether it's a male or female. Why does she care? Because male lions are more likely …