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Incredible photos from space reveal the biggest news stories on Earth in 2017

The most important stories included a string of crippling natural disasters, jaw-dropping technological achievements, and geopolitical actions that ranged from uplifting to egregious.<p>While journalists scrambled on the ground, orbiting satellites documented these scenes in breathtaking detail from …

A Mysterious Blob of Hot Rock Is Building Up Under America's Northeast

Something is rising from the depths.<p>A vast mass of hot rock is welling up underneath Vermont and extending into other subterranean regions below New …

New Hampshire

In 2018, we will see a black hole for the first time ever

We're about to see — for the very first time — the event horizon of a black hole, proving beyond any last vestige of doubt that Einstein’s interstellar monsters are real. And here’s what it will look like.<p>While astronomers have long seen the fallout of the presence of black holes on the stars and …

This Italian Family Feels No Pain, And Scientists Finally Understand Why

A real-life superpower.<p>Scientists have identified a mysterious genetic mutation that effectively negates the sensation of pain, enabling people with …

The Demon Attacks at Night: Explaining the Incubus Phenomenon

If you've ever woken up in the middle of the night feeling as though you're being crushed by a demonic being, you may have just experienced what's …

Quest To Find The World's Oldest Fossils Intensifies With New Result

Our planet popped into existence some 4.5 billion years ago. Life didn't waste time, emerging shortly thereafter - but the exact timing of this …

Name That Star! Ancient Cultures Lend Titles to 86 Suns

Tahitian myth, South African nicknames, and ancient Chinese and Hindu titles for lunar mansions are among the inspirations for the new names of 86 …

An Australian scientist turned detective has been named one of the top 10 people of science in 2017

Jennifer Byrne, a Sydney-based cancer geneticist, has been named in the international journal Nature as one of the ten people of science who made a …

Mushrooms Played a Truly Surprising Role in Forming Our Planet's Atmosphere

Who knew we wouldn't be here without fungi?<p>Without plants, Earth would never have developed a breathable atmosphere for us all to thrive in. But now …

Botany

Mountain Climbing Can Actually Cause Psychosis, And We Don't Know Why

It's not the same as altitude sickness.<p>HP Lovecraft may be a polarising figure nowadays, but he was right about one thing: there's madness in them …

Mountaineering

This "Evaporating Exoplanet" Just Got Even More Mysterious

Planets are a lot like cops in ‘90s action movies, in that the best and coolest ones play by their own set of rules. (Seriously, any astronomer will …

Nature Communications

The Search for Life on Mars Should Go Underground, Scientists Say

The search for signs of life on Mars needs a bit of a rethink, scientists argue in a new study.<p>A popular strategy calls for investigating spots where …

No big planets at Alpha Centauri, but maybe small ones

“Because Alpha Centauri is so close, it’s our first stop outside our solar system. There are almost certain to be small, rocky planets around Alpha …

Universe

This floating rig promises better way to make zero-emission fuel

<i>In brief: Columbia Engineering assistant professor Daniel Esposito and his team have created a floating device capable of producing hydrogen gas (H2) for fuel using sunlight and seawater, minus the CO2 emissions usually produced by this process.</i><p>TAKING HYDROGEN FROM SEAWATER<p>Hydrogen fuel is yet …

Energy

Advanced anti-viral nanoparticles target and destroy a range of viruses

Over the last decade, advances in nanotechnology have resulted in scientists creating amazingly specific nanoparticles that can travel through a …

Viruses

The Amargosa River Defies the Desert

SHOSHONE, Calif. — The Amargosa, a slender thread of a river that flows through a parched landscape, begins with a few springs bubbling out of the ground in the Oasis Valley near Beatty, Nev.<p>Shortly thereafter the stream disappears underground, and it flows south hidden for 100 miles or so until …

Fish

How Physicists Recycled WWII Ships and Artillery to Unlock the Mysteries of the Universe

A million Russian artillery shells helped scientists discover the Higgs boson. And all over the world, remnants of World War II weapons are built …

This keeps older adults from 'saving' memories during sleep - Futurity

New research examines how the aging brain prevents older adults from moving new memories into long-term storage, leading to "overnight forgetting."

Glow-in-the-dark plants put green energy in a whole new light

Imagine a world in which trees light up as the sun sets and houseplants glow like lamps. If new research pans out, that fanciful vision could become a reality — and lend new meaning to the term “green energy.”<p>A team of scientists at MIT has found a way to give plants the ability to produce light. …

Green Energy

We Finally Know How Uranus Got Its Moons

Uranus is primarily known for being the butt of everyone’s jokes. But the truth is, Uranus is pretty dark and mysterious — and apparently, pretty …

Astronomy

Scientists Have Developed Glass That Heals Itself When You Press It Together

This could be the last time your phone looks like this.<p>If you're like most of our readers, you're probably reading this right now on your mobile, …

Surprise Ice Discovery Just Made That Interstellar Object Even More Confusing

Comet? Asteroid? (Aliens?)<p>When 'Oumuamua first came to the notice of astronomers, zooming into the Solar System from very, very far away, it was …

Astronomy

Fyusion is bringing 3D vision technologies to a device near you

More than 15 million users a week launch the Fyuse app to take and share the 3D interactive pictures the technology enables. But what these users may not realize is that their pictures are actually a training tool to help train the eyes of a new generation of devices.<p>Fyusion, the San …

Newly discovered polymer could make shattered screens a thing of the past

A team of Japanese researchers say they’ve discovered the holy grail of mobile computing: a new type of glass that can heal itself from cracks.<p>Published in the journal <i>Science</i>, a team of researchers from the University of Tokyo believe they’ve found a hard glass-like polymer called …