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Ancient Languages Have Words in Common

A set of “ultraconserved” words that are frequently used today, and were frequently used thousands of years ago, point to ancient languages having …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Chinese Vineyards Could Threaten Panda Habitat

As China’s wine industry grows, communist officials are eagerly promoting the development of vineyards at the expense of wild panda territory.<p>In …

10 Best Recent Dinosaur Discoveries | WIRED

Dinosaurs aren't all big and scaly. The more fossils they find, and the closer they examine them, the more scientists realize how diverse these …

How The CIA Tried To Turn A Cat Into A Cyborg Spy

Misadventure though it was, the agency's Operation Acoustic Kitty was a visionary idea 50 years ahead of its time.<p>In the 1960s, the Central Intelligence Agency recruited an unusual field agent: a cat. In an hour-long procedure, a veterinary surgeon transformed the furry feline into an elite spy, …

Dogs to get their iPaws as scientists build computers for animals

It would certainly have made life easier for Lassie. Scientists are designing computers that can be used by dogs so they can play, operate household appliances and even communicate with their owners.<p>It would certainly have made life easier for Lassie.<p>Scientists are designing computers that can be …

ScienceCasts: Sunset Triangle

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Living on Mars: What Would it be Like?

The Mars One mission to Mars—one-way—has attracted more than 78,000 applicants only two weeks into the application process.<p>So, if the mission is …

'Dirty' stars hint at Sun's future

<b>Scientists have studied two dead stars that give us a glimpse, they say, of what our Solar System might look like a few billion years from now.</b><p>Our Sun will expand outwards when its nuclear fuel runs low and will ultimately blow off its outer layers.<p>Some of the inner planets will be consumed in the …

APOD: Messier 77 (2013 May 10) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, André van der Hoeven http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130510.html Explanation: Face-on spiral galaxy M77 lies a mere 47 million light-years away toward the aquatic constellation Cetus. At that estimated distance, the gorgeous island universe is about 100 thousand light-years across. Also known as NGC 1068, its compact and very bright core is well studied by astronomers exploring the mysteries of supermassive black holes in active Seyfert galaxies. M77 is also seen at x-ray, ultraviolet, infrared, and radio wavelengths. But this sharp visible light image based on Hubble data follows its winding spiral arms traced by obscuring dust clouds and red-tinted star forming regions close in to the galaxy's luminous core. http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1305/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130510 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0510