Raymond Chan

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Scientists Found a New Window Into the Hellish Ancient Earth

Four and a half billion years ago, some dust from a cloud orbiting around a star coalesced into a rocky planet. But unlike most of the dusty balls in …

Earth's Inner Radiation Belt Is Far Weaker Than We Thought, And It's Got NASA Very Excited

"Impossible" science just got within reach.<p>More than five decades ago, scientists discovered that our planet is surrounded by two doughnut-shaped …

We Can Now Harness The Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - And Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

Biology

China’s lunar rover finds new kind of moon rock

In 2013, an unpiloted lunar lander touched down on the northern part of the moon’s Imbrium basin, one of the most prominent of the lava-filled impact …

Pit bull that was supposed to be leashed, muzzled ‘ripped’ puppy apart. Now family is suing Vancouver

The owners of a puppy killed in an attack by a pit bull are suing the city of Vancouver for allegedly failing to properly control the larger …

Butchered bone suggests earlier start to eating meat

Marks on two 3.4-million-year-old animal bones found at the site of Dikika, Ethiopia, were not caused by trampling, as previously believed, but are …

Watch: This octopus has an odd way of trapping prey

Unlike most octopuses, which tackle their prey with all eight arms, a rediscovered tropical octopus subtly taps its prey on the shoulder and startles …

70 years later, was the U.S. wrong to bomb Japan?

Seventy years ago—on August 6, 1945—the United States dropped a uranium gun-type fission bomb, the first atomic weapon ever used in warfare, on the …

This Week's Night Sky: Spot a Gap in Saturn’s Rings

Starstruck<p>The gas giant is more than 900 million miles away, but its bright rings are tilted toward Earth and easily visible with a telescope.<p><b>Perseid stragglers.</b> The Perseid meteor shower has passed its peak, but a dozen or more shooting stars will be still be visible each night hour this week.<p>The …

Astronomy

Was prehistoric man responsible for first ever war crime?

Victims were found with marks of torture, suggesting they were mutilated before or after death<p>Prehistoric man may have been responsible for the first ever war crime, after German archaeologists found a mass grave with evidence that the victims had been tortured and slain.<p>Researchers at the …

Mass grave reveals prehistoric warfare in ancient European farming community

Shattered skulls and shin bones of 7000-year-old skeletons may point to torture and mutilation not previously observed in early Neolithic Linear Pottery culture<p>The chance discovery of a mass grave crammed with the battered skeletons of ancient Europeans has shed light on the lethal violence that …

Going up? Space elevator could zoom astronauts into Earth's stratosphere

Canadian space firm granted US and UK patents for elevator designed to take astronauts 20km (12 miles) above Earth so they can then be propelled into space<p>A Canadian space firm is one step closer to revolutionizing space travel with a simple idea – instead of taking a rocket ship, why not take a …

Space Travel

Watch Drone Footage Of A Giant Lava River

This is what flying robots with cameras were built for<p>Lava is dangerous, but it’s so pretty to watch. This makes filming it an ideal job for flying robots. Using two DJI Inspire drones, American Eric Cheng filmed a flowing lava river in Iceland. The drone survived both the cold of the winter and …

I Chased Pluto’s Shadow Across the Southern Pacific Ocean

Last night, I joined several teams of scientists as they chased Pluto’s shadow across the southern Pacific ocean. We were riding aboard NASA’s flying infrared telescope, SOFIA, and needed to get that Boeing 747 to the exact right place at the exact right time.<p>Just before 5 a.m. New Zealand time, …