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Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist

A object from the very early universe is bafflingly rich with dust that theory says shouldn't have formed yet.<p>Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all.<p>The problem, the …

Blue or White Dress? Why We See Colors Differently

In viral debate over dress’ true color, scientists explain why our brains see objects differently.<p>By now, just about everyone who’s paying attention knows the dress is really royal blue and black.<p>A viral debate on social media, which began Thursday night, continued Friday about whether a dress worn …

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Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?

For African elephants, baggy skin keeps them cool in the hot sun.<p>When you write a column called Weird Animal Question of the Week, it's inevitable that you get some smart-aleck inquiries. Recently someone asked me: "What happens when you put anti-wrinkle cream on an elephant?" (See National …

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Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

In search for the legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.<p>An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, …

What are those bright spots? As Dawn nears Ceres, mystery remains

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets ready to enter orbit around Ceres -- the first dwarf planet visited by a satellite -- mission scientists are using new images to try to understand strange and surprising features on its icy surface.<p>Dawn will enter orbit on March 6 studying the surface of the dwarf …

Vienna Is Going To Build A 25-Story Skyscraper Out Of Wood

Why the idea isn't as crazy as it sounds<p>Next year in Vienna, architects will start working on a 275-foot-tall building made almost entirely out of wood. <i>The Guardian</i> reports that the approximately 25-story building will cost 60 million Euros ($67 million) and will save 2,800 tons of carbon emissions …

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