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Ghost pepper sends man to hospital for 23 days

The ghost pepper is one of the world's hottest peppers, with a Scoville rating of more than a million. So it might follow that you shouldn't ingest it in more than tiny quantities.<p>And yet, the <i>Journal of Emergency Medicine</i> reports on the unusual case of a man who tore a hole in his esophagus after …

New York City college student died fighting for Islamic State: U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City college student died last November fighting for Islamic State in Syria, where he had traveled earlier in the year with the assistance of an Arizona man he met online, according to U.S. prosecutors.<p>The death of Samy Mohammed El-Goarany, who was 24 when he …

New York City

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The Universe is Even Bigger Than We Thought

Last week, The Astrophysical Journal published a piece by Christopher J Conselice, an astrophysicist at the University of Nottingham, England and his findings are mind-boggling. As if the concept of the universe's size wasn't already hard to comprehend, Conselice's research shows that there are …

Universe

MIT nuclear fusion record marks latest step towards unlimited clean energy

Scientists create the highest plasma pressure ever recorded with the Alcator C-Mod reactor in a breakthrough for clean energy technology<p>A nuclear fusion world record has been set in the US, marking another step on the long road towards the unlocking of limitless clean energy.<p>A team at the …

The Untold Story of the First Atoms in the Universe

Exactly when and how were the original hydrogen atoms destroyed? A new telescope may provide an answer.<p><b>By Aaron Parsons,</b> <i>Associate Professor of</i> …

Great Barrier Reef: 'Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated'

It's not dead yet! The Great Barrier Reef has been hit hard by coral bleaching - that much is true. But a recent viral article proclaiming the reef …

Radio galaxies: the mysterious, secretive "beasts" of the Universe

Most pictures of galaxies that you see, such as the beautiful images from the Hubble Space Telescope, are optical images. These are made using …

Gigantic rings around exoplanet reversed direction | Cosmos

<b>An exoplanet's huge rings may orbit in the</b> opposite direction to the planet's rotation around its star.<p>Steven Rieder from the RIKEN Advanced …

'Higgs Bison' Is The Missing Link In European Bison Ancestral Tree

For a decade, people who study Europe's bison population have been baffled by a genetic mystery. The animals, which are a protected species, seemed to have appeared out of thin air about 11,000 years ago.<p>"There's something very fishy in the history of European bovids," says Alan Cooper of the …

Pluto bright spots prove the planet's not done surprising us

Pluto continues to show us its demotion from our solar system's ninth planet to just another dwarf planet may be one of the greatest insults the galaxy has ever seen.<p>On Tuesday, researchers working with data from the New Horizons spacecraft that flew by Pluto in 2015 said space beyond Neptune just …

Entangled Wormholes Could Pave the Way for Quantum Gravity

Theoretical physics is full of mind-boggling ideas, but two of the weirdest are quantum entanglement and wormholes. The first, predicted by the …

Scientist Discovers Why Cobra Venom Can't Kill Other Cobras

February 20, 2004<p>In a cobra hunt, every move counts.<p>Zoltan Takacs, a herpetologist and toxinologist (natural-toxins scientist), lunges at a 5-foot long (1.5-meter) Egyptian cobra slithering away in the dry East African grassland of Tanzania.<p>The cobra opens its hood—kicking up dust and hissing—and …

Spider gives oral 100 times during sex

IT’S not often we think of spiders as superior to humans, but one particular species puts us males to shame ... in the bedroom.

Spiders

Photo: Cute little treehopper is quite a character

<b>This sprawling family of thorn-mimicking insects is one of the most wonderfully weird ones around.</b><p>Granted there are a lot of really strange insects …

Birds of Florida

International Migratory Bird Day in May is the perfect time to take note of the incredible species that fly hundreds or thousands of miles to breed …

Ice isn't being lost from Greenland's interior

Scientists studying data from the top of the Greenland ice sheet have discovered that during winter, temperature inversions and other low-level …

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What is a parsec?

Han Solo made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs did he? We think perhaps not – here’s why.<p>Han Solo tells Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi that …

Luke Skywalker

Ex-Chemist In Massachusetts Was High On Drugs At Work For 8 Years

Nearly every day for eight years, a former chemist in Massachusetts was high on drugs — drugs stolen from the lab where she worked.<p>An investigation by the state attorney general found that from 2005 to 2013, Sonja Farak, 37, heavily abused various drugs including cocaine, LSD and methamphetamines …

Female Suicide Bomber Killed by a Single Shot Moments Before Detonating. Check Out the Prehistoric Weapon Used to Take Her Down.

Local residents used a poisoned arrow to take down a female suicide bomber strapped with explosives shortly before she detonated herself, authorities in Cameroon told the Associated Press.<p>Midjiyawa Bakary, governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, said Wednesday that the 40-year-old woman was shot …

Take a Thirty Second Trip to the Center of the Galaxy

Another May the 4th, another day of wishing scientists would hurry up and invent FTL propulsion already. But now, NASA has gone and given us the next …

What Lives At The Bottom Of The Mariana Trench?

Plants and Animals Photo credit: The remotely operated Deep Discoverer, surveying a 14-meter-high hydrothermal chimney in the Marianas Trench. NOAA …

Mount Everest

'Super males' emerge from male-dominated populations, study finds

Males who evolve in male-dominated populations become far better at securing females than those who grow up in monogamous populations, according to …

Experts Warn Preparation Key To Surviving a Major San Andreas Fault Earthquake

<b>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)</b> — Earthquake experts say Southern Californians need to do more to prepare because the San Andreas Fault is long overdue for a …

ALMA 'Weighs' Monster Black Hole to Highest Precision

There's a hurricane surrounding a supermassive black hole 75 million light-years away and astronomers have clocked its speed to calculate the black …

Flower-Shaped Cataract Forms in Man's Eye After Bike Accident

After a bicycle accident injured one of his eyes, a 30-year-old man in India developed an unusual flower-shaped cataract, according to a new report …

The Existence Of Planet Nine Defies All Explanation

Space Photo credit: Artist's impression of Planet Nine in its current orbit far from the Sun. Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)The possibility of a ninth planet …

Universe

Why does gravity move at the speed of light?

Newton thought it was instantaneous, but the story is much richer than that!<p><i>“The fact that gravitational damping is measured at all is a strong</i> …

The Go Files: AI computer wins first match against master Go player

Nature reports from a battle of man vs machine over the Go board.<p><i>Tanguy Chouard, an editor with</i> Nature<i>, saw Google-DeepMind’s AI system AlphaGo</i> …