Sean Langenwalter

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The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

10 Terrific Facts About Trilobites

For nearly 300 million years, these ancient mariners dotted our ocean floors—surviving, thriving, and fossilizing beneath the waves.<p><b>1. OVER 20,000</b> …

Butterflies steal DNA of zombie wasps in natural genetic modification

Scientist have found DNA of wasps in butterflies showing that genes can pass between species<p>Butterflies 'steal’ the genes of wasps to make them more resistant to disease , scientists have found, in first evidence of natural genetic modification in the animal kingdom.<p>Although campaigners have long …

Biology

8 Supposedly Cursed Gems

Tales of death and destruction seem to follow certain famous jewels. There are stories of ancient warlords fighting bloody battles, kings and queen …

15th century

Critics Question Homo Naledi Fossil Find in South Africa

A dramatic fossil find has given South Africa reason to celebrate amid economic gloom, but some experts question its scientific significance.<p>The discovery, in a cave 30 miles northwest of Johannesburg, is Africa's largest collection of hominin (human and human-related) fossils -- 15 individuals …

Evolution

NASA just released the first new images of Pluto since the New Horizons flyby

NASA, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and the Southwest Research Institute just released the first new images of Pluto since the New Horizons spacecraft's historic flyby of Pluto almost two months ago.<p>Perhaps the most striking image of the bunch is the one you see above. …

The Unexpected Science of Manipulating Neurons With Light

The first time I learned that scientists could control neurons with light, I definitely did not keep my cool. My response was something like, “Holy …

Is Britain experiencing extreme weather? Yes. Extremely mild...

The Met Office is offering us the chance to name storms. But our climate is not as dramatic as we think<p>Britain is braced for the onslaught of Light Afternoon Drizzle Brian, then the nightmare of Rather Blustery Morning Samantha. Stock up on nail guns and hardboard now. The assault from our …

Weather

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, says Stephen Hawking

“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up, there’s a way out,” Stephen Hawking told the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm<p>Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, professor Stephen Hawking has claimed.<p>Although physicists had assumed that all matter must be …

Black Holes

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Why Astronomers Are Riveted By the Search for Nothing

By Carole Mundell, University of Bath | April 22, 2015 1:55 pm<p>Astronomers have found evidence of a giant void that could be the largest known …

Telescopes

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

European Travel

How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

At 118, the world’s oldest woman says her secret is eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Sounds good to us!<p>How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, …

Medieval

Internet of Things Revolution & Home Automation - IoT Sydney meetup

After 30 years full of promise, hundreds of protocols, thousands of products, the highly-anticipated home automation revolution is yet to happen. Are smart homes doomed to stay a geek's hobby? What is refraining mass-market adoption of these technologies? And how the Internet of Things revolution …

Internet of Things

The Dark Origins of 11 Classic Nursery Rhymes

In the canon of great horror writing, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley tend to dominate the craft. But …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

Dark Matter

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

Pets

Left-Handed? Prepare to Earn Less

When our son was born two years ago, my right-handed wife prayed he would be a lefty, because she believed lefties were disproportionately talented. …