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Your Ability to Read This Message Reveals Something Fascinating About The Mind

Not just a viral FB post.<p>The above passage, written in a combination of letters and numbers, has been circulating social media for years and purports …

Social Media

Was Einstein right? Ripples in space-time may have been found

Are the rumors true? Whispers about a possible detection of actual ripples in space-time have been swirling for weeks, and on Thursday, the world may …

All the water on Earth fits into a shockingly small space

Since most of the Earth's surface is literally covered with water, it's easy to assume that we have a useable surplus of the stuff. But the total …

U.S. Geological Survey

Maybe This Is The Reason Neanderthals Went Extinct

Why did the Neanderthals suddenly go extinct 40,000 years ago?<p>We may never know for certain the answer to that provocative question. But a remarkable new study published this month suggests that our prehistoric rivals were done in not by epidemics or climate change -- as some have argued -- but …

Anthropology

Dark matter helped destroy the dinosaurs, physicist posits

<b>Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs</b><br>Lisa Randall<i><br>ECCO, $29.99</i><p>Dark matter. Dinosaurs. Few topics are as effective at grabbing the attention of science …

Dark Matter

Images probe artery-hardening plaques

Collagen, best known as the key protein in skin, also protects against loose bits of plaque that can cause heart attacks. New images (below) of human …

Scientists discover two new fossil fish species with gigantic mouths

There are still massive species of whales and other types of sea creatures that eat some of the smallest creatures in the sea known as plankton. In …

Dinosaurs

Gravitational Waves: 6 Cosmic Questions They Can Tackle

The first direct detection of gravitational waves is now widely expected to be announced on February 11 by the Advanced Laser Interferometer …

Physics

Tiny plant fossils reveal ancient tree cover - Futurity

Scientists are "reading" the shapes of tiny, fossilized pieces of plants to figure out what the Earth looked like 50 million years ago.

Pictures of the year 2013: space - Telegraph

These Two Insects Have Been At It For 165 Million Years

A great find for science!<p>Warning: ancient insect porn. Scientists in northeastern China have discovered the oldest fossil record of insect sex (insex?), in the form of a pair of froghoppers in an eternal embrace. Froghoppers are little bugs, still around today, that hop from plant to plant like a …

Dinosaurs

Historic Space Images From The Arecibo Observatory

Happy 50th birthday to the telescope that brought us the first map of Venus, revealed ice on Mercury, and more.<p>When Cornell University built the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico—near the equator, so it could observe the planets without needing to move its 1,000-foot-wide reflector—people hadn't …

Universe

Explore Digital Models Of A Rare Baby Dinosaur Fossil

A California high school student discovered the 6-foot-long baby Parasaurolophus fossil, nicknamed Joe.<p>In the summer of 2009, a California high school student named Kevin Terris was volunteering with paleontologist Andrew Farke from the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. He and a few other …

Paleontology

Fossil reveals earliest known central nervous system of an animal

Scientists traced iron deposits that occupied the space of long-gone central nervous system tissue. An outline of a 520-million-year-old central …

Scientists Say Even Earliest Trilobites Could Roll Themselves Up Like Pillbugs

Trilobites are an ancient marine creature that thrived for over 270 million years. The survived even as the numbers of predators they faced …

Water Found on Mars

Soil samples collected from Mars by the NASA rover Curiosity contain several percent water, as reported in a recent edition of the journal …

China: Fish Fossil Discovery Could Dramatically Shift Evolutionary History

In China, a fish fossil was found that could dramatically shift history.<p>The fossil, which scientists say is of a 419-million-year-old fish, …

Bic Pic: Saturn's Rings In Infrared

Every pixel in the NASA image represents 37 miles.<p>Why, hello there, Saturn. Those rings are looking pretty sharp this morning.<p>NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped this near-infrared image of the sixth planet on June 15. You're seeing the planet from its sunlit side, from about 657,000 miles (1.1 …

How our galaxy might look from outside

This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy might look seen from the outside, from an almost edge-on perspective.<p>New research suggests …

Researchers find gears in nature – on planthopper insects

Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanismfound inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects.<p>The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides …

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 …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

How to blow up a pterosaur

The air-filled bones of the pterosaurs are truly remarkable structures<p>Pick up comparably sized bones of a bird and a mammal, and the latter will weigh a lot more than the former. Both actually have hollow bones, but although the major bones of the tetrapods (the amphibians, reptiles, birds and …

The Oral History Of September 11, Told By Its Photographers

Two years ago, our friends at <i>American Photo</i> released an expansive, four-part oral history of the September 11 attacks, told through the eyes and lenses of the photographers who documented the day. "This taxi driver was looking over my shoulder and started screaming, 'He's got it,'" one photographer …

Astronomers explain why disk galaxies eventually look alike

“In galaxy disks, the scars of a rough childhood, and adolescent blemishes, all smooth away with time.” – Curtis Struck, Iowa State Astronomer<p>It …

NASA loses contact with Deep Impact spacecraft

Scientists blame software glitch for the monthlong blackout<p>NASA confirmed this week that it has lost communication with its Deep Impact spacecraft, blaming the problem on a software glitch. As Space.com reports, ground controllers say they lost communication with the probe sometime between August …

Spying On Thunderstorms From Space [Video]

The International Space Station takes a look at the other side of the storm.<p>NASA wants to know what's up with thunderstorms. Not the flashy bits--the thunder, the lightning, yada yada. Pretty, but we see that all the time. NASA, as usual, is aiming its sights a little higher, on what's happening …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

A Subway Map Of The Metabolism [Infographic]

Just take the Krebs Cycle train to the Carbon transfer!<p>We've seen metabolism maps before, but never one quite so simple to read as this one, designed by Richard Wheeler, an illustrator and Oxford postdoc who researches the cell biology of parasites.<p>Metabolism encompasses all the chemical reactions …