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New POV Video of Baumgartner's Epic Skydive

Watch this 24-mile jump from the stratosphere into the record books.<p>The world held its breath when Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space on October 12, 2012, falling from an altitude of 24.2 miles to Earth. And now there's a Baumgartner's-eye view of his epic fall—including a dizzying …

Top Discoveries Awaiting NASA's Next Big Telescope

Astronomers eagerly await the launch of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope.<p>It will see back in time farther than any space telescope ever has before—back to the first light following the big bang.<p><b>It will watch the first stars and galaxies form.</b><p><b>And it will hunt for distant habitable planets</b> …

FYI: What's The Point Of Sex?

Lots of animals reproduce asexually. Why not humans?<p>This may seem obvious. But in evolutionary terms, the benefits of sexual reproduction are not immediately clear. Male rhinoceros beetles grow huge, unwieldy horns half the length of their body that they use to fight for females. Ribbon-tailed …

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

Reciprocity rules when humans share food - Futurity

New research finds that reciprocity is similar among monkeys, apes, and humans, but we’re the …

Big horns aren’t always best

It takes more than big horns to be the fittest sheep in the herd.<p>In the world of Soay sheep, males with bigger horns get all the girls. It’s not …

How one dose of cocaine rewires brain - Futurity

After just one dose of cocaine, mice showed speedy growth of the twig-like structures that …

Mild stress makes it tough to control emotion - Futurity

Everyday levels of stress can keep therapeutic methods for controlling emotions—like fear and anxiety—from working, …

See the Huge Rim Fire Move Into Yosemite in These Views From Space

The past four days have seen one of California's biggest fires in history burning its way toward one of the country's most beloved national parks. …

On Nightmare Planet Covered In Boiling Lava, A Year Lasts 8.5 Hours

It's even worse than Florida in the summertime.<p>Kepler 78b is an Earth-sized exoplanet not <i>too</i> far from us--only about 700 light-years away. But don't bother getting your hopes up about settling there, because Kepler 78b is one of the most aggressively unpleasant planets ever discovered (a …

Adaptive bacteria makes psychedelic art worthy of The Grateful Dead

A professor at Tel Aviv University is studying bacteria to move the world of science forward, but he's creating some breathtaking art as well. As <i>FastCo.Design</i> explains, Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob decided to study the adaptive behavior of wild bacteria strains some 20 years ago. The idea was to put …

Weird Places: Europe's Dancing, Crooked Forests

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

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Scientists detect magmatic water on moon’s surface

“This impressive research confirms earlier lab analyses of Apollo samples, and will help broaden our understanding of how this water originated and …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

Worm unseen since World War II resurfaces from the Atlantic

A species of subaqueous worm unseen for decades has reappeared. <i>LiveScience</i> reports that what was previously the one and only specimen of a type of acorn worm, the <i>Glandiceps abyssicola</i>, was lost to a bombing in World War II. That was the last it was seen of until 2009, when a small, yellow fragment …

Anti-theft Sim cards for motorbikes

Entrepreneurs in Vietnam are finding ways to update the popular mode of transport, including an implantable device that calls owners if their vehicle is stolen.<p>Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies on the planet, and it has a technology sector that is growing at a quick pace. But the …

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Theoretical Element 115 Exists, Study Confirms

Researchers confirm the existence of this synthetic element in a new accelerator study. Will it be enough to give ununpentium official recognition and a new name?<p>At the bottom right corner of the periodic table of elements, there are a handful of boxes that illustrators often color gray. The …

Nanotubes: Can we make speakers as thin as paper?

The idea of light, thin speakers is almost 100 years old, but now thanks to nanotechnology scientists think it might finally be possible.<p>It’s time for one of those imagined futures which always miss the mark by a mile – you know... “Imagine setting off for work with your jet-pack…” But here we go …

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Lab-Grown Tissue That Acts Like the Human Brain

Complex brain-like structures, grown in a petri dish, open up a new way to study neurological disease.<p><b>In their lab at the Austrian Academy of Sciences</b>, Jürgen Knoblich and Madeline Lancaster are growing human brains—or something like them, at least. Using adult skin cells, they've cultivated …

Alaska’s Sawyer Glacier

A close-up look at Alaska’s Sawyer Glacier as seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Risa Bender.<p>Located at the end of a fjord in Alaska called Tracy Arm, …

More photos and update on California’s Rim Fire

As of August 28, the fire is 20% contained. Thousands of firefighters are still battling the blaze, which has burned 184,481 acres near Yosemite …

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Scientists confirm existence of new, super-heavy element 'ununpentium'

A heavyweight contender for the periodic table<p>Swedish scientists have confirmed the existence of a new super-heavy element, temporarily dubbed ununpentium for its position at the 115th spot on the periodic table. First proposed by Russian scientists back in 2004, the new element was created by a …

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

A week without water can easily kill the average person.<p>But a garden that goes unwatered for months may produce sweeter, more flavorful fruits than anything available in most mainstream supermarkets — even in the scorching heat of a California summer. Commercial growers call it "dry farming," and …

First human brain-to-brain interface

Brain signal sent via the Internet from one researcher controls the hand motions of a fellow researcher.<p>University of Washington researchers have …

The antimatter factory: inside the project that could power fusion and annihilation lasers

Physicists have been chasing antimatter technology for more than 80 years now — driven by the promise of oppositely oriented particles that explode in a burst of energy whenever they make contact with their more common counterpart. If we could tame antimatter, those explosions could be used to …

First 'mind meld' to link human brains - Futurity

A scientist sent a brain signal over the internet to control a colleague’s hand—and made …

What Does A Star Sound Like?

Assuming you could withstand the heat<p>Observing a star up close (putting aside for a moment how you'd get there or withstand its heat) is probably like sitting beside an enormous silent fire. Sounds—which are simply pressure variations in a medium such as air or water—can't propagate in the vacuum …