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This Preserved Lizard Is 23 Million Years Old

It might well be related to a very common modern lizard--except it's teeny-tiny.<p>In Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state, paleontologists discovered a small piece of amber with something remarkable inside: a 23-million-year-old preserved lizard.<p>Scientists at the curiously named National Autonomous …

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

5 myths about the moon

Moon myths, take that! Here are 5 of the most common myths about our moon explained.<p>We have full moons, blue moons, Harvest moons, supermoons and any …

Astronomy

Antibodies during pregnancy linked to autism - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — Antibodies found only in mothers of children with autism cross the …

Autism

Astronomers Witness Birth of the Milky Way's Most Massive Star

Astronomers using the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) telescope in Chile say they have witnessed the birth of the Milky Way's …

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

This Scary Giant Black Jellyfish Is Stinging Swimmers In Southern California

It's got a three-foot bell and a whopping 20-foot-long body. Eeeep.<p>Reports coming out of Orange County, in Southern California, suggest that a rare giant jellyfish, only recently discovered, is invading beaches and stinging swimmers. On July 4th, swimmers in Laguna Beach, a beach town famous as a …

Climate Change Will Affect Non-White Americans Disproportionately

The effect holds true across the nation, according to a new study.<p>Feel the heat? Sure you do, but not everyone in the U.S. suffers equally. During many heat waves, more non-white Americans die than white Americans. That surely has to do with the links between race and poverty—and thus not having …

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 …

True Color Of An Exoplanet Discovered For The First Time

Looks a bit like home!<p>Looks a bit like Earth, doesn't it? You wouldn't find this planet very comfortable, however. Called HD 189773b, it's 1,000 degrees Celsius on its surface and it rains glass. Sideways.<p>HD 189773b looks like Earth because it's blue. Astronomers have determined its true color, a …

Madagascar Species No Longer Evolving At Breakneck Speed

Have we reached peak lemur?<p>Madagascar is home to an amazing diversity of animals; though it has only 1 percent of the world's land mass, 3 percent of the world's plant and animals species are found there, and many are like nothing else on the planet. But a new study finds that there might be a …

10 Of The Most Popular iOS Apps Are Free This Week

For the App Store’s fifth anniversary, Apple is offering 10 top-tier apps as free downloads for a limited time.<p>Ten top-tier iOS apps, which normally retail for up to $19.99 in the case of the DJing app Traktor DJ, are free to download this week as part of a mini-fire sale to celebrate the fifth …

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

We have to confess: When we heard that Twinkies will have nearly double the shelf life, 45 days, when they return to stores next week, our first reaction was — days? Not years?<p>Urban legend has long deemed Twinkies the cockroaches of the snack food world, a treat that can survive for decades, what …

Big Pic: The Solar System Has A Tail

We thought there was something back there, but we hadn't seen it till now.<p>NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) has caught a glimpse of something we've long suspected was there, but could never actually observe: Our tail.<p>Yep, our solar system definitely has one, and it seems to take the …

APOD: M57: The Ring Nebula (2013 Jun 05) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130605.html Explanation: Except for the rings of Saturn, the Ring Nebula (M57) is probably the most famous celestial band. Its classic appearance is understood to be due to our own perspective, though. The recent mapping of the expanding nebula's 3-D structure, based in part on this clear Hubble image, indicates that the nebula is a relatively dense, donut-like ring wrapped around the middle of a football-shaped cloud of glowing gas. The view from planet Earth looks down the long axis of the football, face-on to the ring. Of course, in this well-studied example of a planetary nebula, the glowing material does not come from planets. Instead, the gaseous shroud represents outer layers expelled from the dying, once sun-like star, now a tiny pinprick of light seen at the nebula's center. Intense ultraviolet light from the hot central star ionizes atoms in the gas. In the picture, the blue color in the center is ionized helium, the cyan color of the inner ring is the glow of hydrogen and oxygen, and the reddish color of the outer ring is from nitrogen and sulfur. The Ring Nebula is about one light-year across and 2,000 light-years away. http://heritage.stsci.edu/2013/13/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2013/13 http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1310/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130605 Starship Asterisk* • On This Day in APOD http://asterisk.apod.com/view_retro.php?date=0605

Earthquake Turns Photographer’s Jupiter Photo Into a Light Painting

“Earthquake astrophotography light painting.” How’s that for a novel photography technique? It sounds strange, it’s an apt description of how …

A little earth and a little sky in one puddle

Thanks so much to EarthSky Facebook friend Marianna Bucina Roco for sharing this image with us!<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky …

Social Media

Moon Explosion Caused by Meteorite the Largest Recorded: NASA

<b>Moon explosion:</b> A meteorite crashed into the Moon, creating what has been described as the largest explosion ever seen on the lunar surface.<p>The …

Meteorites

FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

20-Second Phone Charge Could Possible After Teen Invention

A teenager in California created a 20-second cell phone charger, winning a $50,000 prize on Friday, it was reported.<p>Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, got …

Amazing

How Science Got The 'Crack Baby' Epidemic So Wrong

A New York Times mini-documentary examines the flawed science behind the 1980s 'crack baby' scare.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> has a fascinating documentary on the crack cocaine epidemic that gripped the United States in the 1980s. The short of it: The "crack baby" scare that threatened to spawn a generation …

The Little Metronome That Wouldn't

If this wasn't a science page, if this happened 3,000 years ago in, say, a Middle Eastern desert, I would call it a Miracle. But it's not. It's just a plain, ordinary moment of "wow!"<p>First, the beginner's version. A man takes a bunch of metronomes, sets them ticking in different ways, then — <i>and</i> …

Giant Carnivorous Plant Found In Silicon Valley

The precise method by which Yahoo! digests and dissolves its prey.<p>Yahoo! is a carnivorous plant whose prey-trapping mechanism features a deep cavity filled with liquid, known as a pitfall trap.<p>Startups, such as Flickr, Tumblr, and Del.icio.us, are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, …

Number Of Published Cancer Studies That Can't Be Reproduced Is Shockingly High

Half of cancer scientists have failed to reproduce the findings of other researchers, according to an anonymous survey.<p>In an anonymous survey taken by scientists at a prestigious cancer center, more than half of the respondents said they'd failed to reproduce published scientific findings at least …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Nigeria army's offensive to continue 'as long as it takes'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/979000/979225_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524693556_db720a316645c1d783090e772af524b0<p><b>Nigeria's army has vowed to continue its offensive against militants in the north-east "as long as it takes" to achieve its main objectives.</b><p>Brig Gen …

Crave: A San Francisco Bakery Gluten Free Cookbook

• <b>Author:</b> Cameo Edwards<p>Over 60 Gluten and Dairy Free Recipes from San Francisco's First Gluten Free Bakery<br>10th Anniversary Cookbook <br>www.cravebakery.com<p>“Cameo’s products are hands-down the best gluten-free baked goods I have ever tasted. It is an absolute pleasure to let you know we really do have …

Forecasters Had Chance To Warn Moore, Okla., Before Tornado

Melissa Block talks to Jon Hamilton about the science of tornadoes.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>Joining us now is NPR science correspondent Jon Hamilton who has done a lot of reporting on tornadoes before. And, Jon, talk a bit about the path of this tornado and the destruction that it's …

Camera Captures What It’s Like to Get Eaten by a Grizzly Bear

When Brad Josephs took his GoPro camera out in beautiful Alaska, he was probably trying to get majestic footage of Grizzly bears for the BBC’s Great …