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An underwater volcano has made a mysterious new island in the South Pacific — and NASA satellites captured the amazing process

Hawaii isn't the only series of islands formed from underwater volcanic eruptions. In 2014, a massive eruption formed the new island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai. But there's something about this island that has scientists stumped. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Watch a brand new island …

After years of trying, Pearl Harbor survivors persuade officials to award a medal to the man who saved their lives

The ship was burning and Donald Stratton and Lauren Bruner thought they were going to die.<p>Bruner already had been wounded aboard the USS Arizona, taking bullets to a leg. He was bleeding badly. Stratton was burned on his back, face and leg. Part of his ear was missing. Japanese Zeros buzzed above …

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime. By Susana Ferreira<p>When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, …

These Amazing Photos Show Little-Known Facts of World War II

<i>Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons</i>At one point or another, we all learned about World War II.But it's an event that's so detailed and widely spread …

The Genetics of Skin Colour Are a Lot More Complicated Than Anyone Expected

Caucasian skin is only a tiny part of the story.<p>New research suggests the genetic coding behind skin pigmentation is more complicated than previously …

Genetics

'Would you be willing?': words to turn a conversation around (and those to avoid)

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it – isn’t it? According to language analysts, we may have this wrong. ‘‘We are pushed and pulled around by language far more than we realise,” says Elizabeth Stokoe, professor of social interaction at Loughborough University. Stokoe and her colleagues have …

B2B

NASA Just Communicated With Our Only Spacecraft Outside The Solar System

Voyager 1 heard us from over 20 billion kilometres away.<p>In the cold darkness of interstellar space, way past the Kuiper belt, Voyager 1 is continuing …

Space

Japan's Emperor Akihito to abdicate on April 30, 2019

World<p>Japan’s Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his nearly three decades on the throne seeking to soothe the wounds of World War Two, will step down on April 30, 2019, the government announced Friday.<p>His abdication will be the first such departure from the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 …

Massive mile-wide asteroid will pass Earth in just a few weeks, but its next visit will be much closer

A colossal three-mile-wide space rock named after a Greek god who almost destroyed the Earth is going to cruise past our planet on December 16th, but …

Asteroids

You've been blowing your nose all wrong — here's how you should do it

It's that time of year where everyone in the office is calling in sick. Those nasty sniffles are just part of the hassle, but you could be making it a lot worse for yourself if you're not blowing your nose properly. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Blowing your nose could make it more stuffed.<p>…

Why Ancient China’s Original Wall Street is a Must-see Destination

The town Pingyao is China’s best preserved walled town and a must-see for all the right reasons: Throughout the centuries it has morphed into a …

This Nightmare Shark With a Snake Head And 300 Teeth Is Absolutely Horrifying

Found off the coast of Portugal.<p>Maybe it's time we <i>Homo sapiens</i> reevaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.<p>It has been a good few …

Fish

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

Warm Water Has Existed on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus for Potentially Billions of Years

If you were to fly over Enceladus’ southernmost regions, you’d witness a remarkable sight. With surprising frequency, this ice-covered moon spurts a …

A handful of clinics is embracing a 'party drug' that could be a rapid-fire depression treatment — we got a look inside

After a 45-minute infusion of ketamine, clients at a clinic in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood are not partying.<p>Instead, they're in a state of quiet contemplation — reclining on cushioned chairs, listening to music, or occasionally striking a tranquil yoga pose.<p>These clients are patients at …

This Prehistoric "Masterpiece" Could Rewrite The History of Ancient Greek Art

It was hidden under millennia of dirt.<p>It didn't look like much at first. A small piece of stone, just 3.6 centimetres (1.4 inches) in length, …

Archaeology

'Big void' identified in Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza

<b>The mysteries of the pyramids have deepened with the discovery of what appears to be a giant void within the Khufu, or Cheops, monument in Egypt.</b><p>It is not known why the cavity exists or indeed if it holds anything of value because it is not obviously accessible.<p>Japanese and French scientists made …

The Very First American Settlers Arrived Much Earlier Than We Thought

"A dramatic intellectual turnabout."<p>The first American settlers may have arrived across a coastal "kelp highway" from northeast Asia, and arrived …

Does the size of the universe prove God doesn't exist?

Scientists now know that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies. It's a mind-scrunchingly big place, very different to the conception …

Durham University

Dogs Help Prevent Childhood Diseases, Study Finds

Ask not if you should get a dog. Ask if your baby should be itchy.<p>Having a dog before a baby doesn’t just teach prospective parents how to pick up …

Johns Hopkins University

The Closest Star to Our Own Solar System Just Got a Lot More Interesting

There could be many more planets over there!<p>Astronomers have announced they've discovered a ring of cold cosmic dust surrounding the closest star to …

New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Great Ape on Earth

Weird & Wild<p>A population of about 800 apes living in the Sumatran mountains are genetically distinct, a new study says.<p>On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli.<p>"He had cuts on his face, on …

Orangutans

Italy's 6 most romantic lake towns | CNN Travel

Mysterious object from deep space has entered the solar system

Are more planets hiding in our solar system?<p>It was first seen just a month ago. A tiny blip of light was seen to be moving through the sky by the PanSTARRS1 telescope in Hawaii.<p>The number-crunching which followed was automatic. The results were unusual.<p>This object is in an odd position. It’s moving …

Astronomy

Science says there’s a very, very good reason why you’re afraid of spiders

If just the sight of a spider or snake is enough to send a shiver up your spine you already know you’re not alone, but did you ever stop to think …

Futuristic solar home hidden inside 18th-century stone ruins

The stone ruins of an 18th-century Scottish farmhouse have been brought back to life as the envelope for a surprisingly modern solar-powered home. …

Minimalism

Shocking discovery of ancient teeth could rewrite human history

There’s still many questions to be answered regarding the origins of mankind, but researchers have a pretty good outline of how it all went down — or …

Natural History Museum

50 Classic Books to Read When It's Too Cold to Go Outside

There’s something about cold weather that makes retreating to a cozy nook in your home with a good book and a cup of tea so appealing. While there …

Mary Shelley

6 of The Biggest Misconceptions About Happiness, According to Science

And real things you can do about it.<p>Some people see happiness as the feeling in a small moment - a chat between old friends, a warm meal. Some see it …

Happiness