Science

North Korea's 'stressed' nuclear test mountain on verge of collapse

North Korea’s nuclear tests are not only raising fears around the world, they are causing the peak under which the bombs are being detonated to suffer “tired mountain syndrome.”<p>Analysts are seeing signs that Mount Mantap, the 7,200-foot-high peak under which the tests are conducted, is suffering …

Nuclear

Snake Head Pops Out of Frog's Maw in Mesmerizing Photo

One Last Scream Into The Abysssss from WTF<p>As a hapless snake vanished down the throat of a frog, the last thing it saw was likely a camera's flash, …

Biological Species

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 …

Nature

Badger sneaks into home, naps on cat bed

A badger got a wakeup call from animal rescue workers after he sneaked into a home in Scotland and made himself comfy on a cat bed earlier this week.<p>The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were called to the home in Linlithgow Wednesday.<p>“I got a surprise when I arrived …

Cats

We Finally Know What That "Temporary Moon" Around Earth Is

By<p>Filed Under NASA & Satellites<p>As we all know, Earth has just one best friend — the moon. But in 2016, a strange object seemed to pass close enough …

Space

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 …

Evolution

Scientists Discover a Tiny Monster in Canada's Arctic Ice

No one said that monsters needed to be big or even scary. But when James Dwight Dana first spotted one strange plankton species back in the 19th …

Arctic Ice

Police Hoverbikes Will Soon Fly Over Traffic at 45 MPH

Being airborne would certainly be helpful in law enforcement, allowing police officers to sniff out crime from a convenient vantage point. That’s …

Law Enforcement

The fascinating sex life of Jonathan, the 186-year-old giant tortoise

Straight? Gay? Bisexual? He may be 186 years old, but the years have clearly done little to quell the sexual appetite of Jonathan, the famous giant tortoise who resides on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena.<p>Jonathan, the world’s oldest living land animal, has been in the spotlight this …

Zoology

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

Service dog rides shotgun in an Uber and woman’s photo on Twitter is worth a 5-star rating

Can all Ubers come with dogs from now on, please?<p>A woman’s tweet showing a service dog riding shotgun in the Uber she hailed has turned into a viral …

Uber

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

A new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles has been approved by U.S. regulators.<p>Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second vaccine for shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Merck has sold a shingles …

Business

Ridiculous History: 5 of NASA's Greatest Pranks

On any successful space mission, the crew's morale is at the top of the list of priorities. After all, the final frontier can be one high-stress …

NASA

Backyard Bird Feeders May Be Altering the Course of Evolution

Evolution works very slowly—except when it doesn’t. New research shows that certain British birds appear to be changing quickly as result of bird …

Birds

Do You Care If Your Fish Dinner Was Raised Humanely? Animal Advocates Say You Should

At some point or another, we've all cringed at the videos: lame cows struggling to stand; egg-laying hens squeezed into small, stacked cages; hogs confined to gestation crates, unable to walk or turn.<p>Over the last decade, animal advocates have made great strides informing us of some of the problems …

News (U.S.)

These ants seem to prefer living on tectonic faults

Some species of red wood ants, found in Europe and North America, build 7-foot mounds in the forests. A few years ago, a husband-and-wife team of …

Richard Branson Reveals Virgin Galactic's Latest Launch Plans

Space<p>The company's first astronauts could go into space 'in about four months.'<p>by Patrick Caughill, Futurism /<p>Virgin Spaceship Unity (VSS Unity) glides for the first time after being released from Virgin Mothership Eve (VMS Eve) over the Mojave Desert on Dec. 3, 2016.Virgin Galactic<p><i>In brief:</i> …

Space Travel

How Jellyfish Grow, From Eggs to Polyps to Medusas

Most people are only familiar with full-grown jellyfish—the eery, translucent, bell-like creatures that occasionally wash up on sandy beaches. The …

Biology

The Latest: Spacewalker's jetpack bad; ordered back inside

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a spacewalk by two NASA astronauts (all times local):<p>2:15 p.m.<p>Spacewalking astronauts are back inside the International Space Station after a problem with an emergency jetpack.<p>NASA decided near the end of Friday's spacewalk that Joe Acaba's jetpack was no …

NASA

German Insect Breeder is Obsessed with Photos of Bugs on His Face

Take any bug, no matter how adorable or innocuous, and increase its size enough, and you’re going to end up with something horrifying. That’s true …

Insects

New drone video takes viewers through 2 miles of Seattle tunnel, from Space Needle to stadiums

Months after Bertha the Seattle tunnel machine stopped churning beneath the city, work continues on the SR 99 tunnel that will eventually replace the …

Drones

Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers' use of force, at least in the nation's capital.<p>That's the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces …

News (U.S.)

The Orionid Meteor Shower is Tonight! Here's How And When To Catch It

By<p>Filed Under Space Science<p>Meteor showers are a much-needed break from the monotony of existence, and conveniently, an exceptional one happens to …

Astronomy

Volcanic activity created a cave under the moon's surface

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) discovered a chasm beneath the surface of the moon, measuring 50 km long and 100 meters wide, according …

Aerospace

NASA just discovered that Mars has a tail, and it’s incredibly unusual

Jupiter has a bunch of moons, Saturn has rings, and Earth has life (that’s pretty cool), but what about Mars? Well, as it turns out, the Red Planet …

Planets

The Slowest Animals on the Planet

In the animal kingdom, it can be dangerous to be a slow moving creature. Unlike some of the fastest animals on the planet, slow animals can't rely on …

Biological Species

94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, UN health agency says

GENEVA (AP) — The Africa emergencies chief for the U.N. health agency says an unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives.<p>Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall with the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cases has reached 1,153. He says international agencies have been …

World News

Amazon’s home region unveils 522-page bid for its second headquarters, citing ‘historic partnership’

The region where Amazon established its first headquarters just unveiled a pitch to host its second headquarters, as well.<p>“Amazon was born here, grew …

Amazon

A Hidden Problem Could Be Dramatically Skewing Neuroscience Results

Inherently biased?<p>A few years ago, researchers were finding that psychology research was being affected by something WEIRD – an oversampling from …

Research

Watch the Orionid Meteor Shower Peak This Weekend

The Earth is once again passing through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet, producing the Orionid meteors that peak this weekend. Go outside! …

Astronomy