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  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by cone
    +20 +6

    New discovery: Intact tomb uncovered in Aswan

    The Spanish Archaeological Mission in Qubbet El-Hawa, west Aswan, has discovered an intact structure where the brother of one of the most important governors of the 12th Dynasty, Sarenput II, was buried. Mahmoud Afifi, head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, described the discovery as “important” not only for the richness of the burial chamber, but also in shedding light on individuals close to those in power.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by funhonestdude
    +24 +3

    New population of rare tigers found in eastern Thailand

    A new breeding population of the critically endangered Indochinese tiger has been found in a national park in eastern Thailand, conservationists say. Camera traps discovered a small population with at least six cubs in the jungle. Poaching and the loss of habitat has reduced the global population of the sub-species to under 250. Conservationists said the success was due to the stepping-up of anti-poaching efforts in Thailand.

  • Analysis
    2 days ago
    by Pfennig88
    +21 +4

    Major breakthrough could lead to mass-produced artificial blood

    Researchers have created a method that allows them to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient way. In a news release on Friday, the University of Bristol said that the team, from the university and NHS Blood and Transplant, had developed a "robust and reproducible technique" which enabled them to generate "immortalized erythroid cell lines from adult stem cells."

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by ckshenn
    +14 +8

    Scientists find earliest intact mushroom fossils

    Paleontologists from China, New Zealand and the United States have found four intact mushroom fossils, sources with the Chinese Academy of Sciences said Friday. The four, well preserved in Burmese amber for at least 99 million years, are the earliest complete mushroom fossils ever found. The findings represent four species of mushroom. A stalk and a complete cap containing distinct gills are visible in most of the mushrooms, which are two to three millimeters long.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by rawlings
    +29 +4

    Large Hadron Collider discovers five hidden subatomic particles

    Five new particles have been discovered 'hiding in plain sight' at the Large Hadron Collider. The discovery comes from the collider's LHCb detector, or LHC beauty, which searches for objects such as antimatter. The five new particles are examples of baryons, which means they are made up of three fundamental particles called quarks, and all of them were discovered at once. "The exceptionality of this discovery is that observing five new states all at once is a rather unique event," said CERN's Stefania Pandolfi.

  • Analysis
    4 days ago
    by gottlieb
    +23 +2

    Newly Developed Nanotech 'Super Sponge' Removes Mercury from Water in Less Than 5 Seconds Which Could Make Effective Toxic Cleanup of Lakes Possible in the Future

    The team used nanotechnology to develop a sponge that has outstanding mercury adsorption properties. Mercury contamination can now be removed to below detectable limits from tap and lake water in less than 5 seconds. It takes about 5 minutes to remove the mercury from industrial wastewater. The contamination is converted into a complex that is not toxic and the sponge can be disposed of in a landfill after use. The sponge also kills fungal and bacterial microbes.

  • Current Event
    13 days ago
    by hxxp
    +27 +7

    A Chunk of Earth's Original Crust Has Been Discovered

    Around 4.3 billion years ago, a planetary blob of hot molten rock named Earth cooled just enough to start forming a crust. Billions of years later, humans evolved. And now, two of those humans have discovered that a chunk of that original crust is actually still around on the surface today. A duo of geologists led by Jonathan O'Neil at the University of Ottawa have just announced the discovery of an ancient chunk of Earth's original crust. It was found near the eastern shore of the Hudson Bay in Northwestern Quebec, in Canada.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +11 +4

    Massive oil discovery in Alaska is biggest onshore find in 30 years

    Some 1.2 billion barrels of oil have been discovered in Alaska, marking the biggest onshore discovery in the U.S. in three decades. The massive find of conventional oil on state land could bring relief to budget pains in Alaska brought on by slumping production in the state and the crash in oil prices.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by Pfennig88
    +14 +4

    Astronomers Just Found a Star Orbiting a Black Hole at 1 Percent the Speed of Light

    Astronomers have just spotted a star whizzing around a vast black hole at about 2.5 times the distance between Earth and the Moon, and it takes only half an hour to complete one orbit. To put that into perspective, it takes roughly 28 days for our Moon to do a single lap around our relatively tiny planet at speeds of 3,683 kilometres (2,288 miles) per hour, meaning this star is moving at some mind-boggling, break-neck speeds.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by hiihii
    +32 +8

    Physicists Have Detected a Friction-Like Force in a Perfect Vacuum

    One of the most fundamental tenets of modern physics is that in a perfect vacuum - a place entirely devoid of matter - no friction can possibly exist, because empty space cannot exert a force on objects travelling through it. But despite the conventional wisdom, physicists in the UK discovered that a decaying atom travelling through a complete vacuum would experience a friction-like force, and now they've figured out how this reinforces - rather than breaks - Einstein's theory of general relativity.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +32 +5

    Scientists May Have Reactivated The Gene That Causes Neurons To Stop Growing

    It’s commonly believed that brain cells stop multiplying when our bodies become fully grown. Researchers from the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) theorized that our bodies have a sort of “molecular break”, that signals the neurons to stop growing when adulthood is reached. Reawakening neurons past this “break” could be key to treating diseases that cause damage to the neural network.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by everlost
    +11 +2

    Traces of Earth's original crust found in Canadian Shield

    Researchers have found traces of Earth's crust in the Canadian Shield dating back 4.2 billion years, when our planet was in its infancy. Earth's composition is unlike any other known planet or moon, with rocky crusts forming and moving over the surface. Over time, this has forced older evidence of such crusts — both oceanic and continental — deep below the surface.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +22 +6

    Previously untouched 600BC palace discovered under shrine demolished by Isil in Mosul

    Archaeologists documenting Isil’s destruction of the ruins of the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah say they have made an unexpected discovery which could help in our understanding of the world’s first empire. The Nebi Yunus shrine - containing what Muslims and Christians believe to be the tomb of Jonah, as he was known in the Bible, or Yunus in the Koran - was blown up by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants soon after they seized huge swathes of northern Iraq in 2014.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by rexall
    +16 +4

    Scientists create 'impossible' new form of matter with fourth dimension

    A new kind of matter – dubbed a “time crystal” – has been created by two teams of scientists in a feat once considered theoretically impossible. Normal crystals, anything from diamonds to snowflakes, have atoms arranged in a repeating three-dimensional lattice. However the atoms in time crystals – the existence of which was first suggested in 2012 – repeat a pattern across the fourth dimension, time.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +22 +4

    We might have received a message from aliens, Harvard professor says

    Scientists might have found proof of alien life but misunderstood it, according to a professor at Harvard University. Strange radio waves that have been reaching Earth might actually be leakage from a huge, light-powered ship deep in space. Fast radio bursts (FRB), which have perplexed scientists since they were discovered in 2007, could be evidence of advanced alien technology, according to Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +25 +6

    A giant neuron found wrapped around entire mouse brain

    Like ivy plants that send runners out searching for something to cling to, the brain’s neurons send out shoots that connect with other neurons throughout the organ. A new digital reconstruction method shows three neurons that branch extensively throughout the brain, including one that wraps around its entire outer layer. The finding may help to explain how the brain creates consciousness.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +18 +5

    Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’

    A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories. By Natalie Wolchover.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by manix
    +26 +6

    Kremsner: New malaria vaccine is '100 percent protective'

    Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +5 +3

    Man discovers secret 700-year-old Knights Templar caves under rabbit hole

    A photographer has uncovered a stunning 700-year-old underground complex believed to be linked to the Knights Templar. Beneath unassuming holes in a farmer’s field near Shifnal, in Shropshire, lie untouched caves allegedly used by the medieval order that fought during the Crusades. Photographer Michael Scott, from Birmingham, set out in search of the caves and came back with pictures of the remarkable underground network.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +7 +2

    Student discovers life is 400 million years older than we thought it was

    The world’s oldest fossilised plants have been found in rocks in central India, pushing back the first evolution of complex life on Earth by hundreds of millions of years. It is a finding that suggests the so-called ‘Cambrian Explosion’ of plant and animal life about 600 million years ago may have taken much longer to develop than previously thought. A student in Sweden made the stunning discovery while examining seemingly innocuous fossilised microbes dating from 1.6 billion years ago taken from rocks in Chitrakoot, central India.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by rawlings
    +2 +1

    Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role for the Cerebellum

    One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total volume, but contains more than 50 percent of its neurons. Despite all that processing power, it's been assumed that the cerebellum functions largely outside the realm of conscious awareness, instead coordinating physical activities like standing and breathing. But now neuroscientists have discovered that it plays an important role in the reward response - one of the main drives that motivate and shape human behaviour.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by sasky
    +30 +8

    Fast food packaging contains potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into food

    Many Americans, with the start of the New Year, will resolve to cut back on fast food to avoid an overload of fat and calories. Yet, there is another reason to resist the temptation to indulge in fast food. The greaseproof packaging holding your burger and fries may contain potentially harmful fluorinated chemicals that can leach into food, according to a new peer-reviewed study.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +26 +6

    Scientists find proof of volcanoes on the red planet

    Scientists discovered the evidence of atleast 2 billion years of volcanic activity on Red Planet. On analyzing the Martian Meteorite, which was found in 2012 in Africa, it is confirms that some of the longest-lived volcanoes in the solar system may be found on the Mars. Moreover, it is found that Volcanoes of the Mars are many times bigger in comparison to volcanoes on Earth. Olympus Mons, the largest Martian volcano, is nearly 27.3 kilometers high. Almost triple the height of Earth’s tallest volcano, Mauna Kea, at 10 kilometers.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by 66bnats
    +20 +9

    New Dead Sea Scroll cave found near Qumran, but scrolls are gone

    Over 60 years after the first excavations at Qumran, researchers from Hebrew University said Wednesday that they identified a twelfth cave near Qumran they believe contained Dead Sea Scrolls until it was plundered in the middle of the 20th century. The latest excavation was conducted by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority under the auspices of the IDF’s Civil Administration.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +5

    Hubble Has Found the Ancient Galaxies That Gave the Universe Its First Light

    A new technique that removes the light of foreground galaxy clusters is giving astronomers a direct look at a generation of galaxies dating back to the universe's baby years. The discovery is considered a key piece of evidence for a critical, but poorly understood period of time when the universe switched from being dark to radiating light. Scientists theorize that energy from first-generation galaxies transformed the dark, electrically neutral universe into ionized and radiating plasma. But these faint galaxies are not easy to find.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by grandsalami
    +20 +6

    Scientists find a ht 'super-Earth' – and much, much more

    Astronomers have found 60 new planets near our own – boosting the chances of finding one that could support life. A team of international scientists found a further 54 potential planets, meaning that in all the researchers might have discovered a full 114 planets. And at least some of those might be like Earth, and able to support life, the researchers have said.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +46 +12

    Strange Radio Bursts Seen Coming From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Astronomers have at last pinpointed the home galaxy of an extremely powerful radio blast, offering clues to what caused the enigmatic event. Every day, thousands of enigmatic objects in space produce bursts of radio waves that flash for just a few milliseconds yet are capable of generating as much energy as 500 million suns.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Chubros
    +42 +10

    Explorers find disease-cursed City of the Monkey God and nearly lose their faces to flesh-eating parasite

    Legend has it that the locals fled Honduras’ City of the Monkey God in the 16th century fearing that it had been cursed with disease. Five-hundred years later, a group of explorers excavating the lost city became the latest victims to incur the wrath of the monkey god when they nearly lost their faces to a rare flesh-eating parasite. “The parasite migrates to the mucous membranes of your mouth and your nose and basically eats them away,” Doug Preston, an author who documented the trip, said. “Your nose falls off, your lips fall off, and eventually your face becomes a gigantic, open sore.”

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +20 +6

    Elephant protein destroys human cancer cells, Utah researchers say

    Researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute say a protein discovered in elephants appears to attack and destroy cancer cells found in humans. Dr. Joshua Schiffman and a team of researchers have spent the last few years searching for a cure for cancer in what might seem like an unusual place: elephant blood.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by robmonk
    +24 +5

    Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals

    To most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors. To Norman Yao, these inert crystals are the tip of the iceberg. If crystals have an atomic structure that repeats in space, like the carbon lattice of a diamond, why can't crystals also have a structure that repeats in time? That is, a time crystal?

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +37 +5

    First Cell Culture of Live Adult Human Neurons Shows Potential of Brain Cell Types

    Studying brain disorders in people and developing drugs to treat them has been slowed by the inability to investigate single living cells from adult patients. In a first-of-its-kind study published in Cell Reports this week, a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania led by James Eberwine, PhD, a professor of Pharmacology, Sean Grady, MD, chair of Neurosurgery, and Junhyong Kim, PhD, a professor of Biology in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, was able to grow adult human neurons donated from patients...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by melaniee
    +37 +6

    Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world – a new order

    Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and “E.T.-like” appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific “order” – an incredibly rare event. There are about 1 million described species of insects, and millions more still to be discovered, but every species of insect on Earth has been placed in only 31 existing orders. Now there’s one more.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +23 +6

    'Startling' dinosaur protein discovery

    Ancient proteins dating back 195 million years have been found inside a dinosaur bone. The discovery pushes back the oldest evidence for preserved proteins by 100 million years. Scientists have also found traces of a mineral that probably came from the blood of the early Jurassic dinosaur. Soft tissues provide new insights into the biology of dinosaurs and how they evolved.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by drunkenninja
    +40 +5

    Astronomers discover the first white dwarf pulsar in history, ending half a century of searching

    Professors Tom Marsh and Boris Gänsicke of the University’s Astrophysics Group together with Dr David Buckley from the South African Astronomical Observatory, have made astronomical history — they have identified the first white dwarf pulsar humanity has ever seen, in the neighboring system of AR Scorpii (AR Sco). Astronomers have been on the lookout for this class of pulsar for over half a century now.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +23 +5

    Researcher in Wisconsin first to discover a virus that could be making people fat

    The I-Team found one of the first people to be diagnosed with something a researcher calls "infectobesity." His case helped researchers identify the virus, and the Wisconsin man diagnosed calls it a miracle. Randy Voss grew up on a farm outside Peoria, Illinois. "I remember saying 'boy, I just am so tiny I wish I could gain some weight.'" And then something changed when Randy turned 11. "I was kind of a picky eater before, and after that there was nothing I didn't like."