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  • Current Event
    8 hours ago
    by Apolatia
    +8 +1

    Mysterious great white shark lair discovered in Pacific Ocean

    A scientific mission into the secret ocean lair of California’s great white sharks has provided tantalizing clues into a vexing mystery — why the fearsome predators spend winter and spring in what has long appeared to be an empty void in the deep sea. A boatload of researchers from five scientific institutions visited the middle-of-nowhere spot between Baja California and Hawaii this past spring on a quest to learn more about what draws the big sharks to what has become known as the White Shark Cafe, almost as if they were pulled by some astrological stimulus.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by cone
    +27 +6

    The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be "Highly Habitable"

    Just a cosmic hop, skip and jump away, an Earth-size planet orbits the closest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri. Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet—known as Proxima Centauri b—in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of sustaining life. Now, using computer models similar to those used to study climate change on Earth, researchers have found that, under a wide range of conditions...

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by belangermira
    +16 +4

    'One of the boys': Beluga whales adopt lost narwhal in St. Lawrence River

    An unusual visitor has been hanging out in the St. Lawrence River for the past three years: A narwhal, more than 1,000 kilometres south of its usual range. But the lone narwhal is not alone — it appears he has been adopted by a band of belugas. The narwhal — thought to be a juvenile male because of its half-metre-long tusk — was filmed in July playing among a pod of young belugas, thought to be mostly or all males.

  • Current Event
    1 day ago
    by hxxp
    +12 +1

    Alien-hunting AI discovers dozens of mysterious fast radio bursts

    Astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen program used AI (artificial intelligence) to find 72 repeating, short, unpredictable radio bursts, from a mysterious source 3 billion light years away.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by capoti
    +15 +4

    Discovered: Optimal magnetic fields for suppressing instabilities in tokamaks

    Fusion, the power that drives the sun and stars, produces massive amounts of energy. Scientists here on Earth seek to replicate this process, which merges light elements in the form of hot, charged plasma composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei, to create a virtually inexhaustible supply of power to generate electricity in what may be called a “star in a jar.”

  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by belangermira
    +2 +1

    Prime Numbers And Crystal-Like Materials Share A Hidden Organization

    As it turns out, prime numbers and crystals have a lot in common. A new analysis from researchers at Princeton University suggests that the patterned distribution of prime numbers in the number line is remarkably similar to patterns found in the atomic structure of certain crystal-like materials. In simple terms, the sequence of primes over long stretches of the number line shows properties remarkably similar to the sequence that arises from shining X-rays on an object to reveal its internal atomic structure.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +3

    Galaxy Punches Through Neighbor to Spawn Giant Ring of Black Holes

    A giant ring of black holes has been discovered 300 million light-years away, offering new clues about what happens when galaxies collide. Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers detected a very bright source of X-rays that is likely fueled by either a ring of stellar-mass black holes or neutron stars — the small, dense corpses left after stellar explosions, — according to a new study.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +12 +1

    NASA has discovered Arctic lakes bubbling with methane—and that's very bad news

    Lakes across Alaska and Siberia have started to bubble with methane, and the release of this highly potent greenhouse gas has scientists worried. Last month NASA released footage showing the bubbling Arctic lakes, which are the result of a little known phenomenon called “abrupt thawing.” It occurs when the permafrost—ground that has been frozen for potentially thousands of years—thaws faster than expected.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by aj0690
    +10 +2

    'World-class' skeleton of herbivorous dinosaur excavated in Hokkaido

    Announcing the completion of time-consuming “cleaning” work, a research team in Hokkaido has unveiled what it claims is the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in Japan. Through the work to remove rocks and sediments in which the fossils were embedded, a total of 157 pieces were identified as bones of a large herbivorous dinosaur from the Hadrosaurid family, according to the team comprising curators of the Hobetsu Museum in Mukawa, Hokkaido, and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, an associate professor at the Hokkaido University Museum.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by Chubros
    +12 +1

    Spectacular ice age wolf pup and caribou dug up in Canada

    The Klondike region of Canada is famous for its gold, but now other remarkable ancient treasures have been unearthed from the melting permafrost. Two mummified ice age mammals – a wolf pup and a caribou calf – were discovered by gold miners in the area in 2016 and unveiled on Thursday at a ceremony in Dawson in Yukon territory.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by 8mm
    +12 +1

    AI just detected 72 radio bursts that could come from aliens

    Searching the skies for extraterrestrial life means spending a lot of time separating signals from noise. Luckily, AI is particularly good at that. In a new study accepted by The Astrophysical Journal, researchers describe how they used data previously collected from fast radio bursts (FRBs), a type of mysterious pulse from billions of light years away, to train a neural network to find dozens more in already-collected data.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +5

    Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn May Be 180 Miles Tall

    The weird hexagon swirling around Saturn's north pole is much taller than scientists had thought, a new study suggests. Researchers have generally regarded the 20,000-mile-wide (32,000 kilometers) hexagon — a jet stream composed of air moving at about 200 mph (320 km/h) — as a lower-atmosphere phenomenon, restricted to the clouds of Saturn's troposphere.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by hxxp
    +19 +5

    It’s the Biggest Oyster Found in New York in 100 Years. And It Has Stories to Tell.

    It has people, and its people call it Big. And doesn’t everyone who is fawned over and photographed like a celebrity have people? Not Mr. Big, as in “Sex and the City,” or Big Daddy or Big Mama, as in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” And not Biggie, like Biggie Smalls, the Notorious B.I.G. Just Big.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by geoleo
    +10 +3

    Saturn's Famous Hexagon May Tower Above the Clouds

    A new long-term study using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed a surprising feature emerging at Saturn's northern pole as it nears summertime: a warming, high-altitude vortex with a hexagonal shape, akin to the famous hexagon seen deeper down in Saturn's clouds. The finding, published Sept. 3 in Nature Communications, is intriguing, because it suggests that the lower-altitude hexagon may influence what happens above, and that it could be a towering structure hundreds of miles in height.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ubthejudge
    +16 +5

    NASA has discovered a water world in our solar system capable of sustaining life

    NASA’s Cassini mission and Hubble Space Telescope provided information that suggest a form of chemical energy, that life can feed on, appears to exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by wildcard
    +11 +2

    Glowing Rocks Dubbed 'Yooperlites' Discovered In Michigan

    "These things are a blast to find," Superior Township resident Erik Rintamaki told WWJNewsradio.com. He offers guided walking tours to search for the special rocks, which glow when exposed to UV light due to the presence of the fluorescent mineral Sodalite. "I've been a rock picker all my life. I got it from my dad, who got it from his dad," said the 43-year-old, who has a side business as an agate dealer.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by hxxp
    +30 +8

    DNA shows cave girl was half Neanderthal

    Once upon a time, two early humans of different ancestry met at a cave in Russia. Some 50,000 years later, scientists have confirmed that they had a daughter together. DNA extracted from bone fragments found in the cave show the girl was the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by darvinhg
    +21 +3

    Oldest surviving Maya book declared authentic

    Fifty-four years after it was sold by looters, an ancient Maya pictographic text was judged authentic by scholars Thursday. Mexico's National Institute of History and Anthropology said the calendar-style text was made between 1021 and 1154 A.D. and is the oldest known pre-Hispanic document. The 10 surviving pages of the tree-bark folding "book" will now be known as the Mexico Maya Codex. It had been known as the Grolier Codex.

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

    A galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away appears filled with dark matter

    A distant galaxy appears filled with dark matter. The outermost stars in the Cosmic Seagull, a galaxy 11.3 billion light-years away, race too fast to be propelled by the gravity of the galaxy’s gas and stars alone. Instead, they move as if urged on by an invisible force, indicating the hidden presence of dark matter, astrophysicist Verónica Motta of the University of Valparaíso in Chile and her colleagues report August 8 at arXiv.org.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +6

    Evidence in the bones reveals rickets in Roman times

    Rickets is mostly seen as a 19th-century disease, but research has revealed that the Romans also had a big problem with getting enough vitamin D. Researchers from Historic England and McMaster University in Canada examined 2,787 skeletons from 18 cemeteries across the Roman empire and discovered that rickets was a widespread phenomenon 2,000 years ago.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +39 +5

    Ice Confirmed at the Moon's Poles

    In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon's surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole's ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +15 +6

    Long-Sought Hearing Channel Protein Found

    Scientists have been looking for years for the proteins that convert the mechanical movement of inner ears’ hair cells into an electrical signal that the brain interprets as sound. In a study published today (August 22) in Neuron, researchers have confirmed that transmembrane channel-like protein 1 (TMC1) contributes to the pore of the so-called mechanotransduction channel in the cells’ membrane.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +3

    Scientists discover hidden deep-sea coral reef off South Carolina Coast

    If you think Charleston, South Carolina, has plenty of history within its pre-Colonial grounds, just look at what’s been hiding 160 miles off the city’s coast for thousands of years: a giant deep-sea coral reef system. The chief scientist who helped make the discovery called it unbelievable.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +18 +3

    CRISPR halts Duchenne muscular dystrophy progression in dogs

    Scientists for the first time have used CRISPR gene editing to halt the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in a large mammal, according to a study by UT Southwestern that provides a strong indication that a lifesaving treatment may be in the pipeline. The research published in Science documents unprecedented improvement in the muscle fibers of dogs with DMD – the most common fatal genetic disease in children, caused by a mutation that inhibits the production of dystrophin, a protein critical for muscle function.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by hxxp
    +3 +1

    Huge cache of pristine 5th-century gold coins is found under theatre

    A stash of fifth-century gold coins worth millions has been found buried in a pot under an Italian theatre. Builders demolishing the former Cressoni theatre in Como were stunned to discover the cache last Wednesday. The Roman coins will be examined and dated before ending up in a museum, officials said.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by funhonestdude
    +17 +4

    Scientists create mineral that can remove CO2 pollution from the atmosphere

    Though still in preliminary stages, scientists welcome 'big step forward' in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas levels and curtail climate change.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +4

    U.K. heatwave reveals ancient buried ruins

    Weeks of dry, hot weather have exposed the outlines of several archeological sites across the U.K., dating back thousands of years. Drier soil conditions have allowed archeologists to capture aerial photographs of previously hidden features from ancient times, to reveal farms, burial monuments, ditches, walls and vegetation patterns, or cropmarks. The patterns of these structures can be seen from the air as the vegetation dies back in dry conditions.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +11 +3

    700,000-Year-Old Stone Tools Point to Mysterious Human Relative

    Stone tools found in the Philippines predate the arrival of modern humans to the islands by roughly 600,000 years—but researchers aren’t sure who made them. The eye-popping artifacts, unveiled on Wednesday in Nature, were abandoned on a river floodplain on the island of Luzon beside the butchered carcass of a rhinoceros. The ancient toolmakers were clearly angling for a meal. Two of the rhino's limb bones are smashed in, as if someone was trying to harvest and eat the marrow inside. Cut marks left behind by stone blades crisscross the rhino's ribs and ankle, a clear sign that someone used tools to strip the carcass of meat.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +28 +6

    David Bowie's first demo track discovered in old bread basket

    Long before Aladdin Sane or Ziggy Stardust, a skinny 16-year-old with ambitions to be a saxophonist agreed to do lead vocals on a demo track, in a small studio in south London. Now the only known recording of the resulting session, with David Bowie singing I Never Dreamed with his first band, The Konrads, has resurfaced in an old bread basket, and is expected to fetch £10,000 at auction.

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

    New Lung Cell Type Discovered

    In separate studies published online in Nature on Aug. 1, two independent research teams report the discovery of a new, rare type of cell in the human airway. These cells appear to be the primary source of activity of the CFTR gene, mutations to which cause cystic fibrosis, a multiorgan disease that affects more than 70,000 people worldwide.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Pfennig88
    +14 +3

    Astronomers report the most distant radio galaxy ever discovered

    After nearly 20 years, the record of the most distant radio galaxy ever discovered has been broken. A team led by Ph.D. student Aayush Saxena (Leiden Observatory, the Netherlands) has found a radio galaxy from a time when the universe was only 7 percent of its current age, at a distance of 12 billion light-years.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +8 +3

    Hottest of 'ultra-hot' planets is so hot its air contains vaporised metal

    New observations of the hottest known planet have revealed temperatures similar to those typically seen at the surface of a star, as well as an atmosphere of vaporised iron and titanium. The findings add to the diverse and, in some cases, extreme conditions seen on planets far beyond our own solar system. Kevin Heng, a professor at the University of Bern, and co-author of the latest work, said: “The temperatures are so insane that even though it is a planet it has the atmosphere of a star.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +19 +3

    Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'

    Sequencing the wheat genome – once considered by scientists to be an insurmountable task – has been achieved through a worldwide collaboration of researchers spanning 13 years. On Friday the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the genome of bread wheat in the journal Science.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TheSpirit
    +12 +2

    'Oldest solid cheese ever found’ discovered in Egyptian jar

    For thousands of years beneath Egypt’s desert sands a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it’s “probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found.” Archaeologists came across the finding while cleaning the sands around a 19th-dynasty tomb at the vast Saqqara necropolis of the ancient city of Memphis. The tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of ancient Memphis, was initially discovered in 1885 but had been swallowed by shifting sands until its rediscovery in 2010.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +17 +2

    Kangaroo Believed Extinct For 90 Years Caught On Camera By British Tourist

    “It was hiding there, peeking down at us." By Sara C. Nelson.