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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +10 +2

    Alberta sun temple has 5,000-year-old calendar

    An academic maverick is challenging conventional wisdom on Canada's prehistory by claiming an archeological site in southern Alberta is really a vast, open-air sun temple with a precise 5,000-year-old calendar predating England's Stonehenge and Egypt's pyramids.

  • Analysis
    4 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
    4 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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.

  • Analysis
    3 months 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
    3 months 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."

  • Current Event
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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.

  • Current Event
    3 months 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.

  • Analysis
    3 months 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
    2 months 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
    2 months 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.

  • Analysis
    2 months 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 months 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 months 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
    2 months 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.

  • Current Event
    2 months 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 months 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.

  • Current Event
    2 months 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.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by yuriburi
    +15 +3

    Mysterious ‘alien’ radio signals are definitely coming from space, not Earth

    Mysterious ‘fast radio bursts’ which some scientists have said could be evidence of alien intelligence are definitely coming from space – not Earth. Scientists from Swinburne University of Technology pinned down the location of three of the mysterious bursts using the Molonglo telescope. ‘Perhaps the most bizarre explanation for the FRBs is that they were alien transmissions,’ said Professor Matthew Bailes from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +28 +2

    Mummies discovered in ancient tomb near Egypt's Luxor

    Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor hailed as an "important discovery". Antiquities officials had initially said six mummies along with partial remains were discovered near the southern city, but said they had later identified two more mummies.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ekyris
    +76 +14

    Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves, Proving Einstein Right

    A team of physicists announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prophecy of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +49 +17

    People With Schizophrenia Really Do Hear Voices—Their Own

    My first encounter with a schizophrenic patient was as a medical student in my third week of a neurology rotation. The attending neurologist and I were called to consult on a psychiatric inpatient who had just had a seizure. “Have you taken psychiatry yet?” the doctor asked. I hadn’t. The neurologist insisted that it would be a valuable educational experience for me to see the patient on my own, listen to his story and medical history, and report back. So I headed...

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +33 +10

    400,000-year-old fossils from Spain provide earliest genetic evidence of Neandertals

    Previous analyses of the hominins from Sima de los Huesos in 2013 showed that their maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA was distantly related to Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neandertals in Asia. This was unexpected since their skeletal remains carry Neandertal-derived features. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have since worked on sequencing nuclear DNA from fossils from the cave, a challenging...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by rawlings
    +22 +9

    Tarantula Nebula: Hubble spots nine 'monster' stars with masses 100 times that of the Sun

    The Hubble Space Telescope has identified nine monster stars in outer space, all with a mass of over 100 times that of the Sun. The stars are part of the cluster R136, and have become the largest group of massive stars ever found. The star cluster is located 170,000 light years from Earth, and the findings will help astronomers learn about the origin of giant stars. The report was published in the Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +37 +11

    Sumatran rhino sighted in Indonesian Borneo for first time in 40 years

    Conservationists have made the first physical contact in over four decades with a Sumatran rhino in Indonesian Borneo. The smallest of the three Asian rhino species, hairy rhino numbers have plummeted to fewer than 100 on Earth due to hunting and habitat loss, with the last wild populations in Kalimantan, Borneo, and the island of Sumatra. Experts said the capture of a female rhino on 12 March was “outstanding” and “unprecedented”, and marked the first live sighting...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +38 +9

    After 95 years, a Navy ship lost at sea with all hands is finally discovered

    The USS Conestoga left the Navy yard at Mare Island, Calif., on Good Friday, 1921, bound for Pearl Harbor, with a complement of 56 sailors. It cleared the Golden Gate at 3:25 p.m. and steamed into the Gulf of the Farallones in heavy seas. The Conestoga was a rugged oceangoing tug that had once hauled coal barges for a Pennsylvania railroad. But 17 years after its launch in Baltimore, it had undergone hard use and had a reputation as a “wet boat,” one that took on water easily.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by jcscher
    +33 +12

    Synthetic Bug Given 'Fewest Genes'

    Scientists take another step in their quest to understand the bare genetic essentials of life, producing a laboratory bacterium that has only 473 genes - fewer than any independent bug in nature.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by everlost
    +26 +9

    Modern Peanut's Wild Cousin, Thought Extinct, Found in Andes

    Peanuts are part of cuisines worldwide. Whether as an oil or butter, a snack or an ingredient in savory and sweet dishes, it is easy to find this legume—most often thought of as a nut—in many dishes. But where does it come from? Its origin seems to be in South America, specifically Bolivia, according to new studies. The modern peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is the result of the hybridization of two older types of Andean peanut.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by TNY
    +36 +9

    Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of colorectal cancer

    A new U.S. study has found more evidence for the health-giving properties of coffee, finding that more than 2.5 cups of coffee a day can significantly decrease your risk of colorectal cancer. To carry out their study, researchers at the University of Southern California looked at a group of 5,145 participants with colorectal cancer, and a further 4,097 participants without colorectal cancer as a control group. Those that had colorectal cancer had all been diagnosed within the last 6 months.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by gladsdotter
    +30 +10

    Study Shows Leaf Fertilizers to Be Toxic to Stingless Bees

    There’s been a lot of focus and scientific study on the population reductions of honey bees and other pollinators. Now researchers may have found another possible cause: fertilizer. A new study from the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil is likely the first to find that copper sulfate, when used as a leaf fertilizer, is lethal to the native Brazilian bee known as Friesella schrottkyi. By Andrew Porterfield