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  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by geoleo
    +24 +6

    Scientists stunned by huge light discovery

    Scientists have just found a way to create a new form of light that could totally change the future of computing and communications. Researchers in a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were able to link photons and create an entirley new light form that could be used to build light crystals with tremendous scientific applications.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by zyery
    +14 +4

    System of seven Earth-like planets could support life

    The TRAPPIST-1 planetary system is now at the center of the search for life outside our solar system. Seven Earth-sized terrestrial planets have been discovered orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star. They’re the most promising target yet in the search for life outside our solar system. 40 light years away, the planets are—like Earth—terrestrial rocky worlds that could support life under the right atmospheric conditions.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by tukka
    +31 +7

    MIT Just Created Living Plants That Glow Like A Lamp, And Could Grow Glowing Trees To Replace Streetlights

    Roads of the future could be lit by glowing trees instead of streetlamps, thanks to a breakthrough in creating bioluminescent plants. Experts injected specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, which caused it to give off a dim light for nearly four hours. This could solve lots of problems. The chemical involved, which produced enough light to read a book by, is the same as is used by fireflies to create their characteristic shine. To create their glowing plants, engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) turned to...

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +24 +4

    New shark species discovered in the Atlantic Ocean had ancestors older than dinosaurs

    Scientists have discovered a new species of shark which makes its home in the Atlantic Ocean. This particular family of the deep-sea predators was so elusive that it took scientists decades to identify that a new species exists in the Atlantic Ocean. The species belongs to the sixgill sharks family and has been named the Atlantic sixgill shark. Unlike the sixgill sharks residing in the Indian and Pacific oceans, who share similarities with each other, the Atlantic sixgill sharks are different, although the differences are not easy to spot for the naked eye.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by jedlicka
    +18 +6

    New Species of Tardigrade Discovered in Japanese Parking Lot

    Say hello to Macrobiotus shonaicus, a completely new species of tardigrade—those incredibly resilient microscopic wee beasties that likely have what it takes to survive the apocalypse.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by Nelson
    +19 +5

    Scientists find a previously unknown mega-colony of penguins on Antarctic islands

    More than 1.5 million Adelie penguins were unexpectedly found on the Danger Islands.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +20 +6

    Human skin bacteria have cancer-fighting powers

    The microbes make a compound that disrupts DNA formation in tumor cells. Certain skin-dwelling microbes may be anticancer superheroes, reining in uncontrolled cell growth. This surprise discovery could one day lead to drugs that treat or maybe even prevent skin cancer.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by aj0690
    +14 +4

    Stem cells shed light on potential anti-Alzheimer’s compound

    Toxic deposits of the proteins amyloid beta and tau in the brain have been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, but the understanding of exactly how these proteins interact to cause dementia is still largely a mystery. Scientists at the University of Washington are using stem cells from Alzheimer’s patients to study the two proteins—and they’ve hit upon a compound that seems to lessen the buildup of them in brain cells.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by doodlegirl
    +16 +4

    Donor star breathes life into zombie companion

    ESA's Integral space observatory has witnessed a rare event: the moment that winds emitted by a swollen red giant star revived its slow-spinning companion, the core of a dead star, bringing it back to life in a flash of X-rays. The X-ray flare was first detected by Integral on 13 August 2017 from an unknown source in the direction of the crowded centre of our Milky Way. The sudden detection triggered a slew of follow-up observations in the following weeks to pin down the culprit.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +25 +5

    Surprise graphene discovery could unlock secrets of superconductivity

    Physicists make misaligned sheets of the carbon material conduct electricity without resistance.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by wildcard
    +15 +4

    World's oldest message in a bottle found by beachwalker in Australia

    The world’s oldest message in a bottle has been found on a beach in Western Australia by a couple who thought it might “look good on a bookshelf”. Tonya Illman found the 132-year-old gin bottle in the dunes near Wedge Island in January. Her husband, Kym Illman, told Guardian Australia she initially thought it was rubbish but picked it up because it had distinct, raised lettering and would be at home on their bookshelf.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by baron778
    +37 +7

    132 year old message in a bottle found on Australian beach

      The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard in the Indian Ocean, 950km from the coast. Until now, the previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, four months and 18 days between jettison and discovery.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by everlost
    +22 +3

    Rare mineral discovered in plants for first time

    A rare mineral with potential industrial and medical applications has been discovered on alpine plants at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Scientists at Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University have found that the mineral vaterite, a form (polymorph) of calcium carbonate, is a dominant component of the protective silvery-white crust that forms on the leaves of a number of alpine plants, which are part of the Garden’s national collection of European Saxifraga species.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +16 +4

    Hubble Just Found a "Relic Galaxy" and It's Absolutely Stunning

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered a strange kind of galaxy surprisingly close to home. A new study published Monday in Nature reports that Hubble scientists have found a “relic galaxy” called NGC 1277 about 240 million light-years away near the Perseus cluster. The galaxy is only a quarter the size of the Milky Way, but in its early days, scientists think NGC 1277 could crank out stars about 1,000 times faster than our own galaxy.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by hxxp
    +25 +4

    NASA Saw Something Come Out Of A Black Hole For The First Time Ever

    You don’t have to know a whole lot about science to know that black holes normally suck things in, not spew things out. But NASA detected something mighty bizarre at the supermassive black hole Markarian 335. Two of NASA’s space telescopes, including the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), amazingly observed a black hole’s corona “launched” away from the supermassive black hole.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by hiihii
    +17 +7

    A star has been seen exploding faster than any other on record

    The quickest supernova we’ve ever seen went from invisible to extraordinarily bright in only 2.2 days. It is the first of these speedy stellar explosions that’s been observed thoroughly enough to help us figure out exactly how they work. Supernovae are massive explosions that happen when a star burns out. They usually take weeks or months after the death of the star to reach maximum brightness, and even longer to fade away.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +10

    A Deserted, Pristine Stretch of the Amazon was Home to a Million Humans

    At twice the size of India, the Amazon is massive. But although it constitutes the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest and hosts 10 percent of the world’s biodiversity and over 30 million humans, 95 percent of it remains unexplored. The terre firme is uncharted, and, according to a new paper, it hides many archaeological secrets.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by baron778
    +17 +6

    Humans walked on a Pacific coast Canadian beach 13,000 years ago

    In 2014, archaeologists digging in the sands of Calvert Island, British Columbia, made an unexpected discovery: a single footprint pressed into the clay below the surface. Subsequent excavations turned up 28 more footprints, the oldest in North America.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by takai
    +15 +8

    Satellite Images Reveal 81 Pre-Hispanic Settlements in the Amazon

    The discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests settlements in the Amazon were far more wide-ranging than scholars once thought

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +15 +7

    A four-eyed lizard walked the earth 49 million years ago

    If you lived in what is now Wyoming 49 million years ago, you could have spotted a four-eyed lizard—the one and only known example of such a creature among jawed vertebrates. The species, an extinct monitor lizard called Saniwa ensidens (above), had two standard eyes and also sported so-called pineal and parapineal “eyes” on the top of its head (shown as white dots in the reconstructed image below).

  • Image
    5 months ago
    by jcscher
    +27 +4

    Sauropod Footprint

    A sauropod footprint discovered at Brothers' Point on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

  • Analysis
    5 months ago
    by cone
    +14 +4

    Prehistoric reptile pregnant with octuplets

    Palaeontologists have discovered part of the skeleton of a 180 million-year-old pregnant ichthyosaur with the remains of between six and eight tiny embryos between its ribs.The new specimen was studied by palaeontologists Mike Boyd and Dean Lomax from The University of Manchester. It was collected around 2010 from near Whitby, North Yorkshire and is from the Early Jurassic. The fossil was in the collection of fossil collector, Martin Rigby, who thought the specimen might be a block of embryos. Dean confirmed the suspicion and the specimen was acquired by the Yorkshire Museum, York. https://goo.gl/1A6kmf

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by wildcard
    +18 +3

    1,500-Year-Old Onion Discovered in Sweden

    According to a report in The Local, a burned lump recovered near a fireplace at Sandby Borg on the island of Öland is a 1,500-year-old onion. However, archaeologist Helena Victor explained that onions were not grown in Scandinavia at the time. She thinks the vegetable may have been imported from the Roman Empire as an exotic vegetable. “An onion doesn’t sound very interesting,” Victor said, but she notes that the next-oldest onion to have been found in Scandinavia dated to A.D. 650.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by zyery
    +30 +5

    Diamonds in Sudan meteorite 'are remnants of lost planet'

    Diamonds found in a meteorite that exploded over the Nubian desert in Sudan a decade ago were formed deep inside a “lost planet” that once circled the sun in the early solar system, scientists say. Microscopic analyses of the meteorite’s tiny diamonds revealed they contain compounds that are produced under intense pressure, suggesting the diamonds formed far beneath the surface of a planet.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by rexall
    +12 +4

    Boy unearths lost treasure of 10th century Danish king

    A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have helped to uncover a unique stash of lost treasure thought to be associated with the legendary Danish King "Harry Bluetooth," who brought Christianity to Denmark in the 10th century.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +9 +2

    Incredible New Gif Shows Cosmic 'Snow' on the Surface of a Comet

    What you’re looking at is the surface of the comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is orbited by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe. The photo comes from Rosetta’s OSIRIS, or Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System. The raw data was collected on June 1, 2016, and posted publicly on March 22 of this year.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by hxxp
    +14 +2

    Swedish archaeologists uncover brutal 5th century massacre

    Archaeologists in Sweden have uncovered startling evidence of a massacre more than 1500 years ago, when the inhabitants of a small village were struck down in their houses or as they fled along the street, and their bodies left to rot where they fell – with their treasures including beautiful jewellery and Roman gold coins. At Sandby Borg on the shore of Öland island, off the south-east coast of Sweden, there was no escape.

  • Analysis
    4 months ago
    by tukka
    +11 +2

    Giant sloth vs. ancient man: fossil footprints track prehistoric hunt

    Scientists have uncovered evidence of ancient humans engaged in a deadly face-off with a giant sloth, showing for the first time how our ancestors might have tackled such a formidable prey. Standing over 2 meters tall, with forelegs tipped with claws, giant sloths lived until around 11,000 years ago. Most scientists believe over-hunting by humans eventually led to their extinction.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by jerrycan
    +6 +2

    89 graves found at Texas construction site

    Archaeologists are working to identify the remains found in 89 graves at a construction site. Historians believe the bones could date back to the 1800s. "I think anytime you find an unmarked area of grave sites, it's kind of like a mystery that's kind of fun in a way, and, I guess, in a morbid sense," said Larry Willman, who works nearby. Father Time and Mother Nature may be the only ones in Fort Bend County who truly know how the cemetery vanished from recorded history.

  • Analysis
    4 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +18 +3

    What we can learn from the new detailed map of 1.3 billion stars

    Most of us have looked up at the night sky and wondered how far away the stars are or in what direction they are moving. The truth is, scientists don’t know the exact positions or velocities of the vast majority of the stars in the Milky Way. But now a new tranche of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite, aiming to map stars in our galaxy in unprecedented detail, has come in to shed light on the issue.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by Chubros
    +12 +5

    Largest child sacrifice in history discovered in Peru

    More than 140 children were unearthed on the northern coast of Peru, in what may be the largest child sacrifice in history.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by junglman
    +12 +3

    475-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Fossil Found Intact By 11-Year-Old In Tennessee

    In a surprise discovery, an 11-year-old girl has discovered the fossil of a rare creature, one that proliferated and scoured the oceans hundreds of million years ago. Ryleigh Taylor was strolling along the shoreline of a lake in East Tennessee when she saw something strange lying on a rock. The structure appeared like a fossil, but she had no idea what it really was. So, she picked up the intriguing structure and returned home.

  • Analysis
    4 months ago
    by cone
    +14 +4

    Earth’s Orbital Changes Have Influenced Climate, Life Forms For at Least 215 Million Years

    Every 405,000 years, gravitational tugs from Jupiter and Venus slightly elongate Earth’s orbit, an amazingly consistent pattern that has influenced our planet’s climate for at least 215 million years and allows scientists to more precisely date geological events like the spread of dinosaurs, according to a Rutgers-led study.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by doodlegirl
    +14 +2

    Hubble captures first image of surviving companion to a supernova

    Though the Hubble Space Telescope celebrated its 28th year in space earlier this week, the orbiting observatory is apparently far from finished. According to a new study published March 28 in the Astrophysical Journal, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have taken the first-ever photograph of a surviving companion to a supernova.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by everlost
    +20 +4

    Remains of ancient horse discovered at Pompeii

    For the first time ever, archaeologists have been able to cast the complete figure of a horse that perished in the volcanic eruption at Pompeii. The "extraordinary" discovery was made outside the city walls, in Civita Giuliana to the north of Pompeii proper, the site's directors announced this week. Excavation in the area revealed what archaeologists identified as a stable, complete with the remains of a trough.