Second mysterious crater reported from Yamal

1 day ago - The Moscow Times reported this week that reindeer herders in far northern Russia have found a second mysterious giant hole. According to these unconfirmed reports, the second hole is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from a first large and mysterious hole in the Russian permafrost, ... 1

'Hot Jupiter' measurements do not follow models

1 day ago - Dry atmospheres of three exoplanets challenge ideas of how planets form. Scientists searching for worlds outside of the Solar System say that three such planets - distant gas giants that resemble Jupiter - are surprisingly dry. The atmospheres of these exoplanets, known as 'hot ...

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster

1 day ago - Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to explore the Perseus Cluster, a swarm of galaxies approximately 250 million light years from Earth, have observed the spectral line that appears not to come from any known type of matter. The signal they received can not be ... 1

Oldest Medical Report of Near-Death Experience Discovered

1 day ago - Reports of people having "near-death" experiences go back to antiquity, but the oldest medical description of the phenomenon may come from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found. The report was written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a military physician from ...

Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population

1 day ago - A virus that lives in the human gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, it can be found in about half the world's population, according to a new study. While it's not yet clear exactly what the virus does, scientists are eager to find out whether it ...

Our Alien DNA

2 days ago - A paper published last year in Icarus, the prestigious journal of planetary science, asked if it was possible that terrestrial life on Earth had been 'seeded' from beyond the Earth - and if so, does the building block of that life, DNA, contain any sort of message from our alien ...

Edward Snowden announces plans to work on anti-surveillance tech

3 days ago - Edward Snowden says he plans to develop and promote anti-surveillance technology to hamper government spying across the globe. The former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who leaked confidential documents detailing the extensive surveillance activities of the NSA and the ... 2

New species of insect discovered in China with an 8 inch wingspan

3 days ago - * The largest aquatic insect in the world has been found in Chengdu, China * It is of the order Megaloptera and has a wingspan of 8.3 inches (21 cm) * This is larger than the previous record, which stood at 7.5 inches (19 cm) * The giant insect has huge mandibles that it uses during ... 2

Solar storm two years ago narrowly missed Earth

3 days ago - On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth's atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known ascoronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. "If it ...

Breaking News: God appears in the sky over Norfolk, UK

3 days ago - Nobody can argue there's something heavenly about a cluster of clouds on a summer's day. And by the look of this stunning picture, that is certainly the case, if you look closely. Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took this extraordinary photograph which appears to show a God-like ... 4

Scientists cut HIV out of human genome using enzymes

3 days ago - US scientists have physically cut the HIV virus out of infected cells by using enzymes. The method could, in theory, lead to a permanent cure for AIDS, though researchers warn there is still a long way to go. Scientists from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia have ...

George R.R. Martin Responds To A Heartfelt Letter From 13-Year-Old Fan

3 days ago - As many of you know, George R.R. Martin held an online fundraiser last month on behalf of a Wolf Sanctuary. The grand prize in that fundraiser was the opportunity to go on a helicopter ride and look at some wolves. However, if you donated $20,000, you also got to be killed in ...

Darth Vader is polling higher than presidential candidates for 2016

3 days ago - On Tuesday FiveThirtyEight released the results of a poll of Americans' opinions on the "Star Wars" universe. Not surprisingly, Jar Jar Binks is the most reviled character in the series. As Walt Hickey notes, the Gungan from Naboo posted lower favorability numbers than Emperor ... 1

As above, so below? Horseshoe crabs harvested for their blue blood

4 days ago - The thing about the blood that everyone notices first: It's blue, baby blue. The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in ...

Transition phase: NASA's Fermi finds a 'transformer' pulsar

4 days ago - In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, ...

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