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  • Newfound Alien Planet Is Best Place Yet to Search for Life

    April 19, 2017 5:04 PM 1

    A newly discovered planet around a distant star may jump to the top of the list of places where scientists should go looking for alien life. The alien world known as LHS 1140b is rocky, like Earth. It is only 40 light-years away from our solar system (essentially, down-the-street in cosmic terms), and sits in the so-called habitable zone of its parent

  • Commercial cargo ship launched to space station

    April 18, 2017 4:05 PM 4

    A workhorse Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Tuesday and boosted an Orbital ATK cargo ship into space carrying more than 7,600 pounds of supplies, equipment and research hardware bound for the International Space Station. Running a month late because of hydraulic problems and scheduling conflicts, the booster’s Russian-built RD-180 main engine

  • Climate change reverses flow of a Yukon river in geological instant

    April 18, 2017 2:59 AM 4

    In the blink of a geological eye, climate change has helped reverse the flow of water melting from a glacier in Canada’s Yukon, a hijacking that scientists call “river piracy.” This engaging term refers to one river capturing and diverting the flow of another. It occurred last spring at the Kaskawulsh Glacier, one of Canada’s largest, with a suddenness

  • Live, long and black giant shipworm found in Philippines

    April 17, 2017 7:00 PM 2

    Scientists have found live specimens of the rare giant shipworm for the first time in the Philippines. Details of the creature, which can reach up to 1.55m (5ft) in length and 6cm (2.3in) in diameter, were published in a US science journal. The giant shipworm spends its life encased in a hard shell, submerged head-down in mud, which it feeds on. Though

  • The Great Barrier Reef is literally in hot water

    April 15, 2017 9:01 PM 3

    David Doubilet began taking underwater photographs at the age of 12 and is a contributing photographer for National Geographic . He has won many awards and has produced several books, including "The Kingdom of Coral: Australia's Great Barrier Reef." He is a member of the Academy of Achievement, International Diving Hall of Fame, Honorary Fellow of the Royal

  • Saturn moon has necessary conditions to harbor life: NASA

    April 14, 2017 9:55 AM 6

    WASHINGTON: An ice-encrusted moon orbiting Saturn appears to have the conditions necessary for life, NASA announced Thursday, unveiling new findings made by its unmanned Cassini spacecraft. Cassini has detected hydrogen molecules in vapor plumes emanating from cracks in the surface of Enceladus, a small ocean moon coated in a thick layer of ice, the US space

  • The oldest known relative of dinosaurs was a total freak, experts say

    April 12, 2017 5:03 PM 32

    The 245-million-year-old fossils were some of the strangest ones Sterling Nesbitt had ever seen. Their bodies looked like crocodiles — stout and muscular, with four sturdy legs. But their necks and tails were unusually long, and the bones bore certain markings only found in dinosaurs. The fossils definitely didn't belong to any creature known to science

  • Knot kidding: Science explains why shoelaces come untied

    April 11, 2017 11:15 PM 11

    The complex forces exerted on our laces act like an invisible hand out to trip us up, a finding that could solve mysteries beyond our feet. Science has finally answered a burning question asked by people like me who wear sneakers: why the heck do these shoelaces keep coming untied? Mechanical engineers from UC Berkeley studied the problem in a series

  • Why won't my shoes stay tied? Scientists are trying to figure it out

    April 11, 2017 11:15 PM 8

    O’Reilly stresses that this is just a start, not an endgame. The physical mechanics of why a knot fails—that is, what makes a strong knot outlast a weak knot—is still not well understood. And the broader physical mechanics of knots, or what happens to a knot as you apply different forces to it, remains something of a mystery. On the surface, understanding

  • Great Barrier Reef Hit By Bleaching For The Second Year In A Row

    April 10, 2017 3:14 PM 8

    For the second consecutive year, aerial surveys show severe coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. While severe bleaching events have occurred three other times in the past 20 years — in 1998, 2002 and 2016 — this year marks the first time it's known to have happened two years in a row. Scientists say the damage is caused