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New Evidence Points to an Unbroken, Million-Year-Long Ice Core in Antarctica New Evidence Points to an Unbroken, Million-Year-Long Ice Core in Antarctica

Imagine an unbroken chronological record, dating back a million years, of temperature and atmospheric conditions on Earth. Such a thing could indeed exist in the form of an ancient and undisturbed Antarctic ice core, according to a recent survey.

Bug-Sprayed Clothing Really Does Keep Ticks Away Bug-Sprayed Clothing Really Does Keep Ticks Away

A new CDC-led study published today in the Journal of Medical Entomology suggests it might be a great time to invest in a new fashion trend: bug spray-laced clothing. The study found that clothing treated with permethrin was able to stop several species of disease-causing ticks in their tracks, either paralyzing them…

Scientists Observe ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar in Mind-Boggling Resolution Scientists Observe ‘Black Widow’ Pulsar in Mind-Boggling Resolution

Thanks to a quirk of astrophysics, astronomers were able to observe features just tens of kilometers apart near a spinning neutron star located 6,500 light-years away from Earth. This is like using a telescope in your backyard to see DNA strands on the moon.

Wild New Theory Suggests Pluto Formed From a Billion Comets Wild New Theory Suggests Pluto Formed From a Billion Comets

Pluto may not be a planet, but it remains one of the most intriguing objects in the outer Solar System. Its unexpected chemical composition has confounded scientists for years, but a new theory may finally hold the answer. Pluto, according to a pair of Southwest Research Institute scientists, is basically an overgrown…

Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Rewrote the History of Birds Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Rewrote the History of Birds

The asteroid that hit Earth 65 million years ago didn’t just suck for the big lizards. Shockwaves likely knocked down the trees, fires would have burned up entire forests, and less light would have meant fewer plants. What if you were a bird who lived in those trees! That was your home!

Does Your Community Have These Happy Neighborhood Traits? Does Your Community Have These Happy Neighborhood Traits?

Certain aspects of a neighborhood, including its ethnic diversity and the availability of public transit, are associated with better reported well-being among residents, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS One.

One Vaping Flavor Can Harm Human Cells, Study Finds One Vaping Flavor Can Harm Human Cells, Study Finds

It’s a lingering question as to just how dangerous firing up an e-cigarette really is, especially when compared to the health impact of traditional tobacco cigarettes. Yet research presented this week at the American Thoracic Society’s annual conference suggests that part of the potential harm of vaping could come…

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Able to Drill Holes Into Rocks Again NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Able to Drill Holes Into Rocks Again

That’s one small hole for a probe, but one giant leap for NASA. This past weekend, the space agency jerry-rigged Curiosity’s malfunctioning drill, allowing the rover to bore into Martian rock for the first time in over a year.

Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did

The popular conception of pterodactyl flight shows them in a pose with wings and legs spread far apart similar to the way bats do it. But as new research shows, it’s very unlikely that flying lizards were able to move their joints and hind legs in such a manner—a finding that could influence the way scientists study…

Haunting Timelapse Shows Hawaii’s Glowing Kilauea Volcano From Above

The recent images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano are as fascinating as they are disturbing, but as this new timelapse video taken from the top of nearby Mauna Kea shows, the view from above the cloud tops is just as dramatic.

A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth

When you think of an alien world, you might think of a strange, stormy place with an inhospitable environment, frequent lightning strikes, and extreme radiation. But who needs an imagination when the storms here on Earth already beam radiation, including antimatter, down toward the ground?

Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior

Can we take a minute to appreciate just how weird neutrinos are? The second most abundant known particle in the universe passes right through most regular matter like a ghost—you get hit with around a quadrillion of them from the Sun every second. Not only that, but neutrinos can even change between three different…

More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening? More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening?

Last Friday, the New York City Police Department announced that 25 people in Brooklyn had been hospitalized soon after smoking synthetic cannabis; by Monday, the count had risen to 56 people. Police also announced Monday that they had arrested 13 people in connection with distributing the drugs.

Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich? Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich?

You’d be surprised at how many times someone has asked whether the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could collide mundane things, like a sandwich. The answer is, not quite... but almost! It’s sort of a long story, and the explanation might surprise you.

A Bizarre Bone Ritual Followed a Grisly Iron Age Battle in Denmark A Bizarre Bone Ritual Followed a Grisly Iron Age Battle in Denmark

To the victor go the spoils, or in some cases, the bodies of a vanquished enemy, as the discovery of remnants from an Iron Age battle in Denmark demonstrates.

NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image

On the way to its final orbit around Earth, NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has sailed by the moon and snapped its first picture of space. We’ve said several times that TESS would be able to look at 200,000 stars in the 300 light-years around the Earth—but maybe this new shot will…

Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant

Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 percent of the Big Island’s power.

Why Is This Asteroid Orbiting the Wrong Way Around the Sun? Why Is This Asteroid Orbiting the Wrong Way Around the Sun?

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is orbiting the wrong way around the Sun. Why? According to a hyped new paper from astronomers Fathi Namouni and Helen Morais, this asteroid with its contrary orbit may not be native to our Solar System at all—it may have been captured from interstellar space.

A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It

The ties that bind us to our ancestors might be even more influential than we knew, suggests a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. It found that the grandchildren of women who took a certain hormone-mimicking drug before the 1970s were at higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS

An Antares rocket launched from Virginia before sunrise this morning and is on its way to the International Space Station. Its 7,400 pounds of cargo include an experiment that will chill atoms to just about absolute zero—colder than the vacuum of space itself.

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