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Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Woman Who Filled Her Neti Pot With Tap Water Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills Woman Who Filled Her Neti Pot With Tap Water

A 68-year-old Seattle woman who died after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba used regular tap water to rinse her sinuses, according to new research.

New Images from Mars Show NASA’s InSight Landed on an Absolutely Glorious Spot New Images from Mars Show NASA’s InSight Landed on an Absolutely Glorious Spot

It’s been 11 days since InSight made its picture-perfect landing on Mars. Vivid new photos taken from the landing site are finally giving mission controllers a sense of the landscape around the stationary probe—and the early signs are very positive.

Too Much UV Light Could Turn Gas Planets Into Sad Rocky Cores Too Much UV Light Could Turn Gas Planets Into Sad Rocky Cores

The atmosphere of a gas giant exoplanet located 163 light-years from Earth is being blasted into space by its host star, forming a ghostly tail. Excessive ultraviolet radiation is responsible for the celestial phenomenon, according to a new study, a discovery that could provide new insights into planetary formation.

Ancient Black Plague Found in Swedish Gravesite Ancient Black Plague Found in Swedish Gravesite

Long before the two deadliest pandemics in history—the Plague of Justinian and the Black Plague—an ancient strain of the bacterium responsible for these scourges, Yersinia pestis, may have already wreaked havoc among Neolithic European communities over 5,000 years ago, according to a controversial new study.

Medieval Skeleton Wearing Leather Thigh-High Boots Found in River Thames Medieval Skeleton Wearing Leather Thigh-High Boots Found in River Thames

Archaeologists in London, England have uncovered a dramatic 500-year-old male skeleton lying face-down in the mud of the River Thames. Extraordinarily, the skeleton is still wearing his thigh-high leather boots.

Dolphins Had a Jurassic-Era Reptile Twin Featuring Blubber and Warm Blood Dolphins Had a Jurassic-Era Reptile Twin Featuring Blubber and Warm Blood

Ichthyosaurs and dolphins are the archetypal examples of convergent evolution in action, in which two completely unrelated species acquire near identical characteristics. The discovery of a new ichthyosaur fossil suggests this Jurassic-era creature was even more dolphin-like than we appreciated, featuring warm-blood,…

How We Can Prepare for Catastrophically Dangerous AI—and Why We Can't Wait How We Can Prepare for Catastrophically Dangerous AI—and Why We Can't Wait

Artificial intelligence in its current form is mostly harmless, but that’s not going to last. Machines are getting smarter and more capable by the minute, leading to concerns that AI will eventually match, and then exceed, human levels of intelligence—a prospect known as artificial superintelligence (ASI).

Cyborg Houseplant Can Drive Itself Toward the Light It Craves

During the impending robopocalypse, humanity will have to ward off freakishly agile androids, robotic dogs, whatever the hell this is, and, as new research from MIT suggests, quasi-autonomous, mobile robot-plant hybrids.

Chinese Scientist Responsible for Gene-Edited Babies Has Reportedly Gone Missing Chinese Scientist Responsible for Gene-Edited Babies Has Reportedly Gone Missing

The current whereabouts of He Jiankui—the scientist who claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically modified human babies—is unknown. Rumors are now circulating that he’s been detained by the Chinese government.

SpaceX Broke Four Records During Today's Falcon 9 Rocket Launch SpaceX Broke Four Records During Today's Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Today’s successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has resulted in four new records for SpaceX—a sure sign that the Elon Musk-led company, and the commercial space industry in general, is rapidly maturing.

Curiosity Rover Just Spotted This Super-Shiny Object on Mars Curiosity Rover Just Spotted This Super-Shiny Object on Mars

An unusually smooth and reflective Martian rock has caught the attention of NASA scientists, prompting an investigation by the Curiosity rover.

In Video Debut, CIMON the ISS Robot Throws an Unexpected Tantrum

In terms of glitchy behavior, we’re not quite at HAL 9000 levels just quite yet—but during the debut demonstration of the International Space Station’s new AI-powered robot, CIMON, the free-floating device displayed some rather questionable behavior.

Chinese Government Says It Has Shut Down Controversial Human Gene-Editing Project Chinese Government Says It Has Shut Down Controversial Human Gene-Editing Project

A project claiming to have produced the world’s first gene-edited babies has been stopped by the Chinese government, which is declaring the work of scientist He Jiankui as being both unlawful and unethical, according to the Associated Press.

The Human Origin Story Has Changed Again, Thanks to New Discovery in Algeria The Human Origin Story Has Changed Again, Thanks to New Discovery in Algeria

The discovery of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools and butchered bones at a site in Algeria suggests our distant hominin relatives spread into the northern regions of Africa far earlier than archaeologists assumed. The find adds credence to the newly emerging suggestion that ancient hominins lived—and evolved—outside a…

Toothless, 33-Million-Year-Old Whale Could Be an Evolutionary ‘Missing Link’ Toothless, 33-Million-Year-Old Whale Could Be an Evolutionary ‘Missing Link’

A closer examination of a fossil found more than four decades ago has led to the identification of a new species of whale—a 33-million-year-old cetacean featuring neither teeth nor baleen. Its discovery could solve a longstanding mystery about the origin of filter-feeding whales, but some scientists say the new…

Infected ‘Zombie Spiders’ Forced to Build Incubation Chambers for Their Parasitic Overlords Infected ‘Zombie Spiders’ Forced to Build Incubation Chambers for Their Parasitic Overlords

Parasites that control the behavior of their hosts for their own benefit are a well-documented natural phenomenon, but the discovery of a previously unknown relationship between a parasitic wasp and a social spider is particularly upsetting.

Rogue Scientist Defends Gene-Edited Babies—and Reveals a Second Pregnancy Rogue Scientist Defends Gene-Edited Babies—and Reveals a Second Pregnancy

Speaking at a genetics conference in Hong Kong earlier today, embattled Chinese scientist He Jiankui said he was “proud” to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, despite receiving near-universal condemnation from his peers. Speaking publicly today for the first time, the scientist offered new…

Elaborate Burials Uncovered at Fifth-Century Anglo-Saxon Cemetery Elaborate Burials Uncovered at Fifth-Century Anglo-Saxon Cemetery

Archaeologists working in eastern England have discovered a previously unknown Anglo-Saxon cemetery dating back some 1,600 years. At least 20 graves have been uncovered, including many lavish burials belonging to women.

Extinct 'Siberian Unicorns' Walked the Earth Alongside Modern Humans Extinct 'Siberian Unicorns' Walked the Earth Alongside Modern Humans

Weighing up to 7,700 pounds, Elasmotherium sibiricum—an extinct hairy rhino popularly known as the “Siberian unicorn”—was thought to have disappeared as long as 200,000 years ago. An updated fossil analysis suggests this formidable species was still around some 39,000 years ago, and that Ice Age conditions, not human…

Horrific Scene as 145 Stranded Whales Die on New Zealand Beach Horrific Scene as 145 Stranded Whales Die on New Zealand Beach

At least 145 pilot whales are dead following a mass stranding at a remote beach in southern New Zealand. The two pods of pilot whales beached themselves over the weekend, their carcasses now littering the picturesque beach.

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