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Adultery, Burglary Could Have Derailed a Brilliant Scientist

It's a story of devastating loss followed by one of incredible kindness, and it's a story that belongs to Dr. Mary-Claire King. Part of The Moth's latest book, it's reprinted by the HuffPost UK and takes place in April 1981, just days before King was scheduled to fly to Washington,...

For 23, WWI U-Boat May Have Become a Coffin

Eleven German submarines from World War I have been found sunk in Belgian waters. The latest to be discovered, however, is the "best preserved" of all, officials say. The U-boat, 88 feet long by 20 feet wide, has been found in an undisclosed location off the Belgian coast near West...

Calif. Quake Shakes Up Twitter, but Not Residents Out of Bed

A small earthquake with an epicenter just outside Los Angeles has people in Southern California talking on social media. The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.6 quake hit at about 11:20 Monday night, with an epicenter about 3.6 miles northwest of Westwood, the AP reports. The...

Al Gore Is the First Citizen of the 'Trash Isles'

Campaigners want a vast area of floating garbage in the ocean to be the world's newest country—and they've already got more would-be citizens than some real countries. Al Gore is on board as the first honorary citizen of the "Trash Isles," which is what activists are calling the Great...

Hurricane Maria Leaves 'Mind-Boggling' Devastation

Hurricane Maria slammed into Dominica as a Category 5 storm Monday night, causing what the Caribbean nation's prime minister calls "mind-boggling" damage. In a Facebook post, Roosevelt Skerrit said the storm had left "widespread devastation" and torn the roofs off many homes, including his own. "My focus now is in...

'Bittersweet' End for Cassini Saturn Probe

Three missions, 20 years in space, 4.9 billion miles traveled, and nearly a half-million photographs taken. Those are just a few of the figures Space.com throws out about the day of what it deems the "bittersweet" demise of the Cassini space probe, which, on its last fumes of...

Ig Nobel: See This Year's Goofiest Science Prizes

Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea, and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this year's recipients of the Ig Nobel, the prize for absurd scientific achievement. The 27th annual awards were announced Thursday at...

Say Goodbye to the Amazing Cassini Spacecraft

NASA, and the world, will say goodbye to the Cassini spacecraft Friday morning. Cassini was on course to plunge through Saturn's atmosphere and vaporize like a meteor, following a remarkable journey of 20 years. Flight controllers at California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory expect one last burst of scientific data from Cassini,...

Hunters Find Ancient Sword Still Ready for Action

A Norwegian archaeologist says a well-preserved, if rusty, iron sword dating to the Viking era has been found in southern Norway. Lars Holger Piloe says the nearly 3-foot-long sword was found slid down between rocks with the blade sticking out, and may have been left by a person who got...

Earliest Known Use of Zero Found by Farmer in Pakistan

When it comes to mathematics, zero is not nothing. And thanks to new research and some carbon dating, we now know "zero" as we know it was invented a whole lot earlier than we thought. "Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used across the...

Ash Trees May Disappear in Eastern US

Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern US have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the US and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more...

London Museum Wants Piece of 'Horrid' Fatberg

Congealed wet wipes, diapers, fat, and oil—not exactly what you'd expect to see behind glass at the Museum of London. But if the museum has its way, that's what will come to pass. The city is in the midst of a three-week "sewer war" against a nearly 300,000-pound...

Air Force Battles a Post-Harvey Villain: Mosquitoes

Texas has sicced the Air Force on a post-Hurricane Harvey enemy: mosquitoes. As of Tuesday, 1.85 million acres (that's about 1% of the state) had been coated with insecticides via Air Force C-130 cargo planes. The planes had at that point sprayed three eastern counties, with plans to expand...

Not Everyone Pleased With Stonehenge Tunnel Route

British authorities on Tuesday approved plans for a contentious and long-delayed road tunnel under the site of Stonehenge—but altered its route so it won't impede views of the sun during the winter solstice. The government said the 1.8-mile tunnel will bury a frequently gridlocked road, the A303, that...

Cassini Gets Kiss Goodbye, Careens Toward Its Death

After a 20-year voyage, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is poised to dive into Saturn this week to become forever one with the exquisite planet. There's no turning back: Friday it careens through the atmosphere and burns up like a meteor in the sky over Saturn. The only spacecraft ever to orbit...

'Bermuda High' May Have Cut Irma Damage by $150B

A weather system that "acts like a sort of traffic cop" in the Atlantic may have saved the US $150 billion and change after it helped shift Hurricane Irma's path and mitigate the storm's damage in Florida. Bloomberg reports it was originally estimated the massive hurricane would cost in the...

Amazon Tribespeople Said to Have Been 'Massacred' in Brazil

Prosecutors in Brazil are investigating a "massacre" of several members of an uncontacted Amazon tribe. It appears about 10 members of the tribe were out gathering eggs last month when they encountered gold miners by a river in the remote Javari Valley, the New York Times reports. The victims were...

After 600 Years, a Literary Mystery Solved?

Has a British historian finally cracked the code to what has been called the world's most mysterious book? The meaning of the 15th-century Voynich manuscript, decorated with elegant, indecipherable script and odd drawings of plants and naked women, is one of the great puzzles of the literary world. Now Nicholas...

'ET' Dust Extracted From White Cliffs of Dover

The White Cliffs of Dover serve as both a stunning photographic subject and as an iconic British symbol of defense during war. Now they're also a geological museum of sorts: Scientists from Imperial College London have discovered 76 particles of fossilized cosmic dust in the chalky limestone, which could shed...

High-Ranking Viking Warrior's Remains Yield a Big Surprise

Ancient tales of fierce female Vikings fighting alongside men appear to be rooted in truth, according to archaeologists in Sweden. One of the most impressive graves in a burial ground near Birka, a major Viking settlement, has turned out to be that of a woman believed to have been a...

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