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Ancient Humans May Have Made Giant Telescopes 6,000 Years Ago

Telescopes as we think of them date back 400 years to the Enlightenment. But astronomers studying huge tombs in Portugal believe ancient humans were making their own stargazing instruments 6,000 years ago, the Atlantic reports. Researchers, who presented their findings Wednesday at the National Astronomy Meeting in Britain, believe...

What a Gas: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A new supply of a critical element and scary news about Beijing were among the notable discoveries of the week: 'Game Changer': Giant Helium Field Found : What scientists are calling a "game changer" for society has been discovered deep in Tanzania's Rift Valley: a helium field so massive it could...

'Guacamole-Thick' Algae Causes Florida Emergency

Beaches are closed in South Florida, where a massive algae bloom has caused water to turn bright green and Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in four counties—Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, and Palm Beach—over Wednesday and Thursday, reports Weather.com. Health officials are telling people...

Explorers Find Schooner That Sank in 1868 in Lake Ontario

A retired engineer and two buddies took his boat out on Lake Ontario a few weeks ago, with a high-res side-scan sonar to see if they could find any shipwrecks. What they stumbled across, 400 feet below the surface: the remains of the Royal Albert schooner, which sank nearly 150...

UK Woman One Step Closer to Carrying Dead Daughter's Child

A 60-year-old woman from the UK who's been in a protracted legal battle to become pregnant using her dead daughter's frozen eggs has made some progress toward winning that fight, the BBC reports. After not being able to find a British clinic that would implant her with the eggs from...

107 Nobel Laureates to Greenpeace: Lay Off the GMO Hate

While some companies are banning genetically modified organisms, more than a third of living Nobel laureates want Greenpeace to embrace them. A letter signed by 107 laureates stresses the potential of GMOs to solve some of the world's biggest problems, including how to increase crop yields to feed our growing...

Lab-Grown Bones Were Just Successfully Implanted

For the first time, scientists have successfully implanted living bone grown in a laboratory, Live Science reports. And while those implants were in miniature pigs, not humans, it's pretty impressive nonetheless. Scientists removed part of the jaw bones of 14 pigs, carved cow thighbones into the right shape, removed all...

This Might Be the First Shark Caught Napping

A Shark Week team with Discovery has just posted a YouTube video of what the channel calls "the first-ever footage of a great white shark napping." The narrator doesn't put it quite so definitively, but he does note that as the team observes the female shark's behavior change as daytime...

Scientists Find Amphibious Centipede—and It's Horrible

It's eight inches long with a painful bite, long legs, and "a horrible dark, greenish-black color." It's also bound to make you avoid all lakes and streams for the near future. Gregory Edgecombe of London's Natural History Museum says he's discovered a new species of centipede belonging to the giant...

Humanity Is About to Get Its Closest Ever Look at Jupiter

Three Lego figures are about to get closer to Jupiter than humanity has ever been. The Legos—representations of Galileo and the Roman gods Jupiter and Juno made out of "spacecraft-grade" aluminum—are aboard NASA's Juno probe, which is scheduled to enter Jupiter's orbit July 4, the New York Times...

'Game Changer': Giant Helium Field Found in Tanzania

What scientists are calling a "game changer" for society has been discovered deep in Tanzania's Rift Valley: a massive helium gas field with enough of the precious commodity to fill more than 1.2 million MRI scanners, Phys.org reports. Besides the sheer amount of gas, the discovery is notable...

Scientists Probe How Snakes Respond to a Wildfire

Animals flee fire—but what happens when the flames are extinguished? That's exactly what Joey Chase of Central Washington University is trying to find out. Over the next year, he plans to track two male Northern Pacific rattlesnakes, each about 10 years old, found near the site of a wildfire...

PTSD Pill Research On Hold After Flawed Study

New York University medical school research into using a marijuana-like drug to treat PTSD sufferers turned out to be so flawed that eight studies were suspended and the data was rejected as unreliable, the New York Times reports. Federal investigators found that the research led by Dr. Alexander Neumeister failed...

This City Is Sinking Twice as Fast as New Orleans

If New Orleans is sinking, Beijing might as well be in freefall. A new study in the journal Remote Sensing finds depleted groundwater is causing the Chinese capital—the growing Chaoyang district, in particular—to sink as much as four inches per year; a recent study found New Orleans was...

Study Finds Cause of 'Mystery Holes' in Sand Dune

The mystery holes that plague an Indiana sand dune —and triggered its public closure when one nearly swallowed a 6-year-old boy —are apparently caused by a "ghost forest" of underground trees. Per a recent study, buried trees at Mount Baldy dune are decaying and breaking in a way that sucks...

Shipwreck Oddity: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

An intriguing discovery about sperm whales and another about the most famous pyramid of all make the list: Among Antikythera Shipwreck Finds, an Odd Item : The Antikythera shipwreck is a gift that keeps on giving. The ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea has yielded...

Scientist Finds Tallest Mountain in US Arctic— and a Surprise

It's been the subject of a half-century-long debate. But thanks to a new mapping technique, mountain experts have identified the tallest mountain in the US Arctic and uncovered a bit of a surprise as well. Using fodar, a technique he invented to map terrain using airborne photography, glaciologist Matt Nolan...

Land Is Rising, Falling on San Andreas Fault

Scientists have detected previously unknown movement along the San Andreas Fault, although the discovery doesn't change the two most important facts: There will be a major quake along the California fault at some point, and nobody knows just when it will happen. The analysis of GPS data found that large...

Today's Sperm Whales Descended From One 'Eve'

While investigating samples of toxic levels of heavy metals found in sperm whales, researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: All of today's sperm whales appear to have descended from the same female, reports Hakai magazine. They've named her Eve and say she lived between 10,000 and 80,000 years...

2 US Workers Safe After Daring Antarctic Rescue

A small plane with two sick US workers arrived safely in Chile late Wednesday after leaving Antarctica in a daring rescue mission from a remote South Pole research station, officials say. After making a stop for a few hours at a British station on the edge of Antarctica, the two...

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