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SpaceX Rocket Recovery Test: 'Close but No Cigar'

SpaceX this morning successfully launched a new batch of equipment now en route to the International Space Station, but a first-of-its-kind attempt to salvage the rocket that sent it up didn't work. The idea was to try to guide the first-stage rocket back to Earth upon separation and have it...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A potential breakthrough in antibiotics and an ancient metal make the list: Shipwreck Yields 'Atlantis' Metal : Orichalcum was considered one of the most precious metals in ancient times—Plato claimed it lined the temple of Poseidon on Atlantis—and now, for apparently the first time, modern-day researchers have recovered a...

Heart Arrhythmia May Have Influenced Beethoven Music

As Beethoven went deaf, researchers say in a new study, he may have started listening to his heart. In a study published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, a cardiologist, an internal medical specialist, and a musicologist point out that three of the German composer's works exhibit "rhythmic shifts and...

Why Autism Rates Have Soared

The rate at which autism is diagnosed around the world has increased dramatically in just a generation, and researchers studying a comprehensive tracking system in Denmark say they can explain the majority of the uptick: new and improved diagnosis. In the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, they argue that the huge...

Ancient Shipwreck Yields 'Atlantis' Metal

It was considered one of the most precious metals in ancient times—and Plato claimed it lined the temple of Poseidon on the legendary island of Atlantis—but this appears to be the first time anybody in modern times has actually found some orichalcum. Researchers in Sicily say a shipwreck...

What 10K People Looking for Genghis Khan's Tomb Found

If we ultimately uncover Genghis Khan's tomb, we may have outer space and about 10,000 volunteers to thank. As Smithsonian recounts, legend has it that the location of the Mongolian warrior's tomb was safeguarded by soldiers who murdered the tomb builders and were then killed themselves. University of California...

No, Your Kid Was Not Born an Altruistic Little Angel

Back in 2006, a study that went on to gain prominence found that 18-month-olds were willing to be helpful even without being prompted. Many assumed this was evidence of innate altruism, but new research out of Stanford and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that...

Powerful New Antibiotic Could Crush Superbugs

Are superbugs about to meet their match? There hasn't been a major new antibiotic discovered in 25 years but researchers say a drug called teixobactin that has been extracted from dirt in Maine could be the biggest breakthrough in a generation, Fast Company reports. The experimental drug has so far...

Sun's Activity During Birth Could Affect Your Death

If the sun was calm when you were born, you might look forward to a longer life than someone born in a period of high solar activity. The sun's cycles last about 11 years, typically including three years of "solar maximum"—when activity like solar flares, sunspots, and solar storms...

Why Colds Are More Common in the Cold

That old wives' tale about catching a cold in the cold may have some truth to it, according to new research out of Yale. While the common cold is still caused by viruses and not actual cold temperatures, it turns out that our immune systems become weaker when our noses...

Newly Spotted Planet Is Most Earth-Like Yet

If you're sick of Earth and have a spacecraft capable of traveling hundreds of light-years, astronomers have spotted the most promising destination yet. Kepler-438b is one of eight newly confirmed potential "Earth twins" detected by the Kepler Space Telescope, the BBC reports. The planet, 470 light-years away in the Lyra...

At Last Minute, SpaceX Aborts Rocket Launch

With just one minute to go before SpaceX's 6:20am ET launch of a Falcon 9 rocket in what would be a rather remarkable test of reusing rocket components, the space agency called off the mission at Cape Canaveral. The Los Angeles Times reports a problem with the "actuator drift"...

China Poisoning Animal Behind Pokemon Character

Two American scientists are none too pleased with China's plan for a furry little critter called the pika. That's because China wants it dead, and by mass-poisoning, no less. The small animal—which inspired the popular Pokemon character Pikachu—digs huge burrow-networks across the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in northwest China, the...

Possible Jesus Trial Site Opens to Public

Curious to see the possible site of Jesus' trial? The Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem has begun offering tours to the suspected remains of Herod's palace, where some say Jesus was tried and sentenced to death, the Washington Post reports. "There is, of course, no inscription stating it happened...

SpaceX Wants to Land a Rocket —on a Barge

There's not much that's terribly environmentally friendly, efficient, or inexpensive about rockets—they're single-use, sometimes explode, and even when they don't they usually end up as ocean junk. SpaceX is looking to tweak that calculus with tomorrow's Falcon 9 launch in Cape Canaveral, reports the New York Times. Sure, it's...

This Exists: Plant That Grows 'Ketchup' and 'Fries'

Tomatoes and potatoes go together like, well, ketchup and fries—so why not grow them together? A hybrid plant known as the "TomTato" or, yes, "Ketchup 'n' Fries," allows you to do just that, and is now available in the US after first being released in the UK. The plant...

God of the Dead's Tomb Finally Uncovered

Two ancient burial sites have been uncovered in Egypt—one a blackened tomb belonging to the god of the dead, and the other to a previously unidentified pharaonic queen. The first is a symbolic burial site for Osiris, once a supreme Egyptian deity, reports Australia's News Network (which has great...

Amulet Offers Up 1.5K-Year-Old Palindrome

It seems that palindromes—phrases that read the same forward and backward—have been popular for a very long time. Researchers have discovered an amulet in Cyprus dating back some 1,500 years, and the words inscribed form such a phrase, LiveScience reports. Translated from Greek, the words say, "Iahweh...

No Eggs Needed: 'Fanged' Frogs Give Birth

Your typical frogs lay eggs, while a few species give birth to froglets. But frogs giving birth to tadpoles is new to science—and researchers have managed to witness it, the BBC reports. A scientist at Berkeley was holding what he thought was a male frog when it gave birth...

Thousands of Dead Birds Keep Washing Ashore on West Coast

From California to Washington state, thousands of dead birds have been turning up on the shoreline, and scientists don't know what to make of it. It's not all kinds of birds that are dying: just a species of small birds known as Cassin's auklets, the Los Angeles Times reports. Most...

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