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There's a Giant 'Super Henge' Underneath Stonehenge

Some observers believe Stonehenge was once a full circle of enormous stones—and now there seems to be proof there are even more Neolithic monuments underneath it. A lot of them: Radar mapping that's peeked as far as 2 miles beneath the surface has uncovered an elaborate subterranean network of...

The Solution to Your Soda Habit: 12K Steps

Drinking a lot of soda packed with high-fructose corn syrup is, of course, not a healthy choice—but its ill effects aren't so hard to fight. A study's recommendation: Walk more, the New York Times reports. In a study out this month, a researcher had two groups of students take...

Macho Men Have So-So Sperm

Macho guys may attract more women, but the quality of their sperm might not be of he-man standards, a new study suggests. Oddly, the sperm of good-looking guys—but not necessarily macho ones with square jaws and distinct cheekbones—is just fine, reports Medical Daily. The link was found when...

2013 Saw Fastest Spike in CO2 Levels Since 1984

Greenhouse gases rose to record levels last year, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization, making a worldwide climate treaty more critical now than ever. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in particular peaked at 396 parts per million, the BBC reports—3ppm over the previous year, in the...

Why It's So Hard to Get Rid of Your Accent

Even after we've become well-versed in a second language, that native accent can be tough to shake. In short, an expert tells LiveScience, that's because you probably are older than age five. Between birth and that age, our flexible minds are good at picking up different sounds. But beyond that...

Pits Prove It: We've Been Eating Peaches for Millennia

When you savor a juicy peach, you're joining a tradition that goes back some 7,500 years. That long ago, Chinese farmers started domesticating the sweet fruit, researchers find. Peaches eaten all over the planet have roots—no pun intended—near Shanghai, in the lower Yangtze River Valley, according to...

Rapidly Vanishing in America: Dark Spots

Even in the vastness of the American West, the glow from cities has become so bright that places with truly dark skies at night are becoming an endangered species. In the continental US, experts predict that in a decade, there will be just three areas where the sky will be...

Passing Asteroid Leaves Chunk in Nicaragua

A house-sized asteroid nicknamed "Pitbull" came close to Earth on the weekend—and appears to have taken a bite out of Nicaragua. There was a mysterious blast in the capital, Managua, late Saturday night and government scientists believe it is connected to asteroid 2014 RC, reports Reuters. The explosion left...

Stephen Hawking: 'God Particle' Could Destroy the Universe

Stephen Hawking has already warned that aliens might wipe out the human race. Now another mild prediction: The Higgs Boson or "God" particle could cause a "catastrophic vacuum delay" that undermines space-time and destroys the universe, reports CNET via the Sunday Times. How so? Well, the particle "has the worrisome...

Invasive Asian Crickets May Well Live in Your House

Asian camel crickets are now so common in the US, they may even be beating out their native cousins. Hundreds or thousands of the striped creatures may very well be sharing your house, a study from North Carolina State finds; indeed, 90% of scientists responding to a census found them...

Asteroid Zips by Earth This Weekend

Sky-watchers, take note: An asteroid is going to whiz by our planet this weekend. Asteroid 2014 RC, aka "Pitbull," will make its closest pass 25,000 miles over New Zealand about 2:15pm Eastern tomorrow, reports USA Today. Nobody will be able to see the 60-foot-wide rock with the naked...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A strange crater in an irrigation pond and a Neanderthal cave carving make the list: Mystery Crater Surfaces on Utah Farm : Gary Dalton was draining the irrigation pond on his farmland in Circleville, Utah, when he made a startling discovery: a giant crater staring back up at him from the...

'Smart Chopsticks' Can Detect Bad Food

In a country with as many tainted food scandals as China, using "smart chopsticks" could be a pretty wise move. Baidu, the Internet giant nicknamed "China's Google," unveiled the utensils at its annual conference in Beijing this week, explaining that they could detect tainted products like the recycled "gutter oil"...

Messages Sent From Brain to Brain Over 5K Miles

A team of neuroscientists tapped into brain-wave-reading gear, binary code, and the Internet to transmit thoughts from a subject in India to three human "receivers" in France—about 5,000 miles away, reports Popular Science. The four participants, ages 28-50, were hooked up to equipment that looked like it was...

Dinosaurs May Have Had Babysitters

Even dinosaurs need a babysitter—or would that be dino-sitter? Researchers say a group of hatchlings found in a layer of rock might have been under the care of "a big brother or sister," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 120-million year-old Psittacosaurus bones were found in northeast China, the University...

Meet Dreadnoughtus, Biggest Dinosaur Yet

Introducing the new king of the dinosaurs, at least in terms of size. Researchers in the Patagonia region of Argentina found a brute they've named Dreadnoughtus, and they're laying claim to it being the largest land animal whose size can be accurately measured—thanks mainly to the fact that they...

Mushroom-Shaped Critter in Deep Sea Vexes Biologists

From afar, the deep-sea animal species Dendrogramma enigmaticaI resembles a chanterelle mushroom. Upon closer inspection, though, the creatures seem to belong to the animal, not fungi, kingdom. And yet they cannot be classified under any existing animal group, perhaps necessitating an entire rewriting of the early tree of life, not...

Museum's 'Smoke Tornado' Goes Horribly Wrong

Eight children were among 13 people hurt when an attempt to create a whirling "smoke tornado" went badly wrong at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum in Reno, Nevada yesterday. Initial reports said there had been an explosion, but a police spokesman tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that the accident created...

Mystery Crater Surfaces on Utah Farm

Gary Dalton was draining the irrigation pond on his farmland in Circleville, Utah, when he made a startling discovery: a giant crater staring back up at him from the bottom of the basin. "The sun was just right, so I saw this blasted thing that no one had ever seen,...

By 6 or 7, Kids Learn How to Lie and Distrust

Kids are capable of thinking strategically, including using competitiveness and lies to their own benefit, by the time they're 7. So report researchers out of the University of Minnesota who studied 69 kids ages 3 to 9 playing two games. Kids typically figure out how to infer what others are...

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