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Space Speculation: Who Are the Mystery Moon Tourists?

So who are the two space tourists who will be flown around the moon by SpaceX next year? The company isn't saying, but a post at the Atlantic points out an interesting stat: Of the 24 people who have flown to the moon so far (half of whom have walked...

Scientists Make Huge Discovery, Promptly Lose It

Last month, Harvard researchers announced they'd created the world's first and only sample of metallic hydrogen, publishing their findings in Science. Other scientists were skeptical, to say the least. And now the researchers' sample has apparently disappeared, which Gizmodo finds awfully "convenient." Scientists have been trying to create metallic hydrogen...

Millions Flock to Catch Eruption Live-Stream From Mount Etna

We're still more than four months out from the Fourth of July, but the fireworks started early in Sicily this week. Reuters reports Mount Etna experienced its first eruption of 2017, sending lava skyward above the Italian island on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, brilliant spurts from the volcano, which...

Cause of Most Wildfires: People

People have triggered five out of six wildfires in the US over the last two decades, tripling the length of the wildfire season and making it start earlier in the East and last longer in the West, a new study finds. Even as climate change worsens the nation's fire season—...

Expert Claims 'Hitler's Phone' Is a Fake

It's been called "history's most destructive 'weapon'" —but it might just be a convincing forgery. Frank Gnegel, Head of Collections at the Frankfurt Museum for Communication, believes the telephone auctioned off as Adolf Hitler's personal phone is "clearly a fake." The phone was made in Germany but the handset was...

Internet Really Ready for Arrival of 150-Pound Baby

After 15 months gestation, giraffes are born hooves first, weighing about 150 pounds. And the internet is really, really ready for April's baby to be born. Harpursville, New York's Animal Adventure Park's giraffe live stream has picked up steam on YouTube —minus a brief incident in which it was removed...

SpaceX Flying 2 Space Tourists Around the Moon Next Year

SpaceX says it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago, the AP reports. Tech billionaire Elon Musk—the company's founder—announced the surprising news Monday. Two people who know one another approached the company...

Mosquitoes Do Not Care About Your Citronella Candles

It isn't just nice when mosquito repellents actually do what they claim to—it's necessary. The biting insects are one of nature's top disease vectors, spreading everything from yellow fever and dengue to Zika and malaria, and a group of scientists recently set out to test which of 11 types...

Your Brainy Kid Is Twice as Likely to Smoke Pot

Smarter teens are twice as likely to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol than their classmates, new research out of Britain shows, but they're far less likely to smoke cigarettes than their lower-scoring peers, the Telegraph reports. London researchers who tracked pot, booze, and tobacco use among 6,000 young Britons...

Early Walt: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Sure, NASA found seven Earth-size planets that could theoretically harbor life, but that wasn't the only discovery to make headlines this week: Grad Student Finds Early Walt Whitman Novel : A University of Houston grad student poking around in the Library of Congress' archives stumbled across an 1850s novel by none...

Zoo Culls 57 Snow Monkeys Over 'Alien' Genes

Wildlife activists are lashing out at a zoo in northern Japan that ordered the deaths of 57 snow monkeys carrying the genes of an "invasive alien species." Officials at Takagoyama Nature Zoo in Chiba ordered the culling after finding that the sweet-faced monkeys had been crossbred with the rhesus macaque,...

There's a New Recommended Daily Quota for Fruits, Veggies

If you've struggled to meet the World Health Organization's five-a-day fruits and veggies recommendation, you may want to reassess your consumption strategy. An Imperial College London study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that doubling the current suggestion to 10 servings a day could stave off 7....

Texas Plans Feral Hog 'Apocalypse'

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is stepping up his war on feral hogs with a move that he says will bring about an "apocalypse" for the crop-destroying animals. Miller has approved the use of the pesticide warfarin to poison the state's 2.5 million or so wild hogs, reports Gizmodo...

After 8.4K Years, Tribes Lay 'Ancient One' to Rest

The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground. More than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location over the weekend to lay the remains of the man they call the Ancient One to rest, according to an announcement...

Chimp With Down Syndrome Is Only 2nd Ever Documented

Researchers in Japan have discovered only the second known chimpanzee born with what is, essentially, Down syndrome, according to a study published Tuesday in Primates. Kanako, a 24-year-old female chimp, was born with trisomy 22. Her symptoms largely align with the symptoms seen in humans with Down syndrome, also known...

Radioactive Bloom Over Europe Sparks Nuke Test Concerns

As mysterious radiation spread over the Arctic and south into Europe last month, conspiracy theorists quickly claimed Russia had restarted nuclear testing at Novaya Zemlya, the Drive reports. But the truth is—probably—a lot less menacing. According to the Independent Barents Observer, a spike in the radioactive isotope Iodine-131...

NASA Finds 7 Earth-Size Planets

For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star—and these new worlds could hold life, reports the AP. NASA and the Belgian-led research team announced the news Wednesday. This cluster of planets is 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. They circle tightly around...

SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

Sometimes GPS leads drivers into bodies of water ; other times it keeps cargo ships from docking with the International Space Station. Reuters reports the latter happened Wednesday, with the ISS of SpaceX calling off the rendezvous of its Dragon spacecraft with the ISS, saying there was a glitch with the...

Tully Monster Mystery Not Solved After All

Some creatures are so weird they seem to defy classification. They're even assigned the word "Problematica," a classification that serves as a sort of purgatory for the strangest of the strange as our understanding of the evolutionary tree of life continues to deepen. Such is the case with the Tully...

Huge-Jawed Worm Species Terrorized Fish 400M Years Ago

Scientists have discovered a giant worm—no, not this guy —that terrorized fish, octopuses, and squids with its comparatively massive jaws 400 million years ago. UPI reports the fossil was dug up at Canada's Kwataboahegan Formation back in the mid-1990s and had been in storage at the Royal Ontario Museum...

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