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'Thousands' of Hidden Mountains Found in the Sea: Scientists

Underscoring how much of the Earth remains mysterious, scientists have located "thousands" of previously unknown underwater mountains, known as "seamounts," reports LiveScience. The discovery, announced in this month's Science journal, was a joint effort between a European Space Agency satellite and one from NASA that used high-tech imagery and gravity...

Monarch Origin Shocks Scientists

Monarch butterflies are famous for migrating from the US and Canada to Mexico for the winter. Now a surprising study in Nature suggests the species itself also started out in North America some 2 million years ago. A researcher from the University of Chicago says monarchs were widely thought to...

'Man on the Moon' Didn't Get There Way We Thought

Scientists know it as Oceanus Procellarum, but the rest of us generally refer to it as the "Man on the Moon"—the huge dark splotch on the moon visible from Earth. Either way, how did it get there? One commonly held view is that a massive asteroid slammed into the...

Kids Could Look Like Mom's Ex, Not Like Dad

Guys may unknowingly be leaving their mark on the world: Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia have taken on what was widely considered to be the discredited theory of telegony—the idea that a woman's children might resemble not just her current sexual partner, but a...

Central Park Dirt: A Melting Pot Teeming With Diversity

Dirt probably isn't something you'd think of as having "so much going on," but scientist Kelly Ramirez begs to differ. She's sampled dirt from tropical forests to deserts around the world and found it "teeming with so many different types of organisms," NPR reports. She also found something pretty unexpected...

Planes Rerouted to Prevent Walrus Stampede

Aircraft, media, and curious folks in general have been instructed to stay far away from the 35,000 walruses crammed onto an Alaskan beach to prevent the easily spooked animals from stampeding each other to death, the Guardian reports. "When they lose their sea ice habitat and come ashore... they...

US Keeping Nukes in Case of ... Asteroids?

Somebody's been watching Armageddon : American nuclear authorities say they have delayed getting rid of old warhead components because they could help protect the world from killer asteroids. Authorities say the warheads are been kept "pending a senior-level government evaluation of their use in planetary defense against earthbound asteroids," reports the...

This Could Be World's Most Endangered Animal

A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it: There are only about 50 of the unique species of Bryde's whale left in waters off the Florida Panhandle and their...

6-Year Quest Leads to Biggest Lake Ontario Wreck

The story of the Nisbet Grammer is not an overly tragic one: The 253-foot steel steamer was on a Buffalo-to-Montreal route in Lake Ontario on a heavily fogged morning when a steamer struck it. The ensuing hole caused the ship to sink, but it took 15 minutes to do so,...

Man Slept in Car for Days to Guard Discovered Treasure

Laurence Egerton's metal detecting excursions often resulted in such "treasures" as old shotgun cartridges and other "rubbish," he says. But last November, the UK builder found something much better—22,000 4th-century Roman coins, the biggest such cache ever found in Britain. The coins, which date from AD260 to AD348...

Saturn Moon's 'Magic Island' Reappears, Stumps NASA

NASA's Cassini spacecraft first spotted a mysterious island-like feature in Ligeia Mare, a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan, in July 2013. When it faded away during later imaging, some scientists dubbed it "Magic Island." Then last month radar images showed that the island has returned, this time twice...

Why 35K Walruses Crowded Onto This Beach

What a loss of sea ice looks like: an estimated 35,000 walruses, crowded on one stretch of Alaskan beach. Images taken on Saturday via plane as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual marine animal survey capture just that. The enormous grouping of the mammals near the...

Bats' Lethal Error: Mistaking Turbines for Trees

Scientists trying to figure why tens of thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines each year think they've figured out a key piece of the puzzle: The bats think the turbines are trees, reports Nature World News. Using thermal and infra-red surveillance cameras, researchers discovered that the bats deliberately...

Here's the Total Number of Lakes on Our Planet

Eight years ago, a much-discussed study estimated that there were 304 million lakes on Earth—but a careful count reveals that the number is closer to a third of that. The planet holds 117 million lakes, researchers find in what LiveScience calls the "best count yet." And while they may...

Scientist Unlocks a da Vinci Secret

Among Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings is a portrait of a woman holding an ermine, but a new analysis shows there's a lot more to it than that. The portrait features Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of the "white ermine," as da Vinci patron the Duke of Milan was known....

World Lost Half Its Wildlife in 40 Years

The World Wildlife Fund has improved its methods of measuring the world's wildlife populations—and discovered that the situation is even worse than previously thought. In its Living Planet report, the numbers are stark: Populations of vertebrate species, including mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, fell by a staggering average of...

'Unprecedented' Study: Breast Cancer Drug Prolongs Life

One of the most popular breast-cancer drugs on today's market is giving sufferers a significantly longer life, a new study says—as long as they can afford the $5,900 monthly price tag. In a clinical trial involving 808 women, those who took the drug Perjeta lived almost 16 months...

Mystery Conn. Shipwreck Stumps Divers

After hearing rumors that a shipwreck was just off the banks of the Connecticut River in East Hartford, police officer and scuba instructor Woodrow Tinsley had to have a look for himself. And while it didn't take him long to find the schooner he estimates to be 85 feet long...

Experts: Drunk Moose Are a Myth

Hold those "Elkaholic" jokes: Every autumn, Swedish moose start doing things like falling in swimming pools and getting stuck in apple trees, supposedly after getting drunk on fermented apples, but experts say they probably aren't drunk after all, reports Radio Sweden via the Alaska Dispatch. The animals weigh up to...

Scientists Secretly Slip Bob Dylan Quotes in Articles

Think medical research and Bob Dylan are a natural combination? Five Swedish scientists would agree, and have even started a contest to see who can stuff the most Dylan words into articles before they call it a career, the Local reports. It started 17 years ago when two professors, Eddie...

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