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Doomsday Clock: It's 2.5 Minutes Til Midnight

We haven't been this close to doomsday since atomic bombs were detonated in 1953, according to the Doomsday Clock. The clock, used to show "how close we are to destroying our civilization," jumped 30 seconds closer to midnight Wednesday, giving us 2.5 minutes to go, reports USA Today. The...

Scientists Plan Anti-Trump March on Washington

Some of the women who marched on Washington on Saturday will be back soon in the name of science. The Scientists' March on Washington started as a Reddit conversation over the weekend and has now grown into a group with tens of thousands of supporters, Live Science reports. The group,...

Search for 5K Nazi Sites Yields 8 Times as Many

Four hundred Jewish boys, including Noah Lederman's great-grandfather, were ordered to bury 12,000 Jews murdered by the Nazis while imprisoned at a forced labor camp in Poland during World War II. But until recently, the camp was "nonexistent" on paper. That's now changed with the creation of the Holocaust...

Days After Death, a Body Remains Alive

Death is much more like the slow shutdown of a computer than the flipping off of a light switch, a scientist explains based on a new study showing genes in the body remain alive long after the heart stops. In the study of mice and zebrafish, University of Washington researchers...

New Satellite Sends Back 'Jaw-Dropping' Images of Earth

GOES-16, the fancy new satellite developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is sending its first photos back to Earth since it lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Nov. 19, and the high-res results are causing astronomers and meteorologists to squeal with delight. One developer compared it to seeing...

After Decade, Lunar X Prize Sets One Final Deadline

It's officially a five-team space race for $20 million, Quartz reports. The X Prize Foundation announced Tuesday that just five teams remain in its 10-year contest to land a private spacecraft on the moon. According to CNET, the Google Lunar X Prize was first announced in 2007, but none of...

Giant Prehistoric Otter Found—but Why So Big?

Picture an otter, then envision it ballooning to twice—or triple, or quadruple—its size until it's a 110-pound creature: It's not a journey into the imagination, but to yesteryear. An international team of scientists has announced news of the largest otter ever found, one that lived some 6.2...

Did Everest Really Shrink? We're About to Find Out

Call it the mystery of the missing inch. India's surveyor general on Tuesday announced that the country would "remeasure" Mount Everest to determine whether the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015 really did shave a bit off the mountain's height. The AFP reports that satellite data indicated...

For Those With Psychological Sex Problems, Potential Relief

Kisspeptin, a naturally occurring hormone that kicks off puberty and is thought to fuel what the Telegraph describes as the "voracious sexual appetites of young people," could well be a sort of "mental Viagra" for people with psychosexual disorders—that is, disorders that are psychological as opposed to physical. And...

Maya Weathered One Collapse; the Second Proved Fatal

The Maya civilization suffered "waves" of war and political instability before its collapse in the 2nd century. The civilization later recovered, but history would repeat itself just a few hundred years later, delivering a final blow, researchers explain in a PNAS study offering a clear chronology of the civilization's demise....

Hate it When People Get Your Name Wrong? You Shouldn't

Almost everyone has done it one time or another, mixing up the names of family members or friends, and a cognitive scientist whose mother would often call her by her siblings' and even the family dog's name set out to learn why. Reporting in the journal Memory & Cognition, she...

First GMO Apple on US Shelves Next Month

A brave new world in apples arrives in Midwestern grocery stores in February. The Canadian company Okanagan will begin selling "Arctic" apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning, reports the CBC. To show off the apples' talent, the Arctics will be sold pre-sliced in clear pouches, though they...

Answer in the Desert: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A new theory about an old desert mystery and an unprecedented feat by a female shark were among the big discoveries of the week: Theory May Finally Explain 'Fairy Circles' : Two theories have long been floated to explain so-called "fairy circles" that pockmark the desert in Namibia: either the machinations...

Need an Extra $1M? Just Solve This Fishy Dilemma

Everyone with a constant flow of "new and innovative solutions" churning around in their noggins might want to touch base with Michigan. The state is offering a $1 million purse to anyone who can come up with a way to keep interloping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michael...

Primate Study Finds It's 'Worse Than We Thought'

"It's worse than we thought 10 years ago," a researcher says following a "landmark" study on the world's primates that found many could go extinct in the next 50 years. Primatologists studied every primate species—all 504 of them—and found 75% are in decline, while about 60% are threatened...

Theory May Finally Explain Fabled 'Fairy Circles'

Scientists are always crashing the party when they bring the likeliest but often mundane reasons for mysterious phenomena. Such is the case in Namibia, where so-called "fairy circles" that pockmark the desert are now being explained in the journal Nature as not the footprints of gods or poisoned patches of...

Scientists Blame People for 3rd 'Hottest Year' in a Row

Everyone kind of knew this was coming, but many are still sweating at the news. Data for 2016 has been released, and it's official that last year was the hottest year on record, following 2014 and 2015 in holding this status, the Guardian reports. NASA and NOAA released their year-end...

Up to 95 Dolphins Die in Everglades

At least 82 dolphins, including juveniles and calves, have died in a mysterious incident in a remote section of Florida's Everglades National Park. Officials say 95 dolphins—a particular species known as false killer whales, which typically swim at depths of 3,000 feet—were seen stranded in the area...

World's 2nd 3-Parent Baby Is Here, but for Different Reason

Another reported first in the nascent world of three-parent babies: an infant born to a previously infertile couple, the BBC reports. The baby born Jan. 5 in Ukraine was created via pronuclear transfer, explained in more detail by New Scientist : The mother's egg and a donor's egg are both fertilized...

After Years Without Mate, Shark Makes Her Own Babies

Australia's Reef HQ aquarium had hoped to scale back its shark breeding program. Its female sharks had other ideas. Over the course of six years, Leonie the zebra or leopard shark had produced more than two dozen offspring before she was separated from her mate in 2012. But in 2016,...

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