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KFC Says It Is Sending Sandwich to Space

KFC says it plans to make a space pioneer out of a chicken sandwich next week when it sends it to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon. The promotional stunt for the Zinger sandwich comes two months after the fast food chain unveiled Rob...

Deadly Fungus Is Killing Rattlesnakes

Fungal diseases have hit species including frogs and bats, and now one is taking a toll on North American snake populations, National Geographic reports. Some 30 snake species in 15 US states and Canada have been hit hard by snake fungal disease, though rattlesnakes appear to be at particularly high...

This Baby Bird Fell in Amber 99M Years Ago

A study involving a 99-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber is making waves thanks to the cute little creature caught inside. According to Popular Science, a well-preserved baby bird trapped in the sap just a few days or weeks after hatching may be the key to unlocking secrets of the Cretaceous...

Trump Admin Sets Sights on Protections for Sage Grouse

The sage grouse, which is known for its unique mating dance and only found in North America, has lost up to 90% of its population over the past few decades, dwindling to between 200,000 and 500,000 birds. Now a plan to save the sage grouse that took years...

These Trees Know Where They Are on the Planet

Most trees grow straight, but the Cook pine leans another way. As a new study reveals, the tree leans toward the equator no matter where it grows, giving it what Science Alert calls a "drunken-looking slant." Matthew Ritter of California Polytechnic State University first became curious about the trees after...

Einstein Said It Would Never Be Seen. It Just Was

Astronomers just proved the great Albert Einstein wrong—by proving him right. Einstein's 1915 theory of relativity says gravity can distort light and alter its path. National Geographic reports Einstein posited that would created a phenomenon called gravitational microlensing between two stars appearing to pass in front of each other....

New Hope for Diagnosing Autism in Babies

One of the great mysteries of autism is predicting which children will develop the condition, Gizmodo reports. But scientists at UNC Chapel Hill have now used brain scans to predict with near pinpoint accuracy whether babies as young as 6 months would develop autism by age 2. Two is the...

This Is Not a Bullet Hole. This Is Mars

Mars is the solar system's equivalent of a pock-marked teenager, with a surface dotted by countless craters and pits left by meteors, floods, and volcanoes. But there's one newly discovered pit that scientists just can't make sense of, reports Science Alert. It's a massive hole—believed to be hundreds of...

Civil War Sub No Longer a 'Corroded Artifact'

When it was raised in 2000, the HL Hunley looked a bit like the Flying Dutchman. Encrusted in a rock-hard layer of sand and shell, the hand-powered Civil War submarine that slumbered off Charleston, SC, for almost 140 years had to be painstakingly soaked and cleaned. But after three years...

In Scales vs. Feathers Dino Debate, Some New Evidence

Just when you were getting used to the idea of dinosaurs being covered in downy feathers, new evidence suggests that this theory may not apply to one of natural history’s most famous carnivores. Science reports that though cousins of the Tyrannosaurus rex likely sported feathers, a new study examining skin...

NASA Picks 12 New Astronauts

NASA chose 12 new astronauts Wednesday from its biggest pool of applicants ever, hand-picking seven men and five women who could one day fly aboard the nation's next generation of spacecraft. The astronaut class of 2017 includes doctors, scientists, engineers, pilots, and military officers from Anchorage to Miami and points...

You Could Still Be Skiing in California in August

You can ski pretty much all summer long this year in California, where the remnants of a very snowy winter are still lingering. Much of the Rockies, Sierras, and Cascades still have at least 8 feet of snow on the ground, USA Today reports, citing the National Weather Service, and...

Hawaii Passes Law Committing to Paris Agreement

States are continuing to fight back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, with Hawaii becoming the first state to pass a law adopting the goals of the accord. NPR reports the bill was signed Tuesday by Gov. David Ige. He was joined by mayors from...

New Fossils Push Known Human History Back 100K Years

“My reaction was a big ‘wow,'” archaeologist Jean-Jacques Hublin tells the Guardian. Hublin and his team recently discovered Homo sapien fossils in an old mine in Morocco that dating tests reveal are 300,000 years old. Prior to the discovery, the earliest known Homo sapien fossils were about 195,...

40-Year-Old Signal From Space Is Finally Explained

In 1977, a radio telescope recorded a 72-second signal coming from the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. Stunned, the astronomer who observed it wrote "Wow!" on the readout. Since it couldn't be explained, plenty argued the signal was proof of life beyond our planet. After 40 years, however, a researcher...

Human Age Can Be Revealed Through Sinus X-Rays

When scientists are working with only partial remains, it can be very difficult to determine age. Now forensic anthropologists say they've found a way to help approximate age in children: noninvansive X-rays of the skull's frontal sinus region. Reporting in the journal Anatomical Record, they say that's because the human...

Poachers' New Target: Ancient Trees

When Colin Hepburn, member of the activist group Wilderness Committee, was walking through the woods in May of 2012 in Canada’s Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, he came across the remains of an 800-year-old cedar tree. It had stood at almost 200 feet, and it was gone, cut off at its...

It May Be Time to Cut Weather Forecasters Some Slack

Make fun of the weatherman if you want, but modern forecasts have quietly, by degrees, become much better. The AP reports meteorologists are now as good with their five-day forecasts as they were with their three-day forecasts in 2005. Both government and private weather forecasting firms are nearing the point...

California Is Now 13 Acres Bigger

A recent landslide is the largest one a rep with California's Department of Transportation is aware of, and the US Geological Survey explains just how big it was. The May 20 slide in Big Sur involved more than a million tons of rock and dirt, and by analyzing before-and-after photos,...

Lawmaker: God Will Look After the Climate

President Trump has announced America's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord —and US Rep. Tim Walberg probably isn't losing any sleep over it. The conservative Republican, who represents a district in southern Michigan, says he isn't worried about climate change because if it is happening, a higher power than Trump...

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