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The Brontosaurus Really Did Exist, Study Says

It's big news, quite literally. New research indicates that the Brontosaurus really did exist, some 112 years after scientists declared the opposite was true. The backstory: Paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh and his team discovered the fossils of two long-necked dinosaurs in the Western US in the 1870s and had them...

Here's Where Lightning Strikes Most Often

Bad news for us land-lubbers: Lightning strikes more often here than it does on water, NASA reports. And things are particularly bad near the equator. In fact, some 90% of lightning on Earth strikes between the 38th parallels south and north, LiveScience reports. Want more specifics? A new NASA map...

3 New Kinds of Pocket-Sized 'Dragons' Found

Even in the year 2015, and even with widespread destruction of the world's wilderness, zoologists who look hard enough can still find new species of dragons—the dwarf kind, at least. Researchers combing the cloud forests of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru have uncovered three new kinds of small,...

First Wild Bison in 200 Years Born East of Mississippi

For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was a young man, there are wild bison in Illinois and ecologists were thrilled to welcome a new calf this week. The baby bison was born at the Nachusa Grasslands prairie restoration just 95 miles west of Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune. It...

Waterloo Soldier ID'd as German Hunchback

The first complete skeleton retrieved from the Battle of Waterloo has been identified as a German who wouldn't be allowed in any modern army, the Sunday Times reports via the Independent. The soldier was apparently Friedrich Brandt, 23, who fought 200 years ago in the King’s German Legion of George...

Aliens Are Huge: Expert

If you're traveling to distant planets anytime soon, you might think twice about raising a ruckus: The inhabitants likely weigh an average of 650 pounds, a cosmologist says. Apparently it all comes down to planet size and the conservation of energy, CNET reports. "Throughout the animal kingdom, species which are...

Just a Little Exercise Ups Longevity for Couch Potatoes

If you've given up physical activity because you don't have the time or inclination to achieve recommended weekly exercise levels, strap on your walking shoes: A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that something's better than nothing in terms of increasing longevity. Scientists from the National Cancer Institute looked...

Giant Atom Smasher Is Back in Action

The world's biggest particle accelerator is back in action after a two-year shutdown and upgrade, embarking on a new mission that scientists hope could give them a look into the unseen dark universe. Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, shot two particle beams through the Large...

Men More Likely Than Women to Go Back, Kill Hitler

If you had a time machine, would you go back and kill Hitler before he could lead the Nazis? Men and women both see the benefits of such an act, but men seem more likely to pull the trigger, the Independent reports. Researchers came to this conclusion by poring over...

After 2-Year Hiatus, CERN's Collider Rolls Again

For the first time since 2013, protons are swirling around the Large Hadron Collider's 16.8-mile loop, as CERN brings its baby back online after a two-year, $150 million rebuild. With the "God particle" now under its belt, CERN is hoping for bigger and better things out of LHC 2....

DNA Poop Tests Find 'Lazy' Dog Owners

Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits. The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to...

How Mozart Could Make Your Kitty's Spaying Safer

Surgery isn't a calming experience—so it only makes sense that your cat would rather hear soothing strings than distorted guitars. In what has to be one of science's odder recent experiments, researchers in Portugal decided to pop a pair of headphones on a dozen cats while they were being...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A possible superbug-slayer made of garlic and a revealing military study on suicide make the list: Stone Age Sex Quiz Shows Ladies Reproduced More Than Men : For every 17 women who reproduced during the Stone Age, just one man did the same. Researchers analyzed DNA of 450 people from geographically...

Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbugs Even Stronger

Superbugs such as MRSA are already bad enough. But it turns out that something can make them even nastier: cigarette smoke. Researchers found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria exposed to the smoke became more aggressive and far more difficult to kill, they explain at Eureka Alert. It's almost as if the smoke...

Why Parents Should Surprise Their Infants

When something surprising happens, it provides a special learning experience for babies, a study suggests. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University set up a series of experiments in which babies were exposed to objects whose behavior did and did not "violate expectations," per the study, published in Science. In one case,...

Drug That Could Top Medical Marijuana Exists

Pain, insomnia, nausea, and some psychological conditions are among the health issues medical marijuana is used to treat—but the drug can come with frustrating side effects like dizziness, dry mouth, and telltale red eyes. Plus, not everybody wants to get high, a doctor notes. Another drug that's been in...

New Invention: Perfume That Smells Better as You Sweat

Huge news in the sweet-smelling world of perfume: Researchers at Queen's University Belfast say they're developed a perfume that makes you smell better the more you sweat. Basically, the perfume—a raw scent combined with an odorless ionic liquid—uses a special "delivery system" that releases more of the perfume's...

$1B Suit Blames Hopkins for Infecting Subjects With STDs

More than 750 plaintiffs are suing the Johns Hopkins Hospital System Corp. over its role in a series of medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s during which subjects were infected with venereal diseases. The lawsuit in Baltimore seeks $1 billion in damages for individuals infected with syphilis,...

Polar Bears Will Struggle for Food on Land

Polar bears forced off melting sea ice will not find enough food to replace their current diet of fat-laden seals, researchers say in a conclusion that contradicts studies indicating bears may be benefiting from bird eggs, berries, and other land food sources. Karyn Rode, a USGS wildlife biologist and lead...

Century's Shortest Lunar Eclipse Coming Saturday

Early risers in western North America on Saturday may be rewarded with a sight of the century's shortest total eclipse. While some total eclipses can last up to an hour, sky watchers will have just four minutes and 43 seconds to take in the sight of the blood moon as...

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