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Woman's 'Miracle' Birth Thought to Be First of Its Kind

The family of a 24-year-old woman from Dubai is being called "courageous" and "pioneers" because they had the foresight to freeze one of her ovaries when she was just 9 years old, the Washington Post reports. According to the BBC, Moaza al Matrooshi was born with a potentially fatal blood...

Where This Mound Stands Was a City Larger Than Paris

What drove the rapid decline of the largest city of North America some seven centuries ago? Annalee Newitz takes an up-close look for Ars Technica after traveling to the outskirts of East St. Louis, Ill., this past summer to help archaeologists dig up what evidence they can of Cahokia, which...

Near Ocean's Deepest Spot, a 3.5-Second Symphony

The 3.5-second symphony covers nearly half of the sound range that humans can hear, rising from a frequency as low as 38 hertz to an 8,000-hertz "metallic finale." But unless you make a detour to waters above the deepest spot in the ocean, you might never hear it....

You Can Tell a Rat Is Happy by His Ears

Scientists have already found that rats seem to enjoy having their bellies tickled. They let out a noise too high-pitched for the human ear to detect and keep coming back for more. Now, adding to the idea that rats have their own version of a giggle, researchers at the University...

Scientists Take 'Huge' Step Toward Reversing Aging

In the future, we may be able to treat aging itself, rather than just the diseases that come with it, the Guardian reports. “Our study shows that aging may not have to proceed in one single direction," researcher Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte says. "With careful modulation, aging might be reversed....

Famed Astronomer's Remains Have High Levels of ... Gold?

Tycho Brahe was an unusual man. The Danish astronomer from the late 1500s who laid the foundation for modern astronomy was extremely wealthy, had a pet moose, and according to a new analysis of his hair and bones, was also—literally—full of gold, reports the University of South Denmark...

Ancient Human Ancestor Was One Tall Dude, Footprints Say

He stood a majestic 5-foot-5, weighed around 100 pounds, and maybe had a harem. That's what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million year ago, the AP reports. He's evidently the tallest known member of the prehuman species best known for the fossil skeleton nicknamed...

Mystery Lives On for 'Amazon's Own Stonehenge'

"What other secrets about our past are still hidden in Brazil's jungles?" These are the musings of Lailson Camelo da Silva, the man credited with stumbling across the "Amazon's own Stonehenge," the New York Times reports. Scientists had come across the huge granite blocks—a 2006 AP report say there...

A Buoy Noticed a Wave in 2013 That Was 'Remarkable'

The world's "highest significant wave height as measured by a buoy" was 62.3 feet, located in the (very) high seas between the UK and Iceland, and occurred in 2013, the World Meteorological Organization has confirmed. The wave formed after a strong cold front passed through the remote area, which...

Scientists Figure Out Why Men Have No Penis Bone

Monkeys have them. In walruses, they might be up to two feet long. Mice have teeny, tiny ones. So why don't human men have a penis bone? Scientists have a theory, and gentlemen, it might hurt your ego a bit. While researching the bone—known as the baculum—researchers at...

Meteor Shower to Battle Supermoon Tuesday Night

Get ready for Supermoon vs. Geminids, the altercation near the space station (we're still working on this). Space reports the annual Geminid meteor shower will hit its peak Tuesday night, giving the world a chance to witness "one of the most impressive annual night-sky events." Unfortunately, that peak is scheduled...

Space Station Gets a Christmas Delivery

Christmas gifts have arrived at the International Space Station, courtesy of Japan. A Japanese cargo ship pulled up at the orbiting lab Tuesday, four days after launching. The capsule—called Kounotori, or white stork—contains nearly 5 tons of food, water, batteries and other supplies, reports the AP. NASA says...

Days May Be Numbered for UK's Beloved Fish and Chips

Britain's beloved national dish of fish and chips may have to be updated for changing times—along with the saying "Plenty of fish in the sea." Researchers say the cold-water fish like cod and haddock traditionally used in the dish are vanishing from British waters as the seas warm up,...

Japan to Smack Space Junk With 2.3K-Foot Whip

Can a whip as long as six football fields destroy some of the 500,000 pieces of space junk spinning around Earth at 17,500 miles per hour? Japan's space agency sure hopes so. JAXA launched its Kounotori 6 spacecraft on Friday with tons of supplies bound for the International...

Santa's Reindeer Are Shrinking

Santa might need to recruit a few extra reindeer this year. According to Scottish scientists, Arctic reindeer are shrinking in size. Scientists weighed 135 reindeer on Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 800 miles from the North Pole, each April from 1994 to 2015 and found the animals shrank from 121 pounds...

Our Days Are a Smidge Longer Than They Used to Be

The meticulous work of ancient astronomers has led to a modern observation: Our days are longer than they used to be. Not that you'd notice: The new research in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A shows that it takes the Earth a tiny bit longer these days to complete...

Dino Surprise: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

A first-of-its-kind discovery about dinosaurs in a most unusual place and a potentially scary study for those who groom "down there" make the list: Scientists Find Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber : Researchers were perusing an amber market in Myanmar when they stumbled across a truly extraordinary specimen. Trapped inside a...

Hero King's Unknown Face Now Revealed

Robert the Bruce, King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329 and perhaps most famous for defeating the English army at the Battle of Bannockburn, has been dead some 700 years, but we're just now getting a good idea of what he might have looked like. Without any...

Major Dino Discovery Made in Amber Meant for Jewelry

Researchers were perusing an amber market in Myanmar when they stumbled across a truly extraordinary specimen, National Geographic reports. Trapped inside a golden piece of amber—already partially shaped to be sold as jewelry—was a fully feathered section of a dinosaur's tail. According to the Los Angeles Times, the...

Here Comes the Polar Vortex

A somewhat ominous tweet from The Weather Channel on Wednesday evening offered fair warning about a returning winter phenomenon. Showing frigid temperatures dipping into the teens, single digits, and even minuses in some parts of the country, the tweet read: "No, these are not forecast low temperatures. These are high...

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