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Quake Risk Growing in Eastern US

Earthquake Avoidance 101: Just stay away from California, right? Not so fast. An updated US Geological Survey report and accompanying hazard map confirm that the West still holds the worst potential for seismic shake-ups, with major faults and hazards creeping up the entire West Coast, reports the AP. But the...

Space Probe Chasing 'Rubber Duck' Comet

Space may have found itself a mascot: a double comet some say looks an awful lot like a giant rubber duck. The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe has been gaining on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since reawakening this year, hoping to send a lander to its surface. Now that it's a bit...

Why 5 Siblings Walk on All Fours and Can't Stand Up

Some people walk on all fours for fun, or for sport, but not for long stretches and certainly not for ease of mobility. Yet five siblings in a family of 19 in Hatay, Turkey, walk not just primarily but only on all fours, and lack the balance to do otherwise....

Morning People Are Liars at Night

Think morning people are somehow morally superior? Think again, say researchers whose new study, the Morality of Larks and Owls, finds a strong link between a person's ethical inclination and chronotype—which refers to when people are most naturally inclined to be asleep or awake. When outside of one's preferred...

Wisconsin's New Scourge: 'Crazy Worms'?

With 5,000 or so species of earthworms wriggling about the planet, a few are bound to be nastier than the rest. So is the case with Amynthas agrestis, aka the "Asian crazy worm" or "Alabama jumper," an invasive pest found in Japan, Korea, and—for five decades—in the...

Gene Injection Gives Pigs 'Biological Pacemakers'

A promising experiment on pigs could help save the bacon of people with heart trouble who are having problems with electronic pacemakers. Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute injected genes into the hearts of pigs with irregular heartbeats, reprogramming regular heart cells into pacemaker cells that temporarily restored a normal...

Mystery Crater Spotted Near 'End of the World'

It's tailor-made for crazy conspiracy theories: A big mysterious crater has formed in a part of Siberia known as the "end of the world," reports the Siberian Times. Video of the 260-foot-wide hole has caused such a stir in the region that a team of Russian scientists was due to...

Sunken Nazi Sub Slumbers Off Texas Coast

Many never knew how close German U-boats came to US soil during World War II, but new high-def footage reveals several wrecks on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, some just miles off the coast of Texas. Robert Ballard, known for discovering the Titanic, is now mapping some of...

Biggest 'Flying Dinosaur' Had 4 Wings, Long Feathers

Take the velociraptors made famous by Jurassic Park, make them a bit smaller, add feathers, then change the limbs to wings and you will have something resembling a newly discovered dinosaur species found in China. Researchers say Changyuraptor yangi, a carnivore that lived around 125 million years ago, has the...

Elephant Ancestor's Bones Alter Our Continent's History

North America's prehistoric Clovis people were known hunters of large mammoths and mastodons. But another elephant ancestor, the smaller gomphothere, may also have fallen prey to the ambitious hunter-gatherers. An archaeological dig begun in 2007 in northwestern Mexico now carbon dates that site—which has given up Clovis spear tips,...

Some People Ignored Writing for Thousands of Years

What if people still used typewriters in the year 4,000? Or wrote with a stone and chisel today? That's roughly the equivalent of what archaeologists discovered in Turkey, where a dig dating to 600 to 900 BC turned up clay tokens alongside cuneiform tablets, the Smithsonian reports. The find...

We Can See Political Bias From Space

Deceased dictator Mobutu Sese Seko wanted his hometown to shine brighter than the diamonds he ransacked from the Congo’s coffers—and he apparently isn’t the only world leader to shed some light (and money and resources) on his birthplace. Researchers say that political favoritism can, as LiveScience puts it, "literally...

We'll Be Visiting Pluto in a Year ... Sort Of

Exactly one year from today, a spacecraft will be "arriving" at Pluto—or so a planetary scientist puts it. More specifically, the New Horizons craft, about the size of a baby grand piano and carrying no one, will be passing closer to the dwarf planet than we've ever been before,...

Scientists Create 'Super Black' That Our Eye Can't See

Imagine an object so black that you could stare right at it and see nothing at all. That object now exists, thanks to a British nanotechnology company. Surrey Nanosystems has created a new "super black" coating that absorbs 99.96% of light, which is to say, all light the human...

US Man Gets Deadliest Form of Rare Plague

A rare and deadly form of plague has stricken a man in Colorado, but so far officials only say that he's being treated—and may have contracted the disease from his dog, Bloomberg reports. "He’s on treatment long enough to not be transmissible," said a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department...

Why Skulls of Kids Encircled Ancient Villages

Visitors to some ancient villages in Switzerland and Germany weren't greeted by a nice garden or an archway. They encountered skulls—children's skulls, researchers say. According to a new study, certain lakeshore villages placed children's skulls and bones outside of town in an effort to ward off flooding, the Smithsonian...

Silent but Healthy: Sniffing Farts Is Good for You

To put it one way, small doses of hydrogen sulfide help keep cells healthy and thus help ward off maladies such as dementia, diabetes, and even cancer. To put it another way, "smelling farts could be the best thing you do today," as per CNET. As the Independent explains, researchers...

When Mad, Seahorses Unleash Surprising Sound

What does a seahorse do if you grab it and hold it in place underwater? It growls, of course. It may be a small, low sound, barely audible to the human ear, but scientists in Brazil report in the Journal of Zoology that they used a hydrophone to record audio...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Insights about prehistoric creatures make the list, along with a not-so-great discovery about one of today's common animals: Biggest-Ever Flying Bird Is Unearthed : New research reveals that the biggest flying bird ever discovered had a wingspan bigger than that of some small planes. The bird, named Pelagornis sandersi, lived around...

CDC Shuts 2 Labs After Another Dangerous Gaffe

Another day, another report of a potentially deadly lab mistake by the CDC. The latest one, involving bird flu, has prompted CDC chief Tom Frieden to shut down two research labs temporarily and to halt the shipment of risky germs, reports AP. The bird flu mistake actually happened in May...

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