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NASA Craft Gets Final Wake-Up Call for Pluto Flyby

New Horizons just got what's probably the earliest wakeup call ever. Even though it's not supposed to fly by Pluto—the destination of its nine-year, 3-billion-mile journey—until July, the NASA craft roused itself from its "hibernation" slumber and is fully awake for the last leg of its mission, Space....

Forget the Writing: Parchment Itself Holds Clues to Past

Plenty of historical knowledge comes from writings on parchment—but now, researchers are learning about the past using the parchment itself. DNA analysis of the writing surface is revealing genetic information about the animals used to make it, and how their genomes differ from similar animals today, according to research...

'Ghost Ship' Found Half-Mile Below Surface of Pacific

A torpedo sent the USS Kailua to a watery grave off the coast of Oahu in 1946. Nearly seven decades later, a small submersible vehicle last year discovered the surprisingly intact "ghost" ship, the University of Hawaii announced Friday. The former cable ship Dickenson was instrumental in Pacific communications after...

Archaeologists' Surprise Find: Ancient, Busty Statuette

Archaeologists in northern France were digging for "tooled flint or bones," they say, when they came upon something stunning: what ended up being a 23,000-year-old sculpture of a woman. While digging near Amiens over the summer, they noticed some pieces amid the limestone they had found didn't look particularly...

Physicists Invent New Pasta Shape

It's food for thought—quite literally. A pair of scientists in the UK have turned a physics problem into an Italian-style dish. They invented anelloni, whose name is based on the Italian word for ring, as a way of studying ring-shaped polymers, Phys.org reports. Polymers, the site notes, are...

5 Ancient Skeletons Found in Shackles

Investigating an ancient Roman burial site in southwest France, researchers came upon a creepy find: Five skeletons—one of them a child's—were stuck in shackles, the Independent reports. Iron chains were locked around the ankles of three of the skeletons, while another had shackles on its neck. The child...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Lots of enormous buried items make this week's list: Biggest Man-Made Stone Block Found : What's 64 feet long, 18 feet high, and 1,650 tons? According to German archaeologists in Lebanon, it's the biggest stone block ever made by man. As impressive as it is, the ancient block might have...

Giraffes Are Silently Disappearing

It's apparently time to start worrying about giraffes. While they don't get the attention of elephants or other high-profile animals on the brink, new numbers from a conservation group show a startling decline: The world had 140,000 giraffes in 1999, and it has 80,000 today. “It’s a silent...

Male Smokers May Lose Y Chromosomes

Even if general appeals to one's health aren't enough to convince people to quit smoking, perhaps this new research out of Sweden will give men some pause. An Uppsala University study published yesterday in Science says that male smokers are, on average, three times more likely to lose Y chromosomes...

Electric Eels Use 'Remote Control' to Paralyze Prey

Electric eels have long been known to deliver low-voltage pulses as a form of natural sonar—but now researchers out of Vanderbilt University have discovered the eels also deliver high-voltage shocks, which they use to paralyze their prey—from a distance, with no physical contact—in just three milliseconds. It's...

'YES! Splashdown!' Orion Returns to Earth

As the official Orion Spacecraft Twitter feed put it: "YES! Splashdown!" In just 4.5 hours, Orion traveled 60,000 miles and went farther into space than any ship designed for humans has gone in 42 years, reports NASA. Orion landed, stable and upright, in the Pacific at 11:29am,...

NASA Launches Orion, Begins the 'Mars Era'

After yesterday's launch was canceled amid gusts of wind and technical problems, Orion successfully blasted off at 7:05am today as thousands of people watched in Cape Canaveral. "This is Day 1 of the Mars era," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden; the space agency plans for the space capsule to...

Koala Savages Woman Walking Dogs

It wasn't the koala's fault, says an Australian woman who was savaged by one of the planet's most cute and cuddly-appearing creatures. According to 7News Adelaide, Mary Anne Forster was walking her two dogs a couple of weeks ago when they dragged her toward a koala at the bottom of...

James Watson's DNA Nobel Sells for $4.1M

James Watson will collect $4.1 million for the Nobel medal he received in 1962 for unraveling the structure of DNA. The anonymous buyer will actually have to shell out $4.8 million counting the premium that goes to Christie's auction house, reports the New York Times. The newspaper says...

Ancient Zigzag Means World's First Artist Wasn't Human

A human ancestor carved a zigzag onto the shell of a mussel some 430,000 years ago. Now, that shell, recovered from a riverbank in Indonesia more than a century ago, could transform what it means to be human. Artistic creativity has long been considered unique to Homo sapiens. Before...

NASA's 'Mars Ship' Takes Off Today

A spacecraft NASA hopes to one day send people to Mars in will make its maiden voyage today. The Orion space capsule will be launched from Cape Canaveral on a short, unmanned test mission which the Atlantic says will include a "rigorous training gauntlet not seen since the Apollo moon-landing...

Texas Finds Its Missing Brains

The University of Texas' missing brains have been located: After reports emerged that about 100 human brains had gone missing from UT Austin, psych professor Tim Schallert got a call from UT San Antonio. "They have the brains," he tells the LA Times. “They read a media report of the...

Japan Launches Explorer to Blast Crater in Asteroid

A Japanese space explorer took off today on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to the origin of Earth. Hayabusa 2 is expected to reach the asteroid in mid-2018, spend about 18 months studying it,...

100 Brains Go Missing at University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin has a macabre mystery on its hands: It's missing brains, about a hundred of them—potentially among them one belonging to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman. The brains were those of patients at the Austin State Hospital, formerly the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. They...

Richard III's DNA Reveals Secret: Female Infidelity

Richard III's remains continue to give up secrets the English king would probably prefer be kept buried. Since discovering his remains under a parking lot in Leicester in 2012, scientists have determined he had a bad case of roundworms and died a brutal death. Now they say an analysis of...

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