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A 'Mini Ice Age' Is Coming—and Soon

In the words of the Starks, winter is coming—and it's going to be bad. Using a new model to forecast the sun's activity, scientists predict solar activity will fall by 60% in the 2030s to conditions not seen since a "mini ice age" in 1645. For almost two centuries,...

In Search of Lobsters, Scientists Find Volcanoes

Researchers on the last night of a voyage to find lobster larvae instead uncovered four extinct, undiscovered volcanoes some 155 miles off Australia's east coast. "My jaw just dropped," voyage leader Iain Suthers tells the Guardian. Though he says researchers believed the ocean floor in the area was "billiard-table flat,...

For Some, Tiny LSD Hits Are Like Cup of Coffee

There's "Strawberry Fields Forever," and then there's... a real small strawberry field. That's the idea behind taking tiny amounts of LSD—often by drinking acid-laced water—for little apparent benefits, like getting more focused, more creative, or nicer to people, LiveScience reports. "It's like the coffee to wake up the...

Electric Plane Makes Historic Flight

A French pilot has flown across the English Channel in an electric-powered plane, a journey considered an important symbolic step toward making electric flight viable in the long term. Pilot Hugues Duval flew from the French port of Calais to the English shoreline and back last night on a two-engine,...

Scientists Spy a Doughnut, Whale on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to pass within 7,750 miles of Pluto on Tuesday, and the probe has now sent us our closest view yet of the dwarf planet. Look closely and you might see some familiar shapes: Specifically, the image, taken from 5 million miles away, appears...

Deadly New Virus Jumped From Squirrels to People

Squirrel breeding is a real job—and apparently a very dangerous one if you're dealing with the wrong kind of squirrel. After the mysterious deaths of three German men who all worked as breeders of variegated squirrels—a kind of squirrel native to Central America that's sometimes kept as an...

Guy Snaps Crazy Photo of Space Station Flyby

All it took for Dylan O'Donnell to capture this image from his perch in southeastern Australia of the International Space Station (visible in the upper-right part of the frame) passing in front of the moon: a Canon camera set to burst mode, a Celestron telescope, and a quick eye, per...

Your Medication Could Be Making You More Selfish

Medications do more than treat an illness: Certain ones may also make you more considerate or selfish. A new study finds two common medications, an antidepressant and a treatment for Parkinson's disease, actually alter your moral compass, reports Medical Daily. Researchers assigned 89 healthy people a dose of the serotonin-boosting...

Physicist Unearths Key Detail About Iconic WWII Photo

The party started early on VJ Day. Though the official announcement that World War II ended wasn't made until closer to 7pm on Aug. 14, 1945, a scientific assessment of the famous photo of the couple kissing in celebration, called "VJ Day in Times Square" and widely known as "The...

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

There's a reason we don't typically call Earth's oldest person the oldest woman in the world—the oldest person is pretty much always a woman. In fact, just two of the world's 53 living supercentenarians (people 110 and older) are men, reports IFL Science. But why is the longevity gap...

The Internet Encounters This Centipede, Freaks Out

Chilopodophobes, look away. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department came across a giant redheaded centipede on a broom in Garner State Park and posted a photo of the creepy-crawly to Facebook last week. It might just show up in your worst nightmares. The Texas Redhead centipede has a long black...

Study: Here's What Happens When You Mix Pot, Booze

Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time. Researchers write in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that no study has previously "directly...

Sunken 'Kamikaze' Ship Recalls Mongol Invasions

A shipwreck has been spotted off the coast of Japan that harks back to attempted Mongol invasions and a lot of luck with Mother Nature, Archaeology reports. Running about 65 feet long and 20 feet wide, the wreck lies off the island of Takashima, where artifacts and a ship from...

After 2 Misfires, Space Station Finally Gets Fresh Supplies

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the US-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food, and other supplies,...

Why Seahorses Have 'Square' Tails

A seahorse's tail is a bizarre one in the animal kingdom because it's square—or more precisely, it's made up of about three dozen "square plates," explains Gizmodo. Why? Researchers set out to discover just that with a method that sounds, well, pretty fun: They printed 3D replicas of the...

Old Well May Delve Into US History

Archaeologists in Jamestown—the first permanent English settlement in the Americas—say they may have found another well that runs down into US colonial history, Popular Archaeology reports. Spotted in a seven-foot-deep cellar dating to the early 1600s, the partially visible find is "a pretty good-sized pit," says Danny Schmidt,...

5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

An eye color linked to hitting the bottle and bad news about the Great Wall of China make the list: Sniff Test May Help Diagnose Autism : A simple sniff test shows promise in detecting autism in kids—perhaps even in those who aren't yet toddlers because it doesn't involve responding...

Roses May Soon Smell Much Sweeter

Breeding over hundreds of generations has helped roses look better and live longer, but at the expense of their sweet-smelling scent, reports the AP. After all, those buying bouquets don't really care about a flower's ability to attract pollinators. A new study in the journal Science, however, may help restore...

Supplies Finally On the Way to Space Station

A Russian booster rocket has successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off flawlessly from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan today, placing the Progress M-28M...

Simple Sniff Test May Diagnose Autism

A surprisingly simple sniff test shows promise in detecting autism in kids—perhaps even in those who aren't yet toddlers because it doesn't involve responding to questions. Israeli researchers found that autistic kids don't react strongly to strong smells, of either the pleasant or unpleasant variety, reports CNN. In the...

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