How oxygen masks brought down a plane

When oxygen masks drop from the airplane ceiling, they’re not connected to a big tank of gas. Instead, a chemical reaction supplies oxygen to passengers. But...

Scientist find snow monkeys go fishing to survive harsh winters

Snow monkeys living in one of the world’s coldest regions survive by ‘going fishing’ – scooping live animals, including brown trout, out of Japanese...

How did the Earth and moon form?

The Earth formed over 4.6 billion years ago out of a mixture of dust and gas around the young sun. It grew larger thanks to...

Could we really deflect an asteroid heading for Earth

A NASA spacecraft the size of a golf cart has been directed to smash into an asteroid, with the intention of knocking it slightly...

Loss of ancient grazers triggered a global rise in fires, shows Yale study

From 50,000 years to 6,000 years ago, many of the world’s largest animals, including such iconic grassland grazers as the woolly mammoth, giant bison,...

Ancient human relative walked like a human, but climbed like an ape

Scientists have discovered a two-million-year-old fossil vertebrae from an extinct species of ancient human relatives. The recovery of new lumbar vertebrae from the lower back...

X-rays may save Henry VIII’s revered ship, the Mary Rose

The crown jewel of Henry VIII’s 16th century fleet was its flagship, the venerable Mary Rose. More than 500 years after its launch, the vessel...

Scientists discover water bear fossil in a 16-million-year-old amber

Good luck finding an animal tougher than a tardigrade. These tiny creatures are famous for their ability to survive in the most extreme conditions, including...

Archaeologists discover salt workers’ residences at underwater ancient Maya site

The ancient Maya had stone temples and palaces in the rainforest of Central America, along with dynastic records of royal leaders carved in stone,...

This native American plant med can treat pain and diarrhea

In a new study from the University of California, Irvine, researchers found how plants with a long history of use by Native Americans worked...

Scientists solve 50-year-old mystery behind plant growth

A team of researchers led by UC Riverside has demonstrated for the first time one way that a small molecule turns a single cell...

Scientists find new force behind past mass extinction event

A team of scientists has identified an additional force that likely contributed to a mass extinction event 250 million years ago. Its analysis of minerals...

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A 2,700-year-old cuneiform tablet from ancient Iraq depicts the demon that the ancient Assyrians thought caused epilepsy. It’s a previously overlooked element of the tablet...
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Scientists discover strange hollow ball-like structures in 80-million-year-old fossils

Scientists from The University of Western Australian and University of Cambridge have made a chance discovery in UK museum collections. They discovered hollow ball-like structures...

The Earth’s moon may be cracking up

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Scientists discover the bald eagle killer

The alarm bells began ringing when dozens of eagles were found dead near an Arkansas lake. Their deaths--and, later, the deaths of other waterfowl, amphibians...