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ESA Uses Science Fiction To Draw Attention To Comet Mission

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You wouldn’t think that the ESA (European Space Agency) would need to pull any stunts to promote its Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The prospect of successfully trailing and landing a remote satellite on the comet seems thrilling enough. However, the ESA teamed up with an Oscar-nominated movie director, Tomek Bagiński, to produce a short… Read more »

Lizards In Florida Are Evolving Right Before Our Very Eyes

Carolina anoles, a species of lizards typically found in Florida, is evolving faster than the usual, with visible evolutionary changes within just 20 generations

Lizards in Florida are evolving right before our very eyes, according to scientists who have tracked the lizards’ evolutionary progress over the past 15 years. In a classic case of natural selection and what biologists call “character displacement,” Florida’s Anolis carolinensis — more commonly known as green or Carolina anole — are being forced to… Read more »

Scientists Fear Space May Make Astronauts Infertile

Astronauts

Scientists fear that being in space for a long time may make both male and female astronauts infertile, as studies suggest. Experiments in animals show that space radiation causes damage to the sperm reproduction of men and to ovaries of women. In a study conducted by researchers at University of Kansas’ Department of Molecular Integrative… Read more »

Google Executive Skydives From Over 25 Miles High — New Record!

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Something strange happened early yesterday morning in the sky above Roswell, New Mexico, and though it had to do with a little flying man, it had nothing to do with aliens. Alan Eustace, 57, an executive for Google, made the highest parachute skydive jump ever — from 135,000 feet! According to the New York Times,… Read more »

Archaeologists Discover 6,000 Year Old Prehistoric Temple In Ukraine!

6000 year old temple Ukraine discovered by archaeologists

Archaeologists researching a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine have come across the remains of a temple that is thought to be at least 6000 years old. Measuring 197 x 66 feet in size, the temple was made of wood and was a two storied structure, reports the Christian Science Monitor. According to archaeologists Nataliya Burdo… Read more »

Ancient Scottish Fish ‘First To Have Sex,’ Scientists Say

Microbrachius dicki

An international team of researchers says a primitive bony fish called Microbrachius dicki is the first-known animal to stop reproducing by spawning and instead mate by having sex. BBC News reports that the fish lived in ancient lakes about 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland. The lead author, Professor John Long, from… Read more »

Celtic ‘Cross’ Discovered On Mars

The cross appears to be surrounded by a circle, though the shape is minute.

UFO hunters have made a strange discovery in an image sent back by NASA’s Opportunity rover, revealing what appears to be a cross, surrounded by a circle, embedded in the otherworldly rock of Mars. As The Huffington Post notes, the Opportunity rover has been traversing the surface of Mars for the last decade. The odd,… Read more »

Kangaroos Didn’t Always Hop, Evolutionary Biologists Suggest

Kangaroos didn't always hop, according to recent findings by a team of evolutionary biologists.

Quick! Name three things kangaroos always do. Well, that’s easy. They put their young inside pouches, they really like the Australian outback, and they hop around town like nobody’s business. Shockingly enough, the last one wasn’t always their thing. According to recent research conducted by Brown University scientists, kangaroos didn’t always hop around to get… Read more »

Watch These Bees Cook A Hornet Alive

Ball of bees cooking a hornet alive

What happens when a predator gets so deadly that the prey has to think outside the box to fight back? Sometimes, evolution can work in strange ways, finding the most unexpected methods to defend a species from extinction. Bees, for example, have discovered a way to use their collective body temperature to roast their worst… Read more »