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Mars Rat Photo A Secret NASA Conspiracy? PETA Would Be Angry

Mars Rat Photo A Secret NASA Conspiracy? PETA Would Be Angry

Was the Mars rat flown to the red planet as part of a secret NASA conspiracy involving animal experiments? As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Mars rat photo was snapped in September of 2012 by NASA’s Curiosity rover. According to UFO Sightings Daily, the creature is either a lizard or a Mars rat: “This… Read more »

Petri Dish Inventor Julius Richard Petri Honored With Google Doodle

Petri Dish Inventor Julius Richard Petri

As someone who has streaked many an agar-filled petri dish with sample swabs, I know how nasty the invisible, microscopic world around us is – finding numerous colonies of cultured microorganisms germinating from stairway rails, elevator buttons, toilet seats, door knobs, and other such ilk. It would disturb you to both know which one is… Read more »

Webcam On The Moon Scheduled To Go Live In 2015

webcam on the moon to go live in 2015

Webcams are everywhere else, so why not a webcam on the moon? A joint private-sector venture by the International Lunar Observatory Association and Moon Express, Inc. of Silicon Valley intends to land a telescope on the moon by 2015. Calling it “citizen science” on the Earth’s natural satellite, Moon Express CEO Bob Richards said that… Read more »

Approaching Asteroid 1998 QE2 Boasts Its Own Moon

Approaching Asteroid Moon

Approaching asteroid 1998 QE2 boasts its own moon, according to NASA scientists, who discovered the object in a series of radar images taken Wednesday evening. While an asteroid having a moon might seem strange to us, about 16 percent of asteroids in the near-Earth population that measure 665 feet or larger are either binary or… Read more »

Rounded Pebbles On Mars Indicate Past Flowing Water

Mars Rounded Pebbles

Rounded pebbles discovered on Mars are giving scientists more evidence that water once flowed on the Red Planet. The pebbles were discovered by NASA’s newest rover Curiosity. The rover is on a trek to the middle of the Gale Crater, where Mount Sharp protrudes three miles into the air. The rover snapped several pictures of… Read more »

Live Cicada Cam Entrances, Freaks Out Social Web [Watch]

live cicada cam

Maybe you’re not on the Eastern seaboard — but the live cicada cam is there to show you what you’re missing. The live cicada cam marks the first time the appearance of the normally hibernating insects coincides with the existence of the social web. In decades past, people were forced to call relatives to complain… Read more »

NASA Detects Explosion On Moon From Meteorite Collision

NASA Detects Explosion Moon

A boulder slammed into the moon on March 17, causing the biggest explosion on the celestial body NASA scientists have seen so far. The meteorite collided with the lunar surface at an incredible 56,000 mph. In doing so, it created a new crater measuring 65 feet wide. The crash also sparked a bright flash of… Read more »

Kepler Spacecraft Suffers Major Failure, Mission’s Future In Jeopardy

Kepler Failure May Scrub Mission

The Kepler space observatory suffered a major failure on Wednesday, putting into questions the future of NASA’s planet-hunting space observatory. Kepler’s controllers found on Tuesday that the observatory had gone into a “safe mode.” They also found that one of the reaction wheels needed to orient the spacecraft wasn’t spinning. Associate NASA Administrator John Grunsfeld… Read more »

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’, Internet Thrilled

astronaut hadfield bowie cover

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station, and the performance — posted by the frequently tweeting spaceman on Twitter — quickly began making the internet rounds. Hadfield’s Bowie cover also was posted by the astronaut himself over on Reddit, where he started a thread in the subreddit… Read more »

Carbon Dioxide Levels Have Reached An All-Time High

Greenhouse gases, cardon dioxide

Federal scientists disclosed Friday that worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), has reached an atmospheric saturation level never encountered before. Carbon dioxide is said to be responsible for global warning, influencing an incremental but perpetual rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, as the gas traps heat like… Read more »

Scientists Uncover Possible Brazilian Atlantis

Scientists Find Brazilian Atlantis

Scientists have uncovered what they are calling the “Brazilian Atlantis,” a reference to the sunken island thought to lay between Africa and South America. Discovering Atlantis has been the subject of numerous studies, books, and movies throughout the years, though no sign of the mythical island was found — until now. Geologists in Brazil, working… Read more »

Carnivore Death Cave Contains Thousands Of Animal Fossils

Carnivore Fossils Found In Cave

A so-called carnivore death cave is believed to have lured thousands of animals to their death. Scientists believe that the creatures became trapped inside the cavern with no means to escape. Researchers have discovered the ancient fossils of thousands of animals who found their way into the cave millions of years ago. Although scientists tend… Read more »

Civil War Death Moon Blamed For General Jackson’s Demise

Civil War Death Moon Blamed For General Jackson's Demise

A Civil War death moon is being blamed for General Jackson’s demise. In the spring of 1863, south Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson seemed to be gaining momentum in northern Virginia. But the battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia saw Jackson’s own men inadvertently shooting him during the night at the order of Confederate… Read more »

No-Wash Shirt Won’t Stink Up Your Closet For 100 Days

Wool & Prince No-Wash Shirt

A no-wash shirt might be the answer for those of you out there who hate doing laundry. A New York City startup by the name of Wool & Prince has created a shirt that needs very little maintenance. The button-down shirt is made from soft wool that doesn’t need ironing or cleaning. In fact, a… Read more »

Monster Hurricane On Saturn Spotted By Cassini [Photo]

Saturn's Monster Hurricane

A monster hurricane was spotted on Saturn by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Scientists were treated to beautiful high-resolution photos and video, which show the behemoth storm swirling around Saturn’s north pole. The hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles wide, or about 20 times larger than the average hurricane’s eye on Earth. Thin, bright clouds traveling around… Read more »

Robot Discovers Burial Chambers Under Ancient Temple

Robot Burial Chambers Under Temple

A robot the size of a lawnmower discovered three burial chambers under the ancient Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Mexico. The temple, an ancient pyramid, is part of the archaeological site of Teotihuacan, a massive complex of temples and pyramids about 31 miles northeast of Mexico City. The team expected to find just one… Read more »

17-Year-Old Science Prodigy Has $100,000 Lab In Her Bedroom

Teenage Science Prodigy Has $100,000 Lab In Her Bedroom 2345678

Sara Volz is not your everyday high school science student. The 17-year-old, who memorized the first 80 digits of “pi” in sixth grade, is bidding to develop an alternative fuel. From her bedroom. Which also contains a $100,000 laboratory. Volz came to the media’s attention earlier this week when President Obama hosted the annual White… Read more »

Like Humans, Monkeys Conform To Social Norms

Monkeys Conform To Social Norms

Instead of accusing people of being like sheep or lemmings, perhaps it would be more accurate to compare the willingness to conform to acceptable social norms that people try adhering to as more monkey-like. Field researchers from the University of St. Andrews and University of Neuchâtel identified similar tendencies to adopt the behavior of others… Read more »