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Nuclear Bomb Fallout Key To Proof That Adults Grow New Brain Cells

nuclear bomb fallout brain cells

The fallout from nuclear bomb tests has led to a technique to prove that adults may grow new brain cells, at least in a region of the brain called the hippocampus. A study published Thursday in Cell described how researchers tracked an isotope called C-14 to confront the old claim that humans are born with… Read more »

Oldest Tumor Found In Neanderthal Bone

oldest tumor

Humanity’s oldest tumor has been discovered, found in a bone excavated in Croatia more than 100 years ago. Before GMOs and aspartame muddied the waters, the oldest human tumor developed in a Neanderthal, and a new report in the journal PLOS ONE explains how the discovery has shown researchers about similarities between life on Earth… Read more »

400-Year-Old Plants Come Back To Life

Scientists discovered the moss in Northern Canada.

400-year-old plants that were found by scientists in a glacier in Canada have come back to life. In a study led by University of Alberta biologist Catherine La Farge, the plants were originally found in the Teardrop glacier in Canada’s Ellsmere Island. The research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of… Read more »

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 »