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Even more evidence points to alien life on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus

Scientists have discovered that a subsurface ocean on Enceladus could have existed for billions of years, providing plenty of time for microbial alien life to emerge and evolve. One of Saturn’s icy moons, Enceladus is considered one of the best bets f

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NASA Twin Study: Year in Space Changed Scott Kelly All the Way to His DNA

In the space agency’s Twins Study—which investigates the effects of space travel on human health—researchers found that being in space encourages methylation, which is the biological process of switching genes on and off. “Some of the most exciti

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What elephants teach us about cancer prevention

Elephants naturally avoid cancer after 55 million years of evolution. Scientists are studying if they can extract lessons that could help people.

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Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to 3 Americans for Body Clock Studies

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were recognized for research into the cellular mechanisms controlling the body’s 24-hour cycle.

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NASA’s Hubble Detects Signs of Water on Potentially Habitable TRAPPIST-1 Planets

Several of the planets orbiting a nearby star may harbor “substantial amounts” of water, astronomers say, including three planets situated in a habitable part of the star’s solar system. The star—called TRAPPIST-1—is an ultracool dwarf star 40 l

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Biggest Ocean Sunfish Found in New Zealand Is the First Species of Its Kind Discovered in 130 Years

Updated | Marianne Nyegaard, a postdoctoral student at Australia’s Murdoch University, had been searching for evidence of a fourth ocean sunfish species for nearly five years. In 2014, the researcher finally found one washed up on the shore in New Zeala

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The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, the human...

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Why Do We Have Blood Types?

When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types – a biological mark of distinction.

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These fisherman caught a manta ray on camera that’s so big, it’s making us wonder if the Loch Ness Monster might be

If you’re not familiar with manta rays, they’re super cool sea creatures who look like a cross between a shark and an…

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Surprise! Giraffes fall under 4 species, not one

For centuries, scientists believed all giraffes fall under one species.

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It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are | Science and Nonduality

by Mark Wolynn Traumas Lost and Found The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to...

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Intelligent Alien Life Almost Certainly Existed Somewhere Else, Study Says

New calculations based on NASA data find that humans are probably not alone in the universe.

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Scientists Have Grown ‘Dinosaur Legs’ On A Chicken For The Very First Time

Genetic scientists have successfully grown ‘dinosaur legs’ on chicken embryos for the very time. “These studies are not aimed at producing dinosaurs for commercial or non-scientific purposes, as in the Jurassic Park series,” the s

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Fish-eating spider dolomedes briangreenei discovered | BGR

Well hello there, friend! Who's a cute little aquatic arachnid? Yes, the creature you see above is a spider that can actually surf on top of waves and hunt for a wide variety of animals including not only insects but also fish and toads.

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Here's what happens to your body in space - Business Insider

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly just spent a year in space. Here's what it did to his body.

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Divers capture fascinating footage of a giant squid in Japan

A massive (technically "giant") squid was found swimming among the boats in Toyama Bay, Japan, earlier this week, and some very brave humans jumped in the water to get these stunning views of the beast.

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How a swarm of honeybees cook a giant hornet alive - Vox

The little Japanese honeybee and the Japanese giant hornet are the David and Goliath of nature.

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Novel support for brain science theory with deep Brown roots

After University of Chicago neuroscientists analyzed data from David Sheinberg at Brown, they produced a new paper in Nature Neuroscience that offers novel support for a theory proposed at Brown in 1982

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Floating Ant Islands Seen After Floods In South Carolina

As South Carolina recovers from heavy rain and flooding, one insect is showing off its clever strategy for survival.

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'Living fossil' fish sports a lung

The coelacanth, an elusive deep-sea dweller long thought extinct, had another item added Tuesday to an already-long list of unusual physical traits: an obsolete lung lurking in its abdomen. Similar to the human appendix, the organ was lik

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Natural defense against HIV discovered

Researchers at Michigan State University were part of a team to discover a new natural defense against HIV infection.

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Researchers erase memories in mice with a beam of light

(Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers with member affiliations to several institutions in the U.S. and Japan has developed a new device that allowed them to alter the spines on a neural dendrite in a mouse brain that was first modified naturally by an

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Frankenvirus emerges from Siberia's frozen wasteland

Scientists said they will reanimate a 30,000-year-old giant virus unearthed in the frozen wastelands of Siberia, and warned climate change may awaken dangerous microscopic pathogens. Reporting this week in the flagship journal of the US N

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Genes Confirm: Octopuses Are Brainy and Weird

Octopuses are known to be brainiacs — they can mimic flounder in a flash, unscrew themselves out of a sealed jar and even use coconut shells to build a mobile home. Determining how octopuses' brains and bodies evolved "represents

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What are the limits of human vision?

From spotting galaxies millions of light years away to perceiving invisible colours, Adam Hadhazy explains why your eyes can do incredible things.

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Amazing footage of sharks swimming in boiling water around a volcano is completely baffling scientists

Brennan Phillips and some colleagues were recently on an expedition to Kavachi volcano, an active...

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Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. The discovery could have profound implications for disea

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Here’s how big the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park would be in real life

Jack Horner — the paleontologist who's served as technical advisor on all of the Jurassic Park...

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Why Do Our Voices Sound Different to Us Than to Other People?

For many of us, there are few things more painful than hearing a recording of our own voices.

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BBC - Future - What’s the prime of your life?

Do you ever worry that the prime of your life has already passed you by – and it didn’t even have the courtesy to let you know as it flew overhead? Is ageing an inevitable decline – or are there unexpected perks to getting older? David Robson reports.

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Here's why some scientists are convinced there's life on Mars

Mars is no Earth. Our planet is swaddled in a nice atmospheric blanket that protects us from...

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Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.

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'Extinct' No Longer? Brontosaurus May Make a Comeback

The Brontosaurus is back. Because A. excelsus was famously first known as Brontosaurus until 1903, the species would revert back to that original name and become Brontosaurus once again. It's a proposal that excites some paleontologists and leaves ot

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Researchers just recently photographed this extremely cute, endangered mammal for the first time in 20 years

This furry ball of cuteness is an endangered mammal closely related to rabbits and hares. The species was first discovered in 1983 and individuals have rarely been seen since.

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NASA scientist says this is where we'll likely find alien life first

Take a good look at all of the planets and the most-prominent moons in our solar system and ask yourself which one is most ideal for life. Would Earth be your first pick?

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New Research Says Cats Can See Things That Are Invisible To Us

Cats apparently see psychedelic stripes on flowers and patterns on the wings of birds that are completely invisible to the human eye. According to this study, cats, dogs, and some other animals are able to see types of light, like UV light, that we don’t see at all.

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25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are

Given the sudden interest for the color of dresses and vision, here some of the fascinating findings we did recently.The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how man

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Mystery Of Bee Colony Collapse May Have Been Solved

A team of scientists looked into the collapse of bee colonies and it was found that a number of reasons led to the collapse.

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Octopus develops serious case of the blues

Jonathan Gordon did not notice the large octopus until it suddenly shed its camouflage, turning a brilliant blue, in what seemed to be a clear warning.

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Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Cat

Unlike dogs, cats are at best semi-domesticated—and we love them for that.

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Meet The World's Largest Living Organism | IFLScience

When you think of the biggest organisms on Earth, the blue whale probably springs to mind first. After all, these gargantuan beasts are up to 30 meters long (100 feet) and can weigh upward of 180 tons, meaning they’re probably bigger than even the large

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No, A 'Dog Year' Isn't Equivalent To 7 Human Years

From Yahoo Finance: Dogs age at different rates compared to humans...

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Weirdest Worm Ever? Clawed Creature Finds Its Family Tree

From Yahoo News: When researchers first discovered the fossil worm Hallucigenia in the 1970s, they were so perplexed they identified its head as its tail and its legs as its spines. The finding is surprising because it rewrites the evolutionary history of

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Ancient Toothless Pterosaurs Once Dominated the World's Skies

From Yahoo News: Giant toothless pterosaurs with wingspans stretching 39 feet (12 meters) across ruled the skies 60 million years ago, and new research suggests that these ancient flying creatures once had a worldwide presence, and likely played an import