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{FD} Elon Musk explains why SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy core booster crashed

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Monday (Feb. 12) to share some new details on last week’s Falcon Heavy test flight, including why the massive rocket’s core booster crashed. SpaceX is also building a new drone ship for rocket landings at sea, he ad… Continue reading

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{FD} Earth’s inner core shouldn’t technically exist

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One day, about a billion years ago, Earth’s inner core had a growth spurt. Continue reading

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{FD} Deep-sea volcanic vents incubate eggs for these underwater moms

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Skates — flat, diamond-shaped fish that are related to sharks and rays — incubate their eggs for as much as four years or more, longer than most animals on Earth. Continue reading

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{FD} This electronic skin may help prevent robots from crushing us

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A metallic robot hand with “Terminator”-like power sounds good for the movies. But what about a real-life future where that android is now cradling your baby or just shaking your hand? That’s when attributes like “gentle” and “sensitive” might be more … Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists rush to explore underwater world hidden for 120,000 years

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A huge, trillion-ton iceberg about the size of Delaware broke free from Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf in July 2017. As it moved away from its chilly birth mom and into the Weddell Sea, a vast expanse of water saw the light for the first time in up to… Continue reading

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{FD} Starfish can see you … with their arm-eyes

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If you were to look at this little, funky starfish, there’s a chance the well-armed sea creature would look back at you (though it may see a blurry version of you) — with its up to 50 eyes — all attached to the tips of its squishy limbs. Continue reading

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{FD} The author of this physics paper is 7 years old (and also a cat)

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On April 1, 2014, the American Physical Society announced a landmark change in policy: All scientific papers authored by cats would henceforth become freely available to the public. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient ale: Oldest beer in Greece dates to Bronze Age

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The ancient Greeks may have liberally indulged in wine, but that’s not the only alcoholic beverage they imbibed, according to a new study that describes the discovery of two potential Bronze Age breweries. Continue reading

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{FD} New ‘slasher’ wasp comes equipped with its own body saw

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Freddy Krueger, eat your heart out. Continue reading

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{FD} Interlocked spiral of ancient skeletons unearthed in Mexico City

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Modern-day Mexico City is built on top of centuries of previous settlements, so it’s not unusual for ancient tombs to occasionally be uncovered beneath the city’s streets. It is, however, strange to find 10 ancient skeletons arranged in a spiral with t… Continue reading

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{FD} Weird: ***** mole rats don’t die of old age

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Just when it seemed the ***** mole rat couldn’t get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don’t even age. Continue reading

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{FD} Oldest fossil of ‘missing link’ dinosaur discovered in Germany

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Germany’s Bavaria region is known today for its green hills and valleys, studded with whimsical castles and breweries. During the Jurassic period, most of this landscape was under a shallow sea, located much closer to the equator, with coral reefs and … Continue reading

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{FD} If your cat swats with its left paw, it’s probably male

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When your cat knocks your favorite coffee mug off the counter, does it use its left paw or its right? Continue reading

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{FD} Tractor beam levitates large orbs with sound

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A new “tractor beam” can levitate large objects in midair, using only sound. Continue reading

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{FD} Here’s what caused a massive epidemic killing countless people in colonial Mexico

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Researchers have cracked a nearly 500-year-old mystery about the germ that caused the so-called cocoliztlioutbreak, an epidemic that killed countless indigenous people in Mesoamerica shortly after the Spaniards arrived in the New World. Continue reading

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{FD} Chameleons’ secret glow comes from their bones

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Blending seamlessly into one’s surroundings is known as being “chameleon-like” for a good reason — chameleons shift the colors and patterns of their skin to hide from predators in plain sight, or to communicate during social interactions with other cha… Continue reading

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{FD} 1.7-billion-year-old chunk of North America found sticking to Australia

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Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Why flesh-eating bacteria can look like the flu

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An Arizona woman who was initially diagnosed with the flu ended up having a “flesh-eating” bacteria. Continue reading

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{FD} Can hobbits swim? ‘Mordor under the sea’ found off Australia

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Today in news best suited for sneaky little Hobbitses and Shire-folk, scientists unveiled a map of a faraway volcanic realm that has a distinct look of Mordor about it. Unfortunately for any ring bearers, the molten landscape has probably been hidden u… Continue reading

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{FD} Wreck of Dutch warship found buried beneath coral

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Divers in the blue waters around the Yucatán Peninsula have discovered three historic treasures: a sunken lighthouse and the remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a 19th-century British steamer, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthro… Continue reading

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{FD} This bird’s ‘eyeball’ survived 120 million years

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Scientists have discovered a surprisingly “visionary” detail about a dinosaur-age bird that had a tooth-filled beak: It could likely see in color. Continue reading

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{FD} This out-of-this-world diamond-studded rock just got even weirder

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A tiny chunk of stone that looks like nothing else ever seen in the solar system might be even weirder than scientists thought. Continue reading

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{FD} Pelican spiders lived 165 million-years-ago and they are ‘spider assassins’

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Once upon a time, 165 million years ago, there lived a spider who looked like a pelican. About the size of a grain of rice and just as quiet, the pelican spider tiptoed under foliage in the leafy parts of the world, looking for prey to impale with the … Continue reading

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{FD} Rudeness wins: Bonobos are attracted to creeps

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“You like me because I’m a scoundrel,” interstellar smuggler Han Solo confidently told Princess Leia Organa in the 1981 film “The Empire Strikes Back.” Continue reading

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{FD} 1,000-year-old stone structure in Mexico may depict creation of Earth

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A 1,000-year-old stone structure in Mexico may represent how some people in ancient Mesoamerica believed the Earth was created, an archaeologist suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Lightning deaths hit a record low in 2017

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Deaths from from lightning strikes hit a record low in 2017 in the United States, according to a new report. Continue reading

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{FD} Prehistoric rock art found on tiny Indonesian island

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Looking like a prehistoric art gallery, rock paintings depicting dogs, horses, boats and processions of people decorate the walls and ceilings of limestone overhangs on a tiny island in Indonesia, scientists have found. Continue reading

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{FD} Mongolian ‘Game of Thrones’ revealed in ancient engravings

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A 1,300-year-old structure containing 14 engraved stone pillars was recently discovered in Mongolia, hinting at a centuries-old power struggle that may have ended in assassination. Continue reading

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{FD} This tiny sea monster had creepy mouth appendages

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When Habelia optata first skittered into public consciousness more than a century ago, scientists didn’t know what to make of it. Continue reading

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{FD} Underground castles? How desert spiders craft vertical tunnels

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Beachgoing sandcastle builders know the exquisite frustration of tunneling into sand that’s too dry. Continue reading

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{FD} Byzantine monastery with colorful mosaics unearthed in Israel

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The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery and church, complete with a colorful mosaic floor, have been unearthed in Israel. Continue reading

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{FD} 60-million-year-old meteor strike uncovered on remote Isle of Skye

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A remote island in Scotland bears traces of out-of-this-world minerals from a 60-million-year-old meteorite impact. Continue reading

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{FD} Physicists are trying to create the perfect snowflake

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Nothing in nature is perfect — but frosty, shimmery snowflakes come pretty close. Continue reading

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{FD} King Tut’s dagger is ‘out of this world’

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Daggers, axes and jewelry made from rare iron during the Bronze Age are literally out of this world, according to new research finding that ancient artisans crafted these metal artifacts with iron from outer space carried to Earth by meteorites. Continue reading

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{FD} What’s behind the speedy ‘smoke ring’ vortices?

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Typically, ocean waters flow gently westward, in part driven by the massive, slow waves generated by the Earth’s spin. Continue reading

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{FD} Why people hear voices when climbing Mount Everest

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The highest mountains can drive those climbing them temporarily mad. Continue reading

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{FD} Unusual ‘blob’ of hot rock found beneath New England

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The continental rock underlying the east coast of North America is pretty boring, tectonically speaking. Continue reading

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{FD} Mummified Egyptian woman’s portrait mapped in incredible detail

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More than 1,800 years ago, an artist in ancient Egypt painted the portrait of a large-eyed woman wearing a red tunic — a painting that was found on the woman’s dead, mummified body. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman develops rare c-section scar condition 5 times

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In a rare occurrence, a pregnant woman’s gestational sac — the small vessel that holds the developing embryo — attached not to the lining of her womb but instead to a scar left over from a previous C-section. Continue reading

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{FD} 100-foot snake revealed in incredible ancient rock art

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Ancient rock art isn’t always easy to reach, but a researcher in Venezuela has solved this challenge with a bit of modern technology: A camera-equipped drone that zipped across a rocky, watery landscape to photograph ancient artwork depicting people, c… Continue reading

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{FD} Viral skin-cancer selfie boosted online searches

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A Kentucky woman’s brutally honest selfie and Facebook post while undergoing treatment for skin cancer drew the type of social media attention and news coverage usually reserved for celebrity health disclosures, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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{FD} Isaac Newton ‘graffiti’ discovered in historic English manor

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Towering thinker Sir Isaac Newton carved a now-barely visible doodle of a windmill into a stone wall in his childhood home, according to a news release from the National Trust. Continue reading

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{FD} Firefighters may face increased skin cancer risk

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Firefighters may have a higher risk of skin cancer than the general public, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} This 5,000-pound behemoth is the world’s heaviest bony fish

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The heaviest bony fish ever caught weighs in at a staggering 5,070 lbs. Continue reading

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{FD} Humans would be cool with finding aliens

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If extraterrestrial life is ever discovered, humanity would probably be pretty cool with it. Continue reading

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{FD} The world’s largest organism is dying

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It’s death by a thousand nibbles. Continue reading

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{FD} Blood red skies over China explained 300 years later

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On Sept. 10, 1770, the skies above China, Korea and Japan turned an eerie red, and for eight more nights these glowing red auroras lingered. Continue reading

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{FD} Your dog might be licking its mouth because it thinks you’re a jerk

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When your best friend catches you in a bad mood, does she try to console you, give you space to cool off or lick her own face in an uncontrollable slobber? Continue reading

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{FD} Rising seas could submerge the oldest English settlement in the Americas

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Sea-level rise this century may threaten Jamestown in Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas; the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which launches all of NASA’s human spaceflight missions; and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in No… Continue reading

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{FD} Remarkable discovery shows fossilized pterosaur eggs with perfectly preserved embryos inside

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The discovery of 215 fossilized pterosaur eggs has revealed a new finding about the young of these ancient reptiles: Pterosaur babies likely couldn’t fly after hatching and probably needed their parents to take care of them. Continue reading

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