Author Archives: Yasemin Saplakoglu, Staff Writer

Carbon dioxide soars to record-breaking levels not seen in 800,000 years

There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been for 800,000 years — since before our species evolved. Continue reading

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Off the coast of Portugal, the Earth’s crust might be peeling in two

In 1969, a giant earthquake off the coast of Portugal kicked up a tsunami that killed over a dozen people. Continue reading

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Hurricane Michael unearths evidence of fort occupied by hundreds of freed slaves

Tangled up in the root balls of enormous trees toppled by Hurricane Michael , which ripped through Florida last October, was an archaeological treasure: ammunition and artifacts from Fort Gadsden, a site occupied by one of the largest communities of fr… Continue reading

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Antarctic meteorite holds a tiny speck of stardust that’s older than the solar system

A tiny speck of stardust , hidden within a meteorite from Antarctica, is likely older than our sun — and was catapulted into our celestial neighborhood by an ancient star explosion that predates the formation of our solar system. Continue reading

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Black hole spits out high-energy jets at near light-speed

A stunning new image reveals two jets of high-energy material being spewed at nearly light-speed from the first-ever photographed black hole . Continue reading

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Up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction, and it’s all our fault

We are sucking the life out of our beautiful planet. Continue reading

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Living ‘balloon on a string’ discovered in the deepest part of the Indian Ocean

The depths of the Indian Ocean are home to some bizarre creatures — including one that looks like a balloon on a string. Continue reading

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Scientists find evidence that your brain can sense Earth’s magnetic field

For some creatures, the magnetic field that hugs our planet serves as a compass for navigation or orientation. Continue reading

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Waterfalls can spring from rivers spontaneously

The breathtaking waters that cascade off of steep cliffs may be self-made productions. Continue reading

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Water molecules bounce around the Moon. Here’s why.

When the clock strikes lunar noon, water molecules begin to dance around on the light side of the moon. Continue reading

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California’s hidden threat: High-risk volcanoes that might erupt in the next decade

For years now, California has been bracing for the “big one” — the magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake that is expected to send ripples through the state within the century. Continue reading

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How this supercolony of 1.5 million penguins stayed hidden for nearly 3,000 years

This year, scientists announced an incredible discovery by looking at poop stains in satellite images — 1.5 million Adélie penguins were living and thriving on a little patch in Antarctica surrounded by treacherous sea ice called the Danger Islands. Continue reading

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SpaceX delay may mean 36,000 wormy passengers are too old for their planned experiments

Thousands of microscopic worms will be launched into space — wriggling around in SpaceX’s next cargo shipment to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon. Continue reading

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Atom smasher detects hints of new unstable particle

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest atom smasher, just discovered at least two previously unknown particles. Continue reading

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These new seahorses are so tiny that hundreds of them would fit in your hand

A newly discovered seahorse may be tiny, but it’s making large waves by just being plain adorable. Continue reading

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A weird water behavior that intrigued Da Vinci finally has an explanation

In the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci first described a fascinating phenomenon involving water that later became known as the hydraulic jump. And a mere five centuries later, scientists have finally explained why it happens. Continue reading

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Native dogs of the Americas were wiped out by European colonization

Ancient dogs arrived in the Americas alongside humans more than 10,000 years ago but were later wiped out by European colonization, a new study suggests. Continue reading

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This Andean volcano is restless. But should we expect an explosive eruption?

The Laguna del Maule, a field of volcanoes in the Andes, is restless. Continue reading

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Honeybees know a lot about nothing

Humans aren’t the only species that can ponder abstract mathematical concepts like nonexistence. In addition to some other animals, honeybees understand that the number zero is less than 1, according to a new study. Continue reading

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Could reviving Woolly-Mammoth genes fight the effects of global warming?

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Woolly mammoths have been extinct for more than 4,000 years, but with new gene-editing techniques, they could help mitigate the effects of a modern problem: climate change. Continue reading

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