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Neuroscientists explore the biological basis of not giving a sh*t
Raw Story - Thu Sep 1, 2016
We tend to look down on apathy, a quality associated with laziness, civic disaffection and moral indifference. More»

Photo: New Evidence Could Overthrow the Standard View of Quantum Mechanics New Evidence Could Overthrow the Standard View of Quantum Mechanics
Wired - Sat May 21, 2016
Of the many counterintuitive features of quantum mechanics, perhaps the most challenging to our notions of common sense is that particles do not have locations until they are observed. More»

Photo: Is there a pistol on the red planet? Conspiracy theorists claim to have spotted hand gun on Martian surface Is there a pistol on the red planet? Conspiracy theorists claim to have spotted hand gun on Martian surface
Daily Mail - Thu Feb 18, 2016
A handgun on Mars has led conspiracy theorists to believe alien outlaws may be running amuck on the red planet. More»

Photo: Gravitational Waves Found in 1.3 Billion Year Old Black Hole Collision Gravitational Waves Found in 1.3 Billion Year Old Black Hole Collision
PBS Nova - Thu Feb 11, 2016
Last September, physicists started recording data from the new Advanced LIGO detectors, a pair of ultra-precise observatories waiting for the slightest perturbation that could suggest the existence of gravitational waves, the ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein almost exactly 100 years ago. More»

'Zeno effect' verified-atoms won't move while you watch
Phys.org - Sat Oct 24, 2015
One of the oddest predictions of quantum theory - that a system can't change while you're watching it - has been confirmed in an experiment by Cornell physicists. More»

Photo: Excited UFO Hunters Claim 'Stonehenge On Mars' Discovery Excited UFO Hunters Claim 'Stonehenge On Mars' Discovery
Yahoo! - Tue Sep 29, 2015
A NASA image of several stones on the red planet has got alien enthusiasts in a spin, with many claiming the picture is an indication of extra-terrestrial life. More»

Photo: Mars has flowing rivers of briny water, NASA satellite reveals Mars has flowing rivers of briny water, NASA satellite reveals
PBS - Tue Sep 29, 2015
Over the weekend, NASA hinted that they had solved a major Martian mystery. More»

Photo: 'Urgent attention' needed on spike in earthquakes possibly related to oil and gas activity 'Urgent attention' needed on spike in earthquakes possibly related to oil and gas activity
Raw Story - Tue Sep 29, 2015
A coalition of US states warned on Monday that a spike in earthquakes potentially tied to oil and gas activity in places not typically prone to them needs urgent attention from regulators and others to protect public safety. More»

Photo: Scientists Discover Antimatter In Storms On Earth Scientists Discover Antimatter In Storms On Earth
IFL Science - Thu May 14, 2015
A team of high-flying scientists think they have discovered that pockets of antimatter exist within lightning storms. More»

Photo: Erupting Calbuco volcano lights up the sky Erupting Calbuco volcano lights up the sky
Associated Press - Thu Apr 23, 2015
Santiago, Chile - Twin blasts from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile have sent vast clouds of ash into the sky, increasing concerns that it could contaminate water, cause respiratory illnesses and ground more flights. More»

Photo: Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence Of Liquid Water On Mars Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence Of Liquid Water On Mars
IFL Science - Wed Apr 15, 2015
Cold, desolate conditions on Mars make it difficult to support liquid water, but thanks to some natural anti-freeze, a thin briny film may be forming in the soil near the equator at night. More»

Photo: Volcano Villarrica Erupts in Chile Volcano Villarrica Erupts in Chile
Reuters - Tue Mar 3, 2015
Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities. More»

Photo: A mega virus, supervolcano and artificial intelligence: The 12 most likely causes of the Apocalypse, according to scientists A mega virus, supervolcano and artificial intelligence: The 12 most likely causes of the Apocalypse, according to scientists
Daily Mail - Sun Feb 15, 2015
Intelligent computers that take over the world and an incurable virus that kills off the human race might sound like plots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster - but scientists insist they are real threats. More»

Photo: Mysterious Mars Mound May Be Result Of Ancient Lava Flows, NASA Says Mysterious Mars Mound May Be Result Of Ancient Lava Flows, NASA Says
Huffington Post - Sun Dec 7, 2014
A weird circular landform recently spotted on the surface of Mars might look like a deformed waffle--or maybe the surface of a human brain. More»

Photo: Europe Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides; US Keeps Spraying Europe Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides; US Keeps Spraying
Mother Jones - Fri May 3, 2013
On Monday, the European Commission voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are a widely used class of chemicals suspected of contributing to a severe global decline in honeybee health. More»

6 underground Hanford nuclear tanks leaking
Associated Press - Fri Feb 22, 2013
YAKIMA, Washington - Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday. More»

Photo: Subatomic calculations indicate finite lifespan for universe Subatomic calculations indicate finite lifespan for universe
Reuters - Tue Feb 19, 2013
BOSTON - Scientists are still sorting out the details of last year's discovery of the Higgs boson particle, but add up the numbers and it's not looking good for the future of the universe, scientists said Monday. More»

Photo: Mother's fish, mercury intake tied to kids' ADHD risk Mother's fish, mercury intake tied to kids' ADHD risk
Reuters - Tue Oct 9, 2012
Children's risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life may be tied to how much fish their mothers ate while pregnant, according to a US study. More»

Photo: Buddhist statue found by Nazis made from meteorite Buddhist statue found by Nazis made from meteorite
Associated Press - Sun Sep 30, 2012
BERLIN - An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. More»

Photo: Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation
ABC - Tue Aug 14, 2012
A nearly 400-foot deep sinkhole in Louisiana has swallowed all of the trees in its area and enacted a mandatory evacuation order for about 150 residences for fear of potential radiation and explosions. More»

Photo: Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC
BBC - Wed Jul 4, 2012
Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson. More»

Photo: Scientists make blue strawberries by splicing them with fish genes Scientists make blue strawberries by splicing them with fish genes
Natural News Buzz - Tue Jun 19, 2012
Scientists are genetically modifying strawberries in order to allow them to resist freezing temperatures better. More»

Photo: The Moon's Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still The Moon's Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still
Time - Tue Jun 19, 2012
The moon has never had all that much: It doesn't have atmosphere, it doesn't have water and it sure doesn't have life. More»

Photo: Arctic Microbe Hunt Could Aid Search for Alien Life Arctic Microbe Hunt Could Aid Search for Alien Life
Space.com - Tue May 29, 2012
Microbes living at the edges of Arctic ice sheets could help researchers pinpoint evidence for similar microorganisms that may have evolved on Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Enceladus, researchers say. More»

Photo: Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
Associated Press - Tue May 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away - the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. More»

Photo: 'Monolith' Object on Mars? You Could Call It That 'Monolith' Object on Mars? You Could Call It That
Live Science - Thu Apr 12, 2012
Amateur stargazers have discovered an intriguing object jutting out from the surface of Mars. More»

Photo: Richard Muller, Global Warming Skeptic, Now Agrees Climate Change Is Real Richard Muller, Global Warming Skeptic, Now Agrees Climate Change Is Real
Huffington Post - Sat Oct 29, 2011
WASHINGTON - A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. More»

Photo: Scientists: Particles appear to travel faster than light Scientists: Particles appear to travel faster than light
CNN - Thu Sep 22, 2011
Scientists in Switzerland say an experiment appears to show that tiny particles traveled faster than the speed of light - a result that would seem to defy the laws of nature. More»

Photo: 'God particle' goes missing: Higgs boson 'may not exist' say Hadron Collider scientists 'God particle' goes missing: Higgs boson 'may not exist' say Hadron Collider scientists
The Daily Mail - Wed Sep 14, 2011
Signals reported in July seemed to indicate that the Higgs boson - a long-theorised particle seen as a missing link in our current understanding of physics - might have been detected among data the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. More»

Photo: Journal editor resigns over problematic climate paper Journal editor resigns over problematic climate paper
BBC - Thu Sep 1, 2011
The editor of a science journal has resigned after admitting that a recent paper casting doubt on man-made climate change should not have been published. More»