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Photo: Mounting Mysteries at Saturn Keep Scientists Guessing Mounting Mysteries at Saturn Keep Scientists Guessing
Space.com - Sun Aug 26, 2007
Humanity has known of Saturn since prehistory, but enigmas about this ringed world still abound-from new mysteries concerning a baffling hexagon of clouds on the planet to perennial puzzles concerning its famous rings. More»

Photo: The "Wow" Mystery Turns 30 The "Wow" Mystery Turns 30
MSNBC - Tue Aug 21, 2007
Exactly 30 years ago today, astronomer Jerry Ehman was looking over a printout of radio data from Ohio State University's Big Ear Radio Observatory when he saw a string of code so remarkable that he had to circle it and scribble "Wow!" in the margin. More»

Photo: Space Dust: It's Alive and It's ... Us? Space Dust: It's Alive and It's ... Us?
Wired - Fri Aug 17, 2007
That life should be carbon-based is a pretty dated assumption. More»

Photo: Scientist's arrest stirs concern Scientist's arrest stirs concern
Associated Press - Fri Aug 10, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Dutch scientist Marc van Roosmalen's success at combing the Amazon for new monkey species has earned him international acclaim and recognition as one of the world's leading biologists. More»

Photo: Meteor shower peaks this weekend Meteor shower peaks this weekend
Associated Press - Thu Aug 9, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Summer's annual meteor shower promises to put on a dazzling show when it peaks this weekend - provided you're far from city lights. More»

Photo: Arctic sea ice 'lowest in recorded history' Arctic sea ice 'lowest in recorded history'
AFP - Thu Aug 9, 2007
WASHINGTON - Sea ice in the northern hemisphere has plunged to the lowest levels ever measured, US polar specialists said, adding they expect the record low to be "annihilated" by summer's end. More»

Photo: 2007 seeing record extreme weather 2007 seeing record extreme weather
MSNBC - Mon Aug 6, 2007
GENEVA - The world experienced a series of record-breaking weather events in early 2007, from flooding in Asia to heat waves in Europe and snowfall in South Africa, the United Nations weather agency said Tuesday. More»

Scientists reveal secret of levitation
AFP - Mon Aug 6, 2007
LONDON - Scientists have discovered a ground-breaking way of levitating ultra small objects, which may revolutionise the design of micro-machines, a new report says. More»

Call it the global warming sweepstakes
Christian Science Monitor - Mon Jul 30, 2007
As milder temperatures make exploration of the Arctic sea floor possible for the first time, Russia's biggest-ever research expedition to the region is steaming toward the immense scientific prestige of being the first to explore the seabed of the world's crown. More»

Photo: Three-million-year old mammal remains found in Greece Three-million-year old mammal remains found in Greece
AFP - Mon Jul 23, 2007
THESSALONIKI, Greece - A group of paleontologists have discovered the tusks and petrified remains of a mastodon, or large mammoth-like mammal, that lived some three million years ago, the head of the team told AFP Monday. More»

Photo: Riches await as Earth's icy north melts Riches await as Earth's icy north melts
Associated Press - Fri Mar 30, 2007
HAMMERFEST, Norway - Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map. More»

Photo: Hexagon Cloud Spotted on Saturn Hexagon Cloud Spotted on Saturn
Space.com - Tue Mar 27, 2007
One of the most bizarre weather patterns in the solar system has been photographed at Saturn, where astronomers have spotted a huge, six-sided feature circling the north pole. More»

Crystals 'helped Viking sailors'
BBC - Wed Feb 7, 2007
Vikings may have used a special crystal called a sunstone to help navigate the seas even when the sun was obscured by fog or cloud, a study has suggested. More»

Photo: Study suggests water may be flowing on Mars Study suggests water may be flowing on Mars
San Diego Union Tribune - Wed Dec 6, 2006
SAN DIEGO - Scientists have found what could be water flowing on Mars - now, not in the planet's distant past. More»

Photo: Searching for 'our alien origins' Searching for 'our alien origins'
BBC - Sat Nov 18, 2006
In July 2001, a mysterious red rain started falling over a large area of southern India. More»

Photo: Europe Space Probe Reframes Mars 'face' Europe Space Probe Reframes Mars 'face'
Associated Press - Sun Sep 24, 2006
BERLIN -- For decades, photos of a huge, face-shaped rock formation on Mars sparked thoughts of intelligent life - or even a statue of Elvis on the Red Planet. More»

Photo: Global Temperature Highest in Millennia Global Temperature Highest in Millennia
Associated Press - Sun Sep 24, 2006
WASHINGTON - The planet's temperature has climbed to levels not seen in thousands of years, warming that has begun to affect plants and animals, researchers report in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More»

Hearing voices: Some people like it
MSNBC - Sun Sep 17, 2006
For some people, hearing voices in their heads is a positive experience, not a sign of mental illness or cause for distress. More»

Photo: Doctor leads time travel research Doctor leads time travel research
BBC - Tue Sep 5, 2006
Experiments aimed at unlocking secrets of time travel are being led by Aberdeen University. More»

Photo: Hands Shown to Emit Light Hands Shown to Emit Light
Discovery News - Wed Jul 5, 2006
Human hands glow, but fingernails release the most light, according to a recent study that found all parts of the hand emit detectable levels of light. More»

Mystery Vibrations Detected Inside Earth
LiveScience.com - Thu Apr 13, 2006
Tremors deep inside the Earth are usually produced by magma flowing beneath volcanoes, but a new study suggests they can also be produced by the shifting and sliding of tectonic plates. More»

Photo: Moonquakes - "The moon was ringing like a bell" Moonquakes - "The moon was ringing like a bell"
NASA - Tue Mar 14, 2006
NASA astronauts are going back to the moon and when they get there they may need quake-proof housing. More»

Stellar Sound Waves Set Off Supernovas
Space.com - Sun Feb 19, 2006
Massive, dying stars vibrate like giant speakers and emit an audible hum before exploding in one of nature's most spectacular blasts, scientists say. More»

Study: Plants Behave Like Humans
Sydney Morning Herald - Mon Jan 23, 2006
Plants are not unlike humans - they can talk to each other and even call in reinforcements when the going gets tough. More»

Photo: Fire-Starting Hotspot in California Fire-Starting Hotspot in California
GEOTIMES - Fri Jan 13, 2006
In August 2004, a mysterious patch of hot soil triggered a forest fire in Southern California's Los Padres National Forest. More»

Photo: Whales Found to Speak in Dialects Whales Found to Speak in Dialects
LiveScience.com - Tue Jan 3, 2006
Some whale species sing in different dialects depending on where they're from, a new study shows. More»

Radiation alert at Chechen plant
BBC - Fri Dec 16, 2005
Prosecutors in Chechnya have opened a criminal investigation after finding "catastrophic" levels of radioactivity at a chemical factory in the republic. More»

Photo: High Ozone Levels in Mountains of Tibet High Ozone Levels in Mountains of Tibet
LiveScience.com - Wed Dec 14, 2005
In addition to thin air and sub-zero temperatures, climbers scaling Mount Everest face another challenge. More»

Photo: Freezing Light Freezing Light
ScienCentral News - Mon Dec 12, 2005
Scientists have slowed down and even stopped the fastest substance in the universe: light. More»

Photo: Moon Storms Moon Storms
NASA - Tue Dec 6, 2005
Every lunar morning, when the sun first peeks over the dusty soil of the moon after two weeks of frigid lunar night, a strange storm stirs the surface. More»

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