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See the Glorious Winners of the 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest See the Glorious Winners of the 2018 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Contest

A stunning photograph of Utah’s Badlands—with the Andromeda and Milky Way galaxies in the background—captured the top prize of this year’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

How Fear Can Kill You

In 1942, physiologist and Harvard Medical School researcher Walter Cannon published an academic paper with the sort of title you’d expect from a direct-to-video schlock horror flick: “Voodoo Death.”

Pieces of Ancient Luzia Skull Recovered From Scorched Brazilian Museum Pieces of Ancient Luzia Skull Recovered From Scorched Brazilian Museum

A recovery team working at the site of Brazil’s burnt-out National Museum in Rio de Janeiro have rescued several pieces of the 11,500-year-old Luzia skull—one of the most ancient human fossils ever discovered in the Americas.

Hubble Telescope’s Broken Gyroscope Seemingly Fixed After Engineers Try Turning It Off and On Again Hubble Telescope’s Broken Gyroscope Seemingly Fixed After Engineers Try Turning It Off and On Again

If you’ve ever worked in IT, you know that most problems require eye-rollingly simple solutions. One, check that the device is plugged in. Two, turn the device off and back on again. Three, wiggle some things around. It appears that such thinking will fix the Hubble Space Telescope, which entered a safe mode two weeks…

Will Cryogenically Frozen People Ever Be Revived?

Corpse-freezing hasn’t exactly gone mainstream, but most people are now familiar with the concept: you lay out a ton of cash, sign some papers, and spend a couple post-death decades in a cutting-edge meat locker, calmly awaiting the conditions for your eventual revival. Over 300 cold, dead Americans—or dead, cold…

World’s Oldest Intact Shipwreck Discovered at Bottom of Black Sea After 2,400 Years World’s Oldest Intact Shipwreck Discovered at Bottom of Black Sea After 2,400 Years

A remarkably intact ancient Greek merchant ship from 2,400 years ago has been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.

Scientists Say They've Found Microplastics in People's Poop, But Don't Worry Just Yet Scientists Say They've Found Microplastics in People's Poop, But Don't Worry Just Yet

The more we look, the more we find potentially toxic microplastics—the tiny bits of debris that our plastic products crumble into—everywhere in the environment, the surrounding wildlife, and even our food and beer. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that new research released this week suggests that…

This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out This Weirdly Geometric Iceberg Is Freaking Us Out

Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: an iceberg so unbelievably geometric in shape you’d think it was deliberately carved with a gigantic chainsaw. Scientists have documented this sort of thing before, but this latest ‘berg, which recently split from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, happens to be a rather…

Some Supplements Are Full Of Untested, Experimental Stimulants, Study Finds Some Supplements Are Full Of Untested, Experimental Stimulants, Study Finds

Doctors have criticized the Food and Drug Administration recently for its inaction on supplements that contain potentially dangerous prescription drug ingredients. But new research published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests the FDA’s track record is even worse than that. The agency doesn’t seem great at…

Demand for Chocolate Labs Is Making Them Sick and Prone to Early Death Demand for Chocolate Labs Is Making Them Sick and Prone to Early Death

New research shows that chocolate Labrador retrievers are more likely to experience health problems and die younger compared to their black and yellow canine compatriots. A likely reason, say scientists, is a tightening genetic bottleneck caused by consumer demand.

How the Universe Ends

Somewhere between a second and a millennium from now, you will die. Your body and all of its parts will cease functioning and rejoin the Earth as regular, lifeless stuff. The Earth, too, will die, engulfed by an expanding, aging Sun. The Sun will burn off all of its fuel and end up a white dwarf, then burn out and…

Stephen Hawking's Wheelchair and Papers Are Up for Auction, and We Hope They Land in Good Hands Stephen Hawking's Wheelchair and Papers Are Up for Auction, and We Hope They Land in Good Hands

This morning, Christies announced that it would be auctioning off 22 items from the life and work of renowned theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, who passed away earlier this year. Among the items up for auction will be one of Professor Hawking’s earlier motorized wheelchairs, which he relied on when his battle…

Report: Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Dredged Up 119-Year-Old Vessels Wrecked By Carrabelle Hurricane  Report: Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Dredged Up 119-Year-Old Vessels Wrecked By Carrabelle Hurricane 

Hurricane Michael, an unprecedented storm that slammed into the Florida Panhandle at Category 4 strength, may well be an harbinger of things to come in a world where climate change is poised to make such devastating hurricanes all the more likely. But it also gave us a look at the past in the form of destroyed vessels…

Ticks Are Killing an Alarming Number of Moose Thanks to Climate Change Ticks Are Killing an Alarming Number of Moose Thanks to Climate Change

The horrifying effects of climate change are evident seemingly everywhere you look. Now, a report from researchers at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) suggests that climate change favorable to a parasite is impacting the moose population in New England. According to their findings, winter ticks that gorge…

Newly Detected Vibrations Show Earth's Inner Core Is Solid Newly Detected Vibrations Show Earth's Inner Core Is Solid

Researchers report that they’ve observed seismic waves traversing the Earth’s inner core, allowing them to figure out what it’s like: solid, but softer than previously thought.

New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia New Clues May Explain Why This Fearsome Marsupial Lion Disappeared From Australia

New research suggests it was climate change—not human activity—that caused Thylacoleo carnifex, an Australian marsupial lion, to go extinct.

No Such Thing as Too Much Exercise, Study Finds No Such Thing as Too Much Exercise, Study Finds

Too much of a good thing can be definitely bad for us. But a new study published Friday in JAMA Network Open suggests that exercise is a clear exception. It found that any level of cardiovascular fitness—including the kind you’d see from elite athletes—is linked to staying alive longer.

A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds A Major Insurer's ER Denial Policy Is Completely Arbitrary, Study Finds

Emergency room visits can be a costly ordeal, with the average bill running close to $2,000 by some estimates. In response, some insurers have implemented or are considering policies that would let them later deny coverage to people whose ER visits were judged to be “non-essential,” in hopes of discouraging…

Launching Tonight: A Mission to the Best Planet (Mercury) Launching Tonight: A Mission to the Best Planet (Mercury)

Mercury is the best planet, in my humble but well-researched opinion. Sure, it may be small, rocky, and lacking an atmosphere, but how it came to look the way it does absolutely baffles scientists. It might even have water and carbon hidden away from the beginning of the Solar System. Tonight, scientists from the…

New Theory Explains Why Europe's Original Dogs Vanished New Theory Explains Why Europe's Original Dogs Vanished

The first farmers to arrive in Europe from the Middle East brought their dogs along with them, effectively wiping out the original population of European canines, according to new research.

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