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Unusually high sulfur content causes Kawah Ijen volcano to spew beautiful, brilliant, spectral blue lava

// January 13th, 2014 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Kawah Ijen, part of the Ijen volcano complex, is a group of stratovolcanoes in East Java, Indonesia. With an active crater that’s over 200 meters deep, the volcano complex is also home to the world’s largest turquoise-colored acidic lake, full of sulfuric acid, that produces a highly-unusual effect on the volcano’s lava flows. Instead of […]

Oldest human footprints in North America identified -10,500-year-old footprints smash record

// January 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

In 1961, during a highway construction project in northeastern Mexico, less than 200 miles from the Texas border, a pair of tracks, one left and one right, were uncovered in the Chihuahuan Desert. The tracks were excavated and taken to a local museum (Saltillo’s Museo del Desierto) for study. Now, over 50 years later, researchers […]

Astronomers may have found the impossible – a star within a star

// January 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Seemingly impossible, the idea of a nested star has been proposed before – it’s just nobody has ever found an example of the cosmic oddity. That may be about to change though. Scientists are keeping the name of the star a secret right now – at least until their peers can validate their findings – […]

For first time in history, dinosaur fossils found in Saudi Arabia

// January 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // General Science News

For the first time in history, confirmed dinosaur fossils have been found in Saudi Arabia. Rare in the Arabian Peninsula, the finding of the 72-million-year-old tail-bones of the plant-eating titanosaur and a fossilized teeth of a sharp-toothed theropod were discovered in the Adaffa formation, a pile of sandstone and conglomerates deposited during the Late Cretaceous […]

Could reincarnation be memories passed through generations in our DNA?

// January 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // Medical News

New research has shown that it may be possible for information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in our DNA, possibly explaining “past memories” or reincarnation claims reported by some people. During the tests, researchers demonstrated that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences, in this case avoiding […]

This is what you get when you pour hot molten aluminum into an anthill and dig out the result

// December 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

The guys over at Anthill Art are creating some very interesting art pieces by using molten aluminum to fill the vast tunnels and chambers of an ant nest. What you end up with is a beautifully intricate aluminum sculpture which is then mounted on a wooden base for display. Each piece is of course, a […]

The Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) – unusual number of supernovas exploding for no apparent reason

// November 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

NGC 6946 (also known as the Fireworks Galaxy, Arp 29, and Caldwell 12) is a medium-sized, face-on spiral galaxy about 22.5 million light years away from Earth located in the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. At about 20,000 light years wide, it’s one of about a dozen nearby neighbors to the Milky Way. Since its discovery […]

New study kills Supersymmetry theory – electrons are unbelievably, mind-blowing round

// November 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Much about our universe remains unknown and scientists admit that their current theory of physics is incomplete. Today we move once step closer (or depending on your perspective, one step further away) as the popular idea for extending physics called Supersymmetry (SUSY) is tittering on the edge of being tossed out the window after scientists […]

Pirate Party offers birthday gift for NASA – you can use our servers while U.S. funding gets worked out

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News, Hacking and Security

The Pirate Party of Russia (Russian: Пиратская Партия России, ППР), a grassroots effort to promote e-democracy, freedom of information, and protection of personal privacy, has offered NASA a birthday gift as the space institution marks its 55th birthday this week. While the space agency’s website has been shut down “due to the lapse in federal […]

New photo of giant star, Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in our galaxy

// October 6th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

The bright star at the center of this nebula, the object responsible for the nebula’s distorted form, is Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars in the galaxy. Eta Carinae is around 100 times the mass of our sun and 1 million times brighter. Scientists think it could explode as a supernova at any […]

Here is NASA’s home page after the United States government shutdown

// October 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

How sad. Here is NASA’s primary home page after the United States government shutdown on October 1, 2013. It reads: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.”

Voyager 1 becomes first spacecraft to leave our solar system

// September 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // Astronomy and Space News

Voyager 1, launched in 1977, is more than 11.66 billion miles from the sun and is now recognized as the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Solar storm aftershocks at the edge of our solar system provided confirmation that Voyager 1 made the passage on August 25, 2012.

So that’s where all the water went! Delaware-size underground water reservoir discovered in drought-stricken Kenya.

// September 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geology and Archaeology News

Scientists have found a vast underground water reservoir in one of Kenya’s driest regions that they say could allow the drought-stricken country to meet its water needs for at least the next 70 years. The massive water reservoir, located 1,082 feet underground, was found in the desert of Kenya’s Turkana region. Named the Lotikipi Basin […]

Scientists uncover ancient road leading to Stonehenge underneath modern roadway near the ancient monument

// September 11th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

While dismantling a modern roadway that runs near Stonehenge, archaeologists uncovered a portion of an ancient path that likely was used to travel to Stonehenge. Scientists had long suspected that a pathway, called “the avenue”, was used to travel to Stonehenge but this week’s findings confirm the avenue’s role as an ancient pathway to the […]

Researchers discover “Carbyne” – stronger than steel, grapheme, and diamond

// August 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Researchers from Rice University have calculated a new form of carbon supermaterial, named Carbyyne, that is stronger than steel, grapheme, and even diamonds. The new form of carbon promises more strength and stiffness than any other known material. The new material is constructed from a chain of carbon atoms linked either by alternate triple and […]

Bioluminescent microorganisms in our oceans – nature’s beautiful palette of sea sparkles

// August 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

Bioluminescence at night

It’s a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon created by an unusually high concentration of Noctiluca scintillans (or Sea Sparkles), a single-celled bioluminescent algae of the dinoflagellate species that turns the water a brilliant, glowing, ethereal blue. Floating in swarms of millions and feeding on plankton and bacteria, it is believed that the Sea Sparkles generate their glow […]