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  • New great ape species found, sparking fears for its survival

    November 2, 2017 4:00 PM 261

    Researchers have identified a new species of orangutan in an isolated forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Fewer than 800 individuals remain, and the construction of a dam and road threaten the prime habitat of the ape, which is distinguished from its cousins by, among other things, frizzier hair and a taste for caterpillars. "As a scientist

  • Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

    November 2, 2017 12:01 PM 203

    This illustration shows the known rooms of the Great Pyramid, including the Queen's Chamber, the King's Chamber and the long Grand Gallery, along with the newly discovered voice which is depicted as a fuzzy oblong shape. The Great Pyramid of Giza has been probed with the tools of modern particle physics by scientists who say they have discovered a huge, secret

  • In astonishing discovery, NASA finds 20 planets besides Earth that may hold life

    November 1, 2017 11:45 AM 57

    Scientists have found that there are 20 new planets, others than the Earth, that are orbiting a sun and could support life. Data from the Kepler telescope has revealed that among these 20 planets, there is a planet KOI-7923.0 much like Earth which takes 395 days to complete one revolution around its star. Even, the climate on it is similar to that of the Arctic

  • SpaceX lands the 13th Falcon 9 rocket of the year in flames

    October 30, 2017 8:19 PM 55

    Update 10/30, 4:18 PM ET: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully delivered Koreasat-5A to its designated orbit, marking the the company’s 16th successful mission of the year — twice the number of successful missions in 2016. Shortly after liftoff, the first stage of the rocket returned to Earth and landed (flamboyantly) in the Atlantic Ocean on one of SpaceX’s

  • NASA releases ‘spooky’ sounds from space for Halloween (Listen)

    October 29, 2017 8:09 PM 69

    NASA has released a chilling compilation of the ‘sounds’ of space, bringing to life the radio emissions captured by its spacecraft as they journey across the solar system. The collection, shared in a new playlist on Soundcloud, includes everything from the roaring warble of lightning on Jupiter to the eerie boom of starlight. Juno Captures the ‘Roar’

  • Climate Change & Anthropocene Extinction 29: Last straw Madagascar bamboo lemur drying out

    October 29, 2017 7:11 PM 53

    When you’re looking at the effects of climate change on the forests of Africa, you may be inclined to overlook Madagascar, the continent’s largest island. But especially when biodiversity is your concern, it deserves special attention. In fact Madagascar has more endemic-only tree species than any other African country. And although the Congo Basin – Africa’s

  • Watch astronaut Scott Kelly struggle to walk on Earth after a year in space

    October 28, 2017 4:00 PM 33

    Spending a year in space takes such a toll on the human body that astronauts literally have to learn how to walk again once they’re back on Earth. At least, that’s what seems to have happened to Scott Kelly — the American astronaut who spent 340 days on the International Space Station (ISS) between 2015 and 2016. In an exclusive video given to The Verge

  • A space rock from another star is spotted in our solar system — a cosmic first

    October 27, 2017 2:27 PM 54

    For the first time, a space rock from another solar system has been spotted cruising through our corner of the universe. The asteroid is about 400 meters across and moving at a clip of nearly 27 miles a second, according to NASA. For months, this interstellar interloper — a fragment of an alien solar system — has been hanging around our cosmic neighborhood

  • Pope Francis Is All Starry-Eyed Wonder During Call To International Space Station

    October 26, 2017 7:26 PM 32

    He asked the astronauts, "What are your thoughts regarding the place of man in the universe?” Pope Francis expressed the delight of a starry-eyed philosophy professor during a call to astronauts on the International Space Station on Thursday. Dialing in from the Vatican, the pontiff spoke to Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli, who helped translate for the five others

  • Earth is fragile, pope tells astronauts who see planet from 'eyes of God'

    October 26, 2017 4:52 PM 60

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The earth is a fragile thing that could even destroy itself, Pope Francis told astronauts on the International Space Station on Thursday, saying they had an opportunity to see the planet “from the eyes of God”. Francis spent about 20 minutes in a video call to the six crew members on the space station, asking them several questions