A scientist caught the birth of rare twin waterspouts on camera as the twisters churned to life over Louisiana waters yesterday (May 9). One of the powerful and unusually long-lived twisters damaged homes and cut power as it barreled across Grand Isle, a long, narrow island along the southeastern leg of the state’s Gulf coastline...
Russia plunged back into the disputes over energy with Ukraine and Belarus that have repeatedly disrupted oil and gas supplies to European Unioncountries, and it also termed EU energy policy as "uncivilized". Russia on Friday denied remarks by Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko that it [more]
Don’t be surprised if your doctor asks you to sit on the floor at your next checkup. A new study says testing a person’s ability to sit down and then rise from the floor could provide useful insight into their overall health and longevity. [more]
North Korea's next step after rattling the world by putting a satellite into orbit for the first time will likely be a nuclear test, the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state. A nuclear test would be the logical follow-up to [more]
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QY_Gc1bF8ds Dec. 21, 2012, has long been rumored to be the day of the Mayan apocalypse, when Earth comes to its inglorious end. The good folks at NASA want you to know that isn't going to happen. In fact, NASA is so [more]
South Korea can now produce missiles that can reach all of North Korea as part of a new deal with Washington that's a response to the North's own growing weapons stockpile. There were restrictions put on their missile production by Washington to try and deter [more]
A man and three members of his family were jailed for a total of 58 years yesterday after being convicted of murdering his pregnant wife claiming she was possessed by evil spirits. One of the four smothered 21-year-old Nalia Mumtaz while the others held [more]
Australia’s treetops were home 15 million years ago to sheep-sized, 150-pound relatives of modern day wombats that looked much like koalas, scientists say. Karen Black from the University of New South Wales said the creatures, knows as Nimbadons, were climbers living in rainforest canopy. "Nimbadon was a highly capable, habitual climber and its specialized anatomy..
The curtain of secrecy is being raised by Blue Origin, a private entrepreneurial space group designing both suborbital and orbital vehicles. Backed by Amazon.com mogul Jeff Bezos, the Kent, Wash.-based Blue Origin group has completed wind tunnel testing of its next-generation craft, simply called the "Space Vehicle." Blue Origin’s next-generation Space Vehicle undergoing wind tunnel..
A blond-haired Solomon Island child gives the camera two thumbs up. Research published in the journal Science has uncovered the gene responsible for these fair tresses Residents of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific have some of the darkest skin seen outside of Africa. They also have the highest occurrence of blond hair seen in..
Juice team members Andrew Coates and Michele Dougherty on ‘exciting’ Jupiter mission The European Space Agency (Esa) is to mount a billion-euro mission to Jupiter and its icy moons. The probe, called Juice, has just been approved at a meeting of member state delegations in Paris. It would be built in time for a launch..
A Soyuz space capsule carrying two Russians and an American touched down safely on Apr. 27 on the sweeping steppes of central Kazakhstan, ending the men’s 163-day stay on the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-22 capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members U.S. astronaut Daniel Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly..
Astronomers have discovered their "holy grail" – a planet capable of supporting life outside our solar system. The planet lies in what they describe as a ‘habitable zone’, neither too near its sun to dry out or too far away which freezes it. And the discovery could help answer the question of whether we are..
Scientists have speculated for years that the human brain features a ‘God spot,’ one distinct area of the brain responsible for spirituality. Now, University of Missouri researchers have completed research that indicates spirituality is a complex phenomenon and that multiple areas of the brain are responsible for the many aspects of spiritual experiences. The new..
Scientists have created artificial genetic material that can store information and evolve over generations in a similar way to DNA – a feat expected to drive research in medicine and biotechnology, and shed light on how molecules first replicated and assembled into life billions of years ago. Ultimately, the creation of alternatives to DNA could..
Like or share to unlock video. Tweet It’s a century’s worth of history, all condensed into one minute: Graduate student Ben Schmidt created the above video, showing an animated map of Spanish, Dutch, and English journeys across the ocean from 1750 to 1850. Aside from being eye candy, the video actually reveals a treasure trove..
Experiments using malt from the Ardbeg distillery on Islay are being carried out on the International Space Station to see how it matures without gravity. Compounds of unmatured malt were sent to the station in an unmanned cargo spacecraft in October last year, along with particles of charred oak. Scientists want to understand how they..
A psychologist has created an iPhone application to help people manipulate their dreams by playing pleasant ‘soundscapes’ during slumber. Professor Richard Wiseman, who claims to be the most followed psychologist on Twitter, hopes to sweeten people’s dreams using their smartphones. The self-described "psychologist, author and magician" hopes to attract thousands of people to take part..