Modern Human Leg Mummified Using Ancient Egyptian Methods
Mummified fresh human tissue
May 26th, 2015
The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient preservation techniques.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Arachnids? 'Spider Rain' Explained
Spider suspended against a blue sky.
May 15th, 2015
Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were covered with the creepy critters and mounds of their silky threads.
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Mysterious Nazca Line Geoglyphs Formed Ancient Pilgrimage Route
astronaut the nazca lines
May 1st, 2015
The Nasca Lines, a series of strange etchings in the barren Peruvian desert, may have been viewed on ritual processionals to an ancient temple.
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Dino-Chicken Gets One Step Closer
Since birds are the only surviving members of the family tree of the dinosaurs, why can't we flip some switches in the genetic code and return a chicken back to its former glory as a dinosaur?
May 19th, 2015
Given the obstacles of modifying a chicken into a dinosaurlike creature, how close are scientists to creating a dino-chicken?
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Happy Palindrome Week: Why This Week's Dates Are Special
time, calendar, dtae
May 12th, 2015
Madam, I'm Adam. A man, a plan, a canal: Panama. Palindromes are everywhere — including on the calendar.
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In Images: The Mysterious Nazca Lines
the condor geoglyph of the nazca lines
May 1st, 2015
The Nasca Lines, a series of strange etchings in the barren Peruvian desert, may have been viewed on ritual processionals to an ancient temple.
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Pop! Knuckle-Cracking Noise Finally Explained
An MRI image of the same hand before knuckle cracking (left) and after (right), showing the void (dark spot) in the joint fluid that forms when the knuckles are cracked.
April 15th, 2015
The "Wayne Gretzky of knuckle cracking" subjects himself to an MRI for science and reveals the real reason that cracking joints go pop.
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Aliens Will Be Bear-Size, According to Math
The SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) searches our galaxy for radio signals from potential intelligent alien life.
May 18th, 2015
If alien life does exist, scientists aren't sure what it would look like, but one cosmologists says such extraterrestrial creatures will be big — nearly 700 lbs. (314 kilograms), says a cosmologist who bases the estimate on statistics.
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Extreme Moms: 6 Record-Breaking Mothers
A pregnant woman rubs her lower back.
May 9th, 2015
Motherhood is an impressive feat under any circumstances. But for some mothers, it's almost miraculous.
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Tinkling Spoons Can Trigger Seizures in Cats
Cat seizures
April 27th, 2015
The U.K. charity International Cat Care reached out to veterinary specialists after receiving surprising complaints from cat owners: Their feline companions were apparently having seizures in response to high-pitched sounds.
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