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Deep-sea robot
Deep Sea Exploration Dealt A Blow As Robot Submarine Implodes Under 6 Miles Of Ocean [VIDEO]
May 13, 2014 16:04 PM E
A deep-sea robot imploded under 6.2 miles of ocean water in a trench off the coast of New Zealand this weekend. Scientists said it was a blow to research in one of the world's least-understood environments.
Thwaites Glacier
Sea-Level Rise Of 10 Feet May Be Unavoidable Because Of Melting Linchpin Glacier
May 12, 2014 15:24 PM E
Sea-level rise of 10 feet over the next millennium may be inevitable, according to two major papers published Monday. A few melting glaciers are predicted to set off a chain reaction that will unleash the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Asteroid Lasso
NASA 'Asteroid Lasso' Mission Finds Few Fans In Congress; Other Funding Gets Boost [VIDEO]
May 10, 2014 16:12 PM E
NASA's mission to lasso an asteroid and visit it may be slowed by congressional doubts, even as lawmakers push for swift exploration of Mars and one of Jupiter's moon's.
Self-healing plastic
Self-Healing Plastic Works Like Blood Clots To Repair Damage [VIDEO]
May 09, 2014 15:50 PM E
There's a new kind of self-healing plastic that works similar to the way blood helps heal wounds in humans, patching holes with coagulating fluids.
Megamouth Shark
Rare Magamouth Shark Captured In Japan The Latest In A Spate Of Unusual Sea Creature Sightings [VIDEO]
May 09, 2014 13:47 PM E
Japanese fishermen hauled in an extremely rare megamouth shark that's only been seen 53 other times and was discovered in 1976.
The Universe
The Big Bang Theory Now Has An Internet Video: Harvard Scientists Simulation Creation Of The Universe
May 08, 2014 17:38 PM E
For the first time, scientists have created a realistic simulation of the universe in the form of a video. It tracks 13 billion years of the universe's past.
Giant Isopod
Goblin Shark Wasn't The Only Rare Sea Monster Netted By Florida Fisherman [VIDEO]
May 08, 2014 16:13 PM E
The goblin shark wasn't the only rare critter to find itself on the deck of a Florida fisherman's boat last month. A marine biologist spotted a dozen giant isopods in the photos.
Bill Nye
Bill Nye: 'Climate Change Is Our Most Urgent, No. 1 Priority Right Now' [VIDEO]
May 07, 2014 13:05 PM E
Bill Nye "the Science Guy" debated about climate change on CNN's Crossfire on Tuesday. He says the country's most pressing policy issue is dealing with global warming.
Dead Whale
Whale Explosion May Not Begrime Canadian Village After All; But The Smell Is Only Getting Worse [VIDEO]
May 07, 2014 12:03 PM E
A dead blue whale that washed up on a Newfoundland beach may not explode after all. New photos show the methane that had built up inside it is dissipating.
Anthill
How To Make Anthill Art With Molten Aluminum
May 07, 2014 12:03 PM E
By pouring molten aluminum down an anthill, you can see the intricate tunnel systems the insects create — and kill the invasive sculptors while you're at it.
Antarctica
Melting 'Ice Plug' In East Antarctica Would Uncork Up To 13 Feet Of Global Sea-Level Rise
May 06, 2014 15:22 PM E
Scientists for the first time have described an "ice plug" that is holding back an ice sheet in East Antarctica. If that plug melts, the resulting dozen feet of sea-level rise would be unstoppable.
Mink
Typical Predator-Prey Relationship Can Be Thrown Off Balance By Evolution, Study Finds
May 05, 2014 15:05 PM E
Evolution may play a large role in predator-prey population cycles, according to a new study from Georgia Tech. Just because there are few prey does not mean predators must starve.
Goblin Shark
Goblin Shark Is Horrifying, But What About Bycatch? Conservationists Warn Against Overfishing
May 05, 2014 14:16 PM E
Something surprising and ugly flopped into a fisherman's boat off the coast of Key West last month. It's called a goblin shark, and it survived the ordeal, but a lot of bycatch aren't so lucky.
International Space Station
Mars' First Inhabitants May Be Bacteria Stowaways On Interplanetary Spacecraft
May 03, 2014 17:06 PM E
A trio of new studies shows that some hardy microbes could survive the vacuum of space and colonize Mars, raising concerns that stowaway Earthlings could be confused with true extraterrestrial life.
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