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'Door To Hell': Turkmenistan Crater Has Been On Fire For Over 40 Years [VIDEO]
Nov 21, 2013 14:14 PM E
The "Door to Hell" (or "Gate to Hell") is a crater in Turkmenistan which was been burning for 42 years. The fire was set by geologists who were attempting to burn off dangerous methane; they thought it would burn for a few days, but 42 years later it is still aflame.
Water splashing
Breaking The Theoretical Time Barrier: Scientists Uncover Technique To Prevent Surface Ice Formation
Nov 21, 2013 14:11 PM E
Recently, researchers have broken the theoretical time barrier by reducing the contact time between a water droplet and an external water surface by 40 percent.
Dinosaur Bones
Ability To 3D Print Dinosaur Bones Will Help Paleontologists Investigate Fragile Fossils
Nov 20, 2013 16:49 PM E
Someday the public may not have to go to the museum to look at dinosaur bones behind glass displays. Scientists are already using 3D printers to make their own near-exact replicas.
troll doll
Bizarre Insect With Troll Doll-Like "Hair" Discovered In Remote South American Rainforest
Nov 20, 2013 16:14 PM E
A "troll-hair" nymph discovered in the Suriname rainforest may be a new species. Scientists photographed the 5-millimeter creature while exploring a remote tract of South American rainforest as part of Conservation International's Rapid Response Program.
Sloth
First South Americans May Have Eaten Giant Sloths And Arrived By Ocean Crossing
Nov 20, 2013 14:09 PM E
A pile of giant sloth bones discovered in Uruguay might hold the key to understanding how the Americas were populated tens of thousands of years ago.
Part Tomato, Part Potato: Meet the TomTato
Half Tomato, Half Potato? You Say Tomato, I Say TomTato; Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Nov 20, 2013 13:38 PM E
No feat of genetic engineering, the TomTato, now an offering in a British seed cataloge, is the result of good old-fashioned grafting. But is it more tomato, or more potato?
Bioluminescent bay on Vieques.
Bioluminescent Bay In Puerto Rico, Fajardo, Went Dark And No One Knows Why
Nov 20, 2013 09:15 AM E
One of Puerto Rico's three bioluminescent bays, the Fajardo lagoon, recently stopped glowing. While experts have some theories why, none have been proven.
Monkey Facebook
'Monkey Facebook': The Message Inherent in Diverse Faces of Social Primates
Nov 20, 2013 08:40 AM E
The more social a species, the more complex their facial patterns.
Ancient Seawater
145-Million-Year-Old Seawater Discovered In The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater
Nov 19, 2013 16:18 PM E
This month, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey reported a discovery they weren't expecting: ancient seawater, perhaps as old as 145 million years, trapped under the impact crater.
Lion
Lion Kills Lioness In Dallas Zoo: Frustration Of Captivity May Have Led To Gruesome Attack
Nov 19, 2013 16:15 PM E
Being confined in close quarters with unrelated lions may have led to the slaying of a five-year old lioness by a member of her pride.
Coralline algae on the undersides of coral.
Underwater 'Tree Rings': Seafloor Algae Holds Clues To The Better Understanding of Climate Change
Nov 19, 2013 11:39 AM E
Seafloor algae develop tree ring-like structures that allow scientists to better understand how sea water temperature and other environmental factors change over time.
Petroglyphs carved in rocks by the Navajo and Hopi native American tribes.
Tracing The Earliest Americans Through Mitochondrial DNA
Nov 19, 2013 11:37 AM E
The history of humans in the Americas is still a mystery, but some scientists are using DNA analysis to better understand the continent's earliest humans.
pot smoker
Colorado Investigators Use 'Nasal Ranger' Olfactometer To Detect Smell Of Pot In Public
Nov 18, 2013 17:31 PM E
The Nasal Ranger, an olfactometer made by the company St. Croix Sensory, is being used in Denver, Colo., to detect the smell of pot smoke. While recreational marijuana use is legal, a strong smell of marijuana wafting into the street could violate a city odor ordinance. The city council is currently reviewing the odor rules as they apply to marijuana.
Polar bear trio on arctic ice.
Chukchi Sea Polar Bears Faring Well Despite Declining Sea Ice
Nov 18, 2013 09:13 AM E
Researchers studied the effects of retreating ice on polar bears and discovered that geographic differences play key factor in health of species.
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