Oil from Russian trawler wreck reaches Canaries’ beaches

Picture taken on April 12, 2015 by Spanish Salvamento Maritimo shows Russian trawler the Oleg Neydenov being towed out to sea after a fire broke out on board while it was moored at Las Palmas port Oil from the wreck of a Russian trawler that sank off the Canary Islands last week has washed up […]

Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal, causing big damage, injuries

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a collapsed building is seen in Nepal's capital Kathmandu Saturday, April 25, 2015. A strong earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. (Zhou Shengping/Xinhua via AP) A powerful, magnitude-7.9 […]

Pigs, Hogs & Boars: Facts About Swine

Credit: © Martine De Graaf | Dreamstime.com Pigs are mammals with stocky bodies, flat snouts, small eyes and large ears. They are highly intelligent, social animals, and are found all over the world.  Pigs are in the Suidae family, which includes eight genera and 16 species. Among those species are wild boars, warthogs and pygmy […]

This Country Is the Happiest in the World, United Nations Finds

Hot chocolate? Credit: Anna Nahabed / Shutterstock.com Enlarge The happiest country in the world isn't in the tropics, as you might expect, but is known for its snow-covered peaks and delicious chocolate: Switzerland took the top spot in the 2015 World Happiness Report, a United Nations ranking of 158 countries. Switzerland is trailed by Iceland, Denmark […]

Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

Artist's illustration of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane in orbit. The mysterious spacecraft is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission on May 20, 2015. Credit: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Enlarge The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month. The unmanned X-37B space plane, which […]

Learning from Earth’s Smallest Ecosystems (Kavli Hangout)

By Alan Brown, Kavli Foundation Enlarge Alan Brown, writer and blogger for the Kavli Foundation, contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.  From inside our bodies to under the ocean floor, microbiomes — communities of bacteria and other one-celled organisms — thrive everywhere in nature. Emerging at least 3.8 billion years ago, they molded our planet […]

Brains vs. AI: Carnegie Mellon Computer Faces Poker Pros in Epic No-Limit Texas Hold’Em

In a contest that echoes Deep Blue’s chess victory over Garry Kasparov and Watson beating two Jeopardy! Champions, computer poker software developed at Carnegie Mellon University will challenge four of the world’s best professional poker players in a “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition beginning April 24, 2015, at Rivers Casino. Poker is now a benchmark for artificial […]

Three Idaho quakes rattle residents from Washington to Montana

Enlarge Three earthquakes up to magnitude-4.2 and nearly a half-dozen aftershocks jolted northern Idaho, with residents from Washington state to Montana saying they felt the tremors. A Bonner County emergency dispatcher in Sandpoint said Friday morning that no injuries or damage were reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-4.1 quake hit first, around 7:32 p.m. […]

Geothermal energy, aluto volcano, and Ethiopia’s rift valley

Conceptual model summarizing the evolution of the major structures on Aluto volcano and their controls on surface volcanism, geothermal fluids, and degassing. Credit: Hutchison et al. and Geosphere Enlarge In their open access paper published in Geosphere this month, William Hutchison and colleagues present new data from Ethiopia's Rift Valley and Aluto volcano, a major volcano in the […]

Melanoma Tumor ‘Dissolves’ After 1 Dose of New Drug Combo

A CT scan of the woman's tumor highlighted by the asterisk (C) before treatment and after treatment (D). Credit: The New England Journal of Medicine, Copyright 2015. A large melanoma tumor on a woman's chest disappeared so quickly that it left a gaping hole in its place after she received a new treatment containing two melanoma […]

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