Cassini dips into Saturn's atmosphere

The Cassini probe has officially entered the final phase of its 13-year mission studying Saturn, as it executed the first of five planned ultra-close passes of the gas giant this past weekend – a series of dives that will allow it to travel through the top portion of the planet’s atmosp...

Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found in parts of northern Arizona

Fleas in some parts of northern Arizona have tested positive for the bubonic plague, a now-rare disease believed to have been responsible for millions of deaths during the Middle Ages, health officials confirmed to ABC News, and other media outlets over the past week. The infected para...

Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages

Yuzhen Yan Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages Scientists announced today that a core drilled in Antarctica has yielded 2.7-million-year-old ice, an astonishing find 1.7 million years older than the previous record-holder. B...

An MIT professor’s bittersweet departure for astronaut training

Warren “Woody” Hoburg prepares the Jungle Hawk Owl for its first flight in May. Veronica Padron An MIT professor’s bittersweet departure for astronaut training There was a time when aerospace engineer Warren “Woody” Hoburg wouldn’t have thought twice about...

Soak up the rest of summer

Pineapple Supply Co. on Unsplash Soak up the rest of summer Summer can be a great time to recharge your batteries and refresh your enthusiasm. The season is fast drawing to an end, but even if you haven’t done so yet, there may still be time to plan a vacation. In addition to t...

Rare white moose caught on video in Sweden

If there’s one thing science enthusiasts love, it’s getting a glimpse of a hard-to-find creature, and a new video that has gone viral this month shows a rare white moose – believed to be just one of an estimated 100 living in Sweden – as it walks through the grass and wades across a str...

Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice Sheet

Nearly 100 previously unknown volcanoes, some of which are more than 12,000 feet tall, have been discovered hidden more than a mile beneath the extensive ice sheets of western Antarctica, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences. Using data from ...

Knee arthritis in Americans has doubled since 1940

More and more people in the United States suffer from knee arthritis. jxfzsy/iSotckphoto Knee arthritis in Americans has doubled since 1940 Knees hurting? You wouldn’t be alone. The prevalence of knee arthritis among people in the United States has doubled since the...

This coin reveals when Rome became an empire

This coin reveals when Rome became an empire When did Rome become an empire? Its coins hold a clue. Rome controlled only territory in Italy until 209 B.C.E., when it gained command over the Iberian Peninsula—which includes Spain and Portugal—during the Second Punic War against Carthag...

New FDA security rules will bar agency from hiring some foreign nationals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration/FLICKR New FDA security rules will bar agency from hiring some foreign nationals The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to adopt a new policy on security background checks that is sowing confusion and alarm among ...
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