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egypt

Egypt Just Found a 3,400-Year-Old Necropolis

There are dozens of previously undiscovered tombs.
March 30, 2016
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spiders

Presenting the Closest Relative to Modern Spiders Ever Found

The fossil is 305 million years old.
March 30, 2016
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astronomy

Watch An Unknown Object Hit Jupiter

It was probably a small asteroid.
March 29, 2016
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cows

Why a Saudi Company is Buying Thousands of Acres of Parched Farmland in California

Saudis are fleeing their drought for America's drought to feed 170,000 cows.
March 29, 2016
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coral reefs

The Worst Bleaching in the History of the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists are sounding the alarm.
March 29, 2016
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earthquakes

Federal Maps Now Track Human-Induced Earthquakes, Which Are Scarily Common

Oklahoma, in particular, has seen a rapid rise in rumbles.
March 28, 2016
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volcanoes

Volcano Erupts in Alaska, Sending Ash 20,000 Feet Into the Air

Mount Pavlof has erupted several times in recent years.
March 28, 2016
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telescopes

Japan Has Lost Contact With a New Satellite and Isn't Sure Why

The spacecraft launched in February.
March 28, 2016
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space exploration

The Lava Tubes That Might Host Our Future Moon Cities

Scientists think they've found several beneath the surface of the Moon.
March 25, 2016
Gastro Obscura
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ice cream

There's a Madagascar Vanilla Shortage Threatening Your Ice Cream

The country had a poor harvest.
March 25, 2016
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coal

The Moment Scotland Shut Down Its Last Coal-Fired Energy Plant

The plant was once the largest of its kind in Europe.
March 25, 2016
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gilded age

Rockefellers to Divest of Oil, Which Made the Family's Fortune

The family now believes that oil exploration threatens us all.
March 24, 2016
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japan

Japanese Fleet Returns With 333 Minke Whales After Harvest

Some of the animals were pregnant.
March 24, 2016
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flags

After Lengthy Debate, New Zealand Elects to Keep Its Union Jacked Flag

New Zealanders said "yeah, nah" to a new flag with a giant fern.
March 24, 2016
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volcanoes

How Massive Volcanic Activity Billions of Years Ago Changed The Moon's Tilt

Earth’s only natural satellite was once a much hotter place.
March 23, 2016
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wind

Australia Is Investigating 'Wind Turbine Syndrome,' Which Probably Isn't Real

No direct evidence has been found to prove the disease exists.
March 23, 2016
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dogs

Prairie Dogs Don't Eat Meat—So Why Are They Serially Killing Squirrels?

The vegetarian animals regularly massacre squirrels, which they may see as rivals.
March 23, 2016
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endangered animals

Secretive Hairy Rhino Spotted for First Time in Over 40 Years

There are believed to be fewer than 100 of the rhinos left.
March 22, 2016
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bombs

Ship Carrying Enough Plutonium for 40 Atomic Bombs on Secret Mission to U.S.

Around 730 pounds of plutonium are believed to be on the armed British ship.
March 22, 2016
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volcanoes

How Lead Ink Could Decipher Ancient Scrolls Scorched by Vesuvius

The scrolls were recovered from the only library to survive ancient times.
March 22, 2016
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animals

Black Rhino Calf Is The First Born at Kenyan Sanctuary in Over 25 Years

The calf doesn't have a name yet.
March 21, 2016
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boats

This Ship Probably Won't Be Named 'Boaty McBoatface' Like The Public Demands

It all started with an online poll.
March 21, 2016
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cuba

The First Mail Flight to Cuba in 50 Years Carried a Letter from Obama

A 76-year-old Cuban will soon get a letter from the American president.
March 18, 2016
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science

The Sexual History Between Neanderthals and Modern Humans

It probably wasn't just one "happy party," a biologist said.
March 18, 2016