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Month: September 2019

Time Crystals

Normally, I wouldn’t use these articles to talk about topics in the field of condensed-matter physics — as fascinating as that branch of science can be — but time crystals are just too good to resist. Besides the ridiculous name, which sounds like something out of a bad “Lord of the Rings” knockoff, the physics […]

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28,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Cells Show Biological Signs Of Life

The 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth was dug out of Siberian permafrost in 2011. Now scientists have found that its DNA is partially intact. Eight years ago, an impressively well-preserved woolly mammoth was dug out of the Siberian permafrost. With the species having met its extinction some 4,000 years ago, finding such a relatively pristine specimen was […]

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Earth’s Clouds Alive With Bacteria

  Clouds are alive with tiny bacteria that grab up water vapor in the atmosphere to make cloud droplets, especially at warmer temperatures, a new study shows. The water droplets and ice crystals that make up clouds don’t usually form spontaneously in the atmosphere — they need a solid or liquid surface to collect on. Tiny particles […]

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Fishermen Discover A Massive 10,000-Year-Old “Irish Elk” Skull

Though the ancient species is exclusively found in Ireland, more remains of these deer have been found here than anywhere else in the world. A fisherman and his assistant were out on the lakebed of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland on Sept. 5 when they reeled in the farthest thing from their usual catch. Raymond […]

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Scientist Discovers New Mineral Inside Diamond

A Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta has discovered a new and curious mineral inside a diamond unearthed from a mine in South Africa. The mineral—named goldschmidtite in honor of Victor Moritz Goldschmidt, the founder of modern geochemistry—has an unusual chemical signature for a mineral from Earth’s mantle, explained Nicole Meyer, a graduate student […]

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King Tut’s Dagger Has An “Extraterrestrial Origin. “

Though it was previously believed to be iron, King Tut’s dagger is most likely made from meteorite metals. If you’ve ever rolled your eyes at the thought that the Great Pyramids of Giza were built by aliens, a recent discovery might make just a believer out of you. Last year, researchers discovered that one of […]

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A Sleeping Octopus Changes Color While Dreaming

In a cloaking clip from the PBS documentary Octopus: Making Contact, a sleeping octopus began changing colors as she seemingly dreamed as she lay upside down in the water. As this was happening, marine biologist Dr. David Scheel amusingly narrated what the dream might be in accordance with the particular shade of camouflage being exhibited at each moment. […]

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Forbidden Archaeology with Micheal Cremo

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After 3,300 Years, King Tut’s Coffin Leaves His Tomb For The First Time Ever

King Tutankhamun had never left the 3,300-year-old tomb from the time his body was first laid to rest there. Even after British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb in 1922, the outer coffin made from wood and gold stayed in the Valley of Kings — until now. Earlier this year, the Getty Conservation Institute and the Egyptian […]

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