When a filmmaker discovered a mountain lion in his backyard, he made a documentary

The first time that Montana-based wildlife filmmaker Casey Anderson locked eyes with the mountain lion living in his backyard, he was close enough to hear her crunching on a dead deer’s bones. Then, he noticed that she must have recently given birth. That was when Anderson knew he had to make a film about the […]

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NASA could look to Star Wars for building better space-bound robots for repairs

  Beyond the general “space” conceit, NASA and Star Wars don’t have a ton of similarities. One is a very real government organization concerned with the complex realities of space exploration; the other is a science-fiction franchise about space wizards and with a very, very tenuous grasp of how physics work. But there are some […]

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Tech companies are targeting heart disease — here’s how

From apps that diagnose irregular heart rhythms to phone cases that claim to measure blood pressure, there has been a wave of technology promising to use our everyday devices — smartphones and wearables — to fight heart disease. But why heart health, and how much can these gadgets really do? Heart disease is the most […]

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Babies can logically reason even before they can talk

One-year-old babies may not be able to speak, but they are able to think logically, according to new research that shows the earliest known foundation of our ability to reason. Legendary psychologist Jean Piaget believed that we didn’t have logical reasoning abilities until we were seven, but scientists scanned the eyes of 48 babies and […]

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Major biblical discovery: Archaeologists may have found the Prophet Isaiah’s ‘signature’

Archaeologists in Israel say that they have found a clay seal mark that may bear the signature of the Biblical Prophet Isaiah. The 2,700-year-old stamped clay artifact was found during an excavation at the foot of the southern wall of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. In ancient times a seal stamp, or bulla, was used to authenticate […]

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Ancient statue of Nubian king found in Nile River temple

Remains of a 2,600-year-old statue with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics has been discovered in a temple at Dangeil, an archaeological site along the Nile River in Sudan. Found in an ancient temple dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun, the statue depicts Aspelta, who was the ruler of the Kush kingdom between 593 B.C. […]

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Did crystals from ancient lakes on Mars form these tiny, weird things?

NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars found tiny, dark bumps on a Martian ridge that are similar to those found around gypsum crystals that form in drying lakes on Earth, according to a statement from the space agency. The tiny bumps are less than a half an inch wide. Some are star-shaped, while others are part of more […]

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Hong Kong bans ivory trade in ‘historic’ vote

Hong Kong’s lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to ban the trade in ivory, in a move campaigners described as “a lifeline for elephants”. A similar ban was brought in across mainland China earlier this year. Ivory sales will be phased out gradually in Hong Kong, stopping completely in 2021. Prior to the vote, demonstrators gathered outside […]

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Sound waves ‘can help’ early tsunami detection

People in high-risk tsunami areas could soon be helped by an early-warning alarm system using sound waves that is being developed by scientists. Mathematicians think they have devised a way of calculating the size and force of a tsunami in advance of it hitting land, which can help early detection. Experts say naturally occurring high-speed […]

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