New Evidence Suggests Ancient Egyptian Head Cones Were Real

For years, archaeologists have debated the existence of ancient Egyptian head cones. These objects are portrayed in Egyptian artworks, but not a single one has been found by archaeologists – until now. Read More >>

This Dust-Filled Galaxy Formed Less than a Billion Years After the Big Bang

Astronomers have spotted an unusually distant star-forming galaxy, the light of which took a whopping 13 billion years to reach Earth. Perhaps most incredibly, however, the galaxy was observed directly, without the help of a celestial phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. Read More >>

Famous Foxes Bred for Tameness Weren’t Actually Wild in the First Place, Claims Controversial New Paper

Decades ago, a Soviet geneticist purposely bred foxes to make them extra tame, an experiment that produced a host of unanticipated physical changes in the animals. It’s one of the most famous experiments in genetics, but it might not have gone down in the way we were told. A new opinion paper argues these foxes weren’t wild to begin with and that the 'domestication syndrome' associated with the changes doesn’t exist – a claim that’s stirring up controversy among some biologists. Read More >>

Baby Orcas Are More Likely to Survive if They Live With Their Grandma

New research shows that post-menopausal orca grandmothers maintain an important role in their pods by boosting the survival rates of their grand-calves. Read More >>

Amber Fossils Reveal Lice-Like Bugs Crawling in Dinosaur Feathers

Ancient insects similar to modern lice parasitised dinosaurs by feasting on their feathers, as evidenced by a pair of fascinating new amber fossils. Read More >>

How Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Got Its Freaky ‘Tiger Stripes’

Since 2005, scientists have puzzled over a series of long fissures seen in the southern regions of Saturn’s frozen moon Enceladus. New research explains how these so-called tiger stripes formed and why Enceladus is the only place in the solar system where these features could have emerged. Read More >>

New Images Show Asteroid Bennu Spewing Bits of Itself Into Space

Images taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft are helping scientists to understand why small particles are occasionally flying off the surface of Bennu, a nearly spherical asteroid that resembles a spinning top. Read More >>

Piglets Born With Monkey Cells Are a World First

Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ahead as researchers work toward the goal of growing human organs inside other animals. Read More >>

This Meteorite-Munching Microbe Might Explain How Life Emerged on Earth

Meteorites are an unappreciated food source for a specific metal-loving microorganism, according to new research. The finding could reveal an entirely new chemistry that facilitated the emergence of life on Earth – or possibly even how life got here in the first place. Read More >>

Toxic Coastal Fog Linked to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury in Mountain Lions

An unlikely culprit is being blamed for elevated mercury levels found in mountain lions living along in the US state of California: marine fog. Read More >>

Nuclear Radiation Hot Spots Found at Starting Point of Japan’s 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

High levels of radiation have been detected near Japan’s J-Village, a sports facility and the starting point of the upcoming Olympic torch relay, according to Greenpeace. The discovery was made by surveyors with Greenpeace Japan, which warns that monitoring and decontamination efforts in Fukushima are inadequate. Read More >>

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There’s Literally a Million Times More Microplastic in Our Oceans Than We Realized

If you pulled 1,000 litres (264 gallons) of water out of the ocean, how many small bits of plastic would you expect to find? Ten pieces? One hundred pieces? How about 8.3 million pieces of what researchers call “mini-microplastic.” Such is the finding of an alarming new study. Read More >>

Eruption of Indonesian Volcano in 2018 Generated a Tsunami at Least 330 Feet High

The eruption of Anak Krakatoa in 2018 produced a tsunami that, for a short while, was somewhere between 330 to 492 feet tall, according to new research. Had the Indonesian shoreline been closer to the volcano, this disaster would have been much worse. Read More >>

Amateur Space Enthusiast Helps NASA Locate Crashed Indian Lunar Lander

Three months after the Vikram lander slammed into the Moon, NASA has confirmed the exact location of the crash site. The space agency is crediting Shanmuga Subramanian – an Indian app developer and amateur space sleuth – for spotting the scattered remains of the lost probe. Read More >>

‘Horrific’ 220-Pound Ball of Plastic Found in the Stomach of a Dead Sperm Whale

A recently deceased sperm whale found was found with a tightly wound ball of marine debris in its stomach, including an alarming assortment of plastics. Read More >>