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Skull Analysis Suggests Deaf Neandertal Survived With Help From Friends

  • Scientists discovered a Neandertal skull and skeletal remains in 1957 at the Shanidar Cave in Iraqi Kurdistan. It was discovered by Ralph Solecki, an American archaeologist. The 50,000-year-old skull indicates that the Neandertal - known as Shanidar 1 - suffered multiple injuries and degenerations. New research indicates the Neandertal was also deaf. Read more... October 23, 2017

  • Lunar Lava Tube Cave Could House Moon Base

  • Japanese astronomers have discovered a huge lava tube on the moon that could be used as a future moon base. The discovery was made by the Japan Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (JAXA). JAXA used the Lunar Radar Sounder on its SELENE lunar orbiter. Read more... October 21, 2017

  • Study Finds Alligators Eat Sharks

  • A Kansas State University study has found that alligators predate on sharks. The study found alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are eating small sharks and stingrays. The researchers say this is the first scientific documentation of a widespread interaction between the two predators. Read more... October 18, 2017

  • Study Finds Fox Squirrels Organize Their Nut Storage Caches by Variety and Quality

  • UC Berkeley researchers spent two years observing how fox squirrels store their nuts. They found squirrels organize their nuts by variety, quality and possibly even preference. The study is the first to show squirrels use a cognitive strategy called "chunking." Chunking refers to organizing objects or information into smaller more manageable collections or chunks. Using subfolders on a computer is a type of chunking. Read more... October 16, 2017

  • New Zealand Parasitoid Wasp Named After Draco Malfoy

  • A new parasitoid wasp species has been discovered in New Zealand. The wasp was named after Draco Malfoy, a character in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It was named Lusius malfoyi by University of Auckland doctoral student Tom Saunders. Read more... October 10, 2017

  • SpaceX Wants to Take You Anywhere On Earth in Under One Hour

  • SpaceX and CEO Elon Musk recently unveiled a huge reusable rocket called BFR. You can probably guess what the abbreviation is short for. The big 122 meter tall rocket will be used along by SpaceX as an interplanetary transport system. The rockets would help SpaceX establish a lunar base. The company also plans to land two cargo ships on Mars by 2022. Read more... September 29, 2017

  • Fishnado? Rain in Tampico, Mexico Included Small Fish

  • Northeastern Mexico received small fish as precipitation on Tuesday. The fish fell from the sky along with a light rain in the coastal city of Tampico. Tampico is port city located in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas on the western Gulf of Mexico. Read more... September 28, 2017

  • Cat Five Hurricane Maria to Pound Puerto Rico With Winds, Surge, Heavy Rain, Mudslides and Tornadoes

  • The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has already caused widespread death and destruction with Harvey and Irma. Category 5 hurricane Maria is the latest threat. It is heading for Puerto Rico after devastating the island of Dominica yesterday. Maria is expected to cross over Puerto Rico on Wednesday. It will also impact the US and British Virgin Islands. Read more... September 19, 2017

  • Massive London Fatberg Weighs as Much as 11 Double Decker Buses

  • Thames Water engineers have discovered an enormous fatberg that weighs more than eleven double decker buses. The fatberg weighs 130 tons and is over 250 meters (820.21 feet) long. The engineers plan to wage a three week war on the fatberg reducing it by a little bit each day until it is gone. Read more... September 12, 2017

  • New Porcelain Crab Species Discovered in Colombia

  • A new species of porcelain crab has been discovered in Colombia. It was discovered by researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama and the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany (JLU). The new species, Pachycheles tuerkayi, is named for the late Michael Türkay, head of the Crustacea Section at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Germany. Read more... September 12, 2017

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