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Nobody is sure how the coal seam beneath the exterior of Australia’s Burning Mountain, also known as Mount Wingen (“fire” in an aboriginal language), originally ignited. But a coal seam 90 feet below the surface been burning for an estimated 5,500 years, making it the longest continuous fire on the planet.
A rare celestial event that appears to show three suns in the sky has been filmed in the skies above Mongolia.
The crusts of neutron stars — cosmic cousins of black holes — possess a weird form of matter known as "nuclear pasta."
A strange, flickering white blotch found on the dwarf planet Ceres by a NASA spacecraft has scientists scratching their heads.
In a cold and dark underwater world, where a never-ending rain of rocks keeps the seafloor barren, researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish investigating a submersible camera after drilling through nearly 2,500 feet (740 meters) of Antarctic ice.
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Jellyfish can sense the ocean current and actively swim against it, according to a study that involved tagging and tracking the creatures.
Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.
If you’ve been drinking beet juice before going to the gym, the results of a new study may surprise you.
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Instead of killing tumor cells outright, doctors are exploring a new anti-cancer strategy that subtly hardens the cells so they can’t invade new areas of the body.
Trepanning, the process of drilling holes into the skull, is the earliest example of surgical treatment among humans. Holes were bored into the patient’s skull in order to relieve physical ailments and psychological problems. Examples of trepanning conducted on other bones have never been discovered however, until now.
The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics in the Sciences has analysed the influence of humidity on the evolution of languages. Their study has revealed that languages with a wide range of tone pitches are more prevalent in regions with high humidity levels. In contrast, languages with simpler tone pitches are mainly found in drier regions.
The Mongolian leader left a strong footprint in the Y chromosomes of modern descendants — but he was not the only one.
The famed 3,000-year-old mask of Tutankhamun has been damaged, after conservators attempted to glue the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's distinctive blue beard back on with epoxy.
Move over Homo habilis, you're being dethroned. A growing body of evidence – the latest published this week – suggests that our "handy" ancestor was not the first to use stone tools. In fact, the ape-like australopithecus may have figured out how to be clever with stones before humans even evolved.
Alt: Human-Like Hands Came Before Actual Humans
In Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earth
To combat afternoon slumps in enthusiasm and focus, take a walk during the lunch hour. A new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.
Classic psychedelics, such as LSD, mushrooms and mescaline might be protective with regard to suicidal thoughts and behaviors, according to a recent study led by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
Related: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law
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