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  • Dark Lightning Linked to its Luminous Twin

    April 25, 2013 6:35 PM 104

    Paging all comic book creators. For the first time, scientists have linked mysterious dark lightning to its dazzling visible counterpart, a new study reports. Dark lightning, also called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, is a burst of powerful gamma-ray radiation produced in thunderstorms. Two satellites caught a flash of dark lightning just before a lightning

  • Sea Squirt Holds Answer to 100-Year-Old Crystal Puzzle

    April 25, 2013 6:32 PM 106

    The crystal structure of a mineral found in a solitary sea squirt, a filter-feeding blob that lives throughout the Mediterranean and Red Seas, has been solved. The mineral, called vaterite, has a crystal structure that has eluded scientists for nearly a century. Now, researchers have discovered that the mineral has two different crystal structures that coexist

  • How the Maya mixed it up: Researchers say early civilisation mingled more than previously thought

    April 25, 2013 6:04 PM 112

    The Maya civilization is well-known for its elaborate temples, sophisticated writing system, and mathematical and astronomical developments - yet the civilization's origins have remained something of a mystery. However, a newly discovered series of plazas and pyramids have revealed that the civilisation mixed with other early South American cultures

  • Wiped out by Hurricane Sandy, lab mouse colonies rebuilt

    April 24, 2013 7:11 PM 142

    A laboratory mouse climbs on the gloved hand of a technician at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. The lab ships more than 2 million mice a year to qualified researchers. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on Oct. 29, 2012, New York University neuroscientist Gordon Fishell was far from his lab in Manhattan, stranded at home in Westchester

  • When Antares Delivered its Payload to Orbit

    April 24, 2013 6:10 PM 119

    On April 21, Orbital Sciences Corp. saw its Antares rocket take to the skies in a flawless test flight, delivering a test payload to orbit as planned. Today, the private spaceflight company released a striking screen capture from the Antares' onboard camera just as the upper stage rocket separated from the "mass simulator." NASA has contracted the company

  • Extreme Green: Earth Recycles 2.5-Billion-Year-Old Ocean Crust

    April 24, 2013 5:53 PM 118

    The remains of a real-life journey to the center of the Earth are preserved in a South Pacific volcano, a new study suggests. The lava that erupted from the Cook Islands volcano, called Mangaia, contains a few tiny grains of sulfide, a mineral, with a peculiar ratio of sulfur isotopes, according to research published in today's (April 24) issue of the journal

  • Tinkerbell the Fairyfly Is Invisible to Humans

    April 24, 2013 3:03 PM 126

    The children’s story “Peter Pan” famously ends with kids shouting, “I do believe in fairies!” and now they, and adults, can truly believe in Tinkerbell the fairyfly, just discovered by scientists. The fairyfly, Tinkerbella nanna, without magnification is invisible to us and lives in a bucolic forest setting. This, along with its delicate wings topped

  • Astronaut Recruiting For 2023 Red Planet Colony Now Open To Public

    April 23, 2013 7:14 PM 145

    Curiosity snaps the first color view of the north wall and rim of Gale Crater, where NASA's Mars rover landed Sunday night. The picture was taken by the rover's camera at the end of its stowed robotic arm and appears fuzzy because of dust on the camera's cover. NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

  • Galaxy Goes Green in Burning Stellar Fuel

    April 23, 2013 4:10 PM 145

    Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:59 pm via: NASA Astronomers have spotted the “greenest” of galaxies, one that converts fuel into stars with almost 100-percent efficiency. The findings come from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the IRAM Plateau de Bure interferometer in the French Alps. “This galaxy

  • Ancient Europeans mysteriously vanished 4,500 years ago

    April 23, 2013 3:47 PM 128

    The genetic lineage of Europe mysteriously transformed about 4,500 years ago, new research suggests. The findings, detailed today (April 23) in the journal Nature Communications, were drawn from several skeletons unearthed in central Europe that were up to 7,500 years old. "What is intriguing is that the genetic markers of this first pan-European culture