Latest news in science, space, technology, health, the environment, culture and history. Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:40:33 +0000 NASA finds 'Lost Galaxy' shining out of Virgo's bosom This hazy spiral galaxy is one of the largest in the Virgo cluster — a collection of more than 2,000 galaxies. Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:00:48 +0000 Oddball 'neutral electron' possibly discovered in new state of matter A previously unknown quantum particle — equivalent to a neutral electron — may have been found in a new state of matter. Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:00:19 +0000 Porn is the top source of 'sex education' for young adults Pornography was listed as the top source of information about sex for 18- to 24-year-olds, a troubling ranking given that pornography is not meant as sex education. Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Why cats and dogs may need their own COVID-19 vaccines Animal "reservoirs" may pose a risk to humans down the road. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 22:00:07 +0000 Facts don't convince people in political arguments. Here's what does. Though people believe they respect a logical, fact-based opponent, they actually have greater esteem for arguments based on experience. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 21:46:36 +0000 Man tried to smuggle chameleons in socks and empty ice-cream tubs The man will pay a fine of up to 6,000 euros, authorities said. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 19:23:33 +0000 Mini sea monster had teeth as sharp as a saw blade An ancient reptilian sea monster had a shark-like bite. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 18:45:13 +0000 How many people are in the world? The global population is an estimate of the number of people on the planet, and currently sits at about 7.8 billion people. Here's how that number is calculated and what it tells us about life on Earth. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:11:35 +0000 Lost 19th-century Tlingit fort discovered in Alaska Archaeologists have located a fort in Alaska where Tlingit people fought a pivotal battle against invading Russian forces. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:22:38 +0000 Unique Mayan mask found in Mexico A giant Mayan mask sculpture has been revealed at an archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán after undergoing restoration work. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:39:07 +0000 Massive Anglo-Saxon cemetery and treasure unearthed in England Archaeologists uncovered 154 Anglo-Saxon burials at the site in Northamptonshire which also contained a previously unknown settlement. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:37:19 +0000 16th-century ritual sacrifice, cannibalism and bloody slaughter revealed in Mexican city Conquistadors murdered hundreds of Acolhua people, a sister culture of the Aztecs, after members of a Spanish caravan in Mexico were captured, sacrificed and eaten. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:33:19 +0000 Largest sea on Titan could be more than 1,000 feet deep Data from one of Cassini's last flybys of Titan probed the depths of Kraken Mare to better understand the moon's alien chemistry. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:28:29 +0000 Aliens could be sucking energy from black holes. That may be how we'll find them. A new study examines a potential mechanism for extracting energy from a rotating black hole, and suggests it may account for some of the energetic flares observed near these massive disruptions in time and space. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:27:02 +0000 Woman's IUD 'eroded' through her uterus and punctured her bladder A bladder stone had formed on the device. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Elephants counted from space using satellites and AI A combination of satellite images and deep learning computer algorithms can spot elephants from space as well as the human eye. Sun, 24 Jan 2021 16:24:44 +0000 How many early human species existed on Earth? As we continue to unearth ancient remains, the number of early human species grows. Sun, 24 Jan 2021 12:00:05 +0000 Allergic reactions to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine are extremely rare, report finds There's about a 2.5 per 1 million chance of developing a severe allergic reaction to Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. Sat, 23 Jan 2021 14:24:37 +0000 Why do dogs bury bones? A dog's burying instinct comes courtesy of its wild ancestor, the gray wolf. Sat, 23 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Dead whale in the Mediterranean probably 'one of the largest' ever found Italian divers discovered the corpse of a large finback whale near Naples. Authorities say it could be one of the largest whales ever found in the Mediterranean. Sat, 23 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly, early evidence suggests COVID-19 vaccines are still expected to work against the new variant. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:18:02 +0000 'Sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system' discovered whirling through the Milky Way Ever ridden a teacup ride at a state fair? If so, you might have a small taste of life in a whirling, twirling sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:54:18 +0000 Upward-shooting 'blue jet' lightning spotted from International Space Station The phenomenon can be difficult to observe from the ground below. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:51:18 +0000 1,500-year-old 'Christ, born of Mary' inscription discovered in Israel An excavation revealed a previously unknown church and inscription, possibly dating to Byzantine times. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:14:02 +0000 Giant worms terrorized the ancient seafloor from hidden death traps Ancestors of giant Bobbit worms may have colonized the seafloor millions of years ago, building long, narrow burrows where they would wait for unsuspecting prey. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:04:23 +0000 Neutrons' 'evil twins' may be crushing stars into black holes The universe may be filled with "mirror" particles — and these otherwise-undetectable particles could be shrinking the densest stars in the universe, turning them into black holes. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:54:37 +0000 Read a free issue of How It Works magazine! Our sister publication is the action-packed magazine that’s bursting with the answers to your curious questions Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:37:06 +0000 'Spooky action at a distance' could create a nearly perfect clock Quantum entanglement could in theory lead to extremely precise clocks that can hunt for subtle disturbances in space-time. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:26:40 +0000 Pluto's haze made up of ice crystals with cyanide hearts The haze shrouding Pluto might be made up of ice crystals possessing cyanide hearts, a new study finds. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:12:34 +0000 Toddler swallowed half a dozen tiny magnets. Some got stuck in his throat. Magnetic bead toys are particularly dangerous for young children, who may accidentally swallow them. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000