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Mendeleev's Periodic Table Draft Is Virtually Unrecognizable — But It Changed Science Forever

Back in 1869, the periodic table of elements had just 63 elements and was scribbled in ink.

What the Heck Happened to This Yo-Yo Champ's Index Finger?

A yo-yo champion experienced dramatic ups and downs for the circulation in his index finger.

Astrophysicists Find New Clue in Search for Universe's Missing Matter

Astronomers think they've found a new clue in their continuing quest to solve one of the most substantial mysteries of the cosmos: where about a third of the universe's matter is hiding.

Rarely Glimpsed Scaly Pangolins Caught Hugging Trees in the Dark

New videos show a rare glimpse of strange, scaly mammals.

Why Men Who Can Do 40 Pushups May Have Better Heart Health

The ability to do a lot of pushups may be a sign not only of strength, but also of good heart health, a new study suggests.

England's Oldest Cave-Art Site Is Covered with Signs to Ward off Evil Spirits

The marks, meant to protect against evil spirits, are out of place in a cave known for ancient animal carvings.

Black Snow Is Falling from the Skies in Siberia, and It Is Toxic

Don't eat the black snow.

Humans Crossed the Bering Land Bridge to People the Americas. Here’s What It Looked Like 18,000 Years Ago.

The Bering Strait land bridge is now underwater, but a newly created digital map reveals how the landscape likely appeared about 18,000 years ago.

Russia Claims Strobe-Light Weapon Causes Nausea & Hallucinations. Is That Even Possible?

How flashing light can overwhelm the brain

Rare 12th-Century Triple Toilet Let Three People Go Number Two at Once

This toilet built for three is a gross gem of London history (and soon, you can take a selfie with it).

Yellow, Blob-Like Cell Transforms into Wriggling Salamander in Surreal Time-Lapse Video

A mesmerizing 6-minute time lapse shows a single cell dividing seemingly endlessly until what was once a yellow blob has become a wriggling, darting salamander tadpole.

Why Do Humans Hear So Well? You Can Thank the Tiny 'Jell-O' Violin Inside Your Ear

A teensy little «Jell-O» membrane in our ears may partly explain why humans have such amazing hearing.

Life Really Is Harder for Night Owls. Here's Why.

«Night owls» have different patterns of brain activity compared with «morning larks,» a new study finds

A Solar Flare '10 Billion Times More Powerful' Than Earth's Sun Blasted Out of Orion's Sword

This crazy solar flare is more powerful than any ever blasted by Earth’s sun.

Reindeer Cyclones Are Real, and You Definitely Don't Want to Get Caught in One

Threatened reindeer herds literally run circles around their predators.

Search for Shackleton's Antarctic Shipwreck Turns Back to Avoid Deadly Ice Trap

The wreck may be lying on the seafloor near the Larsen C Ice Shelf.

Plasma Waves Are Cooking Electrons in Earth's Magnetic Shield

Space is warm — or, at least, warmer than it should be. A new study seeks to explain why.

Ancient Fresco of Mythical Narcissus Found in Pompeii

Excavations in a lavishly decorated house in ancient Pompeii have yielded a Valentine's Day-worthy discovery: a fresco of Narcissus, the mythical hunter who fell in love with his own reflection.

Remains of USS Hornet, Storied WWII Aircraft Carrier, Discovered at Bottom of South Pacific

After a fierce battle in 1942, the USS Hornet succumbed to an onslaught from Japanese dive-bombers, torpedo planes and destroyers, which hit the ship with torpedoes. But now, shipwreck hunters have finally located the Hornet's remains.

Medieval Letter Reveals Bawdy Nun Who Faked Her Death to Escape Convent

Medieval nun fakes death to escape convent and enjoy a life of carnal lust. Sounds like the basis for a juicy novel, but this really happened during the 14th century in England.

AI Sucks at Making Adorable Cat Photos, Clearly Misses the Entire Point of the Internet

When neural networks attempted to create images of cats, the results were cat-astrophic.

In Photos: The Emperor Penguin's Beautiful and Extreme Breeding Season

Emperor penguins are the only penguin species that breeds on the frigid ice sheets of Antarctica in the dead of winter.

How Do Emperor Penguin Dads Stop Their Eggs From Freezing?

These penguin dads are basically walking hot-water bottles.

What Will Happen to the Opportunity Rover's Dead Body on Mars?

NASA's Opportunity Rover has died on Mars. Now what?

Why Can't NASA's Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?

NASA has another mobile robot on Mars. Why not launch a rescue mission?

Here's Why a Perfect Heart Shape Showed Up on a Girl's X-Ray

An unusual X-ray shows a cartoonish heart seemingly floating in a child's esophagus.

Mars Rover Opportunity Is Dead After Record-Breaking 15 Years on Red Planet

One of the great exploration stories of our time is officially over.

Why This 'Atmospheric River' Could Cause Mudslides and 'Roofalanches' in California

A massive «atmospheric river» is dumping huge amounts of rainfall on Northern California.

These Newfound Catfish Species Are Either the Ugliest Fish Ever or Super Adorable

With tentacle-covered snouts, claw-like spines that protrude from their heads and bodies covered in armor, these newfound catfish look more myth than reality.

Titanosaur the Size of a School Bus Had Heart-Shaped Tail Bones

A newfound dinosaur seems to wear its heart on its tail, according to paleontologists who found the enormous beast and realized this «hopeless romantic» had heart-shaped tail bones.

Photos: 100-Million-Year-Old Tanzania Titanosaur Had Heart-Shaped Tail Bones

Talk about romantic! This teenage titanosaur had heart-shaped tail bones.

Here's How Poor Sleep May Hurt Your Heart

A new study may have uncovered why a poor night's sleep is bad for your heart and blood vessels.

'Unicorn' Tarantula Wears a Weird Horn on Its Back

A new species of tarantula has something in common with the mythical unicorn — a prominent «horn.»

These Ancient Spider Fossils Still Have Silvery, Shimmering Eyes

Paleontologists working in South Korea found ancient spider fossils with mirrors in their eyes.

Lakes of Melted Snow Are Literally Bending Antarctica's Ice Shelves in Half

These meltwater lakes are tearing Antarctica's ice shelves apart from the inside.

Did Great White Sharks Wipe Out the Giant Megalodon?

Teaser: A re-examination of the fossil record has produced a new theory of the super-fish's demise.

Photos: Craters Hidden Beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

Gaping depressions have been discovered lurking beneath the Greenland ice sheet. They are likely meteor impact craters.

Gorgeous Fractal Patterns, Normally Found Only in Nature, Re-Created Using Laser Light

A human-made thing created a very beautiful, natural pattern.

Huge Meteor Left Crater Hidden Beneath Greenland Ice

Scientists have discovered the second-ever meteor impact crater in Greenland, located not far from the first.
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