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LIGO Scientists Settle Gravitational Wave Rumors

On Thursday, scientists confirmed yet another aspect of Albert Einstein's theory of gravity. Rumors were correct, and researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced that they directly detected a gravitational wave, or a ripple in the fabric of space-time.

Watch Live: LIGO Scientists Settle Gravitational Wave Rumors

On Thursday, the world will find out if scientists confirmed yet another aspect of Albert Einstein's theory of gravity.

At Age 65, Wisdom the Albatross Hatches a Healthy Chick

The oldest known wild bird continued her reign as the world’s most aged avian mother. Wisdom, a Laysan albatross nesting at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, laid an egg back in November that started hatching on Feb.

Mechanical Chameleon Changes Colors on the Fly

When scientists from Wuhan University in China created a novel color-shifting material, they knew exactly how to show it off: attach it to a 3-D printed chameleon.

Scientists Connect Neurons in the Lab for the First Time

Injuries to the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord — are particularly devastating because the body doesn't regenerate neurons to repair connections between vital circuits and restore function.

WATCH: Robot Navigates Tight Spaces Like a Cockroach

There's no hiding from cockroaches. In addition to their ability to survive extreme cold, lack of air and even radioactivity, they are adept shape-shifters, contorting their shelled bodies to slip through cracks and crevices one-tenth of an inch tall — about the height of two stacked pennies.

Scientists Perfect the Skipping Stone

A friendly trip to the beach often sparks a casual competition to see who is more skilled in the art of skipping a stone.

Some Ants Never Get Old

It's better to burn out than to fade away, according to Neil Young. And one ant species seems to embody this timeless philosophical advice.

Wildebeest Ancestor Shared 'Bizarre' Trait With Dinosaurs

It seems unlikely that a shaggy-maned antelope from the Ice Age would have much in common with a group of dinosaurs that roamed during the Cretaceous period 145 to 66 million years ago.

Germany's Nuclear Fusion Experiment Begins With Success

Scientists in Germany successfully completed another phase of an experiment designed to one day produce nuclear fusion Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Particle Physics heated up a small sample of hydrogen to over 170 million degrees Fahrenheit using the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator, a donut-shaped device that uses magnetic fields to suspend hydrogen gas while zapping it with powerful microwaves.

WATCH: How the Brain Gets Its Folds

Scientists performed some heady origami in the lab. In order to study how the brain forms its unique structure of folds and grooves, a team of scientists from Finland and the United States recreated the folding process with a 3-D printed, artificial brain.

Fossilized Daddy Longlegs Found Baring Its Manhood

An arachnid encased in a shard of amber found in Burma died in a rather compromising position. A harvestman of the species Halitherses grimaldii was discovered sporting a massive erection, a position it had been stuck in for the past 99 million years.

Watch the Sun's Magnetic Field Twist and Turn

Up close, the sun is a roiling mass of plasma with a surface that's whipped into a frenzy by its self-generated magnetic fields.

U.K. Scientists Get Green Light to Genetically Edit Human Embryos

Regulators in the United Kingdom on Monday approved a request from scientists to use the emerging CRISPR gene editing tool to perform experiments on human embryos.

The Race to Reverse Antibiotic Resistance

Alternating between different antibiotics could help steer bacterial evolution away from antibiotic resistance.

Ancient Babylonian Astronomers Were Way Ahead of Their Time

According to a newly translated cuneiform tablet, ancient Babylonian astronomers were the first to use surprisingly modern methods to track the path of Jupiter.

Could You Outrun a Hungry Tyrannosaur?

One question has always burned in the minds of paleontologists: If Tyrannosaurus rex was still around today, would it be able to catch and eat you?

How to See 5 Planets Align in the Sky This Week

Five planets adorn the morning sky this week — the same quintet of “wanderers” (Mercury to Saturn) our ancient ancestors recognized as being different from the background stars.

Primordial Oceans Had Ability to Regulate Organic Reactions

Scientists have long pondered how life arose from a primordial soup of inorganic chemicals and began to reproduce.

Flashing Lights and Sounds Turn Rats Into Gamblers

Casinos are exciting places. Glitzy facades, riotous color schemes, waitresses in skimpy outfits all combine to assault the senses.


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