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Why We Shouldn't Call Exoplanets 'Earth-like' Just Yet

Every time astronomers discover another exoplanet, the first question is,"Does it look like Earth?" Finding an Earth-like exoplanet would certainly increase our chances of finding life, as we know it, on that distant world.

With a Whiff, Mice Can Transmit Pain to Each Other

What hurts one mouse, hurts every mouse. That's the conclusion of a new study examining the social transfer of pain in mice.

Why Pluto 'Is the New Mars'

Thanks to all the information pouring in from NASA’s New Horizons mission, Pluto is making a comeback.

Nanospikes Convert Carbon Dioxide Back Into Ethanol

A new chemical process turns carbon dioxide into ethanol using commonly-found catalysts and electricity.

Astronomers Obtain Sharpest-Ever Image of Eta Carinae

This is what it’s like when stellar winds collide. An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy has captured the sharpest, clearest image of the Eta Carinae star system.

ExoMars Is About to Land on the Red Planet

ExoMars is set to land on Mars on Wednesday, and if all goes according to plan, it will become the first probe not launched by NASA to successfully land on the Red Planet.

The Funniest Wildlife Photos of 2016

The middle of October during a presidential election year is a really good time to remember not to take the world so seriously.

After Pluto: New Horizons’ Next Target is a Relict of Creation

Far, far past Pluto, the most distant object humanity has ever visited, there’s a tiny world fainter than any seen in that part of our solar system.

Stare Into the Fiery Abyss With Werner Herzog

Peering into the bowels of earth is not for the faint of heart. Werner Herzog has never been one to shy away from danger, however, and in his latest documentary, Into the Inferno, the prolific German filmmaker stands right on the precipice of a volcano to give us a glimpse into the boundary between Earth's surface and the lake of fire that lives below.

Earth's Twin Venus Is Still Volcanically Active

New research presented this week at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Pasadena, California adds to our understanding of Venus' volcanic past, and possibly, present.

Skin Cell to Egg Cell to Mouse Pup: Researchers Hail Fertility Breakthrough

Japanese researchers announced Monday that they used stem cells to create viable mouse egg cells entirely in the lab.

'Planet Earth II' Is Going to Blow Our Minds

The Planet Earth series, originally produced 10 years ago by the BBC, is over 8 hours of the world’s badass natural wonders captured using state-of-art cinematography.

An Artificial Neural Network Forms Its Own Memories

Clive Wearing is a noted British musician, but he’s perhaps best known as the man with a 30-second memory.

The Universe Is 20 Times More Vast Than We Thought

The universe seems a little less lonely today. Astronomers from the University of Nottingham conducted a new survey of the universe's galaxy population and concluded that previous estimates lowballed the census by a factor of about 20.

Ancient Ducks Honked and Quacked Just Like They Do Today

If you were walking around Antarctica toward the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago, you may have heard a very familiar sound: the riotous honking of ducks.

Be Extraordinarily Cautious About the Newest Alien Claim

The slightest whiff of aliens is enough to send the public into a frenzy. There have been quiet rumblings after a pre-print paper was released on ArXiv from two French-Canadian researchers who interpreted certain sky signal data to be possibly of intelligent extraterrestrial origin.

Project Blue Wants to Photograph an Earth-like Planet at Alpha Centauri

Pale Red Dot fulfilled its goal of finding a planet around Proxima Centauri. But a new group, going under the name Project Blue, is ready to turn its attention toward the largest stars in the system: Alpha Centauri A & B.

Bubbling Hot Crater Could Have Sheltered Life After Dino Doomsday

On one particularly hideous day 66 million years ago, Earth burned. A city-sized asteroid struck off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and pushed the planetary reset button, wiping out species from plankton to plesiosaurs.

How a Good Run Could Help Repair the Brain

The more the mice ran, the longer they lived. Researchers from the University of Ottawa and Ottawa Hospital have discovered that compounds produced during exercise helped brain-damaged mice significantly extend their lifespans. They identified a key protein that they say likely makes all the difference, and their findings could help pinpoint therapies for degenerative neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS).

This Map Shows Every Volcanic and Seismic Event Since 1960

It's easy to forget if you live far from a fault line, but Earth has a heartbeat you can feel. At the junctures between continental plates, slippages create earthquakes and magma boils up from below in a never-ending process of creation and destruction.