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‘Feisty’ koala sneaks into Australian man’s car to ‘enjoy the AC,’ refuses to leave, wild video shows

An Australian man learned two valuable lessons while making a pitstop at a vineyard near Adelaide to check on fruit: never leave your car doors open and always be on the lookout for troublemaker koalas. Tim Whitrow, a local winemaker, was shocked to discover a furry creature chilling inside his vehicle …

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These two cosmic ‘chimneys’ could be fueling the galaxy-sized bubbles looming over the Milky Way

Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) is a bright bloom of radio waves thought to contain the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. In this x-ray map of the galactic center, researchers discovered two large ‘chimneys’ of plasma leaking out of the Sgr A* region, and seemingly dumping hot …

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X-rays on Peruvian mummy in Pennsylvania reveal ‘fascinating’ 2,000-year-old secrets

Researchers at a Pennsylvania museum are hoping to bring “life” to a more than 2,000-year-old Peruvian mummy that has been locked away in storage for years. In order to uncover hidden secrets about the mummy, which was donated to the Everhart Museum in Scranton roughly a century ago, museum officials decided …

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Poisonous gas could be a precursor to alien life

A rocky planet orbiting Proxima Centauri might sustain liquid water (artist’s depiction). (Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STSc)) If scientists are looking for E.T. in space, they may want to consider a variable that could be harmful to all of humanity — carbon monoxide. A new study suggests that the …

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800-pound bison does ‘happy dance’ to celebrate first day of spring, video shows

A bison was caught on video celebrating the first day of spring on Wednesday with a “happy dance” at the North Carolina Zoo. (Istock) An American Bison in North Carolina grabbed the first day of spring by the horns on Wednesday and celebrated the end of winter with a “happy dance.” …

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Mariner’s Astrolabe from 1503 shipwreck is world’s oldest

A copper alloy astrolabe found in a shipwreck in Oman dates to between 1496 and 1501, making it the oldest mariner’s astrolabe ever discovered. (Mearns et al., International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 2019. DOI: 10.1111/1095-9270.12353) A rare navigational tool has snagged a Guinness World Record as the oldest mariner’s astrolabe. …

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‘Full worm supermoon’ lights up the sky in stunning pictures

The full worm supermoon rises over Manhattan (Gary Hershorn/FOX News) Skygazers are enjoying the ‘full worm supermoon,’ the third and final supermoon of 2019. Photographers across the globe have been capturing stunning pictures of the supersize Moon. March’s full moon was dubbed the ‘full worm moon’ by Native Americans because …

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Top Chinese police dog cloned to cut training times, state media reports

A police dog in China has been cloned and the 3-month-old clone has begun intensive training, according to state-owned media. (Stock image) (iStock) The “Sherlock Holmes” of police dogs in China has been cloned in the hopes of cutting down on training times and costs, according to state media. The …

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Huge alligator in Florida spotted swimming behind woman’s home

An alligator that’s an estimated 10 feet in length was recently spotted swimming in a body of water behind a Cape Coral, Florida woman’s home. Rachel Holbrook took to Facebook over the weekend to share footage of the prehistoric-looking creature lurking in the water, later telling NBC2 the gator’s close …

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Michigan man traps rare lynx in backyard after catching it ‘munching’ on geese

A mysterious feline spotted a few weeks ago in Michigan has finally been captured. The big cat, which was confirmed to be a rare Canada lynx, was trapped by wildlife officials on Sunday after it was seen “munching” on a Huron County man’s domesticated birds, including geese and ducks. Joe McCoy couldn’t …

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Central Park’s ‘hot’ Mandarin duck faces competition from vibrant Great Blue Heron

Does Central Park’s Mandarin duck have competition with a Great Blue Heron? (Rosalie Quinto-Demigo) Move aside, Mandarin duck: An electric-blue Great Blue Heron is the latest bird in New York’s Central Park to steal the spotlight. A photo of the majestic creature was shared on Twitter last week by photographer Rosalie …

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Ancient clay jar fragment depicting ‘grotesque’ deity discovered in Jerusalem’s City of David

An unusual clay jar fragment depicting a ‘grotesque’ ancient deity for scaring away evil spirits has been discovered in Israel. The fragment, which dates back to the 4th or 5th century B.C., was unearthed as part of the excavation in Jerusalem’s famous City of David. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities …

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Water on asteroid Bennu could mean ‘pay dirt’ for space miners

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the asteroid Bennu on Dec. 12, 2018. The asteroid may be a water-rich target for space miners. The near-Earth asteroid Bennu could be Exhibit A for space miners making their case to skeptical investors. New observations by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft suggest that the …

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Strange 2,500-year-old wreck discovered in Nile ‘ship graveyard,’ solving ancient puzzle

An archaeologist inspects the boat’s keel. (Christoph Gerigk@Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation) Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the wreck of an extremely rare vessel that traveled the Nile around 2,500 years ago, solving an ancient puzzle. The barge is one of more than 70 wrecks found in what is described by experts …

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NASA’s New Horizons reveals geologic ‘Frankenstein’ that formed Ultima Thule

A new map produced by the New Horizons team appears to show the many different lumps of rock that converged to form the object nicknamed Ultima Thule. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical Astronomy Observatory) THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Less than three months after the New Horizons …

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A weird powder puzzle on the Martian moon Phobos may be solved

The Stickney Crater on Mars’ moon Phobos. New research suggests that reddish and bluish areas on the moon’s surface point the way to understanding its formation. (Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona) The eccentric orbit of the Martian moon Phobos could drive the flow of powder across the moon’s surface, a new study …

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Historic Nebraska flooding seen in stunning images from space

The historic flooding that inundated parts of the central U.S. this month was so devastating that the damage could be seen from space. Stunning images released by NASA show the extent of the flooding in several Nebraska communities west of Omaha and between the Elkhorn and Platte Rivers, which completely flooded …

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110-million-year-old bird fossil found with egg inside

Scientists say that the “incredibly well preserved” find, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, sheds new light on the reproduction of birds. The specimen, representing a new species called Avimaia schweitzerae, was discovered in 110-million-year-old deposits in northwestern China. (Credit: SWNS) A stunning new discovery is shedding light …

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Massive, rare sunfish washes on shore of beach in South Australia

(Credit: Linette Grzelak) A rare sunfish that can weigh more than a car when fully grown washed up at the Coorong National Park in South Australia. Two fishermen discovered the giant sunfish on the shore over the weekend. Linette Grzelak posted pictures of their find and told The Guardian Australia that her partner …

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Labrador retriever most popular US dog breed for 28th year

FILE- In this March 28, 2018 file photo, Labrador retrievers Soave, 2, left, and Hola, 10-months, pose for photographs as Harbor, 8-weeks, takes a nap during a news conference at the American Kennel Club headquarters in New York. The Labrador retriever is the American Kennel Club’s most popular U.S. purebred …

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More than one reality exists, shocking study says

(Credit: iStock) If you’ve ever questioned the nature of your reality, a new study suggests that there are actually two different versions of it — at least at the quantum level. The pre-published study, found in arXiv, sheds new light on the complex idea that two people could see the same photon, …

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Trump, Bolsonaro prepared to sign agreement for US space launches from Brazil

President Trump and Brazil’s new far-right leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, arranged to sign several bilateral agreements, including one that allows the United States to use Brazil’s Alcantara Aerospace Launch Base for its satellites. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) During their first sit-down, President Trump and Brazil’s new far-right leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, arranged …

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‘Strange animal’ uncovered on Washington beach is ‘incredibly rare’ find

The mysterious sea creature was identified as a Pacific snake-eel. (Tiffany Boothe/Seaside Aquarium) Last week, marine experts at Seaside Aquarium fielded a call about a bizarre sea creature found buried in the sand at a beach in Long Beach, Washington. While it’s not surprising to receive calls about “strange animals,” …

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Teenage priestess from the Bronze Age was probably no globetrotter

A reconstruction of the tomb of the Egtved Girl, which was discovered in Denmark in 1921. (DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini/Getty Images) Two Bronze Age women — one likely a teenage priestess — probably didn’t travel far and wide across Europe, as previous research suggested, but instead were real homebodies who …

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First day of spring arrives: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox

The first day of spring has officially arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, though a chunk of the country is preparing for another winter storm. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) It’s the moment warm weather fans have been waiting for: the first day of spring is set to officially arrive in the Northern Hemisphere on …

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Alligators have more in common with dinosaurs than you think

American Alligators make neural maps of sound the same way birds do. (Credit: Ruth Elsey Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries) Dinosaurs and alligators may both be reptiles, but the similarities were thought to be few and far between. Dinosaurs are commonly thought to have been warm-blooded, while alligators are …

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10 times ‘experts’ predicted the world would end by now

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while selling her “Green New Deal”, said that the world will end in 12 years if nothing is done to address climate change. “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z… we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’” Ocasio-Cortez …

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F1’s Lewis Hamilton questions astronauts about moon landing hoax conspiracy: report

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton repeated a long-held conspiracy theory during a visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston last week. The Formula One star asked astronaut Doug Hurley about the moon landing hoax, Jalopnik reported. “I guess it’s a touchy point, but the big question is … there’s …

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Scientists find evidence that your brain can sense Earth’s magnetic field

A magnetic field surrounds our planet and protects it from solar radiation. Our brains might be able to tune into it. (Shutterstock) For some creatures, the magnetic field that hugs our planet serves as a compass for navigation or orientation. Migratory birds, sea turtles and certain types of bacteria are …

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Aliens might shoot lasers at black holes to travel the galaxy

(NASA/JPL-Caltech) An astronomer at Columbia University has a new guess about how hypothetical alien civilizations might be invisibly navigating our galaxy: Firing lasers at binary black holes (twin black holes that orbit each other). The idea is a futuristic upgrade of a technique NASA has used for decades. Right now, …