World’s Strangest

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Why Aren’t Insects as Big as Humans?

The short answer is because it would scare the pants off of us. But if you must know the real scientific answer, well, nobody knows actually: The short answer is, researchers don’t know exactly, although there [...]

The Doomed Star Eta Carinae

J. Hester/Arizona state University, NASA/ESA Boom! You’re looking at the doomed binary star Eta Carinae which looks like it’s exploding. The two lobes are actually hot gaseous matters and dust which are moving outwards at about 1,500,000 [...]

Dark Regions of Mars Are Made From Glass

Researchers have solved the mystery of 4 million square miles of dark region in the northern lowlands in Mars: the dark areas of the Red Planet are made from glass. Briony Horgan and Jim Bell [...]

Neanderthals a victim of their own success ?

Neanderthals may have been more of a victim of their own adaptability than to competition from humans. Researchers at the Arizona State University and…

Topographic Map of the Moon

The most detailed moon map yet has been constructed from images by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Technicians from Arizona State University compiled the map which shows elevation changes as small as 100 meters. The near-global topographic map was constructed from 69,000 WAC stereo models and covers the latitude range 79°S to 79°N, 98.2% of the [...]

Top Ten New Species

It seems that scientists are always discovering a new type of frog or insect and getting all excited that they have uncovered a “new” animal while the rest of us don’t really see a big difference. However I think you will agree some of the species on this list are truly unique. The pancake batfish [...]

Interview with Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking recently gave a talk at Arizona State University, and Claudia Dreifus of The New York Times’s Science Times sat down with him for a brief yet fascinating interview about science and his life in general: Q. Dr. Hawking, thank you so much for taking time to talk to Science Times. I’m wondering, what is [...]

One-Legged Wrestler is a National Champion

Anthony Robles of Arizona State University was born with only one leg, but that didn’t stop him from becoming the national champion in his weight class last night: Born with one leg, Robles took the 125-pound title Saturday night with a 7-1 win over defending champion Matt McDonough of Iowa. Robles’ three-day performance here earned him [...]

Homeless Man Finds $3,300 in Cash, Returns It to the Owner

Dave Talley, a homeless man who lives in Tempe, Arizona, found a backpack containing $3,300 in cash. He turned it into a local social services agency: The temptation to keep the money was almost overwhelming, he said. Then, his conscience kicked in. “The reality set in that it wasn’t my money and it needed to be turned [...]

Scientists Make Progress in Growing Giant Insects

John VandenBrooks of Arizona State University in Tempe examined how changing levels of oxygen in the atmosphere may effect the size that insects grow: The team raised cockroaches, dragonflies, grasshoppers, meal worms, beetles and other insects in atmospheres containing different amounts of oxygen to see if there were any effects. One result was that dragonflies grew faster [...]