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Alligators in Oklahoma turn into 'popsicles' sticking out of the frozen water

Alligators often 'snorkel' during cold snaps, so they don't become trapped underwater without access to air.

Why does Christianity have so many denominations?

Schisms within the church have led to more and more denominations over the millennia.

Giant crack frees a massive iceberg in Antarctica

This dramatic breakup comes after a major crack formed on the shelf in November 2020 and continued to grow.

Medium-size dinos are missing from the fossil record. Here's why.

Here's why there aren't more medium-size carnivorous dinosaurs.

Perseverance is a tiny pale speck on Mars in this orbiter's eerie photo

A camera on the ExoMars orbiter recently captured a photo showing a very, very tiny Perseverance on Mars.

Pirate attacks linked to destructive fishing

A new study reveals pirate attacks are more common in waters experiencing destructive and illegal fishing, suggesting the two may be linked.

Hidden scenes in ancient Etruscan paintings revealed

Scientists using a new technique have uncovered the colorful and once-hidden scenes in paintings of the ancient Etruscans.

Mysterious stripes spotted over Russia in satellite images — and NASA is perplexed

Scientists can't agree on why these hills in the Russian Arctic ripple with stripes.

Overgrown sheep 'Baarack' gets epic quarantine haircut, loses 78 lbs. of matted wool

A sheep found wandering wild in Victoria, Australia carried a massive coat of fleece weighing as much as a 10-year-old child.

How to see the full 'Snow Moon' and other celestial events this weekend

Here's why February's full moon is sometimes called the «Snow Moon» and how to watch it and other celestial events this weekend.

New coronavirus variant in NYC has vaccine-evading mutation

It has a mutation that may help the coronavirus partially evade COVID-19 vaccines.

Perseverance rover snaps gorgeous HD panorama of Mars landing site

Perseverance has captured a high-definition, 360-degree panorama of its surroundings on the floor of Mars' Jezero Crater, which harbored a lake and a river delta billions of years ago.

Why COVID-19 spreads more easily than SARS

The study researchers focused on the spike protein, the structure that allows coronaviruses to bind to and enter human cells.

Snakes insert their heads into living frogs' bodies to swallow their organs (because nature is horrifying)

In two new studies, researchers identified more snakes that disembowel frogs to eat their organs, a gruesome habit that was only recently discovered.

1st time-lapse of rare moonflower blooming is stunning

The blooming process of a moonflower cactus has been captured on video for the first time and was watched by over 400,000 people online.

Greek ship carrying parts of the Parthenon is giving up more secrets

The latest expedition by divers to the wreck of the Mentor, which sank just off the island of Kythera (also spelled Kithira and Kythira) in 1802, has recovered several pieces of the ship's rigging, coins, the leather sole of a shoe, a metal buckle, a tok

70,000 never-before-seen viruses found in the human gut

Hundreds of thousands of viruses can lurk in our guts — but how they impact our bodies is a mystery.

Ghost particle travels 750 million light-years, ends up buried under the Antarctic ice

Astronomers spot two highly delayed signals from two different black holes tearing apart stars in their vicinity.

Why rescuers are feeding turtles mayonnaise after a disastrous oil spill

The condiment helps break down the tar in the turtles' digestive tracts.

Ancient Egypt's Mona Lisa? An elaborately drawn extinct goose, of course

Nearly five millennia ago, an artist inked an incredibly detailed painting of geese in the tomb of an Egyptian vizier and his wife.

Flu shot facts & side effects

The seasonal flu shot is a yearly vaccine administered to protect against the flu, or influenza. In the United States, flu shots are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Puppy born with 6 legs, 2 tails called a 'miracle'

Despite her rare conditions, Skipper appears healthy and strong.

Atheists and believers have different moral compasses

The moral compass of believers and atheists is calibrated differently.

Martian dust storms may spark electric purple glow

Colliding dust particles on Mars probably produce static electricity, a new experiment reveals.

Conservatives aren't more fearful than liberals, study finds

Contrary to earlier research, a new international study finds that both liberals and conservatives respond to threats — just different ones.

Hundreds of skeletons fill this remote Himalayan lake. How did they get there?

Hundreds of people have died at a remote Himalayan lake, and some of them had no obvious reason to be there.

Video captures unusual death of baby bird gobbled by a fish

Scientists recently captured video documenting the first reported instance of a fish preying on a newly-hatched baby bird, in a flooded nest in coastal Georgia.

There's a secret code in the Mars rover's parachute

NASA scientists teased the code's existence on Monday. The Internet solved it within 6 hours.

'Homegrown' California coronavirus variant is more contagious and possibly deadlier

Lab studies found that the variant was 40% better at infecting human cells compared with earlier strains.

FAA closes investigation of SpaceX's Starship SN9's test-flight crash

The path is now much clearer for the test flight of SN9's successor, SN10.

Lumpy, 30-pound meteorite that crashed in Sweden recovered in local village

Two meteor enthusiasts have found a piece of an iron meteorite that fell over Sweden in November 2020.

Mysterious oil spill covers Israel's coastline in toxic tar balls

Israel's Mediterranean coastline has been littered with tar as the result of an oil spill off the coast, putting marine life and those cleaning it up at risk.

Weird rodent glows under UV light with disco swirls of pink and orange

New research spotlights fluorescence in a jumping rodent known as a springhare.

Woman contracts COVID-19 from lung transplant in a first

A lifesaving operation turned tragic when a Michigan woman contracted COVID-19 from her double lung transplant last year and died soon after.

Extremists struggle with certain kinds of brain processing, research shows

Extremists and dogmatists struggle with certain kinds of cognitive processing, but they also tend to be impulsive and risk-loving.

Rare Roman era phallus carving found in UK

An excavation in the UK unearthed the Roman-era stone carving of a phallus.

40 beached whales 'refloated' in New Zealand

Some conservationists are worried that the whales might get stuck on shore again, though.

Lengthy clinical trials to test vaccines modified for variants won't be necessary, FDA says

The testing process for modified vaccines will likely be similar to that of the annual flu shot, FDA says.

Watch the astonishing video of Perseverance landing on Mars

For the first time ever, you can watch video of a rover landing on Mars. It's amazing.
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