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Lost for Over a Century, This Is Now the Oldest Known Original Photo of a US President Lost for Over a Century, This Is Now the Oldest Known Original Photo of a US President

Lost for nearly a century and a half, a grainy black and white portrait of John Quincy Adams has reemerged—and it’s now considered the oldest surviving original photograph of a US president in existence.

Vanderbilt University Recalls 8,000 Eclipse Viewing Glasses Vanderbilt University Recalls 8,000 Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have decided to recall 8,000 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses that were distributed last weekend at the Williamson County Fair. The recall was prompted after the original manufacturer of the glasses could not be confirmed.

Scientists Crack the Code of the Antarctic Penguin’s Mysterious Undersea Calls Scientists Crack the Code of the Antarctic Penguin’s Mysterious Undersea Calls

When Gentoo penguins swim into the open ocean to hunt for food, they often produce wierd buzzing sounds that marine biologists assume is a form of communication. By strapping cameras to the backs of these aquatic birds, scientists have finally figured out the purpose of these odd vocalizations.

Giant Tortoise Apprehended 140 Meters From Zoo Two Weeks After Daring Escape Giant Tortoise Apprehended 140 Meters From Zoo Two Weeks After Daring Escape

A female Aldabra giant tortoise named Abuh who had escaped from a Japanese zoo earlier this month has been found just a few steps away from the facility. Which got us wondering: Just how far could a 121 pound tortoise travel in 16 days?

Fish Are Eating Small Bits of Plastic Because It Smells Delicious Fish Are Eating Small Bits of Plastic Because It Smells Delicious

Each year, our civilization pours around eight million tons of plastic into the ocean, a portion of which ends up in the bellies of fish, and by consequence, our dinner plates. New research suggests that at least one species of fish isn’t ingesting this plastic debris by chance—they’re actually attracted to the smell.

One of the Most Puzzling Dinosaurs Ever Discovered Just Got a Major Rebrand One of the Most Puzzling Dinosaurs Ever Discovered Just Got a Major Rebrand

Paleontologists uncovered a strange new dinosaur a few years ago—a crazy, patchwork quilt of a creature dubbed Chilesaurus diegosuarezi. Its bizarre and often conflicting characteristics defied classification, forcing scientists to make an educated guess about its place on the dino family tree. New research suggests…

Unintended Experiment Tracks a Solar Eruption to the Outer Reaches of the Solar System Unintended Experiment Tracks a Solar Eruption to the Outer Reaches of the Solar System

On October 14, 2014, our Sun let out a great big burp, a coronal mass ejection that swept through the Solar System at an incredibly fortuitous angle. Several spacecraft (and one intrepid Martian rover) detected the solar blast, resulting in an unprecedented experiment that stretched all the way from Venus to outer…

New Clues Emerge About Doomed Expedition Through the Northwest Passage New Clues Emerge About Doomed Expedition Through the Northwest Passage

In 1845, Sir John Franklin led two British Royal Navy ships on an ill-fated expedition through the Northwest Passage—a famous and hazardous corridor connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. None of the crew members returned, spawning a mystery that has endured for more than 150 years. A new analysis explores the…

A Cholera Epidemic in Yemen Is Now Wildly Out of Control A Cholera Epidemic in Yemen Is Now Wildly Out of Control

With the civil war in Yemen now having entered into its third year, the beleaguered Middle Eastern nation is having to contend with the devastating impacts of conflict, including disease. An alarming report from the World Health Organization estimates that some 500,000 Yemenis have contracted cholera since April of…

This Footage of Carnivorous Wasps Devouring a Dragonfly Will Make Your Skin Crawl This Footage of Carnivorous Wasps Devouring a Dragonfly Will Make Your Skin Crawl

Filmmaker and photographer Geoffrey Whitman was sitting on his back porch yesterday when he noticed a group of wasps picking away at a dead dragonfly. Smartly, he pulled out his camera to document this rarely seen insectoid feast in all its gruesome glory.

Scientists Discover Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet Scientists Discover Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scientists have identified nearly 100 previously unknown volcanoes in West Antarctica, which, in addition to the 47 already known to exist in the region, makes it one of the largest concentration of volcanoes in the world.

Suspected Bomb From WW2 Found at Fukushima Nuclear Site Suspected Bomb From WW2 Found at Fukushima Nuclear Site

In a classic case of adding insult to injury, workers at the beleaguered Fukushima nuclear power plant have uncovered what appears to be an undetonated bomb dating back to the Second World War.

Disturbing Data Visualization Shows Just How Many People Would Die in a Nuclear War Disturbing Data Visualization Shows Just How Many People Would Die in a Nuclear War

Data visualization artist Neil Halloran has a knack for turning incomprehensibly large and complex data sets into content that’s both coherent and engrossing. In his latest project, the filmmaker uses his skills to convey the unthinkable: the total number of deaths caused by an all-out nuclear war.

Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming

Researchers from MIT have developed a wireless, artificially intelligent sensor that can detect the various stages of sleep, including rapid eye movement—the sleep stage associated with dreaming. The non-invasive system could change the way clinicians diagnose sleep disorders and other health complications.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Haunting Images of Clouds on Mars  NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Haunting Images of Clouds on Mars 

Last month, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured some of the most remarkable images of Martian clouds we’ve ever seen. Now rare, these Earth-like cirrus clouds are a glimpse into the Red Planet’s distant past.

Hundred-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Found in 'Excellent Condition' Hundred-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Found in 'Excellent Condition'

Conservators with Antarctic Heritage Trust have uncovered a perfectly preserved fruitcake that dates back to Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition, which began in 1910.

Bone Etchings Suggest Ancient Cannibals Weren’t Just Doing It For the Meat Bone Etchings Suggest Ancient Cannibals Weren’t Just Doing It For the Meat

Distinctive zig-zag etchings on a prehistoric human bone found at Gough’s Cave in England suggests that Ice Age cannibals consumed human flesh not purely for the nutritional value, but as part of a sophisticated funeral practice.

Did Scientists Just Discover the Last Common Ancestor of All Apes? Did Scientists Just Discover the Last Common Ancestor of All Apes?

Fossils of ancient apes are even rarer than those of ancient humans, so very little is known about these important evolutionary missing links. The unexpected discovery of a 13 million-year-old infant ape skull in Kenya is offering a tantalizing glimpse of a new species that lived well before humans and apes embarked…

Newly Named Titanosaur Was the Largest Land Animal Our Planet Has Ever Seen Newly Named Titanosaur Was the Largest Land Animal Our Planet Has Ever Seen

Four years after six specimens were discovered in Argentina, scientists have finally given a name to what is now considered the largest animal to ever have walked the Earth. Say hello to Patagotitan mayorum—a Cretaceous-era dinosaur that weighed an astonishing 152,000 pounds.

These Jelly-Like Critters Form Serpentine Chains to Become Incredible Swimmers These Jelly-Like Critters Form Serpentine Chains to Become Incredible Swimmers

Jellyfish-like salp are amazing swimmers, converting their gelatinous bodies into efficient undersea propulsion systems. But these tiny creatures can move even faster and further when banding together to create long, snake-like chains. Researchers have finally figured out how this unusual configuration makes salp even…

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