Camera Traps Capture "Fantastically Bizarre" Animal Hitchhiking

Earlier this month, conservationists working in South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park were very suprised when they reviewed photos snapped by their camera trap. Images revealed a mongoose-like genet hitch-hiking on the backs of at least two different species of animals — behavior never seen in the mammal. » 9/18/14 4:40pm Thursday 4:40pm

The World's Population Is Unlikely To Stabilize This Century

Contrary to previous projections, it now appears that the world's population is unlikely to stop growing this century. There's at least an 80% chance that between 9.6 and 12.3 billion humans will inhabit the Earth by 2100 — and much of this increase will happen in Africa. » 9/18/14 11:40am Thursday 11:40am

Gaze In Wonder at the Best Astronomy Photographs of the Year

After pouring over a record 1,700 entries, the Royal Observatory has announced the winners of its annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Without a doubt, these are some of the most awe-inspiring space-themed images we've ever seen. » 9/18/14 10:15am Thursday 10:15am

Skull Of 3,300 Year-Old Egyptian Woman Found With Hair Extensions

Archaeologists working at the Amarna site in Egypt recently analyzed a selection of 100 skulls dug out from a cemetery. Many of the remains exhibited elaborate hairstyles, including one with more than 70 hair extensions and another with red henna hair dye. » 9/18/14 8:40am Thursday 8:40am

More Evidence That Early Earth Was Not A Complete Hellhole

The popular image of the early Earth as a magma-drenched ball of despair has taken yet another blow. New research affirms that our planet's first 500 million years were at times surprisingly similar to the present day — including the presence of oceans, continents, and crustal plates. » 9/17/14 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

This Massive Planet Is Causing Its Parent Star To Age Prematurely

There's a gas giant located about 330 light-years from here that's not only unusually large, it's also orbiting its host star at an incredibly close distance. According to a new study, this combination of factors is wreaking havoc on the star's innards. » 9/17/14 12:40pm Wednesday 12:40pm

Modern Forensics Reveal Gruesome Details Of King Richard III's Death

Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle. But as a new forensic analysis of his remains shows, he didn't just die in battle — he had the living tar beat out of him. Here's how this king met his maker on that fateful day in 1485. » 9/17/14 9:30am Wednesday 9:30am

Mice With Genetically "Humanized" Brains Learn Faster

It's not quite a Pinky and the Brain scenario, but researchers from MIT and several European universities have spliced a human gene responsible for speech and language into mice — a bit of biological uplift that made the mice smarter in certain ways. » 9/16/14 2:50pm Tuesday 2:50pm

10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist

As we head deeper into the 21st century, we're starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we're also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence. » 9/16/14 10:10am Tuesday 10:10am