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LHC's 'Heart' Starts Pumping Protons Ahead of 2015 Restart : Discovery News

news.discovery.com — While on its long road to restart, yet another milestone was reached at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) over the weekend. Protons were generated by the LHC's source and blasted through a 'daisy-chain' of smaller accelerators before being intentionally smashed into a metaphorical brick wall.
Nov 25, 2014

LHC will power-up early 2015 & its long road to restart reached a milestone over the weekend: a-eng.in/1vdIK9M pic.twitter.com/94ZVAEePVI

Ferguson: Why Do People Riot?

news.discovery.com — The violence last night in Ferguson, Mo., was caused by residents and others angry over the grand jury's verdict not to indict a white police officer in the killing of Michael Brown. The violence last night was caused by a form of mass psychology in which people wanted to feel part of a larger group and some then resorted to violent behavior.
Nov 25, 2014

This is the lamest second-day idea I've seen on Ferguson, courtesy of Discovery News: "Ferguson: Why Do People Riot?" news.discovery.com/human/psycholo…

Stone Age Axe Found Deliberately Stuck Into Earth

news.discovery.com — Archaeologists in southern Denmark have unearthed a 5,500-year-old axe with the handle still attached. The axe was deliberately jammed into what used to be the seabed during the Stone Age. The finding was made during an archaeological survey for the construction of the Femern Belt link, an immersed tunnel that will connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish island of Lolland.

Brutal Killer Lurks Within Cuddly Marine Mammal

news.discovery.com — Grey seals instigated the majority of attacks that left hundreds of stranded harbor porpoises mutilated, a recent investigation found. The conclusion is a shock to animal experts: It was previously thought that grey seals only preyed on fish.
Nov 25, 2014

Brutal Killer Lurks Within Cuddly Marine Mammal: More than 1,000 mutilated marine mammals thought to have been... bit.ly/1yUcUPY

Is the Wormhole in 'Interstellar' Possible?

news.discovery.com — Sci-fi fans who hope humanity can one day zoom to distant corners of the universe via wormholes, as astronauts do in the recent film "Interstellar," shouldn't hold their breath.

Why Dogs Are Sloppier Drinkers Than Cats

news.discovery.com — Cats and dogs both lap up liquids with their tongues, but new research describes in detail why dogs are inherently sloppier drinkers. The findings also help to explain why large, hefty dogs produce more backsplash mess than tinier ones.
Nov 24, 2014

Why Dogs Are Sloppier Drinkers Than Cats: Dogs are inherently sloppier drinkers than cats, finds new research ... bit.ly/1yOW30N

Listen to the 'Crunch' of Philae's Comet Touchdown

news.discovery.com — Rosetta's lander Philae may be taking a long snooze in the shadows of a crater rim on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but scientists have only just begun to decipher the huge quantities of data it sent back from the historic Nov. 12 landing.

How the LHC Makes 'Interstellar' Physics Real

news.discovery.com — In the sci-fi adventure "Interstellar," many mind-bending physics concepts were explored including, but not exclusive to, relativity, time dilation, multidimensional theory, black holes, worm holes, quantum gravity and love.

NASA Releases 'Remastered' View of Enigmatic Europa

news.discovery.com — Just as George Lucas re-released his classic Star Wars trilogy in digitally remastered versions for a new audience, NASA has re-released a remastered view of one of their own space classics.
Nov 24, 2014

I never get tired of seeing the cracked landscape of Europa. NASA now has a remastered version a-eng.in/1zlm3AQ pic.twitter.com/DMiMCaxyOn

Stray Dog Follows Adventure Race Team for 430 Miles

news.discovery.com — In a heartwarming story tailor-made for the start of the holiday season, a stray dog followed a team of athletes throughout its grueling 430-mile adventure competition in the Amazon rainforest. The dog, later named Arthur, came upon Team Peak Performance, a Swedish team competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship, while the athletes were sharing a meal in advance of a 20-mile race stage through rough terrain in Ecuador.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @astroengine: Stray Dog Follows Adventure Race Team for 430 Miles a-eng.in/1zRVX9G this would make an awesome movie

Nov 24, 2014

Stray Dog Follows Adventure Race Team for 430 Miles a-eng.in/1zRVX9G this would make an awesome movie

Stray dog follows adventure race team for 430 miles through the Amazon

news.discovery.com — In a heartwarming story tailor-made for the start of the holiday season, a stray dog followed a team of athletes throughout its grueling 430-mile adventure competition in the Amazon rainforest. The dog, later named Arthur, came upon Team Peak Performance, a Swedish team competing in the Adventure Racing World Championship, while the athletes were sharing a meal in advance of a 20-mile race stage through rough terrain in Ecuador.
Nov 25, 2014

Stray dog follows adventure race team for 430 miles through the Amazon mashable.com/2014/11/24/art… via @mashable

Why Dried Whiskey Under Microscope Looks Like Art

news.discovery.com — Dried whiskey at the bottom of a glass produces stunning images that closely resemble fine art paintings, shows new research that also helps explain how the patterns form. The effect results from both the chemical composition of whiskey as well as fluid dynamics.

Big Ugly Salamander May Get Protected: Photos

news.discovery.com — Eastern hellbenders, also known as devil dogs, Allegheny alligators and snot otters, are big, ugly salamanders that need clean streams.

New Crew Safely Arrives at International Space Station

news.discovery.com — Three new crewmembers arrived at the International Space Station late Sunday (Nov. 23), doubling the orbiting lab's population back up to its full six-person strength. NASA astronaut Terry Virts, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:01 p.m.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @SpaceX: Last night, 3 new crewmembers arrived @ ISS, making 6 total on board. Enjoy the view, Dragon will see you next month! news.discovery.com/space/new-crew…

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered

news.discovery.com — Researchers have deciphered an ancient Egyptian handbook, revealing a series of invocations and spells. Among other things, the "Handbook of Ritual Power," as researchers call the book, tells readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil spirits and treat "black jaundice," a bacterial infection that is still around today and can be fatal.

Small 'Underwater Pompeii' Found Off Greek Island

news.discovery.com — Remains of an ancient settlement, complete with a ruined pottery workshop, have been found on the bottom of the Aegean sea off the small island of Delos, the Greek ministry of culture has announced. Dubbed by the Greek media "a small underwater Pompeii," the structures lay at a depth of just 6 feet on the northeastern coast of Delos.