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Chilean Farmer Finds 'Chupacabra'; Probably Cat Mummy

news.discovery.com — A goat farmer in Chile who recently found two mysterious dead animals has concluded that he may have the remains of the Hispanic vampire beast known as el chupacabra. The creature, whose name is Spanish for "goat sucker," is said to suck the blood from small animals such as chickens and goats.
Jan 24, 2015

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Drone Invasion: A New Way to Explore Mars

news.discovery.com — Drones are taking over Earth - will they soon invade Mars? If a new NASA project gains momentum, remote-controlled drone exploration of the red planet could soon become a thing. Currently, the robotic exploration of Mars is pretty much one-dimensional. We have rovers that rove, landers that land and orbiters that, well, orbit.

Black Hole Goes on Crash Diet and Dims its Quasar

news.discovery.com — Going on an extreme diet has a similar effect on black holes as it does on humans; it quenches our energy and can drastically change our appearance, according to new research by Yale University astronomers who observed a quasar that has undergone a massive dimming event.

Why Great White Sharks Try to Eat Boat Engines

news.discovery.com — Fishermen for years have told tales about huge sharks trying to eat their motorboat engines, and now videos are proving this does indeed happen. Shark experts believe that great whites, like the one seen in the below video shot just a few days ago, are attracted to electrical pulses emitted by some boat motors.
Jan 23, 2015

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Rosetta's Comet is Weirder Than We Thought

news.discovery.com — Early results from Europe's ongoing Rosetta comet mission show the icy body, believed to be a remnant from the formation of the solar system, is far more complex and diverse than scientists expected. The first batch of science papers reveals details of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is approaching the sun accompanied by the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft.

NASA's Ultimate Space Twin Experiment Ready for Launch

Jan 22, 2015

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Jan 22, 2015

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The First Humans on Mars will be Virtual Explorers

news.discovery.com — Imagine sitting at your desk, donning a virtual reality headset and then walking around on the surface of Mars, studying rocks and turning up new discoveries while sitting in your office chair. Though this may sound like science fiction, if a new partnership between NASA and Microsoft bears fruit, the first humans on Mars may not need to leave Earth.
Jan 22, 2015

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Ebola Has Crushed Gorilla and Chimp Populations

news.discovery.com — Writing at theconversation.com, Meera Inglis, a PhD. in conservation policy at the University of Sheffield, calls attention to a perhaps little known, or not often considered, fact: The Ebola virus has put a sizable dent in Africa's great ape populations.

Human-Like Hands Came Before Actual Humans

news.discovery.com — Human-like hands preceded actual humans, suggests a new study that presents compelling evidence that some of the earliest, and still very ape-looking members of our family tree were the first to process foods, make handcrafted stone tools, and do relatively sophisticated tasks.
Jan 22, 2015

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