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Humans Would Beat Neanderthals in Marathon

news.discovery.com — Humans, versus other great apes, are built for running fast and long as opposed to very impressive strength, but what about Neanderthals? If a modern human and a Neanderthal competed in a marathon, who would win?
Oct 31, 2014

Humans Would Beat Neanderthals in Marathon: It turns out Neanderthals may have had more brawn, but modern huma... bit.ly/1vo4ZXN

What It Takes to Walk a Chicago Tightrope

news.discovery.com — When Nik Wallenda steps off the roof of a Chicago apartment building on Sunday night, he'll be counting on a year's worth of preparation for one of the most daring tightrope walks ever performed. Wallenda, the 35-year-old great-grandson of famed tightrope walker Karl Wallenda, will be 500 feet above the city streets.

NASA's Asteroid Mission a Dead-End Route to Mars

news.discovery.com — NASA's bold asteroid-capture mission is an expensive distraction that does little to advance the agency's overarching goal of getting humans to Mars, one prominent researcher argues. For the past 18 months, NASA has been working on a plan to drag an entire near-Earth asteroid, or a boulder plucked from a large space rock, into lunar orbit using a robotic probe.
Oct 30, 2014

NASA's asteroid redirection plan is a "misstep off the path to Mars" says MIT's Richard Binzel a-eng.in/10BNATX pic.twitter.com/Lc4CWIecq9

Sloths Pose for Conservation: Photos

news.discovery.com — Sloths are so photogenic they have been recruited to serve as animal ambassadors for Suriname, a country in northern South America.

Cassini Spies a Sunny Day on Titan's Seas

news.discovery.com — During a recent flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini mission captured some breathtaking infrared views of the small world, photographing sunlight glinting off its hydrocarbon seas. PHOTO: Cassini Spies Wind-Rippled Sea on Titan Cassini has spotted sun glint before on Titan's surface, but this is the first set of observations (stitched together as a mosaic) where the boundaries of the seas and the sunlight glint are visible in the same view.
Oct 30, 2014

Let's go sailing on Titan's sunny seas. Might go for a swim. Where's my Speedos? a-eng.in/1wOHblJ pic.twitter.com/Fcb01B7UPh

How Diseases Inspired Movie Monsters

news.discovery.com — Terrifying tales of monstrous creatures such as the Wolfman, zombies, and Count Dracula originated from a poor understanding of medical maladies, according to a forensics expert. Dracula's appearance and behavior, for example, matches with a disorder called porphyria that affects the skin and nervous system.
Oct 30, 2014

How Diseases Inspired Movie Monsters: The forensics of movie monsters reveals that most popular Halloween and ... bit.ly/1sNDFQN

'Interstellar' Black Hole is Best Black Hole in Sci-Fi

news.discovery.com — Christopher Nolen's movie 'Interstellar' will be an epic space adventure encapsulating humanity's need to explore the Universe, but it's the visual effects for the movie that are garnering early attention. By combining the help of one of the world's leading black hole physicists with a cutting-edge visual effects (VFX) team, 'Interstellar' will depict the most scientifically accurate black hole in science fiction history.

Freaked Out Fish Grind Their Teeth and Produce Odd Noise

news.discovery.com — When in distress, a fish called the French grunt produces a jarring sound akin to fingernails-on-a-blackboard, and now a new study reveals how and why the fish do it. The sound isn't grunting at all - it's produced by the fish grinding their teeth.
Oct 29, 2014

Freaked Out Fish Grind Their Teeth and Produce Odd Noise: Fish don't scream, so what's a scared fish to do? Re... bit.ly/13f8Akl

Amelia Earhart mystery: Metal debris is likely from her plane

news.discovery.com — A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

news.discovery.com — A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @chronsciguy: Whenever you read a story about Amelia Earhart's this or that being found, you can safely ignore it. news.discovery.com/history/us-his…

Oct 30, 2014

Whenever you read a story about Amelia Earhart's this or that being found, you can safely ignore it. news.discovery.com/history/us-his…

Oct 30, 2014

Of course there's a SoFla connection to piece aluminum now ID'd as part of Amelia Earhart's plane: ow.ly/DAy5B

Oct 30, 2014

RT @TheMorningNews: Fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty. tmne.ws/7MfyP7

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Russia's ISS Cargo Vehicle Launches, Docks Without Hitch

news.discovery.com — Hours after Orbital Sciences Corp.'s catastrophic launch failure of its Antares rocket, on the other side of the world, Russia's Soyuz rocket carried out a successful launch of an unmanned Progress spacecraft, which arrived at the space station only 6 hours later.
Oct 29, 2014

Meanwhile, in orbit, Russia's Progress spaceship speedily docks with the space station: a-eng.in/1DwJPLC pic.twitter.com/rBBbhZAKFG

Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions

news.discovery.com — Imagine nearly 6,000 dairy cows doing what cows do, belching and being flatulent for a full year. That's how much methane was emitted from one Ohio reservoir in 2012. Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly because they don't burn fossil fuels to produce electricity.

New Frog Species Discovered in NYC

news.discovery.com — New York City is the most populous city in the United States, and yet a newly discovered frog species living there has gone unnoticed until recently. The Manhattan-dwelling amphibian is the leopard frog Rana kauffeldi, which is described in the latest issue of PLOS ONE.
Oct 29, 2014

These frogs are convinced they're superior to all other frogs. bit.ly/1pZfHCi

Pufferfish Paralyzes 11 Family Members in Brazil

news.discovery.com — Eleven members of a family in Brazil got an unpleasant surprise when they dined together on a fresh fish catch given to them by a friend. According to TV New Zealand's One News, the Souza family, from Rio de Janeiro, unknowningly ate a fried pufferfish, which contains deadly poison.