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NASA Announces Discovery of Earth’s “Older, Bigger Cousin”

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Since its launch in March of 2009, NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft has been scouring the cosmos in search of planets that share similar attributes to our Earth. Over those six years, Kepler has discovered a total of 1,030 Earth-like planets, but their latest discovery might just be the best on yet. John Grunsfeld is associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate: “On the 20th anniversary year of the discovery that proved other suns host planets, the Kepler exoplanet explorer has discovered a planet

Record-Breaking 10,000-Room Hotel “Abraj Kudai” Set To Open In Mecca, Saudi Arabia By 2017 (Video)

Abraj Kudai is a five-star hotel currently under construction in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Once completed, the $3 billion complex will be the world’s largest hotel, featuring 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, multiple helipads and more, according to CNN. Right now, the world’s largest hotel is the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which features over 6,000 rooms. Besides having enough rooms to house a small city, the Abraj Kudai will also have five floors strictly for the use of the Saudi

Chinese Construction Workers Just Stumbled Upon Dozens of Dinosaur Eggs

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The city of Heyuan in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has quite the collection of dinosaur eggs. Dubbed the “Home of Dinosaurs,” Heyuan earned a Guinness World Record in 2004 for having the world’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs. That collection just got a bit larger, after construction workers doing road repairs stumbled upon a cache of 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs on Sunday. The eggs were discovered right in the heart of downtown Heyuan. According to Huang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Heyuan

Watch This Seed Drills Itself Into the Ground Upon Contacting Water (Time-Lapse Video)


If you’re looking for an example of awesome engineering in nature, look no further than Erodium cicutarium. The plant — commonly referred to as redstem filaree, stork’s-bill or pinweed — has a seed that bores itself into the ground upon coming into contact with moisture. To accomplish this feat, the erodium seed uses a specialized spiral stalk that is able to unwind itself in response to daily changes in humidity. As the humidity levels rise and fall, this stalk winds and unwinds, steadily

Check Out the First Photos from the World’s Newest Island in the Pacific

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On Tuesday, January 13, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano — located about 40 miles north of the Pacific island of Tonga — experienced an explosive eruption. The eruption shot volcanic ash more than 14,000ft up into the air and forced the small island nation to cancel all international flights that day. But the explosion also did something quite remarkable: it created a new island. The newly formed island joins the two older Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai islets, forming a small trio of volcanic islands. This past Saturday

The Coolest Places on Earth: Mendenhall Ice Caves – Juneau, Alaska (Photos)

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The Mendenhall Glacier, located in the Mendenhall Valley about 12 miles outside of Juneau, is one of Alaska’s most impressive natural wonders. But to reach the actual ice caves, which are located inside Mendenhall Glacier, visitors have to kayak out to the glacier and then tackle an ice climb over its outer edges. But its hard to argue that the journey isn’t worth it. Check out some photos of the breathtaking ice caves below:

Flooded Argentina Town Slowly Re-Emerges From the Depths As Lake Levels Fall


It may not quite be Atlantis, but a town in Argentina has been reclaimed from the depths, calling to mind the famous mythological city. Epecuen, a quiet town near Buenos Aires, was completely flooded in 1985. Unusual weather patterns caused a local dam to break, and a dike protecting the town followed soon after. Water from a nearby lake quickly submerged most of Epecuen, turning it almost immediately into a ghost town. That might have been the end of Epecuen’s

This Lady Spent 14 Years Photographing Some of the World’s Oldest Trees (Pictures)

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Beth Moon is a San Francisco-based photographer who has dedicated the last 14 years to capturing some of the oldest trees in the world in breathtaking duotone photographs. Beth traveled all around the globe in search of the elder statesmen of the tree world, and published 60 of her best photos in a new book entitled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. Beth described the project in an artist statement, saying: “Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe

Russia Plans to Build A Genetic Noah’s Ark By Collecting DNA of All Living Things

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Researchers from Moscow State University just announced plans for a bold new project: creating a databank on all of Earth’s living organisms. The plans were announced by the university’s president Dr. Viktor Sadovnichy at a press conference this past Thursday (December 25). “I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we

Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power

Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 hours

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