Ancient Babylon may have Developed Trigonometry over 1,000 Years Before Pythagoras

August 30, 2017
A new analysis of a 3,700-year-old Babylonian cuneiform tablet suggests that the ancient Babylonians were using an advanced form of trigonometry roughly a millennium before ancient Greek mathematicians recorded what is known as the Pytharoean theorem. In addition to the... continued

The Why of the Texas Weather Catastrophe

August 29, 2017
Hurricane Harvey expanded from a tropical storm to a category 4 hurricane in just 48 hours, and is now stalled over eastern Texas and western Louisiana and dropping rainfall in the area at a rate never before witnessed. But why is... continued

Algae Appearing on Greenland Ice Sheet May Speed up World Flooding

August 25, 2017
Ordinarily, the bright, white surface of glacial ice found in ice sheets such as the ones that cover Greenland and Antarctica serve to function as reflectors that bounce a certain amount of solar radiation back into space -- this effect... continued

Mars Might Experience Microburst Snowstorms at Night

August 24, 2017
New computer models of Mars' atmosphere are indicating that the Red Planet may experience rapidly-falling snowstorms at night, possibly sprinkling the surface below with a light layer of snow. It was previously assumed that snow that fell on Mars did... continued

The Eclipse Seen in the US and Heard Round the World

August 23, 2017
The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse was visible as a total eclipse only over the continental United States, but and around the world people observed the event in many different ways. Millions of Americans turned out to see it, including... continued

The Location of Flight 370 may be Uncovered, based on New Satellite Image Analysis

August 22, 2017
Recently analyzed satellite images produced in late March 2014 by the French military appear to show man-made objects floating in the ocean, in one of the areas suspected to be where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have crashed after running... continued

New Aluminum Nanomaterial Rapidly Converts Water into Hydrogen

August 19, 2017
Researchers with the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground Research Laboratory have stumbled upon an aluminum alloy that, when structured into a nanomaterial powder, efficiently reacts with ordinary water to produce hydrogen gas, that can in turn be burned to produce... continued

How to Avoid Unsafe Fake Eclipse Glasses

August 18, 2017
The excitement is sky-high for the upcoming total solar eclipse that is due to occur on August 21, 2017, and along with major events such as this come safety concerns regarding observers' eyesight, as looking directly at the sun --... continued

U.S. Diplomats in Cuba may have been Attacked with a Sonic Weapon

August 17, 2017
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently investigating what appears to be an attack on U.S. diplomats working in Cuba involving a covert sonic weapon. Last fall, a number of diplomats with the newly-opened U.S. embassy in Havana began to... continued

Fairy-Folk Said to be Damaging Road in Ireland

August 17, 2017
In many places throughout the world some old traditions hold steadfast, with Ireland being no exception to this phenomenon: Irish Teachta Dála (Member of Parliament) Danny Healy-Rae says that a persistent dip in a road running through his constituency in... continued