At first glance, it looks like a fiery monster out of "The Incredibles." Or maybe a glowing alien orb, or a giant, irritated zit popping up above the Earth's surface. But it's neither. Rather, it's an incredibly rare, 65-foot-tall (20 meters) lava-dome fountain. Normally, volcanoes erupt lava in powerful jets that...
THE Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of the most distant single star ever seen. Astronomers have identified a star 9 billion light years from Earth – the farthest individual star ever seen. Usually is it impossible to make out stars at distances greater than around 100 million light years,...
Researchers in Canada have discovered dozens of ancient footprints that might be the earliest known evidence of human migration in North America. The prints, uncovered on the Pacific Coast, offer a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors who lived on the continent some 13,000 years ago, and they...
Scientists are investigating an anomaly in Earth’s defensive magnetic field that has been dubbed the ‘South Atlantic Anomaly’. Back in January, a spike in interest regarding Earth’s magnetic field – and whether it’s about to flip or not – occurred. Despite a significant weakening of its magnetic field strength in...
NASA may be unable to stop an enormous asteroid which could crash into Earth in 2135, scientists have warned. It is estimated that Bennu, which is the size of the Empire State Building, would unleash 1,200 megatons of energy on impact, 80,000 times that of the Hiroshima bomb. Members of a...
A bizarre giant fish has found off a beach in Australia and it has been drawing attention from both locals and internet users. Look, if you were strolling down a lovely Australian beach and suddenly found a festering pile of flesh about as tall as Lebron James and almost 100...
This ancient reptile shed its own tail to escape meat-eating predators 280 million years ago. Researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga are describing how a group of small ancient reptiles defended themselves around 289 million years ago. The creatures could actually detach their tails to avoid being devoured by...
Huge “mega-colonies” of penguins have been discovered near the Antarctic peninsula, hosting more than 1.5 million birds. Just 100 miles (160 kilometres) away in the west Antarctic, the same species is in decline due to sea ice melt blamed on global warming, they said. The first complete census revealed that the...
A remarkable photo of a single atom trapped by electric fields has just been awarded the top prize in a well-known science photography competition. The photo is titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” and was shot by David Nadlinger of the University of Oxford. In the photo, a single...
Irishman's €60 antique bought on holidays in Morocco turns out to be Ice Age relic worth €30,000. In an antique shop that sold mostly “Islamic and Roman items, a high, carved figurine “that looked Chinese” caught his eyes. The antique originally cost €70. However, the Irishman was able to bargain with...