Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nero's Rotating Banquet Hall

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero's extravagant banquet hall from the first century A.D., including water-powered mechanisms to keep the 50-foot room constantly slowly rotating.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

850 New Species Underground

Scientists have identified 850 previously unknown species of insects, crustaceans, spiders, fish and worms living in subterranean water sources and caves in Australia, likely only one-fifth of the total undiscovered species located there.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Element 114 Confirmed

A group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have confirmed the production of two isotopes of the new superheavy element 114 ten years after a Russian team first produced the new man-made element.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Earliest Feathered Dinosaurs

New fossils found in northwestern China and in remarkably good condition reveal feathered dinosaurs some 10 million years older than Archaeopteryx, further affirming the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and modern birds.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Species in Mekong River

Researchers discovered a total of 163 new plant and animal species last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, including a fanged frog that preys on birds, an exotic leopard gecko with large cat-like eyes, and a tiger-striped pit viper.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Anglo-Saxon Gold Cache

The largest cache ever of Anglo-Saxon gold artifacts has been discovered in a field in Staffordshire, UK, with about 1500 pieces of gold and silver dating back to the seventh century AD.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Water Detected on Moon

Three independent space probes have now confirmed the existence of a very thin layer of water vapor all over the Moon's surface, clinging to the surface of the soil.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Ghostshark Species

A new species of chimaera, or Eastern Pacific black ghostshark (Hydrolagus melanophasma), an ancient and strange fish species distantly related to sharks, has been discovered off the coast of Southern California and Baja California, Mexico.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Alexander the Great Engraving

A rare and tiny (less than 1 cm) gemstone was discovered at a dig in Tel Dor on Israel's Mediterranean coast that contains an engraved portrait of Alexander the Great, a rare find outside of the Hellenistic world.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Temperature Maps of Moon

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed permanently shadowed craters in the Moon's polar regions with temperatures less than −397°F, colder than any other location measured in the solar system, even on the surface of Pluto.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Magnetism in Gas Observed

Scientists have observed ferromagnetism in a gas of lithium atoms cooled to a fraction of a degree above absolute zero, demonstrating that a substance does not require a crystalline structure to be magnetic.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Smaller T. rex Discovered

A smaller dinosaur named Raptorex kriegsteini has been discovered in China that seems to be a miniaturized version of the giant Tyrannosaurus rex that appeared millions of years later, challenging assumptions about the larger predator's evolution.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rocky Planet Discovered

Astronomers have identified the first rocky extrasolar planet only slightly larger than the Earth, designated Corot-7b and about 500 light-years distant, albeit with a surface temperature around 3600°F.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Temporary Moon for Jupiter

Astronomers have identified that the comet 147P/Kushida-Muramatsu was gravitationally snared by Jupiter as a temporary satellite, completing two orbits between 1949 and 1961 before gaining its freedom once again.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Extinct Man-Eating Eagle

New sophisticated scans of fossil remains of the Haast's eagle of New Zealand reveal it was an active predator instead of a scavenger, large and strong enough to possibly hunt human children.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Smell of Death" Identified

A chemical blend of fatty acids has been identified in animals that is released upon their death, a "smell of death" biological warning system possibly developed to alert others to avoid disease or other hazards.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Extinct Turtle Found

Once believed extinct for almost a century due to loss of habitat and its use in Asian cooking, five rare Akran forest turtles were discovered in an elephant sanctuary in Myanmar.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Magnetic Monopole Detected

For the first time, evidence of magnetic monopoles has been detected at the end of so-called Dirac strings organized into a network of "spin-spaghetti" within a single crystal of dysprosium titanate.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Oldest Wall in Jerusalem

A massive ancient wall dating from 1700 B.C. has been uncovered in Jerusalem, the oldest such construction ever found in the city and the first fortification known from before the time of Herod.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Most Distant Black Hole

Astronomers have discovered a distant giant galaxy that houses the furthest supermassive black hole yet known, some 12.8 billion light-years away and a billion times more massive than our Sun.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Genetic Mutations Counted

Using advanced gene sequencing between two distantly related Chinese men, scientists have determined that each human being possesses between 100 and 200 genetic mutations in their complete genome.