2011 japan earthquake

Climate still feeling repercussions of 2011 Japan earthquake

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan was reportedly responsible for at least 15,000 deaths and damage to more than one million buildings, and new research indicates that effects of the catastrophic...

hot water

Brits to heat homes with water

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett The British government is embarking on a bold initiative that will use water as a heat source and officials are saying that over 1 million UK homes could be heated this way in the...

Tattooine Tunisia

Star Wars set now ‘way station for jihadists’

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck The real-world location that served as the backdrop for the barren planet Tatooine in the Star Wars universe is reportedly at the heart of an ongoing struggle between good and evil, but this time,...

Methuselah Date palm

Date palm grown from 2000-year-old seed is now a dad

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck Methuselah, a date palm tree successfully sprouted from a 2,000-year-old seed in 2005, has reached maturation and pollinated another palm, scientists at the laboratory responsible for originally germinating the ancient seed told National Geographic...

maya melting pot

Maya ‘melting pot’ discovered in Guatemala

Provided by Alexis Blue, University of Arizona Archaeologists working in Guatemala have unearthed new information about the Maya civilization's transition from a mobile, hunter-gatherer lifestyle to a sedentary way of life. Led by University of Arizona archaeologists Takeshi Inomata and Daniela...

perth canyon

Undersea Perth Canyon explored for first time

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett Off the coast of Western Australia is Perth Canyon, a massive geographical formation the size of the Grand Canyon. Perth Canyon sits far under the surface of the Pacific and it hadn’t been thoroughly...

LHC CERN

LHC short circuits; researchers conCERNed

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett Scientists at CERN have been gearing the Large Hadron Collider up for its first active run in two years, but starting up the massive particle physics system will be put on hold for a...

shape-shifting frog

Scientists discover shape-shifting frog in Ecuador

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett X-men fans know that Mystique has the ability to change her shape in order to mimic someone else, and now it appears scientists have found a frog with a similar shape-shifting ability. According to a...

Vampire crab

Researchers finally locate mysterious vampire crap habitats

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - @ParkstBrett With their striking colors and bright yellow eyes, vampire crabs are already popular in the pet trade. However, biologists never really knew where they came from. That is, until a joint team European and...

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Whale skull reveals birthplace of humanity in East Africa

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - @BednarChuck An ancient whale skull is revealing new information about the birthplace of humanity and the role that climate change played in human evolution, researchers from the University of Potsdam in Germany and colleagues from...