Google’s new web gallery helps you find public map data – Engadget

EngadgetA number of organizations offer public map data through Google Maps, but finding it can be tricky — if you even know it exists. That may not be an issue…

Watch Potentially Hazardous Asteroid Whip Past Earth – National Geographic

National GeographicArtwork showing an asteroid zipping by the Earth moon system. Credit: ILLUSTRATION COURTESY P. CARRIL, ESA. A giant space rock three times the size of football field is about…

Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleMIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend…

Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleMIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show “Snake Salvation” has died after being bitten by a snake. According…

Photos: World Press Photo Contest winners of 2013 – Windsor Star

Windsor StarThe 3rd prize in the Nature Stories category of the 2014 World Press Photo Contest by Christian Ziegler, Germany, for National Geographic Magazine, shows a five-year-old bonobo of a…

Cat parasite found in Arctic Beluga – BBC News

BBC NewsThe cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause blindness in people, has been identified in Beluga in the western Arctic. The discovery by University of British Columbia scientists has…

Did Marius the giraffe have to be euthanized? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAfter the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a healthy giraffe named Marius on Feb. 9 to avoid inbreeding, people worldwide criticized the decision. The 18-month-old giraffe was shot in the head…

Termites inspire robot builders – BBC News

BBC NewsThe insects build impressive, metres-high structures even though they can follow only simple rules and have no knowledge of an overall plan. The Harvard researchers’ robot brick-layers do something…

Team Designs Tiny Robots That Can Build Like Termites – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalCHICAGO—Inspired by termites, Harvard University researchers have designed a construction crew of tiny robots able to build complicated structures without blueprints or outside intervention. The robots, which took…

Lorde ‘will have a long career’ – TVNZ

TVNZA Kiwi record producer says Lorde will have huge opportunities following her exposure at the Grammy Awards. Lorde was among a line-up of the music industry’s brightest stars to perform…

FIRST PERSON Can Thailand Avoid Another Coup? – National Geographic

National GeographicA bitter struggle for control of the government is compounded by uncertainty over the future of the monarchy. By Lewis M. Simons. An anti-government demonstrator waves the Thai flag.…

Why birds fly in a V-formation – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFlying birds often arrange themselves into a crisp, perfect V, so why not an S? What’s wrong with M and B and the other neglected letters? Now the first…

Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South – OPB News

OPB NewsAn image created by NASA combines two pictures taken Tuesday by its Solar Dynamics Observatory. One shows the location of a large sunspot; the other shows Tuesday’s large solar…

Forest needed to cover carbon footprint of icy rescue – New Zealand Herald

New Zealand HeraldThe hapless Australasian Antarctic Expedition is finally homeward bound – and thousands of trees will have to be planted to offset the carbon footprint from the prolonged rescue…

Icebreaker Aurora Australis en route to Australia with passengers from icebound … – NEWS.com.au

NEWS.com.auAN AUSTRALIAN icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic resumed its journey home, leaving behind another two icebreakers trapped in pack ice. The…

China Icebreaker Now Trapped in Antarctic – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalSHANGHAI—A Chinese icebreaker crucial to the rescue this week of scientists and tourists in Antarctica is now itself stranded in ice after failing in its initial efforts to…

Rescued Antarctic Passengers Resume Journey Home – ABC News

ABC NewsAn Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic resumed its journey home on Saturday after it was halted for a second…

Blink and you’ll miss it: Quadrantids meteor shower – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Quadrantids are a tricky shower because they have an extremely short peak, just eight hours, said Ron Hipschman, a scientist at the Exploratorium, a science museum in San…

Revelers usher in 2014 with fireworks, festivities – Reuters

ReutersNEW YORK (Reuters) – From Sydney to Dubai, revelers welcomed 2014 with extravagant fireworks displays, while London prepared to celebrate by spraying clouds of fruit-flavored mist and Chicago and San…

Ship trapped in Antarctica surrounded by ice – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comAfter a trip to Mawson Station, an icon of Antarctic exploration, a vessel and its scientific team from Australia became boxed in by ice. Now, all they can do is…

Sex and the Siberian Neanderthal: Incest and inter-species action – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comResearchers extracted DNA from this toe bone of a Siberian Neanderthal female who lived about 50,000 years ago. The first high-quality genome sequence of a Siberian Neanderthal female is throwing…

Neanderthals cared for elder, burial site shows – AFP

AFPWashington — New findings at an old Neanderthal burial ground in France have bolstered the notion that cavemen cared for their elders, researchers said. The research is based on excavations…

Scientists find stunning similarity between lizards, birds – Science Recorder

Science RecorderMonitor lizards, along with alligators, birds, and probably dinosaurs, take air into their lungs by means of a one-way loop, according to a new University of Utah study. The…

Oldest DNA obtained from human ancestor – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukThe oldest DNA from a relative of modern humans has been extracted from a 400,000 year old thigh bone. Scientists recovered the genetic material from bones thought to belong to…

Early Human Interbreeding More Widespread Than Thought, Study Suggests – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalIn a prehistoric maternity test, scientists successfully sequenced the oldest known human DNA—more than 300,000 years old—and found a stranger in the mix, suggesting that interbreeding between early…

Panel Says Global Warming Risks Sudden, Deep Changes – New York Times

New York TimesContinued global warming poses a risk of rapid, drastic changes in some human and natural systems, a scientific panel warned Tuesday, citing the possible collapse of polar sea…

Hulu Names Fox’s Mike Hopkins As CEO: Bio

“Hulu Names Fox’s Mike Hopkins As CEO.” The news is all over the Internet about Hulu selecting the Fox Networks Group President of Distribution, Mike Hopkins, but who is he…

“Honey Badger Don’t Give a Shit” Video Vs. “Fight With Bouncer At SF Fillmore” Video

For some reason the Honey Badger video called “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (original narration by Randall)” has gained over (as of this writing) 47 million views on YouTube since…