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Scientists Dive to WWII-Era Japanese Warship: How to Watch Live

A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will explore the wreckage of the Hayate, a destroyer in the Imperial Japanese Navy's fleet that was sunk by American forces in December 1941. The dive is part of an ongoing expedition aboard the research vessel Okeanos Explorer, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship. Reserachers are currently exploring the largely uncharted deep-sea ecosystems and seafloor near the Wake Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM).


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Cooked Medium Rare? This 'Bloody' Burger Is Actually Vegan

There's a new "bloody" burger in town, but this one is entirely vegan. The juicy patty contains exactly zero animal products, but because of a bright red molecule called heme, it looks like a hamburger served medium rare, said the burger's creators, Impossible Foods. The new delicacy, called the Impossible Burger, contains a number of ingredients, including wheat protein for chewiness, coconut oil for its fatty flavor and potato protein to help the burger cook like meat, Impossible Foods (IF) said.


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Wow! Northern Lights Glow in Breathtaking Image from Space Station

All of these amazing sights were captured in a single nighttime photograph taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The photo was originally taken in February 2012, and included a glimpse of the space station, but NASA's Earth Observatory recently released a cropped, labeled version of the stunning scene. The striking tableau represents a view from the International Space Station as it flew over Quebec, Canada.


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'I Contain Multitudes' Is the Story of Microbes: Q&A with Ed Yong

Right this very minute, trillions of microbes — bacteria, fungi and viruses — are jockeying for space on every inch of your skin and in every crevice of your body. All animals, including humans, are teeming with microscopic life on every surface of their bodies, inside and out. Certain microbes are known for causing infection and disease, but the communities of microbial life you live with aren't hostile invaders — nor are they wandering strangers.


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The Science of Olympic Rivalries: Do Adversaries Help or Hurt?

From the decade-long swimming rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, to figure skating's famous Nancy-Kerrigan-versus-Tonya-Harding contest, some Olympic matchups seem to be as much about contention between two personalities as they are about crowning a champion. At the Olympics, the stakes are higher, the audience is bigger and every contest is scrutinized down to the smallest detail. At first, a rivalry might seem like a good thing, capable of motivating both competitors to try even harder to win, experts told Live Science.


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Shifting Sands Reveal 400-Year-Old Petroglyphs in Hawaii

Shifting sands on a Hawaiian beach have revealed — and then concealed again — carvings that Hawaii's indigenous people made on the shoreline at least 400 years ago. Two tourists from Texas stumbled across the petroglyphs last month on Oahu's Waianae Coast on the western side of the island. "It was just a stroke of luck," Lonnie Watson, one of the visitors, said in a statement issued by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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Piltdown breakdown: new details about a famed scientific hoax

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers applying modern forensic techniques to a century-old puzzle have laid bare intriguing new details about one of the most notorious scientific hoaxes on record, the so-called Piltdown Man, and are confident in the culprit's identity. The phony fossil remains of a "missing link" between apes and humans, planted in gravel near the English village of Piltdown, were concocted using the jawbone and teeth from a single orangutan, two or three sets of old human remains and the liberal use of dental putty, the researchers said on Wednesday. The study, using DNA analyses, high-precision measurements, spectroscopy and other techniques, was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science on the 100th anniversary of Dawson's death.


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Is Vulcan Real? Its Star Is, But Scientists Can't See Habitable Planets

In the fictional universe of "Star Trek," the alien Spock comes from a world called Vulcan in the triple-star system 40 Eridani. Vulcan was destroyed in a previous movie, forcing Spock's race to immigrate to a planet called New Vulcan. While Vulcan is one of the most well-known worlds in science fiction, the planet is entirely fictional.


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