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Scientists discover earliest human drawing yet

This month, scientists published their discovery of 73,000-year-old cross-hatchings found in a South African cave. It’s now the earliest known drawing and evidence of early humans’ ability to store information outside the human brain.

10 years of Large Hadron Collider discoveries

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has generated mind-blowing science in the last decade – including the Higgs boson particle. How the LHC, one of the most complex machines ever created, is helping physicists decode the universe.

Aurora alien and storm trooper

Göran Strand captured an aurora over Sweden this week, but it wasn’t until he mirrored the image that things got interesting. Can you see the alien? How about the storm trooper? Both are examples of pareidolia.

How meteorologists predict the next big hurricane

Hurricane Florence is barreling for U.S. coast, right at the height of hurricane season. How do experts know when and where the next big hurricane is going to hit? It’s complicated.

Alien-hunting AI discovers dozens of mysterious fast radio bursts

Astronomers with the Breakthrough Listen program used AI (artificial intelligence) to find 72 repeating, short, unpredictable radio bursts, from a mysterious source 3 billion light years away.

Wildlife hotspots thanks to livestock dung heaps?

Some of the African savannah’s most biologically diverse wildlife hotspots owe their vitality to heaps of manure deposited over thousands of years by livestock of wandering herders, says a new study.

Watch online, as asteroid 2018 RC sweeps past

Asteroid 2018 RC will sweep past at about half the moon’s distance during the night of September 8, according to clocks in the Americas. Learn how to see it online.

Tropical Storm Gordon has made landfall

One death has been reported so far from the storm. Gordon’s winds were just below hurricane-force last night when it made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.

Why you can smell rain

What you’re smelling is petrichor – a pleasant, earthy scent that accompanies a storm’s first raindrops. A weather expert explains where it comes from.

8 planets in 1 night, from Rome

“I have been thinking for decades about imaging 8 planets of our solar system in 1 night, from sunset to dawn. I imaged all of them from Rome, above the amazing monuments of the Eternal City.”