Billions and billions of cicadas will soon emerge in Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states, in an event that hasn’t occurred since 1999. Beginning in May, three different species of cicadas (Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini and M. septendecula) in these areas will emerge as adults and start to look for mates, the highlight of […]
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The Texas Forensic Science Commission recently recommended banning the use of bite mark evidence in criminal cases because of possible mistakes by forensic dentists that could result in wrongful convictions. It is the first time an agency has officially challenged a forensic technique that’s been used in US courts since the 1890s, despite plenty of […]
Build a greenhouse around a house!
Who knew? Not me!
It ain’t much, but it’s something: Admitting a 20-year whiff in bringing competition to the $20 billion cable-TV box industry, federal regulators voted Thursday to open cable-box standards for Google and other technology companies. The goal is for them to devise new ways for consumers to search TV channels and on-demand streaming on television. The […]
I love this stuff: Stone houses and artifacts dating back 7,000 years have been discovered in Jerusalem, demonstrating that the settlement existed even longer than had been supposed. The houses showed various stages of building, indicating that they had been in use for centuries. The discoveries are the oldest known remains of human habitation in […]
Even if he had to illegally climb the Cheops pyramid to get it:
This is really cool, isn’t it? A full-size cast of one of the largest animals ever to walk the planet will be unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) next month. Measuring 122 feet long and weighing in at about 70 tons, this giant titanosaur lived about 100 million years ago in Cretaceous […]
Astronomers recently said Earthlings should prepare for a holiday gift in the sky—and, no, they weren’t referring to a Santa sighting. On Christmas Eve, a gargantuan asteroid is on track to be visible from our planet via telescope. But not to worry: There’s no danger of a Christmas Day apocalypse. The 3-kilometer-long asteroid (named 163899, […]