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A small town in Romania called Costesti is home to unusual geological manifestations – bulging bulbous boulders called trovants. These stones have long intrigued locals, with their organic-looking shapes and strange cement oozings, inspiring myths about the stones’ ability to grow and move – like living beings rather than inanimate objects. Trovants vary greatly in
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Within the next few decades, according to some experts, we may see the arrival of the next step in the development of artificial intelligence. So-called “artificial general intelligence“, or AGI, will have intellectual capabilities far beyond those of humans. AGI could transform human life for the better, but uncontrolled AGI could also lead to catastrophes
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Found mostly in the open prairies of North America and some remote regions of Northern Europe, snow doughnuts or snow rollers might look like icy man-made structures, but these tire-shaped curiosities are entirely natural. They’re very rarely seen because the number of weather conditions that need to be just right for them to form –
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We’re learning more about earthquake triggers all the time, but there’s also plenty still to find out about how these seismic shifts work. Now, geologists think they’ve identified a key mechanism behind some of the biggest earthquakes on the planet. Megathrust earthquakes happen at subduction zones, where one tectonic plate is being pushed under another.
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Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Valviloculus pleristaminis makes for a perfect example. Scientists only recently identified this mysterious, extinct flower. It once bloomed in the Cretaceous period - a floral relic of a bygone age, preserved in time-stopping amber since some nameless day when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. “This isn’t
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Above water, they sound like bellowing Wookies. Below the ice, they sound like chirping, chattering robots. Either way, the Weddell seals of Antarctica should have no trouble finding work in an upcoming Star Wars project. “The Weddell seals’ calls create an almost unbelievable, otherworldly soundscape under the ice,” Paul Cziko, a visiting professor at the University of Oregon
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With bizarrely ornate feathers and outrageous dances, New Guinea’s birds-of-paradise are glorious living examples of how sexual selection can make animals’ evolution get hilariously whacked. Now we have evidence that such fancy and impractical flamboyance was a thing well before modern birds even evolved. A chicken-sized dinosaur with a dense mane of thick hair-like structures
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Supercontinents – giant landmasses made up of multiple continents – could emerge again on Earth 200 million years from now, and where they form on the globe could drastically affect our planet’s climate. Scientists recently modeled this “deep future” view of Earth with a supercontinent makeover, presenting their findings Dec. 8 at the annual meeting
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How many particles do you need before individual atoms start behaving collectively? According to new research, the number is incredibly low. As few as six atoms will start transitioning into a macroscopic system, under the right conditions. Using a specially designed ultra-cold laser trap, physicists observed the quantum precursor of the transition from a normal