October 18, 2017

Google Maps Now Lets You Explore the Solar System in Detail

Google now lets you leap into space with new Google Maps feature that shows 16 different planets, moons, and the International Space Station. You can take a spin around planets like Jupiter, Venus, and Mars or marvel at the many moons of Saturn, with the help of images from the Cassini spacecraft. “Explore the icy plains of Enceladus, where Cassini discovered water beneath the moon's crust—suggesting signs of life,” Google encourages on its blog.

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October 3, 2017

New Study Suggests That Man May Not Originate From Africa After All

While it's commonly thought that hominins—a tribe that eventually led to modern humans—originate from Africa, a new study is casting doubt on the theory. A group of researchers recently published two studies that give evidence that early man may have originated from Europe, bucking the theory of African origins that dates back to Charles Darwin. The international research team published two papers in PLOS One pointing to the Balkans, specifically Greece, as a possible starting point for humanity. The evidence?

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September 15, 2017

Rainbow Crystal Geodes Let You Hold a Dazzling Combination of Colors in Your Hand

Leprechauns like to “chase the rainbow,” but we can do them one better. With a special rock called a rainbow geode, any mere mortal can now hold the dazzling combination of colors in the palm of their hand. The cluster of crystals catch streams of light and radiate the sparkling hues, as if they were possessed by the magic of a unicorn. While many types of crystals boast naturally-occurring hues, that's not the case with a rainbow geode.

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September 6, 2017

Stunning 4K Video Gives an Up-Close View of the Total Solar Eclipse in Real-Time

People traveled far and wide to view the 2017 total solar eclipse in person, an incredible phenomenon that was last visible in the continental United States in 1979. And now, a group from South Korea has released stunning 4K video footage that recorded the special event. Professor Jun Ho Oh is the founder of RainbowAstro, a company specializing in equipment for amateur astronomers.

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