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Giant Penguin: This Ancient Bird Was As Tall As a Refrigerator

The fossils of a refrigerator-size penguin were so gargantuan that the scientists who discovered them initially thought they belonged to a giant turtle. The ancient behemoth is now considered the second-largest penguin on record.

Star Wars Physics: Could the 'Force' Actually Exist?

Can objects be manipulated instantaneously from a distance?

Why We Can't Stop Seeing Zigzags in This Freaky Optical Illusion

In this weird optical illusion, do you see curves, zigzags or both?

Feather-Gripping Tick Trapped in Amber Dined on Dinos

A rare find in amber connects ancient ticks to feathered dinosaur hosts.

Just How Rare Is That Giant Python Captured in the Everglades?

Hunters caught a record-breaking 17-foot-long Burmese python in the Everglades on Dec. 1, but experts say there are likely hundreds of the massive snakes still in hiding.

Is the Ice Wall from 'Game of Thrones' Physically Possible?

The giant ice wall that protects the Seven Kingdoms from the White Walkers is physically unrealistic, glaciologists say.

Mystery of Whale and Dolphin Strandings May Hinge on NASA Data

Are huge balls of charged gas launched from the sun steering these marine animals off course?

Why This Explosive, Mars-Like Volcanic Island Fascinates NASA

Life on Mars may have looked a lot like Tonga.

Picture of Health: Can AI Eye Scan Reveal What Ails You?

The light-sensitive layer found at the back of a person's eyes contains more than just cells that detect shadows and light — it also contains information about the health of a person's entire body.

Ancient Tomb Full of 'Soup Bowls' & Food Vessels Discovered in China

Also inside the tomb was a badly decomposed body of an unidentified person, the archaeologists said.

Photos: Ancient Chinese Tomb Full of Bronze Vessels

A 3,100-year-old tomb filled with bronze food vessels that have incredible designs has been discovered in Baoji City in China.

'Pokémon' STOP: Experts Find Game Caused Spike in Car Accidents

When "Pokémon Go" launched back in July 2016, catching 'em all was harder for people in rural areas, where the augmented-reality game's hotspots were more spread out. So, many players in rural areas got behind the wheel, increasing car crashes.

World of Intricate Muscles Revealed Inside Velvet Worm's Wee Leg

Scientists can now visualize the interiors of structures that measure fractions of a millimeter.

What Are Pyrocumulus Clouds? California Fires Spawn Eerie Formations

A dark, ominous cloud that formed over the massive Thomas Fire in Southern California is a pyrocumulus cloud, a special cloud that forms during fires.

Chinese Culture: Customs & Traditions of China

Chinese culture reflects the customs and traditions of one of the largest countries in the world, with 1.34 billion people.

Full Moon Is Bad, But Supermoon Is Even Worse for Motorcyclists

The bright light of a full moon or supermoon may seem inviting to motorcyclists eager for a nighttime ride, but that moonlit trip may also come with deadly consequences, a new study finds.

Is 'Man Flu' Real? Men Suffer More When Sick, Study Suggests

When a man complains of cold or flu symptoms, it may not be fair to dismiss his laments as simply a case of "man flu."

Linen-Wrapped Mummy Found Inside 3,500-Year-Old Tomb in Luxor

Archaeologists have excavated two ancient tombs in Luxor, Egypt, that haven't seen the light of day in about 3,500 years, according to the country's antiquities ministry.

Sorry, Mount Jackson: The U.K.'s New Tallest Mountain Is Ice Cold

Country shapes are weird, so the United Kingdom's tallest mountain isn't where you'd expect.

Down the Drain: How 'Pulling the Plug' on Earth's Oceans Would Look

What might it look like if you "pulled the plug" in the Mariana Trench and drained the water from all the oceans?

Do Elves Clean Your Brain While You Sleep?

Sleep will consume one-third of your life. You can't avoid it, nor should you. Sound slumber is energizing and uplifting. But there's more to it. Sleep is also essential for effective learning.

How Does Your Brain Stop a Task It Already Started?

Pump those mental brakes!

Beyond Clickbait: Viral Skin-Cancer Selfie Boosted Online Searches

A Kentucky woman's brutally honest selfie and Facebook post while undergoing treatment for skin cancer drew the type of social media attention and news coverage usually reserved for celebrity health disclosures, a new study suggests.

Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 100-Foot Snake

These are some of the largest rock engravings found anywhere in the world.

Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 300-Foot Snake

These are some of the largest rock engravings found anywhere in the world.

Earth's Mysterious Hum Recorded Underwater for 1st Time

Our planet is "humming," and scientists are getting closer to figuring out why.

Will Artificial Intelligence Become Conscious?

Depends how you define consciousness.

Cave of the 'Mayan Underworld' Filled with Methane-Eating Creatures

In a submerged cave network in the Yucatan, methane is an unlikely driving force for life.

The Life of a Baby Tardigrade

What would this little water bear have encountered in the world?

What Happens When You Die?

There's only one group of people who really know what happens when you die: the dead. And since the dead won't be revealing their secrets anytime soon, it's up to scientists to explain what happens when a person dies.

Aconcagua: Highest Mountain in South America

The Andean peak is also the highest in the Western and Southern hemispheres.

Chromosomes: Definition & Structure

Chromosomes carry hereditary information for everything from height to eye color.

Starving Polar Bear's Last Hours Captured in Heartbreaking Video

A polar bear searches in vain for trash to eat before collapsing.

Man's Unusual Sunburn Lets Him Make A Dent in His Forehead

A man in Texas recently developed a sunburn so severe, the swelling allowed him to make a dent in his forehead.

Isaac Newton 'Graffiti' Discovered in Historic English Manor

Graffiti that was hidden in Isaac Newton's historic English manor has just been discovered, and apparently young Newton was fond of drawing windmills

Bizarre Origins of 4th-Century 'Santa Claus Bone' Revealed

Is the saint's bone real?

In Photos: Jaw-Dropping Images Reveal Science Is Amazing

From a close-up of a tardigrade embryo, to an aerial of Antarctic "ice cubes," to a pensive polar bear, winning photographs in Royal Society competition will amaze you.

'American Murderer' Worm Strips To Evade Your Immune System

Why does this worm strip out of its sheath before it infects you? It could be playing an elaborate trick on your immune system.

Why One Woman Mysteriously Started Hearing 'Divine' Voices

A 48-year-old woman in Switzerland stabbed herself several times in the chest, claiming she heard divine voices that instructed her to commit the act as a religious sacrifice, a recent report of the woman's case reveals.

5,500-Year-Old Wooden Clubs Were Deadly Weapons

Lethal weapons could explain head injuries archaeologists see in Neolithic human remains.

This Week's Strangest Science News

Ready to get weird? Here are some of the strangest stories on Live Science this week.

Flu Season Is Already Off to a Bad Start

Flu season is underway in the United States, and a new report shows that flu activity is already higher than typical for this time of year.

DNA: Definition, Structure & Discovery

What is DNA? DNA is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce.

Solar Eclipse Damage to Woman's Eye Revealed in Striking Images

Using a new type of imaging, doctors were able to peer into the eyes of a young woman and see — on the cellular level — the type of damage that occurs from looking directly at the sun during an eclipse.

Love at First Sight? It's Probably Just Lust

Does love at first sight really happen? Not quite, according to a new study.

80-mph Wind Gusts Could Force L.A. Firefighters to a Standstill

Huge gusts as high as 80 mph could fuel wildfires blazing in Los Angeles.

Did The Wildfire Rabbit 'Rescuer' Doom A Litter of Babies?

See a rabbit near a fire? Leave it alone!

Survival of the Fishiest? How 'Shape of Water' Creature Could Evolve

Could natural selection produce an aquatic human?

Is the World's First Nuclear Fusion Plant Finally on Track?

The world's first nuclear fusion plant has reached a major milestone: Its plasma core is halfway done.

DNA Has Gone Digital — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. But new capabilities also mean new risks.