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Geneticists have uncovered evidence of a westward migration in Europe about 4,500 years ago—and that may explain a long-standing mystery about language.
The smiling marsupial is a favorite photo subject for tourists on West Australia's Rottnest Island.
The U.S. and other countries take steps to make new refrigerators and air conditioners less harmful to the planet.
In Swiss pilots' bid to travel around the world on a solar-powered plane, weight and energy are everything.
Galaxy clusters engage in shenanigans, NASA's next Mars mission paints a target, and a mitten appears on an ice cap in this week's best space pictures.
The Earth's heat could power homes and businesses worldwide, but it's barely been tapped. Indonesia is trying to change that.
Islamic militants have bulldozed Iraq's only surviving palace from the Assyrian Empire.
Forgotten pharaoh may have been earliest Egyptian ruler to die in battle.
The new numbers may reflect better and broader surveying techniques as much as a true boost in population, expert cautions.
Drought, worsened by climate change, led to mass migration that helped spark the Syrian conflict, researchers say.
A fast growing island off Japan is seen in new video from the Japanese Coast Guard.
The first week of March brings an eclipse of two moons of Jupiter and an opportunity to spot Uranus.
One of Chile's most active volcanoes erupted earlier this week, forcing thousands to flee.
A joint Honduran-American expedition has confirmed the presence of extensive pre-Columbian ruins in Mosquitia in eastern Honduras, a region rumored to contain ruins of a lost "White City" or "City of the Monkey God."
Our annual clock fiddling leads to fewer robberies and more unhappy farmers, for starters.
Small, young galaxies should be free of interstellar dust, but an object called A1689-zD1 is breaking all the rules.
Some enterprising Americans burn kernels to keep warm in winter, but there's a reason the green heating concept hasn't taken off.
With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.
The discovery of a jawbone, along with a reconstruction of another fossil, shed light on the mysterious million-year period when the genus
Homo first evolved.
In the 11th and 12th centuries, Muslim scientists were way ahead of contemporaries in Christian Europe.