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Mega-shark teeth wash ashore in North Carolina (+video) -

Recent storms and high tides have unearthed a prehistoric marvel on the coast of North Carolina. 

Fossilized shark teeth, some as big as an adult hand, have been plucked from the sand by beachgoers in North Topsail Beach and Surf City, North Carolina, NBC-affiliate WITN first reported.

The teeth are immense and immensely old: Researchers say the teeth once belonged to a Megalodon, the largest shark ever to live. Megalodon went extinct some 2.6 million years ago.


This Brave Elephant Took The Ultimate Risk For Her Baby - Fuzzfix Slideshow

Elephant crocWhen approaching a water hole, a surprise attack by a hungry crocodile is every thirsty animal’s worst nightmare.

Unfortunately for this female elephant, that nightmare became a reality when a ferocious crocodile sprung from the water at the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park.'

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Turtle Discovery: Ancient Pig-Nosed 'Bacon Turtle' From Utah Is Unlike Anything Scientists Have Seen Before (VIDEO) : Science : Headlines & Global News

TurtleScientists discovered the fossil of a 76-million-year-old extinct species of pig-snouted turtle in Utah.

The incredible new species is unlike any pig-snouted turtle known to science, the University of Utah reported.


This Fearless Lion Made The Ultimate Sacrifice For Her Cubs-Fuzzfix

Fearless lionWhen it comes to protecting their young, lions can be one of the most fiercely protective predators in the animal kingdom.

These dramatic pictures show the moment one selfless mother lioness went above and beyond for her cubs.



Mars Rover Finds Gale Crater was Once a Big Lake : Discovery News

About the time that life was taking hold on Earth, Mars not only had the ingredients for life as well, but long-lived lakes that could support it, new research from NASA’s Curiosity rover team shows.

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Analysis of sediments and geologic features found in the rover’s Gale Crater landing site show that the basin periodically filled with water that lasted for hundreds or even thousands of years. Previously, the rover discovered evidence of an ancient shallow lake and streams.

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“You have a deep hole, filled with water that is stable,” which indicates that Mars must have had a denser atmosphere at that point in its history than can be explained by current computer models, geologist John Grotzinger, with the California Institute of Technology, told Discovery News.

“It also means that other places were wet as well,” he added.


NASA's big news: Mars mystery solved - CBS News

For over a century, the search for life on Mars has been one of humanity's biggest mysteries. For a planet perceived as having too hostile an environment to support any form of life, public perception of Mars seemed rooted less in reality and more in fantasy.

But the public's perception of Mars could soon be much different, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano.

Later today, NASA may unveil a scientific breakthrough that could solve what it's calling "the Mars mystery." The announcement comes three days after the space agency announced that a "major scientific finding had been made" and "Mars mystery solved" on Twitter.


Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Rises Tonight: Watch It Live in Slooh Webcast

In a total lunar eclipse this Sunday (Sept. 27), the surface of the moon will appear to be a deep crimson color, and people around the world will be able to watch the celestial spectacle online.

The so-called supermoon lunar eclipse will be visible in most of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean. But wherever you are, you can watch the eclipse live via a webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory. The Slooh broadcast begins at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT), and will provide views of the eclipse from three different countries, including a stream of the eclipse rising over Stonehenge in England, as well as expert commentary.

You can also watch the lunar eclipse webcast on, courtesy of Slooh. [Tonight's Total Lunar Eclipse: When and How to See It]


Your Body Is Surrounded by Clouds of Skin and Fart Bacteria | WIRED

Everywhere you go, in everything you do, you are surrounded by an aura of microbes. They drift down from your hair when you scratch your head, they fly off your hand when you wave to your friend, they spew out of your mouth when you talk. Even when you sit around doing nothing, you’re sitting in your own, personal microbial bubble.

Made up of millions, billions, trillions of bacteria, yeast, cells, and cell parts, this bubble is actually more like a cloud—a cloud, new research suggests, that is unique to you. And as gross as it is to imagine everyone around you shedding microbial bits and pieces into the air, studying those clouds can be useful for people like doctors tracking down disease outbreaks and cops tracking down criminals.


Mass grave of new human relative discovered in South Africa, claim scientists | Fox News

Scientists in South Africa working at Moropeng, the site located just outside of Johannesburg and known as the "Cradle of Humankind," have discovered a mass underground grave containing the remains of hundreds of individuals from what they say is an entirely new species of the human family.

“I give you a new species of human - ‘homo naledi,’” said Professor Lee Berger, head of the paleontology team at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and leader of the discovery team. 

The species' brains were a third of the size of today’s humans but they stood like us, and had similar feet and hands, although their fingers were elegantly curved. This new species, Berger said, should be placed as an early humanoid just before the time of homo sapiens. The species could date back as far as 2.8 million years, according to experts.