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Brutus the Crocodile Snacks on Shark in Adelaide River

A family taking a trip around Australia’s Top End saw Brutus, Adelaide River’s most famous croc during the regular 11am cruise on Tuesday August 5. What they didn’t expect to see was Brutus chowing down on a shark. The moment was captured by Andrew Paice, who was travelling with his wife Nikki Beaumont and their daughter Madison, 6. “We’d fed Brutus on the bank earlier and were coming...

Researchers Discover 6500 Year Old Human Skeleton in Penn Museum Basement

A Philadelphia archaeology museum found a 6,500 year old human skeleton in it’s basement. The skeleton, which had been kept in a coffin-like box, was missing documentation until researchers recently began digitizing the museum’s collection from an expedition to Ur, an ancient city near modern-day Nasiriyah. Project manager William Hafford was matching objects with inventory lists from...

Hawaii Prepares for 2 Storms: Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio

Two storms are headed for Hawaii later this week in an unusual one-two punch. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued advisories Tuesday for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio. Hurricane Iselle could be hitting Hawaii by Friday and Julio two or three days after that, said James Franklin, the chief of hurricane specialists. “There’s enough uncertainty in the track that it’s...

Black Bears Make a Comeback in North Carolina

Black Bear population in North Carolina is on the rise, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. As the weather continues to heat up, more people are encountering black bears. Summer, particularly July and August, is when bears are on the move, according to wildlife officials. Mature males seek females during this breeding period and mother bears drive off juvenile males who must seek...

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, July 28-29, 2014

The Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight and with a new moon phase on July 26, they should be pretty easy to spot in the dark night sky. The best place for viewing the Delta Aquarid meteor shower is in the lower latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere and the entire Southern Hemisphere. Look towards the southeast at around midnight local time for the best chance to catch the meteors. The meteor...

Tropical Depression Forms in Atlantic Ocean, Expected to Weaken by Thursday

The National Hurricane Center reported as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, a tropical depression continues to spin in the Atlantic Ocean. The tropical depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It was moving to the west at 17 mph and was located about 910 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. Senior Hurricane Specialist Michael Brennan said in a message, “Satellite data indicate that...

Scientists Create a Mutant Worm to Help Learn About Treating Alcoholism

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have created a mutant worm that does not get intoxicated by alcohol, which could result to new drugs to treat the symptoms of people going through alcohol withdrawal. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience today, relates how the researchers were able to alter a common human alcohol target — a molecular channel that binds alcohol in the...

Sand Based Lithium Ion Batteries, Cheap and Outperform Standard Batteries by 3x

Researchers have created a lithium ion battery that can outperform the current industry standard by three times by using sand. The idea came six months ago as Zachary Favors was relaxing on the beach after surfing in San Clemente, California when he picked up some sand, took a close look at it and saw it was made up primarily of quartz, or silicon dioxide. He researched different areas around the...

Kendall Jones Facebook Pictures of African Animal Hunting Sparks Outrage

Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas has caused an uproar on Facebook after she posted pictures of animals she hunted and killed during a trip to Africa. The 19-year old shared several photos of her posing next to dead or tranquilized lions, antelope, leopards, hippos and zebras during a recent hunting excursion. Kendall Jones, from Cleburne, Texas, has been uploading these controversial pictures...

Climate Change Could be to Blame for Smaller Salamanders

Scientists suggest climate change could be the reason salamanders in the Appalachian Mountains are getting smaller. In a study earlier this year in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers compared museum specimens of salamanders collected in the course of a half-century beginning in 1957 with those measured at the same sites in 2011 and 2012. They measured almost 9,500 adult salamanders and...