Some Ancient Crocodiles Went Vegan – Dead Things

This American alligator, like crocodiles and other related species, is a meat-eating power biter. (Credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service) Someone says “crocodiles” and the image that comes to mind is probably a toothy one. Modern crocodilians are power biters, and many species are apex predators. But it wasn’t always that way. Paleontologists believe that […]

Astronomers Spot Glowing Shrouds of Gas Around Distant Galaxies – D-brief

These two Hubble images show gravitationally lensed galaxies and their halos (pink), as well as the galaxy clusters (yellow) responsible for the lensing. Gravitational lensing often results in more than one image of a single galaxy (right), or sometimes smears that light out into a ring (left). (Credit: ESO/NASA/ESA/A. Claeyssens) Galaxies are not just the […]

Spectacular blue lava flows at this Indonesian volcano

Photographer Olivier Grunewald first learned about the Kawah Ijen volcano in 2008. A sulfur mine by day, this infernal Indonesian mountain turns into a surreal alien landscape when the night comes. His pictures—taken in very dangerous conditions—are stunning: He and his friend Régis Etienne have gone back repeatedly to photograph and film this incredible unearthly patch of glowing […]

Weird Volcanoes Are Erupting Across the Solar System

NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently spotted a possible new volcano at the south pole of Jupiter’s most lava-licious moon, Io. But this volcanically active moon is not alone in the solar system, where sizzling-hot rocks explode and ooze onto the surface of several worlds. So how do Earthly volcanoes differ from those erupting across the rest of the […]

As it Happened: The Archive Edition – The Aliens Episode

Early one November morning in 1975, a seven-man logging crew was returning home from working in Sitgreaves National Park, near Snowflake, Arizona. What happened — and what they witnessed — from their truck is uncertain. I could see out of this one craft — and I could see stars all around, but no planet or sun or anything like that. […]

The Strange “Hollow Earth” Case of Admiral Richard Byrd

“There comes a time when the rationality of men must fade into insignificance and one must accept the inevitability of the Truth! I am not at liberty to disclose the following documentation at this writing…perhaps it shall never see the light of public scrutiny, but I must do duty and record here for all to […]

Really Big Bird Found In Crimea – Dead Things

Artist’s rendering of the Black Sea big bird Pachystruthio, which researchers estimate was comparable to Madagascar’s elephant birds and New Zealand’s moa. (Credit: Andrey Atuchin) Towering more than ten feet tall and weighing in at about 1,000 pounds, big bird Pachystruthio was a big deal. The animal, which weighed about as much as a male […]

New Test Can Detect “Hidden Consciousness” in Coma Patients – D-brief

A study detected hidden consciousness in one out of seven unresponsive brain injury patients using widely-available hospital technology. (Credit: Chairoij/Shutterstock) There are some things that life never prepares you for — like the dreaded phone call that a loved one is in a coma, and you’re responsible for making their end-of-life decisions if they don’t […]

Lightning Strikes Are Foreshadowed by ‘Glows’ of Gamma Rays, Scientists Find – D-brief

Lightning strikes are preceded by “glows” of gamma ray radiation, scientists find. (Credit: Breno Machado/Unsplash) Summer in the U.S. brings big thunderstorms. Towering thunderhead clouds fill the skies and energy permeates the air as positive and negative electrical charges build up between the earth and the atmosphere. Lightning bolts reset the tension with a tremendous […]