Italian researchers have revealed that DNA tests conducted on the Shroud of Turin, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, have shown that it contains traces of plants found from all around the world.
Real Clear Science reported that researchers sequenced the DNA of pollen and other dust particles from the 14-foot-long cloth, and were able to determine the types of plants and the biogeographic origin of people who have come into contact with it. Remarkably, evidence was found of plants from South America, the Middle East, Central Africa, Central Asia, China, and other regions.
"So, what does this mean? It's hard to say," the article said. more >>
Who doesn't love a furry kitten? Even rough-and-tumble, chest-pounding gorillas show their softer side when a box of cuddly kittens shows up. Hey, gorillas want some feline friendship too.
In this video, Koko, a 44-year-old western lowland gorilla, receives a box full of kittens for her birthday. She adopts two as pets.
Koko is not your average primate. She's learned several phrases in sign language, courtesy of her trainers who seek to champion what they call "interspecies communication." more >>
Anyone who saw the summer blockbuster "Avengers: Age of Ultron" remembers the trick that Thor played on his friends.
As they near the end of a party, Thor challenges his friends to pick up his signature hammer, claiming that only those "worthy" are able to wield it.
Inspired by the movie, one California man created his own Thor hammer — also known by its ridiculously hard to pronounce real name, Mjolnir. more >>
Stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope revealed the existence of weird structures on the planet Jupiter.
The Hubble Space Telescope spent 10 hours recording the appearance of Jupiter to create a stunning new map of the giant planet's atmosphere. The captured images allowed astronomers to measure the planet's Great Red Spot and see weird formations that have not been seen in decades, according to Discovery.
The Great Red Spot seen on Jupiter is actually a giant storm that has been stirring the southern equatorial region of the planet for some 300 years already. New discoveries indicate that the long duration storm is already weakening because the spot has been shrinking and is now 240 kilometers smaller compared to its size last year, the report details. more >>
Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced a change in their fetal tissue donation policy, in a move that one pro-life critic calls "an admission of guilt."
America's largest abortion provider released a statement Tuesday noting that their clinics will no longer accept reimbursements for fetal tissue donations.
NASA has released its three-phase plan to put humans on Mars in the 2030s and the outline will be discussed with the Congress and its international partners.
NASA on Thursday published an outlined titled "NASA's Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration," which contains the agency's three-phase plan to land astronauts on the Red Planet come the 2030s. The said outline will also detail what resources need to be prepared and what tasks need to be done to accomplish the giant Mars goal, according to Information Week (IW).
As part of the preparations for the journey to Mars, NASA will need to work in tandem with both its private and international partners. It will also have to collaborate with 12 other space organizations aiming to go beyond their boundaries in space, the report details. more >>