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Nelson Mandela, a former political prisoner who went on to become South Africa’s first black president, died Thursday. He was 95. Mandela received around the clock intensive care from military and other doctors since September, when he was discharged from a nearly three-month hospital stay for a lung infection.
After a 35-year, 13-billion mile journey, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space, new evidence from a team of scientists shows.
“It’s kind of like landing on the moon. It’s a milestone in history. Like all science, it’s exploration. It’s new knowledge,” long-time Voyager scientist Donald Gurnett, with the University of Iowa, told Discovery News. Read more
It’s like the old saying goes: Nothing is certain in life except for death, taxes and giant monsters rising out of sea.
From director Guillermo del Toro, “Pacific Rim” is an old-fashioned creature feature in which colossal monsters battle titanic robots to determine the fate of all mankind. As the monsters — collectively called Kaiju — ravage cities worldwide, scientists deploy 25-story-high robots called Jaegers to defend the population. The film is a tribute to those old Godzilla movies from Japan, with visual effects and creature design from some of the leading artists in the business.
In creating the film’s Kaiju monsters, the designers looked to the animal kingdom. Director del Toro instructed his team to draw inspiration from nature’s scariest creatures, especially lizards, crustaceans and insects. Of course, the old attack-of-the-giant-monsters premise has been a go-to idea in science fiction movies from as far back as the 1930s. Here we take a look at the history of giant monsters in film, as well as the some of real-world creatures that inspired them.
A dolphin has found a 130 year-old torpedo! Is there anything Flipper can’t do? Find out more from DNews’ Anthony!
Deadliest Tornadoes in U.S. History: Photos
Deadly tornadoes have lashed the United States for centuries. Most of the worst occurred before modern warning systems existed, although one occurred almost exactly two years before the deadly twister that struck Oklahoma on May 20. See the gallery.
British archaeologists have unearthed the remains of what might be the first queen of Windsor in a 4,400-year-old female skeleton adorned with some of Britain’s earliest gold jewels. The find could predate Windsor’s royal connection by more than three millennia. Read more
King Richard III may not have been a hunchback as portrayed by Shakespeare, but he did suffer from the spine-curving condition scoliosis, and he may have undergone painful medical treatments to straighten it out, scientists report today (April 19). Read more
Historians trace April Fool’s Day back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, in the late 14th century. But in our view, the April Fool’s red letter dates all happened in the last 50 years. Here are 10 favorite pranks, half of them pulled by “responsible” news media organizations.