Articles by Philip Ross
- 8-Foot Octopus Wrestles Diver Off Calif. Coast, Rare Encounter Caught On Camera [VIDEO]
February 18 2014 2:50 PM
Two divers were diving off the coast of California when a giant Pacific octopus lunged at their camera. See the video of the close encounter here.
- Chicago: $18 Billion Plan To Fight Asian Carp
February 18 2014 12:02 PM
The city is considering several plans to keep an invasive species of fish from overrunning the Great Lakes.
- Study Warns Loneliness May Shorten Your Life
February 17 2014 7:30 PM
Researchers studying the effects of loneliness on a person’s health found that those who consistently feel disconnected from others are 19 percent more likely to die early.
- Magma Temp May Help Predict Volcanic Eruptions
February 17 2014 6:27 PM
New research into how magma is stored below volcanoes suggests that much of the magma sits in a near-solid state for thousands of years and liquefies only before an eruption.
- What Is Fentanyl? Pain Killer Found In ‘Lethal’ Heroin Concoction Kills Dozens Across Eastern U.S.
February 17 2014 4:24 PM
A new and dangerous form of heroin is killing dozens of people across the eastern U.S. Dubbed “killer heroin,” the drug is spiked with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate used to treat people with chronic pain.
- ‘Barbaric’ Killing Of Sea Otters Prompts Reward Offer
February 17 2014 2:27 PM
California authorities are on the hunt for the person responsible for fatally shooting three sea otters and are offering a $21,000 reward for information that leads to the culprit.
- The 'Science Guy' And Tenn. Congresswoman Tackle Climate Change On 'Meet The Press'
February 16 2014 7:05 PM
On the heels of Secretary of State John Kerry’s warning about climate change, Bill Nye the “Science Guy” and Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn went head-to-head on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
- Brutal Winter Caused By Changing Jet Stream
February 16 2014 5:29 PM
Scientists say warming Arctic temperatures are to blame for this especially frigid winter.
- ‘Snake Salvation’ Star Jamie Coots Dies From Snake Bite
February 16 2014 3:56 PM
The Pentecostal pastor and star of National Geographic’s 'Snake Salvation' died Saturday night after refusing treatment.
- ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 2 Premiere: New Trailer Reveals Who's Back When Netflix Series Returns June 6 [VIDEO]
February 16 2014 2:01 PM
The official “Orange Is The New Black” season 2 premiere date has been released, along with a new teaser trailer to wet our appetites. The hit Netflix original series returns Friday, June 6.
- NASA Spacecraft Discovers Strange Magnetic ‘Ribbon’ At Edge Of Solar System
February 15 2014 6:58 PM
Scientists from NASA have uncovered a strange magnetic field surrounding our solar system, shedding new light on our mysterious boundary with the heliosphere.
- 44-Year-Old ‘Stone Baby’ Found In Elderly Brazilian Woman’s Stomach, X-Rays Reveal ‘Face, Ribs And Spine’ Of Fetus
February 15 2014 3:48 PM
An 84-year-old woman from the state of Tocantins went to the hospital with stomach pains, only to find out she was carrying a 44-year-old “stone baby.”
- Cat Parasite Infects Arctic Belugas, Experts Blame Climate Change For Emergence Of Toxoplasma Gondii In Whales
February 15 2014 2:43 PM
A parasite that normally infects cats has been found in Arctic beluga whales, baffling scientists.
- 16,000-Year-Old Mammoth Tusk Found In Seattle Is ‘Rare Opportunity’ To Study Ice Age Conditions In Northwest
February 15 2014 1:18 PM
The find could be as old as 60,000 years, according to paleontologists studying the fossilized tusk.
- Staying In This Valentine's Day? 7 Date Ideas For A Romantic Evening At Home
February 13 2014 11:23 AM
There are plenty of other ways to fan the flames of romance on Valentine’s Day than by waiting for a restaurant table to open up. Here are several date ideas for staying at home on Feb. 14.
- ESA Solar Orbiter Will Be Coated With ‘Char Bone’ Pigment Used In Prehistoric Cave Drawings
February 12 2014 7:09 PM
ESA engineers will apply a charcoal made from burnt bone to the outermost layer of the Solar Orbiter to protect the spaceship from solar radiation.
- Genome Of King Richard III Will Create ‘Contemporary’ Portrait Of 15th Century Monarch
February 12 2014 2:45 PM
Scientists are looking to map King Richard III’s genome using DNA from his remains, which were discovered under a parking lot in Leicester, UK in 2012.
- Teens Report ‘Alarming’ Stress Rates Compared To Adults
February 11 2014 4:57 PM
According to a new survey of teenagers and stress, U.S. teens’ stress levels now outpace those of adults, meaning the proverbial “troubled teenager” might be more troubled than previously thought.
- Scientists Use Tiny Motors To Propel And Steer Human Cells
February 11 2014 1:47 PM
Scientists have found a way to direct human cells using tiny metal motors. The microscopic metal motors are propelled with ultrasound and steered using magnets.
- Jackdaw Birds Use ‘Stink Eye’ To Ward Off Competitors
February 05 2014 6:41 PM
A new study of Western jackdaws found that the dark-feathered birds use their piercing stare to ward off competing jackdaws, a characteristic thought to exist only in humans and primates.