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Why large groups of people often come to the same conclusions

Study confirms the existence of a special kind of groupthink in large groups.

From NASA to your table: A history of food from thin air

A fairly old idea, but a really good one, is about to hit the store shelves.

Scientists confirm quantum response to magnetism in cells

University of Tokyo scientists observe predicted quantum biochemical effects on cells.

Why do men need to recharge after sex? Scientists make surprising discovery.

Previous research suggesting it's all about prolactin may be missing the mark.

Startup looks to begin pig-to-human organ transplants by 2022

Porcine gene edits may allow such transplants without rejection.

4 microbes may lead to new type 2 diabetes probiotics

A new study suggests that maintaining gut health to avoid diabetes may be little simpler than previously believed.

Japanese researchers hope to launch a satellite made of wood in 2023

The satellite would burn instead of becoming more space debris.

Meet the robot 'dog' NASA is sending to Mars

Boston Dynamics' notorious robot goes on an interplanetary mission.

Science says you should pet your dog before leaving

A study explores how your dog does when you're not home.

Microplastics have been found in human placenta

More evidence that we're drowning in microplastic particles.

Study finds surprising link between the Moon and methane leaks in the Arctic

Researchers from Norway discover that the Moon's tides influence the release of methane from the ocean floor.

New tech turns space urine into plant fertilizer

An important step toward figuring out our space station future.

Your body image can be influenced by smells and sounds

Research finds that our sense of self can be manipulated by certain smells and sounds.

Study: Militarization of police does not reduce crime

A new look at existing data by LSU researchers refutes the Trump administration's claims.

Humans are not the only animals that self-medicate

Research shows that sparrows and other animals use plants to heal themselves.

An ancient migration across the ocean was no accident

A new study shows that at least one long-ago journey would have required deliberate navigation.

This 'brine electrolyzer' can mine oxygen, hydrogen from water on Mars

Scientists at Washington University are patenting a new electrolyzer designed for frigid Martian water.

NOAA discovers a new, beautifully weird sea creature

Exceptionally high-quality videos allow scientists to formally introduce a remarkable new comb jelly.

California cave art linked to early use of hallucinogens

The Chumash people poked bits of psychoactive plants into cave ceilings next to their paintings.

Diamonds have been created at room temperature in a lab

Australian researchers figure out a new way to apply extreme pressure and squeeze out diamonds.

A Chinese plant has evolved to hide from humans

Researchers document the first example of evolutionary changes in a plant in response to humans.

Zircon in a meteorite opens the door on Mars’ past

Zircons in a Martian meteorite widens the possible timeframe for life on Mars.

Are animals 'persons'? New York court hears the case of Happy the elephant

An elephant at the Bronx Zoo has become a cause célèbre for animal rights activists.

Crazy dreams help us make sense of our memories

A new theory suggests that dreams' illogical logic has an important purpose.

Water may naturally occur as rocky planets form, new study suggests

An ancient Martian meteorite carries with it some compelling implications.

Jupiter’s intense radiation makes its moon Europa glow

Using a laboratory model, scientists get a nice Jovian surprise.

3 experiments that prove the Earth is round

Celebrate Science Day 2020 by proving the Earth is not flat.

There may be 300 million habitable planets in our galaxy

A new study from NASA and the SETI Institute comes up with an exciting number of potentially life-supporting planets.

Using multiple devices at once is causing your memory to fail, study finds

A Stanford study explores the effect of multitasking on memory in young adults.

Scientists piece together the story of humans and dogs

A new study tracks the human-dog relationship through DNA.

What we want from horror is a cardiac jump-start, study suggests

A study looks at the ingredients of a good scare.

New brain scan analysis tool can detect early signs of dementia

Researchers develop the first objective tool for assessing the onset of cognitive decline through the measurement of white spots in the brain.

Brain study finds that humans are born wired for reading letters and words

The area of the brain that recognizes letters and words is ready for action right from the start.

AI reveals the Sahara actually has millions of trees

A study finds 1.8 billion trees and shrubs in the Sahara desert.

Scientists stumble across new organs in the human head

New cancer-scanning technology reveals a previously unknown detail of human anatomy.

What blinking slowly means to cats, according to science

Scientists confirm that slow blinks are an effective way to connect with a cat.

Humans are still evolving, and maybe faster now than ever

The sudden prevalence of an artery in the forearm is evidence that we're still very much a work in progress.

Reinventing agriculture for climate change

Modern crops have been optimized for a lot of things, but not for climate change.

Scientists identify 24 planets potentially better suited for life than Earth

The study identified superhabitable planets outside of our solar system.

Chemists propose spinach as a better, cheaper battery catalyst

While it's always been a boon to Popeye's "muskles," it looks like spinach may also have a role to play in clean future batteries.

Designer uses AI to bring 54 Roman emperors to life

It's hard to stop looking back and forth between these faces and the busts they came from.

Children know what makes a leader more than some adults

Even kids get that a real leader puts others' interests first.

Earth’s first lifeforms breathed arsenic, not oxygen

The microbes that eventually produced the planet's oxygen had to breathe something, after all.

Crows are self-aware just like us, says new study

Crows have their own version of the human cerebral cortex.

Study calls out the genes that make cancer cells so hard to kill

Researchers from the University of Toronto published a new map of cancer cells' genetic defenses against treatment.

New Hubble images add to the dark matter puzzle

The images and our best computer models don't agree.

A new minimoon is headed towards Earth, and it’s not natural

Astronomers spot an object heading into Earth orbit.

Animal magnetism: Bacteria may help creatures sense Earth's magnetic fields

An intriguing theory explains animals' magnetic sense.

For starlet sea anemones, more food means more arms

A new study finds that starlet sea anemones have the unique ability to grow more tentacles when they've got more to eat.

The world’s largest space camera’s first test subject? Broccoli.

Construction is nearly complete for a camera that will take 3,200-megapixel panoramas of the southern night sky.

Taking pain relievers makes you more likely to take risks

Research from Ohio State finds that acetaminophen affects our emotions.

Scientists use 'acoustic tweezers' to move particles in Petri dishes hands-free

New prototype Petri dishes let ordinary scientists in on the advanced technology.

Megalodon’s actual size, recalculated

A new study bases its calculations on more than the great white shark.

Woodpecker wars are intense and even draw a crowd

Acorn woodpecker battles over prized territory are serious business.

How a musician locks onto a rhythm, according to science

A study from McGill University reveals the secret of musicians who have excellent time.

The Earth may have been wet from the very start

A new study finds the rocks that first formed Earth carried with them enough hydrogen for three times the water we have today.

Scientists blow away sticky moon dust with electrons

Dust sticking to things on the moon is a serious problem researchers are trying to solve.

Nano diamond batteries could last thousands of years

Utilizing nuclear waste converted to diamonds, this company's batteries will reportedly last thousands of years in some cases.

Water heist: Up to half of the world's supply is being stolen, study finds

A new study examines the under-researched area of water theft around the world.

Study identifies animal species that may be susceptible to coronavirus

On the list of animals at risk are several endangered species.

Meet antivitamins. They may replace your antibiotics one day

German researchers have just solved the mystery of how these substances work.

COVID-19 symptoms appear in a specific order, study finds

One reason to suspect you have COVID-19 may be the order in which the symptoms appear.

The Sun was half of a binary system, a new paper suggests

The theory could resolve some unanswered questions.

Eyes painted on cow butts thwart lion attacks

An experiment in Botswana suggests a non-lethal deterrent for predatory lions.

Scientists see an earthquake boomerang back and forth in the Atlantic

Seismic data from 2016 reveals a rare bi-directional boomerang earthquake.

Quantum particles timed as they tunnel through a solid

A clever new study definitively measures how long it takes for quantum particles to pass through a barrier.

Improving Olympic performance with asthma drugs?

A study looks at the performance benefits delivered by asthma drugs when they're taken by athletes who don't have asthma.

Our ‘little brain’ turns out to be pretty big

The multifaceted cerebellum is large — it's just tightly folded.

Scientists have revived 100-million-year-old marine microbes

In one of the ocean's most lifeless places, scientists discover and resuscitate ancient organisms.

Say goodbye to the beloved banana

Those bananas you love are Cavendish bananas, and they're probably about to go extinct.

Astronomers solve a longstanding artwork puzzle

Using modern tools, a team of astronomers uses celestial sleuthing to figure out when Vermeer painted his masterpiece "View of Delft."

Mexican cave contains signs of human visitors from 30,000 years ago

Archaeologists suggest this may have been the Americas' "oldest hotel."

A time capsule of computer code is buried deep in the Arctic

We're safeguarding the world's seeds in the Arctic, why not our most precious data?

Hummingbirds see lots of colors that humans can’t

A study uses sugar water experiments to show that hummingbirds can see colors invisible to us.

Dogs take shortcuts based on Earth’s magnetic fields

New research sees dogs checking a North-South axis on their way home.

New study suggests we have 6,200 thoughts every day

fMRI scans show each new thing you think of as a "thought worm."

How to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE before it’s gone

Unless you plan to try again in 6,800 years, this week is your shot.

An ancient tomcat skeleton is found along the Silk Road

The discovery pushes back humanity's history with domestication.

The impact of stress on orcas held in captivity

A new study lays out the case for the damaging effects of stress on orcas living in tanks.

Human brains remember certain words more easily than others

A study of the manner in which memory works turns up a surprising thing.

Predicting PTSD symptoms becomes possible with a new test

An algorithm may allow doctors to assess PTSD candidates for early intervention after traumatic ER visits.

Humanity’s impact is monkeying with animals’ evolution

Animals are adapting all the time these days to stay out of our way.

Every calculator you'll ever need, for free

The Omni Calculator site is a stunning treasure trove of free calculators.

A massive star has mysteriously vanished, confusing astronomers

A gigantic star makes off during an eight-year gap in observations.

Why science research still focuses mostly on males

In spite of a government mandate, females are often treated as afterthoughts in scientific research.

Experts predict there are 36 contactable alien civilizations. Seriously.

Astrophysicists calculate the likely number of civilization out there capable of communicating with us.

New bandages turn color to identify an infected wound

Smart bandages quickly identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and normal bacteria, in owies.

A buried ancient Roman city uncovered using radar technology

Ground-penetrating radar allows the non-invasive virtual excavation of Falerii Novi.

IBM promises no more facial recognition software

The programming giant exits the space due to ethical concerns.

A new device generates energy from shadows

By leveraging the difference between lit and shadowed areas, a new energy source perfect for wearables is invented.

The surprise reason sleep-deprivation kills lies in the gut

New research establishes an unexpected connection.

Experts are already predicting an 'active' 2020 hurricane season

It looks like a busy hurricane season ahead. Probably.

New simulations show how supermassive black holes form

Researchers from Japan add a new wrinkle to a popular theory and set the stage for the formation of monstrous black holes.

New algorithm computes how to find those lost at sea

Researchers devise an effective new predictive tool for maritime first-responders.

A mammoth graveyard: 60 pachyderm skeletons discovered together in Mexico

While building a new airport, construction crews uncover a gigantic collection of ancient bones.

The mystery of moving, mossy, ‘glacier mice’

Atop certain glaciers are herds of small mossy balls that somehow move together when no one's looking.

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