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​Researchers breed a fungus that kills mites to save bees

Researchers develop a fungus that kills mites that contribute to honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder.

The Mars helicopter's scary sixth mission

The helicopter's sixth mission almost went down in disaster.

Massive fossil find in California includes mastodon, petrified forest

Mastodons, rhinos, and even camels — all in the great state of California.

Eating noises make you crazy? You have misophonia

People who go ballistic over other people's eating sounds aren't just cranky — they have misophonia.

Vertical farming: disrupting agriculture

A new agricultural revolution could forever change the planet.

Pink placebo: Fake energy drink makes people run faster, further

Who needs steroids when you have the placebo effect?

30 grunts and sounds that may have been the first language

Linguists discover 30 sounds that may have allowed communication before words existed.

How to fool a shark using magnets

A simple trick allowed marine biologists to prove a long-held suspicion.

Want to live 100+ years? You may need unusually good DNA repair

A new study finds an unusual genetic difference in people over 105.

Asteroid impact: NASA simulation shows we are sitting ducks

Even with six months' notice, we can't stop an incoming asteroid.

Discovered: A tiny, glowing, poisonous, singing toadlet

Roughly the size of a thumbnail, this newly discovered toadlet has some anatomical surprises.

Algorithm is 88% accurate at spotting dementia in how a person drives

New machine-learning algorithms from Columbia University detect cognitive impairment in older drivers.

Evolution has robbed us of horse-sized bunnies

The size of rabbits and hares has long been evolutionarily constrained by competitors roughly their size.

Tarantulas: How 120-million-year-old creatures conquered the globe

A study from Carnegie Mellon University tracks the travels of tarantulas since the Cretaceous period.

World’s blackest black? Purdue made the world’s whitest white

In paint form, the world's "whitest white" reflects so much light that surfaces become cooler than the surrounding air.

Brain mapping: explained

How can researchers map something as complex as the human brain?

Regret over a hookup doesn’t change our behavior

A study finds that sexual regret doesn't change how we behave in the future.

Ancient cave artists were getting high on hypoxia

A new study says the reason cave paintings are in such remote caverns was the artists' search for transcendence.

Sorry, the EmDrive doesn’t work

The EmDrive turns out to be the "um..." drive after all, as a new study dubs any previous encouraging EmDrive results "false positives."

How your daily coffee can help tropical forests grow back

Researchers find that the coffee pulp is valuable in its own right.

Do animals see the world the way we do?

We can't ask them, so scientists have devised an experiment.

Did Earth eat the protoplanet it crashed into long ago?

A new study makes a compelling case for the origin of unexplained masses of underground rock causing changes to the Earth's magnetic field.

‘Zombie’ genes in the brain get to work after you die

Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago find that death triggers increased activity in certain brain cells.

Whales warned each other about hunters in the 19th century

Digitized logbooks from the 1800s reveal a steep decline in strike rate for whalers.

Cornell creates the world’s tiniest self-folding origami bird

The bird demonstrates cutting-edge technology for devising self-folding nanoscale robots.

How your brain bonds with fictional characters

Scans show similar activity to what occurs when you think about yourself.

It’s hard to scare people without a visual imagination

Next time you listen to scary campfire stories, sit with a friend who has aphantasia.

Smells connect to memories more than other senses

"The smell of fresh chopped parsley may evoke a grandmother's cooking, or a whiff of a cigar may evoke a grandfather's presence," says author.

Meteorite older than Earth likely came from a "protoplanet"

The rock, found in the Sahara, likely comes from a long-lost baby protoplanet.

How to get materialism under control in your life

It's insidious and destructive, but there are some things you can do to develop a healthier relationship with material things.

NASA's Perseverance rover has a 1997 computer chip brain. Here's why.

It may be old tech, but it's super-reliable.

Neanderthals could produce and hear human speech, new study finds

Their ear structures were not that different from ours.

Researchers announce a new state of matter: swirlons

Starling flocks, schools of fish, and clouds of insects all agree.

Scientists are building Earth’s virtual twin

Their goal is a digital model of the Earth that depicts climate change in all of its complexity.

Lab-grown brain organoids mature like real infant brains

After 20 months, scientists find lab-dish brain cells matured at a similar rate to those of an actual infant.

Drinking coffee while pregnant alters the fetal brain

A large new study puts caffeine-drinking moms on alert.

Grapes are 'edible sunscreen' according to a new study

A study says nature's candy can be a valuable supplement to sunblock.

Pigs proven intelligent enough to play video games

They did really well considering joysticks are not designed for oral use.

Stonehenge stones came from an even older Welsh stone circle

Waun Maun was an ancient Welsh stone circle that had an awful lot in common with Stonehenge.

Venus flytrap jaws create tiny magnetic fields when they snap shut

It's like a little magnetic "nom, nom."

Brain hemispheres swap memories to help you see the big picture

Scientists observe how the halves of the brain keep us informed about everything everywhere.

Selfish sperm genes 'poison' the competition for the win

Imagine poisoning your rival and yourself and giving only yourself the antidote.

Dogs digest human food better and poop less

A new study finds that dogs fed fresh human-grade food don't need to eat—or do their business—as much.

Marine biologists discover 4 new types of photoreceptor

How do these little beasties detect light anyway?

Was ‘Oumuamua a rock or an alien scout? Harvard astronomer talks controversial hypothesis in new book

Ari Loeb, who suggested in 2018 that the mysterious object was an alien craft, is back to discuss the evidence.

A brand-new blue may be the most eye-popping blue yet

Meet a spectacular new blue—the first inorganic new blue in some time.

Twitter turns to the hive mind for moderation via its Birdwatch program

The platform experiments with letting users decide what content needs flagging.

Scientists use chaos to build the optimal laser beam

Researchers find a way to distort laser light to survive a trip through disordered obstacles.

Here’s how you know when someone’s lying to your face

When someone is lying to you personally, you may be able to see what they're doing.

There’s no way we could stop a rogue AI

Max Planck Institute scientists crash into a computing wall there seems to be no way around.

Why some people think they hear the voices of the dead

A new study looks at why mysterious voices are sometimes taken as spirits and other times as symptoms of mental health issues.

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.

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