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Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

The internet is full of videos of thoughtful people setting things on fire. Here’s a perennial favorite: Cleave a grape in half, leaving a...

The Great White Shark Genome Is Here—Superpowers and All

Is there any more daunting animal to study than the great white shark? Just you try attaching a radio transmitter or drawing a tube...

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

1. We gradually become less attentive as we age—and not just because we stop giving a damn. The phenomenon is due to a shrinking...

The Devastating Allure of Medical Miracles

Sheila Advento was not feeling well. It was July 6, 2003, and her mother’s house in northern New Jersey was filled with people. Sheila...

Our Ears Are Unlocking an Era of Aural Data

Lisa Muratori is a professor of physical therapy who works with patients suffering from neurological conditions, like Parkinson’s, that might impair their strides. “Gait...

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

It began about a decade ago at Syracuse University, with a set of equations scrawled on a blackboard. Marc Howard, a cognitive neuroscientist now...

Graphene-based wearables for health monitoring, food inspection and night vision

The first of ICFO's devices on display will allow customers to monitor their level of exposure to sunlight through a UV sensor. Designed as...

California’s Rain Was a ‘Cat 4’ Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

For the last two days, a colossal, coursing stream of super-soaked subtropical air has been pummeling California with record-shattering amounts of moisture. On Wednesday,...

Tidal tails: The beginning of the end of an open star cluster

In the course of their life, open star clusters continuously lose stars to their surroundings. The resulting swath of tidal tails provides a glimpse...

A nearby river of stars

Astronomy & Astrophysics publishes the work of researchers from the University of Vienna, who have found a river of stars, a stellar stream in...

Darpa Wants to Solve Science’s Replication Crisis With Robots

Say this much for the “reproducibility crisis” in science: It’s poorly timed. At the same instant that a significant chunk of elected and appointed...

Darpa Wants to Solve Science’s Reproducibility Crisis With AI

Say this much for the “reproducibility crisis” in science: It’s poorly timed. At the same instant that a significant chunk of elected and appointed...

Massive Bolivian earthquake reveals mountains 660 kilometers below our feet

Most schoolchildren learn that the Earth has three (or four) layers: a crust, mantle and core, which is sometimes subdivided into an inner and...

Ultra-lightweight ceramic material withstands extreme temperatures

UCLA researchers and collaborators at eight other research institutions have created an extremely light, very durable ceramic aerogel. The material could be used for...

Gravitational waves will settle cosmic conundrum

Measurements of gravitational waves from approximately 50 binary neutron stars over the next decade will definitively resolve an intense debate about how quickly our...

New molecules reverse memory loss linked to depression, aging

New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and...

Orangutans make complex economic decisions about tool use

Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and...

Launch an 80,000-Pound Sled off an Aircraft Carrier? Sure!

You might think this is a video showing the testing of the electromagnetic catapult system for an aircraft carrier, but you are wrong. No,...

Two Satellites Almost Crashed. Here’s How They Dodged It

The first alert came on January 27. Two small satellites, whirling through Earth's low orbits, had “the potential for a conjunction.”Those are the words...

How Measles Hacks the Body—and Harms Its Victims for Years

It’s 2019, and all over the world measles is once again splotching across headlines. An ongoing outbreak in the Philippines has so far infected...

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