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Physics Tricks to Make Steph Curry’s Golf Show More Extreme

I couldn't help myself: I had to check out the new ABC show Holey Moley, an extreme mini-golf show that has Steph Curry as...

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

Ben Easter was delighted with the way his students were performing. He was especially delighted that a husband had just voted to kill his...

Is Mars’s Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

Last Wednesday, the Curiosity rover detected in Mars’s atmosphere a high concentration of methane, a gas which is usually associated with microbial life on...

Is Mars’ Methane Spike a Sign of Life? Here’s How We’ll Know

Last Wednesday, the Curiosity rover detected in Mars’ atmosphere a high concentration of methane, a gas which is usually associated with microbial life on...

Space X’s Launch Tonight, An Illegal Airbnb Empire, and More News

Space X is taking on its most complicated mission yet; an illegal Airbnb ring has been unearthed in New York City; and WIRED wants...

Could coffee be the secret to fighting obesity?

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate 'brown fat', the body's own fat-fighting defenses, which...

Damage to the ozone layer and climate change forming feedback loop

Increased solar radiation penetrating through the damaged ozone layer is interacting with the changing climate, and the consequences are rippling through the Earth's natural...

How to Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

Later this evening, SpaceX is expected to launch its massive Falcon Heavy rocket on its third and most complicated mission from Kennedy Space Center...

Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control

Shortly after noon on July 20, 1969, as they orbited some 70 miles above the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin...

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

It was October 31, a balmy day in Brooklyn, and Alexander Arroyo was walking around his neighborhood dressed as an octopus, pushing his 2-month-old...

We Need a Data-Rich Picture of What’s Killing the Planet

You’ve probably heard about the plague of plastic trash in the oceans. You’ve seen YouTube videos of sea turtles with drinking straws in their...

Scientists map huge undersea fresh-water aquifer off U.S. Northeast

In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the U.S. Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh...

The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving

Check out this awesome video. Two skydivers are traveling downward and passing a small ball back and forth. Pretty cool, right? But what's going...

Planet-Saving Robots? Robert Downey Jr. Is on to Something

Earlier this month, Robert Downey Jr. announced that he was forming a new organization, the Footprint Coalition, to apply technology to "clean up" the...

Let’s Build a Global Skyscraper Network to Save the Planet

When New York City passed an aggressive set of greenhouse-gas-limiting laws in April, the buzz was, rightly, about the ambition of America’s biggest city...

Argentina’s Blackout and the Storm-Battered Future of the Grid

Early Sunday morning, all of mainland Argentina lost power in an “unprecedented” blackout event that left most of the country’s 44 million citizens in...

Astronomers see ‘warm’ glow of Uranus’s rings

The rings of Uranus are invisible to all but the largest telescopes -- they weren't even discovered until 1977 -- but they're surprisingly bright...

Animals’ brain activity ‘syncs’ during social interactions

Two papers publishing June 20 in the journal Cell show that Egyptian fruit bats and mice, respectively, can "sync" brainwaves in social situations. The...

Deer DNA Starts Spilling Its Weird, Cancer-Fighting Secrets

Yunzhi Peter Yang was supposed to be on vacation. It was 2009, and the Stanford bioengineer was celebrating his and his wife’s wedding anniversary...

Physicists Hack the Uncertainty Principle to See an Ion Wiggle

In a lab in Boulder, Colorado, physicist Daniel Slichter plays an excruciatingly tiny version of pinball—with an individual atom as the ball. He and...

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