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physics

Why We Will Not Have Been Able to Attend Stephen Hawking's Time Traveler Party

At least, not in this universe.
December 24, 2018
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mosquitoes

To Build a Better Mosquito Trap, First Put a Cow in a Tent

Then pipe its scent to a warm decoy.
October 15, 2018
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frankenstein

A New Edition of 'Frankenstein' for Scientists, Mad and Otherwise

This newly annotated edition of the classic novel shows that each age gets the monsters it deserves.
March 22, 2018
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paper

Wishlist: Ghost Paper Notebook

For all your writing and sketching needs, or when you just want to look cool in a coffee shop.
December 19, 2017
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eclipse

To Take an Eclipse Photo Like This at Home, You Have to Build Your Own Observatory

Your next chance is in 7 years.
August 22, 2017
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eclipse

The International Space Station Had Two Views of the Eclipse

And cast a shadow of its own.
August 22, 2017
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neuroscience

Midday Naps Are Key to Infant Learning (and Parental Mental Health)

Scientists learned just how much sleep a baby needs to tell a “Zuser” from a “Bofel.”
August 8, 2017
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storms

The 60-Mile 'Hail Scar' Left by a South Dakota Storm

Balls of ice cause hundreds of millions of dollars in crop damage each year.
July 19, 2017
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children's literature week

The Spirited Life and Sad End of the First Indian-American Children’s Book Author

Dhan Gopal Mukerji was a prolific writer and an early cultural ambassador between East and West.
June 16, 2017
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garbage

The World's Trashiest Beach Is on a Remote Island in the South Pacific

And yes, we should all feel terrible.
May 15, 2017
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coral reefs

The First Step to Getting Rid of Invasive Lionfish? Listen Closely ...

Scientists have recorded the "roar" of the unwanted reef predators.
May 15, 2017
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telescopes

The Crab Nebula Is Ready for Its Close-Up

Five telescopes were used to make a special new image, and only one of them is on Earth.
May 10, 2017
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egypt

Lettuce for the Dead in a Tidy, 4,000-Year-Old Egyptian Funeral Garden

The find is the first of its kind.
May 8, 2017
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craters

A Giant Permafrost Crater Grows in Siberia

It's yet another canary in the climate coal mine.
May 2, 2017
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obscura day 2017

How the Leatherdykes Helped Change Feminism

A brief history of lesbian sadomasochism, from the shadows to the front lines of the “Sex Wars.”
May 1, 2017
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antarctic

Tracing the Circulatory System Behind Antarctica's Blood Falls

It’s deep, salty, and very cold.
April 26, 2017
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nasa

Seeing Earth From Between Saturn's Rings, Nearly a Billion Miles Away

This is what it feels like to feel small.
April 21, 2017
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earthquakes

A 'River Pirate' Can Be a Criminal—Or Another River

What outlaws on the Mississippi have to do with glaciers in the Yukon.
April 18, 2017
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meteorites

Do Meteors Hiss, Sizzle, and Pop?

This is a test of the meteor broadcasting network.
April 17, 2017
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Were Vikings All Show?

Some of their swords were made for looks, not for battle.
April 13, 2017
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bioluminescence

If You Live in the Ocean, Odds Are You're Glowing Right Now

Bioluminescence is the lingua franca of life in the seas, both shallow and deep.
April 12, 2017
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birds

When Ostrich Eggshells Were Luxury Goods

Be careful when you collect them.
April 11, 2017
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bombs

A Piece of a WWII 'Bouncing Bomb' Washed Up on an English Beach

It was just for practice.
March 31, 2017