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What Is the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Actually Looking For?

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) last week got a $100 million dollar shot in the arm from the wealthy, Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner.

Five of the Most Bizarre Fossil Discoveries of All Time

From trilobites to tyrannosaurs, most fossils are of creatures with hard shells or bones. These materials don’t easily biodegrade and sediment has time to build up around them and turn them into a record of the creature that is still with us millions of years after it has died.

Beyond Graphene, a Zoo of New 2-D Materials Are Being Created

Nine years ago, Joshua Robinson was approached by his then-advisor with news of a discovery that would end up transforming his career, and much of materials science.

Why the Data Deluge Leaves Us Struggling to Make Up Our Minds

We make a huge number of decisions every day. When it comes to eating, for example, we make 200 more decisions than we’re consciously aware of every day.

How Astronomers Will Find Earth 2.0

While self-aware humans have long wondered whether Earth is the only place like itself, we — and our technology — are finally advanced enough to answer that question.

The Needle-Free Future of Medicine

If you’re afraid of needles, here’s some good news: you may not always be stuck with getting shots. At present, injections are the best way to deliver certain kinds of drugs.

The Sixth Sense You Didn't Know You Had

Ever fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world?

The Sixth Sense You Didn't Know You Had

Ever fancied having a superpower? Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world?

Falling Into a Black Hole Might Turn You Into a Hologram

Many scientists believe that anything sent into a black hole would probably be destroyed. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case after all.

Falling Into a Black Hole Might Turn You Into a Hologram

Many scientists believe that anything sent into a black hole would probably be destroyed. But a new study suggests that this might not be the case after all.

Grown Adults, Stop Drinking Breast Milk. Seriously.

“Breast is best”. So goes the message from the international and clinical guidance on what milk mothers should feed their babies.

Grown Adults, Stop Drinking Breast Milk. Seriously.

“Breast is best”. So goes the message from the international and clinical guidance on what milk mothers should feed their babies.

Early Humans Became More Feminine, Which Led to the Birth of Culture

I have always wondered why our species Homo sapiens, that evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, seemed to do nothing special for the first 150,000 years.

Early Humans Became More Feminine, Which Allowed for the Birth of Culture

I have always wondered why our species Homo sapiens, that evolved in Africa about 200,000 years ago, seemed to do nothing special for the first 150,000 years.

5 Amazing Extinct Creatures That Aren't Dinosaurs

The release of Jurassic World has reignited our love for paleontology. Many of us share a longing to understand the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth long before we arrived.

5 Amazing Extinct Creatures That Aren't Dinosaurs

The release of Jurassic World has reignited our love for paleontology. Many of us share a longing to understand the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth long before we arrived.

Kennewick Man's Genome Reignites Decades-Old Cultural Dispute

Depending on who you talk to, Kennewick Man is either among the most important archaeological finds in North American history, or the desecrated body of a distant forebear known as “The Ancient One.” Kennewick Man’s remains have fueled a nearly two-decade-long showdown between science and cultural rights, and now those tensions are at the forefront once again.

Kennewick Man's Genome Reignites Decades-Old Cultural Dispute

Depending on who you talk to, Kennewick Man is either among the most important archaeological finds in North American history, or the desecrated body of a distant forebear known as “The Ancient One.” Kennewick Man’s remains have fueled a nearly two-decade-long showdown between science and cultural rights, and now those tensions are at the forefront once again.

How to Train Your Velociraptor, 'Jurassic World' Style

No Jurassic Park franchise film would be complete without an appearance by T. rex, but in both the original films and the new Jurassic World, the real terror over the course of the film is carried on much smaller forelimbs: the bloodthirsty, agile, intelligent velociraptors.

A Better Way to Forecast Dangerous Solar Storms

Solar storms start their lives as violent explosions from the sun’s surface. They’re made up of energetic charged particles wrapped in a complex magnetic cloud.


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