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From Jet Fuel to Medicine, Tobacco Growers Turn a New Leaf

It is notorious for its role in the expansion and continuation of American slavery, and for its adverse health effects.

Confessions of a Martian Rock

I look at rocks on Mars for a living—a lot of rocks. Because of this, I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing what to expect and what not to expect when analyzing the chemical make-up of a Martian rock.

What We're Learning from the World's Oldest Calculator

When we talk of the history of computers, most of us will refer to the evolution of the modern digital desktop PC, charting the decades-long developments by the likes of Apple and Microsoft.

Celebrating Viking: Gilbert Levin Recalls the Search for Life on Mars

Forty years ago today, the first of two landing probes of NASA’s Project Viking touched down on planet Mars.

Extinction Looms for Easter Island's Only Remaining Native Species

On Easter Island, isolated in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, ten species of near microscopic insects are all that remain of the island's native species — at least for now.

The Psychology of Pokémon Go Haters

When Psy’s “Gangnam Style” broke YouTube, they refused to give it a single view. When people soaked themselves during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, they called it a waste of water.

Earth's Biodiversity Has Fallen Below 'Safe' Levels? Ecologists Disagree

A new paper reports that over half of Earth’s land area has suffered biodiversity loss beyond “safe limits.” The study, released Thursday in Science, compiles a global dataset of biodiversity change and compares it to human land use patterns.

Earth's Biodiversity Has Fallen Below 'Safe' Levels? Ecologists Disagree

A new paper reports that over half of Earth’s land area has suffered biodiversity loss beyond “safe limits.” The study, released today in Science, compiles a global dataset of biodiversity change and compares it to human land use patterns.

Blame Your Subpar Fitness on That Neanderthal DNA

Most of us harbor about 2 percent Neanderthal DNA, inherited when our ancestors bred with Neanderthals more than 50,000 years ago.

Could Goats or Cows Claim the Title of 'Man's Best Friend'?

Since the evolution of dogs from wolves tens of thousands of years ago, they have been selectively bred for various roles as guards, hunters, workers and companions.

The Chicken-hearted Origins of the 'Pecking Order'

At the turn of the twentieth century, a young Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe began vacationing with his wealthy parents, both sculptors, at a country retreat outside Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, where he immersed himself in the lives of birds in the barnyard.

These Spacecraft Will Visit Jupiter After Juno

Juno (JUpiter Near-polar Orbiter) is the sixth spacecraft to study Jupiter (give or take a few gravity assists), but will be the second to fall into orbit around the gas giant following the Galileo probe in 1995.

These Spacecraft Will Visit Jupiter After Juno

Juno (JUpiter Near-polar Orbiter) is the sixth spacecraft to study Jupiter (give or take a few gravity assists), but will be the second to fall into orbit around the gas giant following the Galileo probe in 1995.

Digital Deception: How to Spot a Lie Online

There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes – and lying. The latter certainly appears to have been borne out by the UK’s recent Brexit referendum, with a number of the Leave campaign’s pledges looking more like porkie pies than solid truths.

How Researchers Will Carry Out the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Is there life beyond our planet? Astronomers have asked that question ever since we realized that there actually was something beyond our planet.

A Sneak Peek at the First Cyborg Olympics

While working as a professor in the sensory-motor systems lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Robert Riener noticed a need for assistive devices that would better meet the challenge of helping people with daily life.

Are We Loving Monarchs to Death?

Until recently, monarchs have mostly been at Mother Nature's mercy—contending with disease, weather fluctuations, and heavy predation in the wild.

Salts on Mars Are a Mixed Blessing

It’s a major component of solid rocket propellants. It allows water to exist as liquid on Mars, despite atmospheric pressure at the Martian surface being roughly 0.6 percent that on Earth.

Where Are All the Prehistoric Women and Children?

This post originally appeared in the online anthropology magazine SAPIENS. Follow @SAPIENS_org on Twitter to discover more of their work.

Gene Therapy in 'Orphan Black' Is Pretty Spot On

Gene therapy is all the rage among researchers in several fields of medicine, and the BBC America sci-fi TV hit Orphan Black has made sure to get its own piece of the action.


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