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Wyoming is basically trying to outlaw clean energy


Environment Solar and wind would be penalized under proposed law Last week, Wyoming legislators filed a measure that would prevent utilities from selling residents electricity generated by wind or solar farms.

ISIS is dropping bombs with drones in Iraq


Military The quadcopter menace ISIS is using drones to drop grenades in Iraq…

That 'alien megastructure' star might actually be a planet-eater


Space Starving stars are more common than intelligent life Tabby’s star probably isn’t surrounded by an energy-sucking alien super-structure.

Endangered bumblebees, babies' brains, and more amazing images of the week


Science Newsworthy eye candy Our favorite images from this week in science, health, and space news.

No, scientists didn’t turn mice into killer zombies


Science But their research is still still insanely cool But that doesn’t make the research any less amazing…

Tech found in your cell phone could cure motion-sickness and save lives


Technology At ease on unsteady seas Until recently, gyroscopic stabilizers were monstrous machines weighing about 100 tons.

China's new aircraft carrier hints at the future of its Navy


From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal On its most public route to date, the Liaoning carried at least three helicopters, eight fighters, three destroyers, two frigates, and a refueling ship.

Fiat Chrysler may have mimicked Volkswagen's emissions scam


Environment So we’re still doing this secret software thing? The EPA notified Fiat Chrysler that is has reason to believe the company used software to alter emissions systems in 104,000 cars.

Where did 'Planet Nine' come from?


Space New evidence suggests it could be a rogue planet captured by our sun If it's out there, Planet Nine is expected to be 1,000 times farther from the sun than Earth.

To understand the evolution of menopause, just look at family drama—in killer whales


Animals Mother-daughter conflict could help explain why women live beyond child-bearing years Why does menopause exist?

These freaky baboon shrieks could push back the evolution of speech


Animals These silly sounds are vowels, and that's a big deal Baboon barks are more than just silly noises…

Want people to notice your climate research? Learn how to write.


From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News Research with a narrative is shared more widely A new study found that climate change papers written in a more narrative style — those that tell a story — were the most highly cited by other scientists, an important…

Why the flooding in California won't end its three-year drought


Environment We’ll have to wait and see California usually drenched with sunlight but this week, they’re just drenched.

Please, please prescribe me gluten-free food


Science The U.K.’s prescription system might be confusing, but I want it anyway Doctor’s convenience be damned, I’d love to not pay twice as much for my pasta.

Why are scientists so obsessed with studying zombies?


Science Just because zombies aren’t real doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them Zombies can help us understand how infectious diseases spread, teach us about math or neuroscience, and improve our efforts to prepare for real crises.

Is urine actually sterile?


Health Just in case you were wondering Urine: Is it sterile, and why?

This bumblebee is the first to become endangered—but it won't be the last


Animals The rusty patched bumblebee joins the red list Just a few decades ago, the rusty patched bumblebee pollinated crops and wildflowers in 28 states.

The Pentagon's new drone swarm heralds a future of autonomous war machines


Military Buzzkill. The Pentagon tested an autonomous drone swarm in October.

This super-cheap paper centrifuge can spin 125,000 times per minute


Health The hand-powered device could help detect malaria A paper centrifuge powered only by human hands could perform super-cheap blood tests.

Could you walk to the moon in a lifetime?


Space An amazing video shows you how, and David Bowie is there (for some amazing reason) Amazing 360-video from NPR's Skunk Bear walks us to the moon with David Bowie…


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