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Gene Editing Could Make Pig-to-Human Organ Transplants Feasible

To address the limited supply of organs available to a growing list of patients awaiting transplants, we might have to look outside our species.

Connections in the Brain, Like Fingerprints, Can Identify Individuals

Each person is unique. You can identify people by their DNA, fingerprints, personal preferences and behavior.

Elephants Rarely Get Cancer, Now We Know Why

Could a cure for cancer be hiding in the elephant’s genetic code?  The massive mammals have a much lower incidence of cancer than one would expect, given their size and long life span.

Building the Microbial Hitchhikers Guide to the Solar System

There are no free rides into space, and NASA is taking every precaution to keep it that way. NASA Ames Research Center will soon launch a massive weather balloon carrying hardy bacteria into the stratosphere to study microbial freeloaders that might attempt to hitch a ride into space.

Newly Discovered Hog-Nosed Rat is an Indonesian Oddity

A recently discovered rat has a face only a mother could love. An international team of researchers studying animals in the isolated, mountainous island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, trapped a shrewlike critter with a distinctive pink snout on Mount Dako in 2013.

Newborns' Gut Microbes Signal Asthma Risk Later in Life

In the last 30 years, the number of people with asthma has risen sharply in Western countries like the U.S.

The World's First 1,000-mph Car Has Been Unveiled

The world land speed record is in serious jeopardy. That’s because the Bloodhound SSC was unveiled to the world in its final form Thursday in London, and this supersonic chariot won’t just break the land speed record, it’s expected to obliterate it.

How to See This Weekend's 'Super Blood Moon'

Every object in the solar system casts a shadow. Large objects, like Earth, create big shadows that can engulf entire worlds, even if those worlds loom bigger than normal.

Water Snake In Missouri Gives 'Virgin Birth,' Again

It’s been nearly a decade since this female yellow-bellied water snake came in contact with a male snake, but it hasn’t stopped her from starting a family.

Can You Safely Land the Falcon 9 Rocket? Probably Not

If you used the word “failure” to describe SpaceX’s unsuccessful attempts to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship, you should probably play this web game.

Featured Creature: Worms That Stab Their Own Heads to Reproduce

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, unless, of course, you’re a hermaphroditic worm. The free-living flatworm Macrostomum hystrix prefers to mate with others of its species; but if placed in isolation, the independent worm will do the nasty on its own for the sake of reproduction.

Lost GoPro Captures Amazing View of the Grand Canyon

This is a science story with a happy ending, but oh boy was the intermission long. In June 2013 a group of Stanford students attached two cameras and a cell phone to a weather balloon and sent it into the stratosphere.

This Roller Coaster Will Break Ten World Records

Roller coaster designers in Switzerland have created — no, summoned — a thrill ride that will either leave you begging for mercy or wanting more.

Dogs Are Poor Problem-Solvers, And It's Our Fault

Most pet owners know that dogs are masters at the art of getting humans to obey their wishes, whether it’s a trip outside or retrieving a tennis ball that rolled under the couch.

Yeast Can Now Produce THC, Marijuana's Infamous Compound

Yeast, the sugar-gobbling microorganism that’s filled our bellies with beer and bread for millennia, has a new, increasingly important, role to play in society: serving as a therapeutic drug factory.

Arranged Bird Marriages Are Less Successful Than True Love

The Beatles famously taught us that love is all we need, and that’s appears to also be true for zebra finch families.

New Species of Human Ancestor Discovered in South Africa

A brand-new species of human ancestor has been identified from a wealth of bones in a cave in South Africa.

Newly Discovered "Superhenge" Monument Dwarfs Nearby Stonehenge

It’s hard to fathom, but Stonehenge, one of the world’s most iconic wonders, is really just the figurative opening act to a much larger show.

This Glass Lets You Enjoy Whiskey in Zero Gravity

When space tourism eventually takes off, you can guarantee the first travelers to shell out the money to get there will also want to partake in the finer things in life – like a good whiskey — while enjoying their place on top of the world.

Starfish-Killing Robot May Save the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have designed a robot that kills with the mechanical efficiency you’d expect from a soulless hunk of metal, but there’s no reason to be concerned.