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In the Brain, Silent Reading Is the Same As Talking to Yourself

It's a well-known fact that kids learn to read by speaking words aloud, and only later are they able to channel that brain activity into a silent internal monologue.

Scientists Use Diaper Polymers to Swell Microscope Specimens

Sci-fi movies have shown us what it might be like to shrink down to the size of an ant, or to blow a grasshopper up to the size of a skyscraper.

Rosetta Reveals Ice, Dunes and Rocky Cliffs on Comet 67P

After 10 years, 4 billion miles, and an Interstellar-style hibernation, the Rosetta spacecraft arrived in August at its final destination: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

X-Rays Reveal Contents of Ancient Scrolls Buried by Mt. Vesuvius

Scientists are proving you can judge a “book” without ever cracking open the cover. And by book, we mean a 2,000-year-old scroll buried after the eruption of Mt.

"Kill Switch" Prevents Spread of Genetically Modified Bacteria

As genetically-modified microbes take on ever more tasks – from creating new pharmaceuticals to turning out clean fuel sources – researchers have searched for a way to biologically isolate them from their wild counterparts, so that if they were ever accidentally released, they wouldn’t be able to survive.

Sewage Sludge Is Flush With Gold and Platinum

Whoever coined the phrase “you can’t polish a turd” may have been full of crap. As it turns out, a city of roughly one million inhabitants flushes $13 million worth of precious metals down toilets and sewer drains on an annual basis, according to a new study from scientists at Arizona State University.

Galapagos Tortoises Make a Comeback, Thanks to Rat Eradication

When it comes to protecting endangered species, humans can do more harm than good. However, sometimes our efforts are exactly what Mother Nature ordered.

Hypnotic Eye Candy of Spinning 3-D Printed Sculptures

With a little math, sculptures can come to life. It’s hard to be anything but mesmerized by Stanford professor John Edmark’s writhing, wriggling 3D-printed sculptures.

Cats Are Finally Getting Geneticists' Attention

Consumer doggie DNA testing is old hat at this point, having been around since 2007. But cat-lovers who wish to decipher their pet's breed are out of luck — no such tests exist for felines.

Gardeners' Good Intentions Are Killing Monarch Butterflies

For monarch butterflies, the path to endangered species status could be paved with good intentions. Throughout the United States, monarch-lovers are replenishing the supply of milkweed — the plants monarchs lay their eggs in — by growing it in their gardens.

Researchers Discover Prehistoric Reptile That Roamed Scotland's Seas

Researchers have verified fossil evidence of a massive sea beast that swam off the coasts of Scotland.

7 True Facts About the Bizarre Double-Star System Eta Carinae

The Homunculus Nebula looks alive. Its two lobes of gas, which resemble twin human hearts stuck artery to artery, stretch half a light-year each from its center.

Monkeys Learn to Recognize Themselves in a Mirror – And Promptly Check Out Their Butts

What would you do if you saw yourself in a mirror for the first time? When, after weeks of training, rhesus monkeys learned the true identity of their reflections, one of the first things they did was check out all the locales on their bodies they’d never before seen — and we mean every intimate nook and cranny.

Newly Discovered Antibiotic is a Bacterial Triple Threat

In the fight against infectious bacteria, humans are slowly losing the battle. That’s because common pathogens are developing resistance to the antibiotics we use to wipe them out.

Mom Was Right: You'll Catch a Cold from Being Cold

“Put on a jacket or you’ll catch a cold.” Countless energetic children are told this every day as they zoom outside for playtime.

Eight New Habitable Exoplanets Discovered

The search for a planet like our own Earth just got one step closer to the ultimate goal. Astronomers have confirmed eight more exoplanets orbiting their stars in the habitable zone — where the temperature is just right for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface.

SpaceX Will Attempt Tricky Rocket Landing After Tuesday's Launch

SpaceX is about to attempt something brand-new in space exploration — a controlled landing of one of its rockets to allow it to be used again.

Red Meat Increases Cancer Risk Because of Toxic Immune Response

Consumption of red meat has long been linked to the development of certain types of cancer. Now scientists believe they’ve found the culprit behind red meat’s carcinogenic effects.

Drunken Birds Slur Their Songs

At midnight tonight, countless drunken partygoers will join together arm-in-arm and muddle through “Auld Lang Syne” to ring in a new year.

People in Religious and Conservative States Seek Out More Pornography Online

Strip club owners around the country are privy to a little secret: It’s better for business if your city hosts the Republican National Convention than if it hosts the Super Bowl.


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