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Your Bacterial ‘Aura’ Follows You From Place to Place


Housemates may share more than a Netflix subscription and a mortgage – they also host an abundance of shared microbes, which significantly shape a home’s overall micro-environment, according to a new study.

Finally! Secret of Death Valley’s “Sailing Stones” Is Solved


The Racetrack Playa — a barren lakebed in Death Valley National Park — is home to one of the world’s natural wonders: “sailing stones” that mysteriously meander across the dried mud, leaving tracks in their wake.

Researchers “Copy and Paste” Fear From One Memory to Another


We tend to think of our memories as dependable guides to the past — but the truth is, many studies have found that our memories change over time.

SpaceX’s Rocket Prototype Suffers a Setback


SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches in July. (Credit:SpaceX) In the process of revolutionizing space travel, there’s bound to be a few hiccups.

Smart Shirts Debut at U.S. Open Tennis Tournament


Courtesy: Ralph Lauren Company If you want a peek at the future of fitness tech, keep an eye on the ball chasers at this year’s U.S.

Iceland Braces for Volcanic Eruption


There are strong signs that one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes could be about to erupt, raising fears of an ash cloud which could ground international flights.

Watch As This Bird Divebombs Unsuspecting People From Behind

Angry Birds becomes a lot less fun when that bird is in real life, and it’s dive-bombing your head. This aggressive blackbird was caught on camera unleashing volleys of sky-terror on unsuspecting passers-by in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Injured Koala Brought Back to Life by CPR


In a series of events that could only occur in Australia, an injured koala’s life was saved last week by quick-thinking firefighters who performed CPR on the animal.

Cyborg Moths, Wired From Birth, Could Serve as Living Drones


In a lab at North Carolina State University, researchers have created moths that are a blend of wires and tissue.

Pears Shaped Like Babies Are a Hit In China


Baby pears growing on a tree. Humans have a long history of tinkering with their fruits and vegetables; we can grow purple tomatoes, super bananas or the classic seedless watermelon.

Sea Plankton Found Living on Outside of Space Station, Russians Say


The human crew aboard the International Space Station may not be the only group of living creatures hurtling through space: microscopic sea plankton could also be hitching a ride.

How Lizards Regrow Their Tails


The green anole lizard is master of a well-known trick: it can disconnect its tail in a jam and grow a new one.

This Is What Lives Under Antarctic Ice


Colonies of bacteria cultured from samples of the water column from subglacial Lake Whillans. Credit: Brent Christner Today scientists formalized the news we broke from the field early last year — microbial life has been found 2,600 feet below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in Lake Whillans.

Pygmies’ Small Stature Evolved Multiple Times


Batwa rainforest hunter-gatherer in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda.  Image courtesy of George Perry There are roughly half a million known pygmy people living in various tribes around the world, clustered mainly near the tropics in African and Southeast Asia.

Your Brain Sucks at Video Games


While it might be easier to blame a glitchy controller or a slow internet connection, the real culprit behind your lost lives may actually be your quirky brain.

World’s Fastest Camera Shoots 4.4 Trillion Images Per Second


The STAMP camera. Credit: University of Tokyo Researchers in Japan have built a camera capable of recording 4.4 trillion frames per second, making it possible to visualize heat conduction and chemical reactions — things in nature once thought impossible to photograph.

Sharks Are Chomping Underwater Fiber-Optic Cables


Sharks have an undeserved reputation for being bloodthirsty killers that routinely make snacks out of tourists.

Electric Motorcycles Go Mainstream With Harley’s Livewire


It may not have that same attention-grabbing roar, but Harley’s latest motorcycle has lots of other things going for it: for starters, a non-existent appetite for gasoline.

Toxic Bacteria Devours Tumors With Precision


A stained dog tumor treated with the bacterium. Lighter pink areas areas denote tumor death. Credit: David L.

Facial Symmetry is Attractive, But Not Because It Indicates Health


Symmetry is a beautiful thing — especially when it comes to potential partners. Studies have shown that people prefer symmetrical facial features in the opposite sex, which many scientists think evolved to help people choose the healthiest mate.


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