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Mountains on Saturn’s Moon Iapetus Fell From the Sky


It may sound like something out of “Chicken Little,” but at some point in the history of Saturn’s moon Iapetus, the sky was actually falling: Scientists reported this week that an entire 800-mile-long mountain range along the moon’s equator formed after it fell from space.

Fish Raise Their Voices to Shout Over Noise


Cyprinella lutrensis, or red shiner, is a cousin of the black shiner. Every day, thousands of cars and trucks rumble across bridges all over the U.S.

Epigenetics Helps Explain Early Humans’ Appearance


Neanderthal skulls. Image by leted via Flickr Scientists have increasingly realized that DNA is only part of what makes us us — perhaps equally important is how our genes’ activity is modified by a process called epigenetics.

Possibly Habitable Earth-Sized Planet Discovered


Kepler-186f, shown in this artist’s concept, is the first Earth-sized planet discovered in its star’s habitable zone.

In Brazilian Cave Insects, Females Have the Penis


The gynosome of a female cave insect. It features spikes to hold it in place once it’s inserted into males.

How Do Sperm Recognize Eggs? Mechanism Finally Found


It’s the stuff of 3rd-grade sex ed: sperm meets egg to make baby. But, surprisingly, scientists have actually been in the dark about one crucial step: how the two sex cells recognize each other amidst the fluid frenzy in the Fallopian tubes.

A Beard Is Only as Sexy as It Is Rare


It’s not just Williamsburg anymore — young people across the U.S. revere the beard. The facial hair craze is so popular that some men are paying as much as $7,000 for a beard transplant.

Over the Hill? Cognitive Speeds Peak at Age 24


Those grim “over the hill” party favors are often deployed ironically by those who want to razz their friends or partners when they turn 30 or 40.

Glow-in-the-Dark Highway Opened in the Netherlands


Conceptual image of a “glowing highway.” Credit: Roosegaarde Studio If you ask for directions in the small city of Oss in the Netherlands, a local may tell you to merge onto Highway N329 and take the first exit after the highway ceases glowing in the dark.

Video: Live Feed of Rovers Exploring the Ocean Floor


This site had a fantastic “amphitheater of chemosynthetic life,” researchers said. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

Coffee Flour Coming Soon to the Baking Aisle


Growing, harvesting and roasting the coffee beans for your morning cup of java generates a lot of waste.

Papyrus Alluding to Jesus’s Wife Proven Authentic


A controversial piece of papyrus that references the wife of Jesus is indeed ancient, according to recent dating results.

Stars Form Much More Readily Than Astronomers Thought


The Pipe Nebula (left) and the Rho Ophiuchi cloud (right) in the Milky Way. Each inset map shows how much the light of background stars is dimmed as it passes through the cloud in question.

New Drug Inspired by Ibuprofen Protects Against Flu


A cutaway illustration of the flu virus. CDC The flu is our modern scourge—new strains of the H1N1 virus are constantly emerging and threatening to reach pandemic proportions. But a new study has found that a novel kind of drug, given to mice before exposure to the flu, reduces their level of infection and makes them much more likely to survive.

Eco-Friendly Diapers Made From Jellyfish


Move over Brawny, there’s a new product in the works with the strength to get the job done, and it comes from the sea.

New Smartphone Battery Recharges in 30 Seconds Flat


Today’s smartphones are well-equipped to satiate our appetites for instant gratification. We stream live video, look up facts on a whim, receive breaking news alerts and stay connected to our friends via social media.

Solar-Powered Plane Aims for Round-the-World Flight


Solar Impulse 2, the single-seater solar airplane unveiled today. Courtesy Solar Impulse The world’s most advanced solar plane, the Solar Impulse 2, was unveiled in Payerne, Switzerland, today.

First Succesful Organ Regeneration in a Living Animal


Scientists discovered a way to reverse the process of aging — and no, they didn’t invent another skin cream.

Need to Commit Something to Memory? Sleep On It


Remember staying up all night cramming for that statistics test in college? Turns out you probably would have scored higher if you had closed the books and hit the hay.

U.S. Navy Wants to Fuel Ships Using Seawater


A Navy fuel ship replenishes the the U.S.S. Mount Whitney (right) on the Mediterranean Sea in October 2013.


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