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Cochlear Implant Plus Gene Therapy Could Restore Hearing to the Deaf


Cochlear implants have restored hearing to many deaf people, but they haven’t advanced much since they were unveiled in the 1970s.

Algorithm Is First to Identify Faces Better Than Humans Can


Let’s face it, from trivia to teaching, computers are doing things we thought were uniquely human — and doing them better.

Women Prefer Complex Composers for Sexual Flings


“Where words fail, music speaks,” wrote the Danish fairytale author and poet Hans Christian Andersen in the 19th century.

‘Minecraft’ Helps Residents Remake Developing Cities


Haiti’s Les Cayes waterfront as replicated in Minecraft. (Credit: United Nations Human Settlements Programme) For the most part, video games are simply another form of entertainment like movies, television and books; rarely will a video game serve a purpose other than to provide a leisurely pastime.

Biofuel Made From Corn Waste Less ‘Green’ Than Gasoline


Biofuel created from corn waste may not be the clean, eco-friendly oil alternative the United States government is hoping for.

SpaceX Rocket Launch Looks Stunning From Drone’s-Eye View

We’re used to seeing rockets launch and disappear into the sky, but things are a little different at Elon Musk’s SpaceX facility in Texas.

Powdered Alcohol To Be Sold in U.S. This Fall


Instantly turning water into an alcoholic beverage is no longer a feat of biblical proportions. Come fall, it will be legal for Americans to purchase powdered alcohol, which can turn water into rum, vodka or a variety of cocktails.

Lead in Ancient Rome’s Water Was 100 Times Natural Levels


Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct in France. Image by Leonid Andronov / Shutterstock. Everything from northern barbarians to the spread of Christianity has been blamed for the collapse of ancient Rome.

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.


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