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Mysterious Wooden Statue Predates Stonehenge, the Pyramids

The Big Shigir Idol, a 17-foot wooden statue found in western Siberia in 1890, has puzzled researchers for decades with its unreadable hieroglyphics.

Confirmed: Lack of Sleep Increases Your Odds of Catching a Cold

The road to good health is paved with plenty of sleep. Parents and doctors have repeated this bit of wisdom for years; however, the link between your sleeping patterns and the onset of sickness was a parable based on correlation – not causation, the ultimate aim of scientific inquiry.

Wasp Venom Selectively Assassinates Cancer Cells

Many wasp species have chemicals in their venom that kill bacteria. In the last few years, researchers have found that some of these chemicals also kill cancer cells, though exactly how they work has remained a mystery.

Shock Therapy is Saving Endangered California Condors

North America’s largest bird is on the verge of extinction, and scientists are using shock therapy to give them a fighting chance.

More Kinds of Bacteria Live In Your House Than in Your Yard

We often think of our homes as clean and the outdoors as dirty, but it turns out that our homes actually contain a more diverse population of microbes than the dirt outside — and most of them came from you and your pets.

Electronics-Sniffing Dogs Help Solve Cybercrimes

A dog’s nose knows best, even in the digital age. By now you’ve probably heard about the downfall of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, who has said he will plea guilty to having paid minors for sex and having obtained child pornography.

Ants Self-Medicate By Eating Hydrogen Peroxide

Humans aren’t the only beings to reach for the medicine cabinet when they get sick. It turns out animals large and small know what it takes to cure what ails them.

The Ultimate European Road Trip, Optimized With Math

Planning a vacation is a daunting task, so why not let big data take the reins? That’s exactly what data scientist Randy Olson did.

Eco-Friendly Start-Up Sells Ugly Fruits and Veggies

They’re ugly. They’re misshapen. They’re perfectly edible. But these fruit and veggies will never make it to the produce section in your grocery store.

How Jupiter and Saturn Formed From Mere Pebbles

Scientists have long puzzled over how our solar system’s planets formed, because this isn’t a process they can watch unfold.

VIDEO: Hummingbird Tongues Act Like Tiny Pumps

Hummingbirds’ whole survival strategy is built around motion. Since they can’t afford to linger too long at one flower, they’ve evolved a way to drink nectar in a hurry.

Your Color Perception Changes With the Seasons

The shifting seasons alter the way we feel about the world, but as it turns out, they also literally change the way we see the world.

The 'Drinkable Book' Can Literally Save Your Life

Sure, a good book can forever change your perspective on life, but one book can literally save your life.

Scientists Discover a Second 'Mona Lisa Smile'

Researchers have unraveled the mystery of the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile, with help from another Leonardo da Vinci painting that uses the same clever technique.

Beyond Tupac, Can Hologram Concerts Take Off?

There’s little doubt that if Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin or Jim Morrison headlined a concert today, it would be the hottest ticket in town.

Gold King Mine Spill is a Bigger Mess Than First Reported

Interactive before and after view of the #AnimasRiver @EPA triggered #Minewaste - — DurangoHerald (@DurangoHerald) August 7, 2015 The EPA, tasked with protecting human health and the environment, on Wednesday unleashed a torrent of toxic waste into Colorado’s Animas River while attempting to perform maintenance on an abandoned mine.

Astronauts Eat Food Grown in Space for First Time

A plain bite of lettuce was "awesome," astronauts aboard the International Space Station concurred. It helped that it was a rare bite of fresh vegetable.

How to View the Stunning Perseid Meteor Shower This Week

If you ask most skygazers to name their favorite meteor shower, the odds are good that “Perseid” will be the first word out of their mouths.

Nepal May Be Poised For Another Big Earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal in April made headlines across the world. More than 23,000 people were injured and 9,000 killed.

Spiky-Skulled Frogs Head-Butt Enemies to Deliver Deadly Toxins

Two species of highly toxic frogs have a bone to prick with their predators. Corythomantis greeningi and Aparasphenodon brunois frogs, native to Brazil, have skin secretions that are more deadly than the venom of pit vipers.