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Your Weekly Attenborough: Blakea attenboroughii

Plants, they're just like us. We begin our lives as, really, parasites. A baby may bring some joy into the world, but it's not contributing much beyond that.

This Optical Illusion Could Help to Diagnose Autism

You probably see a cylinder when you look at the illusion above. But how our brains translate two intersecting sheets of moving dots into a 3D image reveals telling differences in visual perception that could perhaps help diagnose autism spectrum disorder.

Scientists Record Volcanic Thunder For the First Time

When a volcano erupts, it can spew a cloud of ash miles into the stratosphere. It makes for an impressive sight, and an even more impressive amount of sheer material — large eruptions can loft cubic miles of rock and ash skyward.

Goodbye, Professor Hawking

Well, if you’re on the internet today, you’ve probably already heard: Stephen Hawking died this morning at the age of 76.

All Galaxies Rotate Once Every Billion Years

In a study published March 9 in The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers announced the discovery that all disk galaxies rotate about once every billion years, no matter their size or mass.

Scientists Link Arctic Heat and Northeast Blizzards

In late February, an invasion of warm, southern air sent temperatures surging above freezing across the Arctic and toward the North Pole.

Empathy: Part Choice, Part Genetics

Empathy is widely agreed upon to be one of the most human emotions that we possess. Seriously, no one's ever complained about too much empathy.

Come Hell or Supervolcano, Humanity Will Be Alright

Every year or so, a fresh rash of concern about the Yellowstone supervolcano spreads across the internet.

Your Weekly Attenborough: Acisoma attenboroughi

Klaas-Douwe Dijkstra is no stranger to new insects. The prolific odonatologist has dozens to his name, thanks in large part to a sweeping 2015 paper cataloguing the results of 15 years of work in Africa.

Wherever They Go, These Spiders Always Evolve the Same Way

We often assume that evolution is entirely unpredictable. But, that's not always the case. Some evolutionary changes seem to be at least partly hardwired into a species' DNA.

On Twitter, Truths Are Continually Trounced by Falsehoods

Thomas Jefferson was quite clear in his belief that an informed citizenry formed the very foundation of a functioning democracy.

Amelia Earhart's Final Resting Place

Where in the world is Amelia Earhart? It’s a question that has captivated the public ever since the famed aviator went missing in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean.

Tomorrow’s Satellites Could Run on Air

Breathe in. Breathe out. Take a second and just let the air flow naturally through you. When you’re having a tough time — you’re feeling an awful lot of resistance, maybe, or just running out of energy — remembering to breathe is important.

You Might Be Stuck With Your Teenage Neurons

If your parents ever warned you that your childhood behavior would kill your brain cells, you may want to call them and say thank you.

Blind Mice See Again With Gold and Titanium

Returning sight to those for whom it's slipped away has been a goal of scientists for decades. But repairing or replacing the delicate internal machinery of the human eye has proven difficult so far.

A Nanotech Device Harvests Water in the Driest Places

Chile’s Atacama is Earth’s driest desert. You could sit for decades in some places and never feel a raindrop.

Success Comes Down to Skill — And a Lot of Luck

Is it better to be lucky or good? Well, it's a trick question — you actually need both if you want to be successful.

Fingerprinting the Very First Stars

When solving a crime, detectives don’t always have access to footage or photographs of their suspect.

Your Weekly Attenborough: Polioptila attenboroughi

Bro, what even is a species? I've been writing about various species for a while now, and this latest Attenborough is really throwing me for a loop.

What's It Look Like on the Doorstep of a Supermassive Black Hole?

Supermassive black holes sit in the centers of all massive galaxies. Many of these giants are actively accreting material, earning them the name active galactic nuclei or AGN.


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