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Ceres Should Have More Craters. So What Wiped Them Away?

Most dwarf planets and solar system bodies similar to Ceres’ size possess many large impact craters from billions of years of being bashed into by other space debris during the formation of the solar system.

Dolly's Clones Are Living Long, Healthy Lives

Twenty years ago, Dolly the sheep proved to the world that cloning was possible, but her poor health didn't exactly engender much confidence in the process.

New Zealand Declares War on Rats, Weasels and Possums

New Zealand today announced an ambitious plan to rid the island nation of all invasive predators by 2050.

Grassy Trampolines Are Appearing in Siberia's Tundra

There's  trouble brewing in Siberia. Or, should we say, bubbling. As the Siberian Times reports, researchers working on a remote island off the coast of Siberia stumbled upon an unusual sight: In some places, the normally solid tundra is turning into a grassy trampoline.

Venus Is Messing With Halley's Comet

If you're waiting for Halley's comet to show up exactly 75 years after its 1986 appearance, you may be disappointed.

How Birds and Honey Hunters Stick Together

When members of the Yao tribe in Mozambique set off to search for wild honey, they don't go alone. To find hidden bee hives, the tribesmen enlist the help of expert guides, birds native to the African savanna appropriately named "honeyguides" (Indicator indicator). At the outset of a hunt, the Yao will call out with a distinctive vocalization consisting of a sustained trill followed by an emphatic grunt, best described as a "brrr-hm" sound.

When Republicans and Democrats Started Speaking a Different Language

If someone proposed a "death tax", how likely would you be to vote for it? What if we called it an "estate tax"?

After Rare Event, 2 Earth-sized Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable

TRAPPIST-1 may well be one of the closest stars to look for life in our own backyard, thanks to three planets in its habitable zone.

The Eye Can Spy a Single Photon

The human eye is sensitive enough pick out a single photon of light in otherwise complete darkness. Light-sensitive cells called rods, located in the back of your eye, can react to single photons, but that’s not the same as actually seeing the light.

Zika Virus Case in Utah Raises New Questions for Scientists

Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are scrambling to figure out how a Utah caregiver became ill with Zika.

We Won't Finish Discovering New Trees in the Amazon for 300 Years

While millions of people are out hunting Pokémon, biologists are conducting an equally fervent hunt for new and rare species. And instead of 151 species, they estimate that they need to find another 4,000 or so before they become the very best.

3-D Map of 1.2 Million Galaxies is Largest Ever

In the quest for dark energy, astronomers have created an unprecedented 3-D map of 1.2 million galaxies in a volume of about 650 cubic billion light years.

Viruses Have Guided the Path of Human Evolution

The struggle between humans and viruses stretches back far into the dusty depths of history, and it appears that we wear the scars of this epic battle in that most personal of places: our genome.

Why Flying Eastward Worsens Jet Lag Symptoms

When you step off a plane in another country, the first thing you usually want to do is hit the hay. It's the sleepy side effect of travel known as jet lag.

Juno Sends Back Its First Image of Jupiter

On July 4, space enthusiasts awaited word that the Juno probe had entered orbit around Jupiter. The journey was perilous, as the craft was going incredibly fast.

WATCH: Wild Corals Caught 'Kissing' on Camera

A first-of-its-kind underwater microscopic imaging system is giving scientists an up-close perspective on the frenzied daily lives of corals.

Thumb Suckers Boost Controversial, Unproven Theory

A new study on the possible health benefits of thumb sucking bolsters the decades-old, controversial "hygiene hypothesis," which claims that exposure to some bacteria early in life could improve health down the road.

Massive Exoplanet Exists in Triple-star System

There are plenty of weird planets in the Milky Way, but HD 131399Ab may be one of the weirdest. Discovered in a survey of 100 young stars, the 16 million-year-old planet still glows hot enough for astronomers to image it directly.

Designer 'Super-Smeller' Mice Could Detect Explosives, Disease

Researchers have genetically engineered mice to be super smellers, and they could one day be used to help detect land mines, diagnosis diseases or make perfume with just the right amount of musk.

How Alcohol Affects the 'No-Go' Neurons in Your Brain

Drinking alcohol doesn't only lower our inhibitions on the dance floor, it also directly affects the structures in our brains that inhibit our desire to drink.


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