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Baby Cadavers Were Prized by Victorian Anatomists

A study of 54 dead babies was not all bad news. In the Journal of Anatomy, University of Cambridge biological anthropologists reported on fetal and infant cadavers, dissected by anatomists between 1768-1913 and now stored in the university’s collections.

5 Things to Know About Juno's Rendezvous with Jupiter

On Monday, after a five year journey, NASA's Juno probe will finally enter orbit around Jupiter, becoming the first orbiter to Jupiter since 2003.

The Hole in the Antarctic Ozone Layer is Starting to Heal

There may finally be some good climate news. A paper published today in Science details the the first strong evidence that the hole in the ozone layer is beginning to heal.

Ancient Tombs May Have Doubled As Telescopes

Ancient astronomers may have used tombs to probe the heavens. New research suggests that prehistoric humans may have relied on long dark chambers in igloo-shaped structures known as 'passage graves' to see the rising stars.

This AI Can Beat a Top Fighter Pilot

Move over Maverick, there's a new Top Gun in town. A new program developed by researchers at the University of Cincinnati could give real-life fighter pilots a run for their money.

Ceres Isn't the Icy Dwarf Planet We Thought It Was

The asteroid belt hides lots of mysteries of the solar system’s past, but perhaps no place holds more mysteries than Ceres.

Watch NASA's Final Rocket Booster Test Light up the Desert

NASA on Tuesday completed the second and final test of the solid rocket booster that's expected to take humans to Mars.

Light Pollution Tricks Tree Buds into Bursting Early

When cities light up the night, it confuses the trees. In places where night-time light pollution is at its worst, trees burst into bloom a week earlier than trees rooted under dark skies, according to a 13-year study from researchers at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Huge Aquifers Discovered Deep Under Drought-Stricken California

In drought-stricken California, a new study finds that there is indeed gold "in them thar hills." The gold here, of course, being none other than fresh water, a resource that may well surpass the shiny yellow metal in terms of value as farmers, corporations and average citizens struggle to absorb the impacts of an historic drought that shows few signs of letting up.

Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Hitch a Ride in Just Two Days

When travelers return from a journey, they usually hope to bring back some souvenirs, photos and maybe a slightly different perspective on the world.

This Woman Knows How to Fly a Plane, But Can't Recall Her Husband

She can tell you how to bring an aircraft out of a stall, but has no memory of her marriage. She can explain an arpeggio, but doesn't remember the tune to "Happy Birthday." She can detail the steps to remove excess paint from a watercolor painting, but fails to recognize "Starry Night".

Astronomers Watched a Black Hole Gobble a Star

We can’t — yet — directly see black holes, making finding one of these elusive beasts hard, especially since a great majority of them are dormant.

Gun Deaths Dropped Following Australian Gun Control Laws, Study Says

Gun deaths dropped in Australia following a massive buyback program and tighter gun laws, according to a new study published Wednesday.

Pollution Reaches Earth's Deepest Trench — And Never Leaves

We already knew that noise pollution invades the Mariana Trench, but it seems that another, more dangerous, form of pollutant has entered the deepest place on Earth as well.

Chameleon Spit Is the Key to Their Hunting Prowess

Chameleons present an intriguing puzzle for biologists. From their bulging eyes to their color-swapping skin, they possess a host of unique adaptions.

Lidar Reveals a New City Hidden in the Cambodian Jungle

A wide-ranging aerial study of archeological sites in Cambodia reveals a Khmer empire that was larger and more sophisticated than previously thought.

A Golden Marsupial Mole Makes a Rare, Above-ground Appearance

Take a good look, because once this squirming lump of golden fur dives back into the ground, you probably won't see it again for a long time.

Researchers Add New Variables to the Happiness Equation

In 2014, Discover reported on an equation that purported to lay out key variables that determine how happy we are.

LIGO’s Second Gravitational Wave Detection Refines Black Hole Theories

Chad Hanna was enjoying a quiet Christmas night with family in rural western Pennsylvania when he got the text message.

Coffee Won't Give You Cancer, But Hot Drinks Might

Drinking coffee isn't going to give you cancer, but they way you drink it might. Those are the findings of 23 scientists from 10 countries who reviewed roughly 1,000 studies looking at the long-debated link between drinking coffee and getting certain types of cancer.


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