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A New Type of Steel Kills Bacteria With Nanospikes A New Type of Steel Kills Bacteria With Nanospikes

In an age when bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to our best antibiotics and the words “E. coli” can shut down your favorite local Chipotle, people are desperate for anything that promises to wipe out germs. Unfortunately, when it comes to cleaning products that label themselves “antimicrobial,” they’re…

No, Science Did Not Just Prove Playing Super Mario 64 Prevents Dementia No, Science Did Not Just Prove Playing Super Mario 64 Prevents Dementia

For almost anyone who grew up playing video games in the 90s, Super Mario 64 was a blocky rite of passage. But it’s not just gamers who have taken to the mustachioed hero lately. More recently, scientists have to begun to test whether games like Super Mario 64 could be used to keep people mentally in shape, thanks to…

Van Allen Belt Mystery Solved With Student-Built Satellite Van Allen Belt Mystery Solved With Student-Built Satellite

Oh, that Van Allen Belt—online crackpots love to use Earth’s belt of radiation to bolster their Moon landing conspiracies, suggesting it could be too strong for an astronaut to travel through (not true). But the truth is, scientists do think about the Van Allen Belt and its mysteries. They’ve launched probes to study…

Scientists Shoot Human Heads Filled With Cow Blood for Science Scientists Shoot Human Heads Filled With Cow Blood for Science

Science isn’t always telescopes and new species. Some research, like the kind that helps forensics experts better understand crime scenes, requires experiments you might find just a little, well, morbid.

New Horizons’ Next Target May Have a Small Moon New Horizons’ Next Target May Have a Small Moon

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently hurtling towards MU69, a Kuiper Belt object located a billion miles past Pluto. Details of this distant object just keep getting more intriguing. In addition to having a reddish hue and potentially consisting of two self-orbiting objects, MU69 may have a small moon, the…

New Juno Results Reveal the Weirdness of Jupiter's Great Red Spot New Juno Results Reveal the Weirdness of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Surely you’re aware of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The violent storm is the planet’s most noticeable feature, defining Jupiter in the same way that Saturn is defined by its rings, and Earth is defined by its yapping apes.

How Our Bodies Sense the World is Misunderstood

Perhaps one of the first things you learned in kindergarten was that you had five senses: sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch. But the actual number is probably way more than that, maybe in the 30s. And there’s a whole lot we don’t know about the senses that we do have.

That 'Man Flu' Study Is From BMJ's Irresponsible Holiday Issue (Updated) That 'Man Flu' Study Is From BMJ's Irresponsible Holiday Issue (Updated)

Every December, for about the last 30 years according to the New York Times, the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) publishes a batch of studies and papers that sound way more fun than the typical science fare.

200-Pound Penguins Once Prowled the Seas of Ancient New Zealand 200-Pound Penguins Once Prowled the Seas of Ancient New Zealand

Penguins are objectively adorable animals. The flappy little buddies waddle around on stubby feet, and some even like to be tickled. Their chicks are basically cute fluffballs made of fat and charisma that dance in children’s movies. However, a new fossil discovery in New Zealand has revealed an ancestral penguin…

New Evidence From Ancient Amber Shows Dinosaurs Were Plagued by Ticks New Evidence From Ancient Amber Shows Dinosaurs Were Plagued by Ticks

New research on 100 million year-old amber with ticks preserved inside indicates these tiny, annoying critters have been around for a long time—and that dinosaurs were among their hosts.

Incoming Meteors Explode From the Inside, Simulations Suggest Incoming Meteors Explode From the Inside, Simulations Suggest

Tomorrow night (weather permitting), you might be able to peer up to the sky and see some of the year’s brightest meteors, the Geminids. And now, thanks to new research, you may have a better understanding of why they sometimes blow up and make those spectacular flashes.

The Most Significant Science Setbacks of 2017 The Most Significant Science Setbacks of 2017

Scientific progress doesn’t always exactly look like, well, progress. Progress comes in fits and starts. Sometimes things get in the way—be they harassment, politics, or just plain bad science.

SpaceX and NASA Delay Historic Reusable Rocket ISS Launch SpaceX and NASA Delay Historic Reusable Rocket ISS Launch

Last night was supposed to mark a historic mission for SpaceX: the first re-launch of a reusable rocket to the International Space Station. That launch has now been delayed to tomorrow at 11:24 EST at the earliest, according to a NASA blog.

American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon

President Donald Trump has signed a directive that authorizes NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon—a mission that would lay the foundation for a possible mission to Mars. The renewed emphasis on space exploration, said Trump, is to ensure America’s primacy in space, to protect its citizens, and to create…

Shadows From Saturn's Rings Affect the Planet's Weather Shadows From Saturn's Rings Affect the Planet's Weather

Saturn’s rings do more than just look pretty. New data from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft orbiting the planet shows their shadow can actually change the planet’s atmosphere.

Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb Decades After Discovery, 3,500-Year-Old Mummy Found in Egyptian Tomb

Egyptian archaeologists working in Luxor have explored two tombs dating back to the 18th Dynasty, uncovering colorful figurines, funeral masks, a stunning mural—and a linen-wrapped mummy.

Alarmed by Recent Events, Scientists Speak Out Against DIY Gene Therapy Alarmed by Recent Events, Scientists Speak Out Against DIY Gene Therapy

It seems hard to fathom that scientific progress has advanced to a point where it’s suddenly possible for people to undertake something as complicated as gene therapy outside the safety and confines of a well-funded lab, but it has. In just the past few months we’ve seen not one, but two examples of people pursuing…

A Single Bird Caused a $220,000 Boost to the US Economy A Single Bird Caused a $220,000 Boost to the US Economy

Birding is the best. It’s Pokémon Go but more unpredictable and real. There are few educational thrills quite like waking up early in the morning and grabbing your binoculars to travel far away, chasing rumors that a rare bird might be pecking at a tree in a graveyard.

The Coolest Scientific Discoveries of 2017 The Coolest Scientific Discoveries of 2017

Science may be just a tool to help us understand our Universe. But we can all agree that one of its major perks is that it leads to the discovery of plenty of really cool, mind-boggling stuff.

DIY Bed Bug Treatment Attempt Accidentally Results in Massive Fire DIY Bed Bug Treatment Attempt Accidentally Results in Massive Fire

Bed bugs—the blood-sucking, chitinous nightmares which serve as the clearest proof that if there is a divine creator behind the universe, it hates us—were once nearly eradicated from the U.S. But in recent years they’ve come back worse than ever, beefed up from decades of exposure to insecticides and helped along by…

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