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Human History, As Told By Parasites
  • Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:13

Archaeologists might not get into the field to go digging through ancient toilets. But, that's just what a team from the University of Copenhagen did,...

Extraordinary satellite imagery captures the ferocity of wildfires that recently roared through the High Plains
  • Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:14

The Rhea Fire in Oklahoma, seen in this image, grew to megafire size. And it wasn't the only blaze to scorch the High Plains in April. That's right ...

How Can We Fix the Lack of Diversity in Geosciences?
  • Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:18

I love geology. It's what I do. It asks questions fundamental to our understanding of the planet (and beyond), questions that I feel should resonate w...

Uranus Discovery Fulfills Cosmic Punchline
  • Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:51

Scientists using the huge telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano have discovered the world's most obvious space joke. "Uranus smells like farts" is a...

How Does Medical Virtual Reality Make Healthcare More Pleasant?
  • Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:20

Medical virtual reality goes entirely against conventional beliefs about technology making healthcare less human, less empathetic and less caring. Vir...

Intriguing Mummy Discovery May Be Tricky Problem for Iran
  • Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:12

A construction worker in Tehran has unearthed a mummified body at a former royal mausoleum, and its discovery could pose a tricky problem for the nati...

What Makes A Tree A Tree?
  • Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:40

Several years ago, after Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Vermont, lightning struck a backyard maple tree. There was a ferocious crack an...

We're Good At Recognizing Distorted Faces
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:22

A new paper from MIT neuroscientists Sharon Gilad-Gutnick and colleagues reveals that we are remarkably good at recognizing faces even if they are hig...

Just in time for Earth Day! Announcing Earth Challenge 2020, a global citizen science initiative.
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:17

Earth Day Network, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and U.S. Department of State, Announces Earth Challenge 2...

National Geographic Wins First-Ever ‘Media Company of the Year’ Webby
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:41

National Geographic’s prowess across platforms—particularly in virtual reality—helped it achieve the inaugural title. National Geographic News

Scientists CT Scan An Entire Whale to Study Its Ears
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:44

How do you get inside a whale's head? With a CT-scanner made for rocket bodies, that's how. Researchers from San Diego State University stuck an enti...

Found: A new form of DNA in our cells
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:04

In a world first, researchers have identified a new DNA structure -- called the i-motif -- inside cells. A twisted 'knot' of DNA, the i-motif has neve...

Man Gets Penis and Scrotum Transplant in World First
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:18

A US serviceman has become the world's first man to ever receive a full penis and scrotum transplant. Per USA Today , the veteran was injured by an IE...

Uranus Smells Exactly How You Think It Does
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:17

Scientists confirm that Uranus' atmosphere contains hydrogen sulfide, a compound long suspected to be swirling about in the planet's clouds. Using th...

Swirling liquids work similarly to bitcoin
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:37

The physics involved with stirring a liquid operate the same way as the mathematical functions that secure digital information. This parallel could he...

Mysterious Arctic Ice Holes Baffle Scientists
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:16

Were these strange features caused by melting ice, seals, or something else? National Geographic News

Did last ice age affect breastfeeding in Native Americans?
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:20

Biologists have been puzzled by the evolutionary adaptation behind a common tooth trait of northern Asians and Native Americans: shovel-shaped incisor...

Is It Time For A New Astronomical Yardstick?
  • Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:19

Click on an article about space on Discover, and you’ll likely run into a measurement in terms of light-years, solar masses, astronomical units, or ...

Artificial Sweeteners May Not Be Sugar-Free Bliss We Hoped For
  • Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:21

Guzzling diet soft drinks may seem like an easy workaround if you can't kick soda but want to fend off health problems spurred by sugar. A new study p...

Bloomberg: I'll Pay for US Share of Paris Climate Deal
  • Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:28

President Trump says he wants to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord—but another billionaire says he is going to pay some of what the US wou...

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