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What makes a hurricane tick? Whether it’s a disheveled tropical depression or a picture-perfect category five swirling across the ocean like a buzzsaw..
7Up—the lemon-lime soda sometimes thought to be named for its original seven main ingredients—now has a troubling eighth ingredient in Mexico: methamp..
Chancellor added that since little is known about how octopuses interact socially, some of their behavior was hard to interpret. For instance, researc..
In The Guardian, the headline was “Ambitious 1.5C Paris climate target is still possible, new analysis shows.” But over at Breitbart, readers were tol..
Everyone cheats on their diets—dinosaurs were no exception. What large vegetarian ornithischian could resist the sweet crunch of crustacean shells emb..
The Pact app was supposed to help users meet weekly goals for exercising and eating veggies. Users that succeeded were promised cash rewards, while th..
It’s time to wave goodbye ... for now. This morning, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is zipping past Earth on its way to the asteroid Bennu – the last time we’ll se..
Today at 12:52 p.m. eastern time, an old friend will drop by to say hello—and get a firm push in the right direction before it heads on its merry way...
(Newser) – "Of the remaining shipwrecks left to find in the Great Lakes, the Clifton would easily be number one," says shipwreck hunter David Trotter...
Unlike actual snakes, you don’t need to keep a keen eye on the spiraling ones above. In fact, for your sanity, it’s probably best to ignore them: Thes..
Mosquitoes are more than a spoiler of backyard barbecues. They threaten more than half the world’s population with their disease-spreading bites. In f..
The highest energy cosmic rays hitting Earth have finally had their point of origin pinned down. And it isn't from anything inside the Milky Way. The ..
Phone cameras are great at lots of things, but macro photography really isn't one of them. Blips Macro is the world's smallest and thinnest add-on sma..
Rain and hail were pelting down, and a thunderclap roared across a lake in central California. From afar, the fiery lightning strike that came with it..
Fast radio bursts are quite the ongoing space mystery. We don't know what they are, and only a couple of dozen sources have ever been detected by radi..
Diploscapter pachys has a lineage that goes back about 18 million, and in all that time it seems the tiny little roundworm hasn't cared much for doing..
It was well past midnight when Michael Abrams, Claire Bedbrook and Ravi Nath crept into the Caltech lab where they were keeping their jellyfish. They ..
Think dinosaurs didn’t mix things up at mealtime? Think again. Researchers studying fossilized dinosaur feces from about 75 million years ago have dis..
Five months after Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in a prison cell with a bedsheet while serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, the former Ne..
Former New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease assoc..
At least five California municipalities are suing five major oil companies, claiming in public nuisance lawsuits that the firms should pay for the inf..
A tiny bit of pinkish cotton candy scurries its way along the sandy substrate. Other squishy-looking blobs rest until disturbed, perhaps by a sudden i..
Beelzebufo ampinga, so named for the ancient deity often called the "Lord of the Flies," was a devilish frog indeed. The species, which lived on the i..
At its developers’ conference earlier this year, Apple announced that it would be switching over to a high-efficiency photo format with the release of..
(Newser) – One of the most common herbivores of the dinosaur era might have been, well, not an herbivore. Fossilized poop likely to have come from a d..
An organization representing scientific academies throughout Europe released a statement Wednesday that squarely bashed homeopathy as nonsense and war..
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some plant-eating dinosaurs apparently liked a side order of crabs to go with their usual salad. Scientists said on Thursday fo..
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even a jellyfish - one of Earth’s first and most ancient animals - needs its sleep. Scientists said on Thursday they have demon..
A siren blares in the distance just before the ground under your feet starts rocking, jolting you into action. You drop, cover, and hold on to somethi..
Ask a college student, infant, or anyone over the age of 23 if they like sleep, and they will likely tell you: sleep is good. But it turns out that sl..
They analyzed the samples and found that inherited genes “influenced significantly methane emissions [and] the Archaea-to-bacteria ratio,” he said. Th..
It’s unlikely that any medicine will unlock the secret to immortality, but certain drugs might slow our decline. One, called rapamycin, tricks cells i..
Dark matter was first proposed to explain the speed at which stars orbit the center of their galaxies. Ever since, the search for other lines of evide..
(Newser) – When President Trump announced earlier this year that the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord, much of the coverage pointed out t..
It doesn't come along very often, but after some 540 million years, this world we live on has witnessed five mass extinctions – and the next curtain c..
A dig through the literature has uncovered evidence of 27 distinct viruses from a wide variety of families capable of staying intact as they're transm..
Imagine that a 150-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you. Do you know how the city, surrounding region, and its inhabitants would b..
In the world of ducks, there's a lot going on under the surface. But the biggest influence on what's down below seems to be the company they keep. Of ..
The Hubble space telescope has seen a lot of weird things that defy easy definition. Here's one more for the list – a binary asteroid that's also a co..
When a 17-year-old guy in Mexico presented at the hospital with complaints about serious eye pain, the doctors were in for a squirmy surprise when the..
As Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico with devastating force, scientists at the historic Arecibo Observatory are among the millions of people being bat..
Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. But what if you could give your oral health a boost by receiving a ..
Smart home lighting doesn't have to be all cool arctic auroras and warm savanna sunsets. While many people associate "smart lighting" with Hue, Lifx, ..
And, finally, attendees could spot the aerospace efforts of a China-Russia partnership. The Mi-46 heavy-lift transport helicopter, which made an appea..
Ellen Ochoa is a four-time astronaut who has served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston since 2013. As part of that job, Ochoa overs..
Studying alternate realities has traditionally been the purview of physicists, cosmologists, and philosophers. Maybe theologians. But at the Universit..
Following recent news that Zika virus can lurk in ----- for months, a pair of infectious-disease researchers got to wondering: how many other viruses ..
The trouble with sewage is you never know how many pees and poos are really in there—amiright? It all just flows into one treatment plant. Once it get..
(Newser) – Feathers, wishbones, colored eggs. If they're things you associate as only found in birds, you're wrong, says paleontologist Mark Norell. I..
(Newser) – Its insights into the use of social media to promote entomology is just one reason a new scientific paper is making headlines. The other is..