Category Archives: Science

Can altruism exist without empathy? Lessons from the ant world

New research shows that termite-hunting Matabele ants dress the wounds of injured comrades. It is the first time an insect has been shown to display healing behavior toward others.

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Remote Oman desert serves as stand-in for Mars

The Dhofar desert’s resemblance to the landscape on Mars, with similar riverbeds and salt domes, makes it a perfect location for more than 200 scientists from 25 nations to test out technology for a manned mission to Mars. 

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SpaceX sports car now racing toward asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

SpaceX’s latest rocket was launched into orbit Tuesday with a sports car on board. ‘You can tell it’s real,’ SpaceX chief Elon Musk said, ‘because it looks so fake.’ 

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Rare dinosaur discovery marks Egypt's strides in paleontology

The discovery of a rare plant-eating dinosaur’s fossils in western Egypt has ignited international excitement about the region’s potential deposits. While a global leader in archeology, the country has seen far less success with prehistoric excavation. 

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Explorer 1 at 60: How has space travel changed us?

Sixty years ago Wednesday, the United States launched its first satellite, setting in motion a shift in perspective of cosmic proportions. 

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Where does music come from?

People seem to respond emotionally to music in a way that transcends culture, language, and geography. Does this universality suggest an evolutionary basis for music?

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Racing to space, together

The space race of 50 years ago was characterized by wartime posturing and national pride. Modern space exploration, however, is both competitive and collaborative.

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Are we trashing the final frontier?

Scientists directing space missions take care not to spoil areas that hold potential for life. But when it comes to other areas of space, the mandate for stewardship becomes murky.

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Native American family tree sprouts a new branch

Genomic analysis of a member of an ancient Alaska population yields clues about the peopling of the Americas.

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'Alien megastructures' debunked. Why are we so quick to assume it's aliens?

Humans often ascribe agency, intelligence, and intentionality to mysterious phenomena. And our tendency to do that may be rooted in our species. 

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