Category Archives: Science

Why incoming asteroids shouldn't keep you up at night

A close shave with a previously undetected asteroid last month serves as a pointed reminder to humanity that planet Earth and other celestial bodies can sometimes cross paths. Fortunately, space agencies are on the case.

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There’s an alien world beneath our feet. What could it teach us about life?

So-called extremophiles, like blind, transparent shrimp that thrive deep within the cavernous bowels of the Mexican jungle, are stretching the limits of where life can flourish.

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Meet the 11-year-old inventor working to improve lead water testing

Spurred by the water crisis in Flint, Mich., Gitanjali Rao invented a device that makes testing for lead at home easier.

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How bats learn to 'talk'

Research shows that bats are capable of vocal learning, a trait once thought unique to humans.

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The man and fellow retirees behind a science lab for students in rural India

Many rural students in India are behind in science. So Sharad Godse and other volunteers have visited more than 2,600 schools to make science concepts fun and comprehensible for high-schoolers.

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Is the dinosaur family tree becoming a dinosaur?

The division of dinosaurs into two groups, a taxonomy that dates back to the Victorian era, is looking increasingly shaky to some paleontologists in light of a wealth of new fossil discoveries.

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'Weinstein effect'? Exploring the link between power and predatory behavior.

Research shows that feeling powerful can incline some people toward impulsive, selfish behavior, findings that may explain the alleged behavior of Harvey Weinstein and others accused of sexually predatory behavior. 

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Neutron star collision heralds arrival of a new era of astronomy

News of a collision between a pair of neutron stars some 130 million light years away has arrived via two completely different messengers – electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves – revealing clues to some long-standing mysteries of the universe.

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Neutron star discovery marks breakthrough for 'multi-messenger astronomy'

News of a collision between a pair of neutron stars some 130 million light years away has arrived via two completely different messengers – electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves – revealing clues to some long-standing mysteries of the universe.

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As an asteroid approaches, NASA carries out a cosmic fire drill

NASA is using the approach of a small asteroid to test the International Asteroid Warning Network. The test, involving scientists all around the world, has proven successful and could be used could be used to track any asteroids on a collision course with planet Earth. 

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