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NASA and ESA Are Getting Serious About Bringing Martian Soil to Earth NASA and ESA Are Getting Serious About Bringing Martian Soil to Earth

Earlier today, officials with NASA and the European Space Agency signed a statement of intent to explore the various ways in which Martian soil samples can be collected and delivered back to Earth. Sounds great, but a complex project of this nature won’t be easy, as it would involve the first-ever rocket launch from…

Spooky Experiments Bring Quantum Weirdness to Nearly Macroscopic Scales Spooky Experiments Bring Quantum Weirdness to Nearly Macroscopic Scales

Experimenters around the world are trying to harness perhaps the most perplexing property in physics: quantum entanglement, which Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” A few teams of scientists have succeeded in bringing this eerie behavior, which normally only exists between pairs of particles, to much…

The Rate of Kids Diagnosed With Autism Is Still Climbing—CDC Estimates 1 in 59 Has It The Rate of Kids Diagnosed With Autism Is Still Climbing—CDC Estimates 1 in 59 Has It

There are few solid things we know about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), maybe save that vaccines don’t cause it. But a new report, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seems to reaffirm a long-standing pattern: The rate of autism diagnoses is continuing to increase.

Record-Breaking Laser Experiment Could Teach Us About the Cores of Super-Earths Record-Breaking Laser Experiment Could Teach Us About the Cores of Super-Earths

An enormous laser targeted for shutdown by proposed federal budget cuts has just done some record-breaking science in order to understand the centers of faraway exoplanets that scientists call “super-Earths.”

Did Neanderthals Go Extinct Because of the Size of Their Brains? Did Neanderthals Go Extinct Because of the Size of Their Brains?

Using computers and MRI scans, researchers have created the most detailed reconstruction of a Neanderthal brain to date, offering new insights into the social and cognitive abilities of these extinct humans. But as to whether these characteristics were responsible for their ultimate demise remains an open question.

Asteroids Really Could Have Brought Water to Earth, Experiment With Giant Rock Blaster Shows

You may have heard the theory that asteroids are responsible for Earth’s water. You may also have thought, hah, there’s no way that asteroids could have brought all that water to Earth. But fake asteroid impacts are now demonstrating that, yeah, maybe they did.

The Organization That Has Run America’s Organ Transplants for 32 Years Finally Has Competition The Organization That Has Run America’s Organ Transplants for 32 Years Finally Has Competition

For more than three decades, the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing has run America’s organ transplant system, matching organs with those who need them thanks to a contract with the United States government.

What Happened When a Portland Hospital Started Treating Addiction Like Any Other Illness What Happened When a Portland Hospital Started Treating Addiction Like Any Other Illness

Over the past few years, a hospital in Portland, Oregon has dramatically shifted its approach to treating patients with substance use disorders, including opioid addiction. And since then, the hospital has undergone a “sea change” in the way its medical staff think about and address addiction, according to a study…

Atoll Islands Home to Thousands Could Be Uninhabitable by Mid-Century Atoll Islands Home to Thousands Could Be Uninhabitable by Mid-Century

In a matter of decades—not centuries—most atoll islands, low-lying islands that emerge around coral reefs, could become uninhabitable. These thousands of tiny islands scattered throughout the Pacific, which are home to more than 50,000 people, are at severe risk due to sea level rise and, as a new study details,…

China's Ambitious New Rain-Making System Would Be as Big as Alaska China's Ambitious New Rain-Making System Would Be as Big as Alaska

China’s state-owned aerospace corporation is embarking on a plan that would see tens of thousands of fuel-burning, cloud-seeding chambers dispersed across the Tibetan Plateau in an attempt to increase rainfall in the region. It sounds impressive, but it’s an open question as to whether this extensive rain-making…

AI Is Getting Pretty Good at Studying Distant Galaxies AI Is Getting Pretty Good at Studying Distant Galaxies

Will all the warped images and funny names, it can be easy to forget that machine learning can have important uses in science—specifically, when it comes to categorizing things. Scientists have lately been putting a neural network to good use identifying distant galaxies.

This Recently Discovered Fifth-Century Massacre in Sweden Is So Game of Thrones We Can’t Even Handle It This Recently Discovered Fifth-Century Massacre in Sweden Is So Game of Thrones We Can’t Even Handle It

Scientists in Sweden have completed a preliminary investigation of one of the most disturbing archaeological sites to be uncovered in recent memory. Over 1,500 years ago, scores of villagers were mercilessly killed in their homes by an unknown band of marauders, who left the bodies where they fell. And inexplicably,…

Incredible New View of the Milky Way Is the Largest Star Map Ever Incredible New View of the Milky Way Is the Largest Star Map Ever

The European Space Agency’s Gaia spacecraft team has dropped its long-awaited trove of data about 1.7 billion stars. You can see a new visualization of all those stars in the Milky Way and nearby galaxies above, but you really need to zoom in to appreciate just how much stuff there is in the map. Yes, the specks are…

Why Papuan Men Made Daggers From Human Thigh Bones Why Papuan Men Made Daggers From Human Thigh Bones

Up until the 20th century, the use of bone daggers among the Papuan males of New Guinea was commonplace. Many of these daggers were forged from the femurs of large birds, but some were made from the bones of humans. New research shows which of the two materials provided for a superior dagger, demonstrating that, for…

Scott Pruitt Announces EPA to Be More Transparent, Doesn’t Invite Press Scott Pruitt Announces EPA to Be More Transparent, Doesn’t Invite Press

Environmental Protection Agency administrator and noted luxury travel enthusiast Scott Pruitt made a big announcement about his commitment to transparency on Tuesday. There was just one little hitch: The press wasn’t invited to attend.

How a Massive Effort to Sequence Genomes of 1.5 Million Species Could Help Preserve Life on Earth How a Massive Effort to Sequence Genomes of 1.5 Million Species Could Help Preserve Life on Earth

In what will undoubtedly be the largest genomic sequencing effort of all time, an international consortium of researchers is organizing a massive effort to collect and sequence the DNA of Earth’s 1.5 million known eukaryotes, the domain of organisms that includes animals, plants, and fungi.

Scientists Create 'Am I Stoned,' an App That Aims to Answer the Eternal Question Scientists Create 'Am I Stoned,' an App That Aims to Answer the Eternal Question

Researchers at the University of Chicago are working on an app that they hope will be able to answer to a question many a stoner has asked themselves at one point or another: Am I actually high? The results of their latest research—presented this week at the Emerging Biology conference held in California—suggest…

Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy  Tomorrow's Star Map Release Could Revolutionize Our Understanding of Astronomy 

Astronomers from the European Space Agency’s Gaia mission will release the biggest map of our galaxy ever tomorrow, using data collected by the Gaia space telescope. That includes 1.7 billion stars, as well as new information that could potentially solve some cosmic mysteries.

One Reason Alcohol May Give You Bad Breath  One Reason Alcohol May Give You Bad Breath 

The perils of drinking too much alcohol run deep—even if there’s still an ongoing debate as to how much is too much. A new study published Monday in Microbiome suggests one of those perils is a mouth filled with potentially harmful bacteria.

AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report

The common conception of a technologically enabled apocalypse foresees a powerful artificial intelligence that, either deliberately or by accident, destroys human civilization. But as a new report from the RAND Corporation points out, the reality may be far subtler: As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the…

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