Topic: Science & Tech

Scientists Discover Brain Cells That Remember Where Escape Routes Are

These neurons track safe places so mice can escape threats in a split-second

Shifting Smoke: How Wildfires Are Sending Smoke Between Continents

How wildfires ravaging the U.S. west coast are sending smoke between continents and up to record heights in the atmosphere.

The Military Considered Using Heat Rays on Protesters

We break down what they are—and why they’re not (quite) as scary as they seem.

40 Years Ago, We Almost Blew Up Arkansas

On the night of September 18, 1980, a Titan II missile carrying a thermonuclear warhead exploded in rural Arkansas. Here’s what the terrifying incident was like, from those who were there.

125 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Found Buried by a Volcanic Eruption in China

Archeologists in China have discovered two perfectly preserved fossils of a new 125 million-year-old dinosaur species.

Hiding a 10,000 Year Clock Inside a Mountain

It ticks once a year, the century hand advances once every 100 years, the cuckoo comes out on the millennium, and it will keep time for the next 10,000 years. In the belly of a Texas mountain,...

Will the Universe Ever Run Out of Energy?

Is the "big freeze" our inevitable fate, or can dark energy save us?

Study Links Rising Stress, Depression in US to Pandemic-Related Losses, Media Consumption

Experiencing multiple stressors triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic—such as unemployment—and COVID-19-related media consumption are directly linked to rising acute stress and depressive symptoms...

What Is the Sound of Thought?

Reading linguistic thought directly from the brain has brought us closer to answering an age-old question — and has opened the door to many more.

Why You Should Read This Out Loud

Most adults retreat into a personal, quiet world inside their heads when they are reading, but we may be missing out on some vital benefits when we do this.

What Frogs Can Teach Us About the State of the World

By tracking amphibian songs, citizen scientists are helping us understand what's happening to our environment

Unintended Consequences: The Perils of Publication and Citation Bias

Pieter Kroonenberg, a Dutch statistician, discovered a nonexistent paper that had been cited more than 400 times. 

If the Big Bang Wasn’t the Beginning, What Was It?

It wasn't the birth of space and time. But it was truly essential to our cosmic story.

How (And Why) Hurricanes Get Their Names

You probably recognize these right off the bat: Andrew, Katrina, Sandy and Sally. But when and why did we start giving hurricanes names?

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To Save Birds, Should We Kill Off Cats?

Our feline friends are killing billions of birds every year. A fan of both animals believes there are humane solutions.

How Kodak Detected the Atomic Bomb

Kodak detected the first atomic bomb before anyone else figured it out. Then they made a deal not to tell anyone. Thanks to HBO Max, and their new show raise...

Nuclear Test Dummies: Fake Town Filled With Mannequins ~1953

In order to better understand the blast and thermal effects of a nuclear bomb, the US dropped a 16-kiloton bomb on a fake town in the middle...

Some U.S. Metro Areas Could Grow All Needed Food Locally

Metro centers in the Northwest and interior of the country have the greatest potential for localization.Large portions of the population along the Eastern Seaboard and the southwest corner of the...

German Zoo Fire in Krefeld: The Life and Death of Massa the Gorilla

When Massa the gorilla died at age 49 in a tragic fire earlier this year at the zoo in Krefeld, Germany, he was one of the oldest gorillas in Europe. His offspring live in zoos across the continent.

The Biological Warfare of Plants

Compared to the hectic rush of our bipedal world, a plant’s life may appear an oasis of tranquility. But look a little closer. The…

Air Force Secretly Designed, Built, and Flew a Brand-New Fighter Jet

And it all happened in just one year. Yes, that's mind-blowing.

Talking Tech and Holograms with Mark Zuckerberg

The Himalayan invention powered by pine needles

In Uttarakhand, in the western Himalayas, a local inventor discovered an unusual use for pine needles that is reviving the local economy, and the forest floor.

The Psychology of Friendly Foxes

Inside Florida’s alleged flying squirrel smuggling operation

Investigators say thousands of squirrels have been illegally trapped and sent to South Korea as pets.

How algorithms discern our mood from what we write online

Researchers and companies are harnessing computers to identify the emotions behind our written words. While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it manages to distill meaning from huge amounts...

Don't fall for the Venus life trap

Here we go again. A team of scientists (led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University) has discovered possible evidence of life on another planet. In this case, the planet is Venus and the...

Europe’s largest green facade

When Technology Takes Revenge

While runaway cars and vengeful stitched-together humans may be the stuff of science fiction, technology really can take revenge on us. Seeing technology as part of a complex system can help us...

Gene editing to produce 'super dad' livestock

Modified animals could improve sustainable meat production, but safety and ethical issues remain.

Face-mask recognition has arrived, for better or worse

New algorithms can police whether people are complying with public health guidance. The practice raises familiar questions about data privacy.

An interesting example of reinforcement learning

As the FAA finalizes the 737 MAX’s return, is Boeing’s jet now safe?

Shrouded by the collapse of the airliner business, Boeing has one glimmer of a silver lining left for 2020: The 737 MAX may finally fly passengers again. But the jet's expected return won't end...

Photos Show Human Impact On Earth

"It's not the landscape of nature but of the landscape of human systems imposed in nature to harvest the things that we need."

39,000-year-old cave bear is discovered perfectly preserved in Siberia

Russian scientists have discovered a 39,000-year-old perfectly preserved cave bear in Yakutia, Siberia. Experts have hailed the discovery as being of 'world importance'.

David Attenborough makes stark warning about species extinction

The naturalist warns that a million species are at risk but says it is not too late to save them.

The Ghost Towns of Lake Urmia, Once West Asia's Largest Lake

Ships, farms, and hotels were left high and dry when 90 percent of the water disappeared.

The Big Freeze: How the universe will die

The cosmos will come to a close through a cold and lonely death called the Big Freeze.

It's 2020. Why can't we vote with our phones?

Technology has come a long way since voting began in the 18th century, but the way we vote remains largely the same. Despite the fact that we all walk around with tiny, incredibly powerful...