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Emerging Editing Technologies Obscure the Line Between Real and Fake

The image is modest, belying the historic import of the moment. A woman on a white sand beach gazes at a distant island as waves lap at her feet — the scene is titled simply "Jennifer in Paradise." This picture, snapped by an Industrial Light and Magic employee named John Knoll while on vacation in 1987, would become the first image to be scanned and digitally altered.

Are We Ready for Robot Judges?

Artificial intelligence is already helping determine your future – whether it’s your Netflix viewing preferences, your suitability for a mortgage or your compatibility with a prospective employer.

Can Math Can Save You From the Slow Line?

It seems obvious. You arrive at the checkouts and see one line is much longer than the other, so you join the shorter one.

Is Technology Too Good for an Old-School Test of Einstein’s Relativity?

On Aug. 21, sky-gazers from around the world will converge in the United States as a total solar eclipse charts a path from Oregon to South Carolina.

How Tree Rings Solved a Musical Mystery

Modern science is full of surprising analytical techniques that can be used in a wide variety of remarkable circumstances.

Why Quality Sleep Grows More Elusive with Age

Middle-agers and seniors on average sleep less than younger people, about 6 to 7 hours a night compared to 8 to 9 hours.

Novel Antibiotic Recipes Could Be Hidden in Medieval Medical Texts

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason.

Why Felines Can't Resist the #CatSquare

Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor.

Genomics Is Buried in Too Much Data

When a sore throat and sinus congestion warrant a visit to the doctor, your physician will attempt to determine whether a cold virus or bacterial infection is to blame—oftentimes without success.

Do We Need a Word for Everything?

Imagine walking through a forest near dusk. It is peaceful and quiet; the setting sun paints streaks of light through tree trunks and across your path.

Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna

It was in 2010 that Amilcar Adamy first investigated rumors of an impressive cave in southern Brazil.

Revisited: The Regenerative Power of Pig Guts

Bioengineers have made great strides harnessing the body’s ability to start over, whether regenerating heart tissue and bones, or using stem cells to regrow fingertips.

Soaking in a Hot Bath Yields Benefits Similar to Exercise

Many cultures swear by the benefits of a hot bath. But only recently has science began to understand how passive heating (as opposed to getting hot and sweaty from exercise) improves health.

Phosphorus Is Vital for Life, and We're Running Low

All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock.

Phosphorus Is Vital for Life, and We're Running Low

All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock.

VX Nerve Agent: The Deadly Weapon Engineered in Secret

In January 1958, two medical officers at Porton Down, Britain’s military science facility, exposed their forearms to 50-microgram droplets of a substance called VX, which was a new, fast-acting nerve agent that could kill by seeping through the skin.

What Causes a 'Butterflies in the Stomach' Sensation?

If you have ever been nervous about something that is about to happen, then you may have felt the sensations of nausea and “fluttering”—the recognizable and odd sensation deep in your gut known as having “butterflies in the stomach.” Perhaps you were about to give a speech to a large audience, were in the waiting room for a big interview, were about to step up and take a key penalty shot or about to meet a potential love interest.

Collective False Memories: What's Behind the 'Mandela Effect'?

Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too?

Metagenomic Sleuthing Treats Illness Like a Crime Scene

Pathogens move fast. You wake up one morning feeling ready to take on the world. On your way to work, you notice your throat’s a bit scratchy, your forehead a bit warm.

When Earth Became a 'Mote of Dust'

We glimpsed Earth’s curvature in 1946, via a repurposed German V-2 rocket that flew 65 miles above the surface.


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