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Baby Fat Is Far More Than Cute

“Aw, you still have your baby fat!” This refrain plagued me throughout my childhood. No matter what I did, I couldn’t shake my “baby fat.” I was not a particularly overweight child.

Horses and Humans, Bonded Through Botulism

Last month, a 1,400-pound horse named John competed with speed and style at the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas.

Crying Elephants, Giggling Rats and Other Surprisingly Sentient Animals

Years ago, we believed that we weren’t animals and that animals were here solely for our use. Indeed, a cow was just a walking burger, a of Sunday roast, keeping itself fresh and tasty ready for when we were hungry.

Why Do We Even Wear Pants?

From far above, the area around Yanghai cemetery looks like a collection of ground-dwelling wasp dens, drilled into a gravelly desert.

Blockchain Technologies Could Help You Profit from Green Energy

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set.

This Is Your Brain on Mixed Martial Arts

Michael Bisping has fought professionally in mixed martial arts since 2004. Last year, the journeyman won his first title.

The Banana As We Know It Is Dying...Again

The bananas your grandparents ate were different than the ones you eat today. And the bananas your grandchildren know will probably be entirely different as well.

Are You a Directionally Biased Kisser?

Your brain is an organ of two halves – the left side and the right side. And there are many brain functions, such as language skills or which hand you write with, which are organized mostly in one side of the brain or the other.

A Day Isn’t Actually 24 Hours And Other Weird Solstice Facts

Those of us brave souls who inhabit America’s northern climes know that it’s not the cold that brings on the winter blues.

Is Your Computer Being 'Cryptojacked'?

Nothing comes for free, especially online. Websites and apps that don’t charge you for their services are often collecting your data or bombarding you with advertising.

A Semi-Autonomous Cricket Farm to Feed the World

When Gabe Mott, Shobhita Soor and Mohammed Ashour wanted to proposed building a commercial-scale cricket farm optimized with robots and data, the idea earned the McGill University students the $1 million Hult Prize, the largest student competition for social good, in 2013.

Science Under Siege But Surviving — a Trump Timeline

(Credit: Shutterstock) For many who value science, 2017 will be remembered as the dawn of a new era. January saw the inauguration of Donald Trump, a president who has denied climate change and filled his inner circle with anti-science activists.

Satellite 'License Plates' Could Prevent a Disaster in Low Earth Orbit

Space may look vast, but it’s actually pretty crowded near Earth. As of a couple of years ago, more than 1,300 active satellites orbited Earth, in addition to tens of thousands of dead satellites, discarded rockets and other bits and pieces that have accumulated in space in the 60 years since Sputnik, ranging in size from softballs to school buses.

Climate Change, Disease and the Fall of Rome

At some time or another, every historian of Rome has been asked to say where we are, today, on Rome’s cycle of decline.

A Geoengineered Future Is Downright Scary

Catastrophic climate change seems inevitable. Between the still-accelerating pace of greenhouse gas emissions and the voices of global warming deniers, hitting the targets laid out in the Paris Accord to slow the pace of a warming climate feels increasingly elusive.

A Geoengineered Future Is Downright Scary

Climate change seems inevitable. Between the still-accelerating pace of greenhouse gas emissions and the voices of global warming deniers, hitting the targets laid out in the Paris Accord to slow the pace of a warming climate feels increasingly elusive.

The Mysterious Asteroid Behind the Year's Best Meteor Shower

Step outside after dark this week and you can watch chunks of an asteroid burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

Indigenous People are Deploying Drones to Preserve Land and Traditions

Indigenous tribes from the Pacific Northwest to the Amazon Basin face a similar set of challenges: How to manage their lands, defend against corporate encroachment and document historic and religious sites for future generations.

We Can Do Better Than Road Salt

Marshes, streams and lakes lie alongside many of the roads and highways that zigzag across North America.

Do Robots Deserve Human Rights?

When the humanoid robot Sophia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia—the first robot to receive citizenship anywhere in the world—many people were outraged.


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