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Scientists Cook Up Magic Mushrooms' Psychedelic Recipe

Scientists have known about psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in "magic mushrooms," ever since Albert Hofmann isolated it in 1958.

Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Beneath Antarctica's Ice

You could say Antarctica sings a song of fire and ice. The continent's frigid reputation is well known, but researchers from the University of Edinburgh analyzed radar scans of the West Antarctic Rift System and found 138 volcanoes hiding under the thick ice sheet.

In Paris, a Glimpse of Public Transportation's Driverless Future

France may be famous for its cheese and wine, but it’s also a longtime leader in driverless transit. Paris boasted one of the earliest models of automatic trains in 1983, when two metro lines ran without a conductor onboard.

System of Super-Earths Discovered Around A Nearby Star

If you look up at Earth’s night sky and find the constellation Cetus — it looks something like a sea monster — you might also notice a rather average looking star called Tau Ceti.

Canadians Are First to Sample Genetically Modified Salmon

After a protracted fight, salmon have become the first genetically modified animal to be sold in stores.

CubeSats Have 1 Major Shortcoming, But Not for Long

Over the past decade and a half, satellites the size of a toaster have opened up new possibilities for using space.

Oldest Gliding Mammals Shed Light on the History of Flight

The oldest gliding mammals ever discovered are strengthening the case for taking to the skies. Well, they couldn't exactly soar like the eagles, but the two new species, discovered in China, at least sampled the aerial life.

A New Take on the Biodegradable Car

A concept car in the Netherlands is constructed almost entirely of materials the grow in the soil. Called "Lina," the biodegradable car is the work of students at Eindhoven University of Technology and is composed mainly of sugar beet resin and flax.

Bronze Age Teens Ate Dogs to Become Men

Some 4,000 years ago in the Russian steppe, the relationship between man and dog was, you could say, complicated.

Parasitic Worm Treatments Could Soon Be Legal in Germany

In Germany, treatments for disease may entail adding a vial of parasitic worms to a meal or beverage.

With Gene Editing, Ants Could Be the New Model Organism

An ant without a sense of smell is an ant that's lost. After creating ants that had been genetically modified to lack a sense of smell, scientists watched them wander away from their colonies, steal food, refuse to mate and fail to tend to eggs — antisocial behavior that contradicts the hive-mind mentality of most ant communities.

How Scientists Are Saving The Dodo’s Pink Cousin

“Voldemort outlived Harry Potter,” Christelle Ferriere tells me as we walk around the small, uninhabited island of Ile aux Aigrettes, off the east coast of Mauritius.

Scorpion Venom Has A Secret Ingredient: Acid

A scorpion’s sting doesn’t just impart venom — it uses a special acid to bring the pain. In research published Wednesday in Science Advances, a team of researchers looked into why scorpion venom packs such a punch.

Treating the Brain With Ultrasound and a Ceramic 'Window'

One of the biggest problems in neuroscience is very simple — access. The brain is encased in the bony cranium, and many regions are buried beneath layers of brain tissue, making any intrusion potentially dangerous.

In a First, Scientists Edit Human Embryos In a US Lab

Researchers used CRISPR to prevent an embryo from inheriting a fatal heart condition. Earth is now one step closer to a future with genetically modified humans.

When Having Less Fat Isn't Always Better

If the recent debate over being "fat but fit" taught us anything it's that our health is anything but binary.

Your Kitchen Sponge is Covered With Bacteria — Don't Bother Cleaning It

If bacteria all glowed the way some bioluminescent species do, you'd probably go blind walking into your kitchen.

FDA to Cut Nicotine In Cigarettes to 'Non-Addictive' Levels

The FDA today announced plans to reduce levels of nicotine in cigarettes, a move that is aimed at lowering smoking rates in the U.S.

There Are No Digital Natives

Oh, kids these days. When they want to know something they Google it. When they want to buy something they go to Amazon.

Dancing Balls Lead to a Physics Discovery

Toss a few droplets of water in a hot pan and they seem to come alive, skittering to and fro as if trying to escape.


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