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Algorithm Weaves Secret Messages into Dance Music

In Ibiza, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, the hypnotic "thump thump thump" of the club music could actually convey much more than a call to dance.

Alpha Centauri: The Hollywood Star System

With the announcement today of an Earth-sized planet orbiting in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, Earthlings' attention is focused once again on our nearest stellar neighbor.

Chimpanzee Groups Know How to Deal With Freeloaders

Chimpanzees are known to be violently competitive in groups — they aren’t exactly team players. But given enough time, it appears they can work together to stifle competition, police freeloaders and cooperatively accomplish a task.

Why Scientists Created See-through, Shrunken, Glow-in-the-dark Mice

When Victorian anatomists wanted to take a peek under the skin, they were forced to cut into the very objects they meant to study.

An Alaskan Village Prepares to Move As the Sea Encroaches

A small Alaskan village near the Arctic Circle has voted to pack up and move as its island slips into the sea due to climate change.

Where Fish Pee, Corals Grow

There's something in the water around coral reefs. And that something is fish pee. Although you may cringe at the thought of swimming through clouds of urine, coral reefs wouldn't be the same without fishes' urinary benevolence.

A Dormant Beast Just Went Nova

White dwarf-companion star binaries can have explosive relationships. They begin with a hibernation phase, where the companion sends a whisper of mass to the white dwarf as a stream of hydrogen.

Fish Fins and Fingers: A Surprising Cellular Connection

Millions of years ago our ocean-dwelling ancestors stepped forth onto new shores and began populating Earth's dry land.

That Hidden ‘Superhenge’ Was a Super Dud

Last year, researchers announced that a “Superhenge” buried underground a couple from Stonehenge was poised to upstage the iconic monument.

18-Year Study Links Neonicotinoids to Bee Colony Decline

A type of insecticide used on oilseed rape plants in the U.K. is likely to blame for worrying declines in bee populations across the pond.

5 Times Scientists Tackled Conspiracy Theories, and Won

Conspiracy theories are something of a plague for scientists: no matter how much research is done on some topics, a vocal minority will insist that the facts just aren't true.

Tabletop Black Hole Yields Evidence of Hawking Radiation

Black holes aren’t perfectly black. For the first time, using a model of a black hole that traps sound instead of light, scientists have seen spontaneous evidence of what comes out of them.

WATCH: Space Is the Place to View Meteor Showers

For many people the finest Perseid meteor shower in 20 years was obscured by clouds — curse you atmosphere!

Sound Science: Researchers Take Acoustic Levitation to a New Level

Acoustic levitation conjures images of Star Trek­-style tractor beams and ultrasonic hover boards, but in reality floating objects on a cushion of sound occurs on far smaller scales.

An Earth-like Planet Might Be Orbiting Proxima Centauri

Microsoft added the “Start” button to Windows in 1995, which was the same year scientists discovered the first exoplanet orbiting a star like ours - technically, astronomers found several terrestrial planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992.

Scientists 'Reprogram' Mouse Cortical Neurons With Light

In 1949 psychologist Donald Hebb built a theory for how neurons in the brain behave during the learning process — basically, neurons that fire together wire together.

Long Ago, Venus Looked Strikingly Similar to Earth

It's hard to imagine now, but hellish Venus may once have had balmy temperatures and shallow seas. Even with Venus' much slower rotation rate, it may have even looked a whole lot like Earth.

Yes, Some Greenland Sharks Are Old, but 400 Years Old?!

Never ask a female her age — unless, of course, she’s a 16-foot-long Greenland shark and it’s for science.

One Man Is to Blame for the Infamous Piltdown Man Hoax

A new study identifies the perpetrator of one of the most famous scientific hoaxes of all time. The hoax involved the purported discovery of the long sought-after missing link between apes and humans in a gravel pit near Piltdown, England.

Titan Is Home to Canyons Flooded with Methane

Titan is a strange, strange world — a frigid moon of Saturn larger than Mercury where water is frozen rock solid and lakes of liquid methane permeate the surface.


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