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Genetic Analysis Reveals the U.S. is Truly a Melting Pot

The United States is often described as a cultural melting pot. The degree to which that's true socially can be debated – and, at least as regards to race, it has been debated lots lately.

Aspirin May Help Prevent Skin Cancer

  We all know the risks of with spending too much time in the sun. Ultraviolet rays can increase the risk of skin cancer, which is why we – or at least, the more cautious among us – put on sunscreen before we set off on an extended outing.

Methane on Mars Could Signal Alien Life

Is there life on Mars? That eternal question almost seems cliché in space exploration circles, but, nonetheless, we’re still waiting with bated breath for an answer.

Microbes on Pubic Hair Could Help Solve Sexual Crimes

Forensic specialists may have a new tool to catch perpetrators of sexual assault – and it is courtesy of the microbiome.

NASA Proves It's "All About That Space"

NASA took a big first step toward sending humans to deep space last week, and now they’re proving rocket scientists can dance.The Pathways Interns at the Johnson Space Center remixed Meghan Trainor’s hit “All About That Bass” to produce an ode to the Orion spacecraft: “All About That Space.” The song and video is a fun way to keep the public interested in NASA’s newest space taxi.

Rosetta: Earth's Water Didn't Come from Comets

Europe’s Rosetta mission has only been in orbit around Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for a few months but it's already shed light on one of the central questions it was launched, ten years ago, to answer: Where did Earth's water come from?

Oldest Horned Dinosaur in North American Discovered

Big things sometimes come in small packages, and that was certainly the case for a recent fossil finding in the United States.

Fish Perfume Themselves With Coral as Smell-Camouflage

Evolution has produced some masterful solutions for animals to avoid predation. Look no further than the camouflage abilities of the dead leaf butterfly, the flower mantis, or the freaky vanishing octopus for proof.

NASA Prepares to Test Spacecraft That Could Take People to Mars


Orion awaits its test flight on the launchpad. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett NASA wants to get back in the business of sending astronauts into deep space, including Mars.

This Electricity-Free Air Conditioner Sends Heat Into Space


During the dog days of summer, the monthly utility bill for an air-conditioned home can induce more perspiration than the temperature does.

Unlike Humans, Monkeys Aren’t Fooled By Expensive Brands


You’ve just won a free bottle of wine! Would you like a $10 bottle or a $100 bottle? Which one do you think will taste better?

Human Ancestors Were Consuming Alcohol 10 Million Years Ago


The holidays are packed with opportunities to raise a glass of our favorite boozy beverages and toast family, friends and good fortunes.

How Dogs Drink Revealed in Super Slo-Mo Video


It doesn’t take scientific observation to know that dogs aren’t the most graceful of drinkers. Blame it on their cheeks: dogs have what are called “incomplete cheeks,” which allow them to open their mouths wide but, conversely, means they can’t create suction like humans do when drinking through a straw.

Getting Rid of Invasive Species With a Little Electric Shock


Researchers collect fish using backpack electrofishing. Image courtesy South Carolina Department of Natural Resources The problem of invasive species is a slippery one for fisheries managers.

Bankers’ Bad Behavior Is Driven By Workplace Culture


It’s been six years since the 2008 financial collapse, and revelations of dirty deeds in the banking industry are still making headlines even today.

Study of Gay Brothers Suggests Genetic Basis of Male Homosexuality


Are people born gay or is it a choice? A new study of gay brothers, the largest to date, adds more scientific evidence that there’s a genetic basis for homosexuality.

In New York Bay, Humpback Whales Make a Dramatic Comeback


New York City’s urban waterways are again becoming home to some residents who haven’t been seen for hundreds of years: Humpback whales.

Pucker Up: One French Kiss Swaps 80 Million Bacteria


When you lock lips with that special person, you’re not only sharing your bubbling passions, but also your unique blend of oral bacteria.

Philae Rushes to Gather Data as Battery Power Dwindles


Rosetta’s lander Philae has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. Superimposed on top of the image is a sketch of the Philae lander in the configuration the lander team currently believe it is in.

Philae Lander Is In a Precarious Position on Comet 67P


Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm.


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