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Scientists release first draft of the ‘supertree’ of life

Scientists have just released a first draft of the “tree of life” for the roughly 2.3 million named species of animals, plants, fungi, and …

Fact and fiction of Martian dust storms

Andy Weir’s book The Martian – soon to be released as a movie – begins with a huge dust storm that strands a fictional astronaut on Mars. Could it …

NASA's MAVEN Orbiter Celebrates One Year Around Mars

A look at the spacecraft's first year studying the Martian atmosphere<p>Today marks one year since NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission entered orbit around our planetary neighbor. The goal of the $671 million mission is to investigate the planet’s upper atmosphere in hopes …

Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?

Studying how adorable animals can turn us aggressive<p>Seeing something cute actually does bring out aggression in us, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in New Orleans last Friday.<p>Researchers found 109 people to look at pictures of animals …

FYI: Do I Really Need My Pinky Toe?

And without it, could I do everything a five-toed human does?<p>Walking, running and skipping with just four toes may be easier than you think.<p>"If you're born without a pinky toe or have an accident and it's removed, you can completely do everything you wanted to do," Dr. Anne Holly Johnson, …

You May Be A Better Liar When Your Bladder Is Full

Crossing your legs while crossing your fingers<p>New research has found a link between good lies and full bladders. Scientists loaded up subjects with different amounts of water and had them to lie to interviewers. The more water they were holding in, the more convincingly they lied.<p>In general, it’s …

Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.<p>Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.<p>The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may have come …