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Scientists Urge Study of Environmental Factors That May Speed Aging

New paper urges more work on "gerontogens" in the environment.<p>Why do our bodies age at different rates? Why can some people run marathons at the age of 70, while others are forced to use a walker?<p>Genes are only part of the answer. A trio of scientists from the University of North Carolina argue in …

Do animals like drugs and alcohol?

Is it true that elephants, monkeys, dolphins and other animals seek out recreational highs in nature? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>In South Africa, local legend has it that the elephants like to get drunk. They seek out the marula tree, overindulge on its sweet fruits, and enjoy the intoxicating …

Artist wants to build the first house on the moon

It looks like moon real estate may soon be in hot demand. A project is currently collecting crowdfunding to build the very first house on the lunar surface -- not as a place to live, but as an art installation.<p>The Moonhouse project, headed up by Swedish artist Mikael Genberg, was originally …

Life in space is impossible

The tag line for the new Christopher Nolan movie <i>Interstellar</i> premiering in November could have been written by a space settlement enthusiast: …

Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Los Angeles blogger Rebecca Woolf uses her blog, Girl's Gone Child, as a window into her family's life. Naturally, it includes oodles of pictures of her four children.<p>She says she's probably taken tens of thousands of photos since her oldest child was born. And she remembers the moment when it …

Best Space Pictures: Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Hidden Black Holes, and Starry Everest Skies

Supermassive black holes cluster together while dust bunnies gain weight.<p>A lone motorcycle wends its way to Mount Everest's base camp from the Chinese side of the border with Nepal in a photograph submitted to Your Shot on May 17.<p>The 2014 Everest climbing season got off to a tragic start on April …