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How Hurricane Matthew surprised everyone and became a catastrophic storm

The Category 4 hurricane eyeing Florida could cause massive damage<p>Hurricane Matthew is roaring northward after devastating Haiti earlier this week. The Category 4 storm was the strongest hurricane to hit the impoverished island nation in more than 50 years, and the death count continues to rise. …

NASA's Kennedy Space Center suffers limited damage after brush with Hurricane Matthew

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida seems to have been spared the worst of Hurricane Matthew, after models predicted the area would receive a direct hit from the storm. Instead, the center of the hurricane passed about 26 miles away from KSC’s home at Cape Canaveral, and the storm surge looks …

The brain process that makes teens misbehave might also help them learn

Teens learn differently — and maybe even better — than adults do, scientists say<p>The teenage brain is a double-edged sword: sure, teens can be reckless and more susceptible to addictive behaviors than adults are, but those same brain pathways may also help them learn better than adults do, a new …

NASA will allow private companies to hook up modules to the International Space Station

The space agency wants to give low-Earth orbit to the private sector as it focuses on Mars<p>Private space companies may soon get the opportunity to add their own habitat modules to the outside of the International Space Station. That’s according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who announced the …

This virus steals DNA from black widow spider venom to attack its prey

This is the first time we’ve seen this happen<p>A type of virus that only infects bacteria has stolen the DNA of black widow spiders to attack its prey. And just not any DNA, but the genes that code for spider venom. This is the first time we’ve seen a virus take genes from such a complex organism.<p>The …

A comet impact may have triggered Earth’s ancient warming period

But it's too early to know for sure<p>Scientists have discovered the first ever physical evidence that a giant comet or asteroid slammed into Earth around 56 million years ago — the same time the planet went through an abrupt warming period. The timing of the two events is pretty tantalizing for …

Brain chips let a paralyzed man feel touch through a robotic arm

The brain chips zap the patient's brain to let him feel when robotic fingers are touched<p>Nathan Copeland hasn’t been able to move his legs or hands since he broke his neck in a car accident more than a decade ago. But now that scientists have implanted four chips in his brain, Copeland can control a …

The Great Barrier Reef isn't dead (yet)

Scientists disagree with an Outside Magazine obit<p>This week, <i>Outside Magazine</i> published an obituary of the Great Barrier Reef and it quickly went viral. "The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness," the obituary began. "It was 25 million years old." It turns out …

To power through more pushups, this robot breaks a sweat

To stay pumped up, it helps to cool off<p>Like humans, robots that are working hard generate a lot of heat, a byproduct that adds stress to their systems and limits the amount of time they can be active before they need to recharge. One of the things that makes humans such good distance runners is our …