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Scientists are naming new species after musicians, and it’s kind of amazing

From Beyoncé to Shakira.<p>No one really knows how many species actually inhabit planet Earth—some say millions, others trillions—but regardless, it's the job of taxonomists to name them all. Seriously, what the heck would you call an elephant—let alone these horrifying species living in the depths of …

David Bowie

Could a green tea extract help to treat tooth sensitivity?

Available treatments for tooth sensitivity are lacking in a number of ways, such as being ineffective and predisposing patients to bacteria and …

More than a third of teenage girls experience depression, new study says

Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends and young love, tells us so, as do the countless parenting books about the adolescent years in every …

Mental Health

Science says lasting relationships come down to 3 basic traits

Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and author of "Anatomy of Love," put happy couples in long-term relationships into brain scanners. The results gave her an insight into what makes a relationship last.<p><b>Follow TI:</b>On Facebook


Scientist builds giant mousetrap, obliterates everything with it

Sometimes we don’t need the latest high-tech gadget to feel fulfilled. Seeing something low-tech can give us the same degree of satisfaction. And it doesn’t get more humble than the simple mousetrap.<p>YouTuber The Backyard Scientist built a super-sized version of a mousetrap to take care of a raccoon …


5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week

Engineers at MIT built wireless beacons that can track your health, their peers in Pennsylvania used gene editing to shut down the replication of an …


Curious Kids: Does space go on forever?

<i>This is an article from Curious Kids, a new series aimed at children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions they’d like an expert to</i> …

Explore how dog breeds overlap in this evolutionary tree

Dog Breeds

Blind tadpoles learn to see using eyeballs attached to their butts

A new study bodes well for human organ transplants<p>Transplanting a whole eyeball is tough. So tough, in fact, that it's never been done. For an eye to work properly inside the sockets of a new host, it needs to be connected to the central nervous system by way of the delicate optic nerve, which is …


Cancer cells cast a sweet spell on the immune system

Shrink yourself small enough to swoop over the surface of a human cell, and you might be reminded of Earth’s terrain. Fats, or lipids, stay close to …

Immune System

A New Technique Captures Stunning Timelapse Footage of the Smallest Living Things

Microscopes let us observe some of the smallest objects in our universe, but with limitations when it comes to movements that can take hours, days, …

Time-lapse Photography

If your gadgets die in the next two weeks, blame it on the sun

If you find that your radio or TV broadcast is briefly dropping out or if your internet becomes sketchy over the next couple of weeks, you can blame …

New South Wales

There are 11 newly-classified clouds, and all of them are breathtaking

It's time for you to look up at the sky more often.<p>If you did, you might catch a volutus, or roll cloud, which looks like a tube that appears to be …

World Meteorological Organization

Boston Students Get A Glimpse Of A Whole New World, With Different Maps

<b>Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET Thursday</b><p>Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one laminated 24-by-36-inch sheet of paper at a time.<p>Beginning last Thursday, Boston Public Schools administrators have been sending social studies teachers in the second, seventh and …