Morgan Leibfried

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Victoria the Rhino Carries the Future of a Near-Extinct Species in Her Womb

She's a southern white rhino with a lot of potential.<p>When Sudan died in March at 45-years-old, we moved one step closer to losing northern white …

This Alien World Is the 1st Cloudless Exoplanet Ever Discovered

In a first, an international team of scientists has discovered an exoplanet with no clouds.<p>The team, led by Nikolay Nikolov, an astronomer at the …

Astronomy

This Fungus Borrowed From Ancient Bacteria to Defy Gravity

That mold that looks like a Dr. Seussian forest growing on the rotting strawberry in your fridge: It’s probably a pin mold, a remarkable example of some of nature’s most overlooked innovations.<p>It’s related to a common fungus called Phycomyces blakesleeanus, a larger one, famous for its sensing …

Key Differences in the Neanderthal Brain Reveal Explanation for Extinction

Sometimes, bigger is better.<p>About 40,000 years ago, our closest relatives, the Neanderthals, went extinct. But the mystery of <i>how</i> they died is a …

Elon Musk Shares Stunning Footage of Comet’s Surface Passing Rosetta

Elon Musk shared an incredible video on Thursday of a rare glimpse at a natural wonder. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta satellite, which …

Space

'White Holes' May Be the Secret Ingredient in Mysterious Dark Matter

White holes, which are theoretically the exact opposites of black holes, could constitute a major portion of the mysterious dark matter that's …

What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but far from being a dull cinder of a world, it has instead turned out to be a real eye opener for …

You Could Soon Be Able to Nap in the Cargo Holds of Planes (Video)

Long-haul flights are no picnic, unless of course you’re in first class in a lie-flat bed. For most of us, however, the cost of booking that luxury …

The 7 Best Foods for Fighting Inflammation

Some foods cause inflammation, but these may actually tamp it down.<p><i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> 100 Most Healing …

NASA Just Dropped Its Most Detailed Video Tour of the Moon Yet

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, high-resolution imagery of our closest neighboring world is more accessible than ever.<p>NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a breathtaking new video tour of the Moon in 4K resolution, stitching together some of the most detailed observations …

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Neurophilosophy

"Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is growing rapidly, study reveals

<b>NEW YORK --</b> A sprawling mass of garbage located in waters between California and Hawaii -- and known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," or GPGP -- …

Pollution

10 scientifically proven tips to beat stress

Forget taking a chill pill, these science-backed techniques will help you protect your body and your brain from the daily grind.<p>Heart racing? …

Black Tea Alters Gut Microbiome in Anti-Obesogenic Ways

For the first time, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have identified that the polyphenols in black tea alter gut …

21 Facts That Will Remind You How Complex The Universe Really Is

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

Viagra Has Unexpected Medical Benefits for Another Private Body Part

The little blue pill is useful outside the bedroom, say doctors.<p>Viagra became a household name when it became the first pill to treat erectile …

Why Dogs Love When We Talk to Them Like Babies, According to Science

The most uplifting news ever.<p>It’s an unspoken rule that humans can only communicate with dogs in Puppy Voice — you know, the stupid one with the high …

Pets

9 Women With the Most Influential Style Through the Decades

If your name becomes a signature hairstyle (think Farrah Fawcett hair), it might just be a solid case for style icon status. Or, perhaps singing a …

The Fish That Makes Other Fish Smarter

By removing bloodsucking parasites, the cleaner wrasse improves the intellectual abilities of its clients.<p>It’s not easy for fish to clean themselves, without limbs or digits to scrub those hard-to-reach places. Fortunately for them, coral reefs come with cleaning stations.<p>At particular sites, an …

Fish

Facebook Says Social Media Isn’t Always Healthy for Democracy

Facebook Inc. acknowledged today that social media can have a negative impact on democracies, and that the company has more work to do in order to …

Energy-saving LED lighting backfires as difference between night and day vanishes: analysis

The distinction between day and night is disappearing in the most heavily populated regions of the Earth, a rapid shift with profound consequences …

Brain implant boosts memory for first time ever

<i>In brief: A professor built a brain implant that can reportedly improve short-term memory by 15 percent and working memory by 25 percent. The device could prove life-changing for the growing segment of the population impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia.</i><p>A BIONIC MEMORY BOOST<p>With everyone from Elon …

Dementia

Pluto mystery that confounded scientists might finally be solved

For such a tiny little world, Pluto sure has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. After being demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet,” Pluto …

This 2.5 Billion-Year-Old Explosion Is Unlike Any Astronomers Have Seen

They are trying to figure out what caused it.<p>A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was one hell of a bang. The event represents the most …

Revealed: Why you should always book your return flight with a different airline

Next time you book a trip, it may be worthwhile booking your outbound and return flights with different airlines.<p>While booking with the same airline …

Is Costco's $5 Rotisserie Chicken Healthy?

For most Americans, it’s not a Costco run if it doesn’t involve sliding one of the store’s signature $5 rotisserie chickens into the buggy. We get it …

NASA Finally Has Stunning Photos of The Giant Iceberg That Broke Off Antarctica

Whoa!<p>NASA scientists have captured close-up images of a behemoth iceberg that in July detached from one of the largest floating ice shelves in …

5 Cheap Travel Destinations "In-the-Know Travelers" Are Flocking to in 2018

While I hope that someday, money will be less of a deciding factor in all aspects of my life, "budget-friendly" still tops my list of requirements …

South America

France’s Butter Shortage Means That Croissants Can’t Be Cooked Properly, and This Is a Tragedy

You can take a French girl out of the country, but you can never take the frenchness out of her. Although I left France a few years ago, I still eat croissants and pains au chocolat pretty much every day for breakfast — so, needless to say, I am taking my home country's current butter shortage <i>très</i> …

We're Obsessed With These Sweater Dresses — and They're All Less Than $30 on Amazon

When it comes to updating your wardrobe for the cold-weather season, you should obviously start with the basics: jeans, coats, and boots. But once you've covered your bases, it's time to branch out of your comfort zone and try other cozy pieces that are fashion forward and easy to wear. Right now …