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Do you really need to be worried about all that screen time?

It feels great to be one of the first people to Instagram mermaid toast or your early-morning workout with your furry BFF. And when it’s <i>Bachelorette</i> …

Under Pressure, Does Evolution Evolve?

Some organisms respond to stress by driving up their mutation rate. Are they evolving specific mechanisms to enhance evolution in times of crisis?<p>In …

Biology

Can you write your way to happiness?

A growing number of diarists are using expressive writing or ‘bullet journalling’ to improve their health and productivity. But does keeping a daily log actually work?<p>”This groundbreaking tool will change your life,” claims <i>MindJournal</i>, a £9.99 collection of quizzes and writing exercises that it …

Happiness

How to Become More Self-Aware, According to Research

You probably know more than a few people who are just clueless about themselves.<p>They make the same errors over and over but never seem to notice. …

When will a 3D-printer be able to print human organs?

Your quick question, answered quickly.<p>This could happen. Printing bone, muscle, and cartilage—even an ear—is easy. Anthony Atala, who heads the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, has done that. Organs are harder. They need to grow slowly, generating massive networks of nerves and …

Our 3-Year-Old Dresses Up As Famous Strong Women, And She’s Seriously Cute

The project all started when Scout’s grandma, her Nonnie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were looking for a way to keep our minds busy during a …

J.K. Rowling is begging fans not to buy this stolen "Harry Potter" prequel

The dark mark has been cast over the West Midlands in England, as a horrible theft has both J.K. Rowling and police looking to the public for help. A …

Harry Potter

Curiosity's New Photos of Martian Dunes Paint a Red Planet Yellow

The Curiosity Rover sent NASA a postcard from Mars, and inside were these striking images of the Bagnold Dunes. (We wish were there, too, …

Westerlund 1-26: Hubble finds one of universe’s largest stars

Located just 15,000 light-years from our solar system and imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, Westerlund 1-26 is so big that, if it were to replace …

Warm Poles Suggest Enceladus’ Liquid Water Near Surface

One of the biggest surprises from the Cassini mission to Saturn has been the discovery of active geysers at the south pole of the moon Enceladus. At …

Black Hole, White Dwarf Star In Closest Known Binary System With Smallest Orbit In Milky Way

A binary system in the globular cluster 47 Tucanae — about 14,800 light-years away from Earth but inside the Milky Way — has been known for years, …

Life could be shuttling between these 7 Earth-like planets

There’s a theory that life on Earth came from outer space when a space rock collided with the planet and contaminated its surface.<p>Harvard scientists …

Universe

Barack Obama's Post-Presidency Dad Style Is Everything We've Been Hoping For

Barack Obama took a very long, much deserved break at the beginning of the year doing what any president of the United States needs to do after eight …

Study suggests that women are more ethical than men in science, and that may hold them back

Being ethical is a good thing. Right? A new paper based on interviews with more than 100 physicists in the U.S. and Britain suggests that ethics may …

Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.<p>The announcement is a significant victory for opponents of the Obama …

Title IX

Huge Sinkhole Opens at Highest Dam in the U.S.

As heavy rains fill Lake Oroville in California, the overflow damages a spillway and forces an emergency diversion of water.<p><i>Update:</i> Though the California Department of Water Resources previously insisted there was no danger to the surrounding towns, 188,000 people have now been evacuated from the …

7 Ways Bats Are Just Like Batman

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>For one, these dark knights help the less fortunate.<p>When it comes to public awareness, bats often fly under the radar—just like superheroes.<p>With the <i>Lego Batman</i> movie premiering this weekend, Weird Animal Question of the Week got to thinking: “In what ways are bats …

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further …

Scientists Discover Nearby White Dwarf Star Containing Ingredients For Life

The star is a mere 200 lightyears from Earth.<p>A new study published in <i>The Astrophysical Journal Letters</i> reveals that a team of scientists at UCLA have discovered a new white dwarf star only 200 light years from Earth, in the Boötes constellation. The star, named WD 1425+540, contains a high level of …

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

The densities of such objects is mind-boggling. If our sun were to become a black hole, it would need to collapse from its current size of 1.4 …

How to Bake Hard Candy Shot Glasses

I know a lot of people who shy away from making hard candy, and I understand why. First, there's the boiling hot syrup that sticks to skin like …

7 Real Life Organisms That Seem to be Born From Nightmares

The world is a scary place, but the things we are scared of during the day are hardly the most terrifying things out there. These real life creatures …

What the World Would Look Like If Humans Hadn't Killed All the Animals

If it weren't for the ascent of mankind, the entire world would still look like the Serengeti, a galloping, roaring, thunderous paradise.<p>An African safari represents the highest form of interaction with terrestrial giants remaining in the world. The smell of sunlight on acacia leaves and sprawling …

Trump urges Senate GOP to trigger 'nuclear option' on Gorsuch nomination

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Senate Republicans should "go for it" and invoke the so-called nuclear option, preventing Democrats from using a filibuster to block his Supreme Court nominee.<p>"If we end up with that gridlock I would say if you can, Mitch, go nuclear," …

How Tardigrades Work

The humans knew it was coming, but there was nothing they could do. Four thousand light years away, a collapsing star sent a giant gamma ray bursting …

Monsoons

Standing up straight could help symptoms of depression - study

People with depression could see their condition improve if they adopt an upright posture.<p>That was the conclusion of a study by researchers at the University of Auckland, due for publication in the March issue of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.<p>While previous studies …

How the World's Smallest Birds Survive the Winter

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>"Little Arnold Schwarzeneggers," hummingbirds are tough—so tough they've evolved a clever way of coping with the cold.<p>As the smallest birds on Earth, hummingbirds may seem frail—so it's not surprising Donovan Nixon asked Weird Animal Question of the Week how they …

Birds

Walruses Found Using Birds as Toys for First Time

Weird & Wild<p>Scientists have observed young walruses engaging in complex play rarely seen in nonprimates—but the details are a bit macabre.<p>What do you get the walrus that has everything?<p>Don’t waste your money on Furbys and Tickle Me Elmos. According to a new study, what walruses really want to play …

Walruses

The Moon May Once Have Been Many Moons

The moon might be the most misleading object in the sky. It’s brilliant, it’s beautiful, it’s silently serene. But if anything actually defines the …

We might get to watch a new star explode into the sky in 2022

Scientists predict a new star will be born in a massive cosmic collision<p>To look up into the night sky is to gaze deep, deep into the past. Light moves fast, but not fast enough for us to get an instantaneous peek at the cosmos. So when we look at some of the glowing balls of plasma that light up …