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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Water

A Football That Broadcasts Where It Is On The Field

Or, how to make goal-line technology work for American football<p>A team of engineers has built a prototype tracker for a different kind of football than what's in the news right now. The tracker overcomes one major difference between American football and soccer—the fact that in football, sometimes …

Rapid-fire mutations keep ulcer bacteria alive

A burst of rapid evolution right after infection allows <i>H. pylori</i> bacteria, which causes ulcers in humans, to survive the immune system and establish …

There May Be An Infinite Number Of Universes, But None In Which John Oliver Dates Charlize Theron

Stephen Hawking can hold his own among physicists, sure. But he's also pretty comfortable going one-on-one with comedians.<p>Just check out this new interview between the celebrated cosmologist and John Oliver, host of the HBO series "Last Week Tonight."<p>In a segment called "People Who Think Good," …

New Methane-Hunting Tool Could Boost Search for Alien Life

Astronomers now have a powerful new tool to sniff out methane on alien planets. The organic molecule, considered one of the building blocks of life, …

Paranormal

What did you do today? Your brain 'remembers' it cell by cell

No one will forget the amnesiac Henry Molaison.<p>An epileptic who had his hippocampus removed in 1953, Molaison lost the ability to record episodic memory. He had no idea if he'd eaten lunch. He greeted acquaintances each time as if it were the first.<p>Largely because of Molaison, who died in 2008, …

National Academy of Sciences

Warrior or nanny? Social spiders' personalities match their jobs

If you thought spiders weren't scary enough on their own, maybe it's time to meet the social spiders – eight-legged creepy crawlers who actually live in colonies and raise their young together. Scientists studying these spiders with a pillowcase, a vibrator and computer paper have discovered that …