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The weird world of the incredibly small – in pictures

This month's collection of postcards from the nanoworld includes bleached hair, a component from a quantum computer, a fleck of Victorian paint and one of the creatures that helped build the White Cliffs of Dover

Video: Can you trust your eyes?

New video from asapSCIENCE. Some Friday fun with optical illusions!<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since 1995. She was an integral …

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Human Babies Are Hard-Wired To Pay Attention To Lemurs

Does this mean we can have lemur babysitters?????? (Answer: no. Do not do that, please.)<p>A new study indicates that human babies are born with an innate preference for certain sounds. That makes sense in the most common case--the voices of parents. It's in the baby's best interest to be engaged with …

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Latest News<p>Health<p>Popular Now<p>We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."<p>Videos<p>The world's first "supercomputers" weren't machines—they were women. Like modern number-crunchers, these …

9 Trippy Photos Of Soap Film

Duuuuuuuude<p>All these psychedelic colors don't look too impressive in the bottle. That's because they come from a film of soap, which Pennsylvanian Linden Gledhill made with a machine and then photographed.<p>The colors come entirely from the interference of light that enters the soap film and then …

Sexiest parts of the body revealed by neuroscientists

Survey asks men and women to rank parts of the body by pleasure – and some of the results prove surprising<p>The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is a nuzzled neck sexy when few …

The Week In Numbers: A 3-D Printed Invisibility Cloak, Skyscrapers That Attack, And More

<b>£946</b>: the money the developers of a curved glass building in London paid to Martin Lindsay after reflected light from the skyscraper melted his Jaguar XJ<p><b>18 to 27 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the average increase in surface temperature when moving from a rural area to a city<p><b>244 meters</b>: the height of the …

What Happens When You Make Someone God Of A Video Game?

"Milkshake party, clearly."<p>Late last year, gamers started chipping away at a digital cube. The creator of this cube, designer Peter Molyneux, promised a "life-changing" gift to the person who chipped away the last piece. Come May, a normal-seeming dude named Bryan did indeed remove the last piece, …