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Building the ultimate paper airplane, one manila folder at a time

Luca Iaconi-Stewart is building a paper airplane unlike anything you've ever seen before — and it's taking him years to get it just right. He's building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777, one so detailed even the tiny chairs and bathrooms look real. There are even miniature meal carts. He starts …

A Decade After Committing Massive Fraud, A Cloning Scientist Is Back To Work

Ten years ago, South Korean geneticist Woo Suk Hwang was caught making up data about cloning human stem cells.<p>Ten years ago, South Korean geneticist Woo Suk Hwang made big news, twice. First, scientists heralded him for creating a population of stem cells from human embryos, which scientists had …

Zoologist Dian Fossey: A Storied Life With Gorillas

Google Doodle celebrates pioneering scientist whose life was cut short.<p>The striking illustration of a woman interacting with gorillas on Google's homepage on Thursday honors the 82nd birthday of zoologist Dian Fossey (1932-1985).<p>Dian Fossey was a leading authority on the study of endangered …

Jane Goodall

Early Humans Didn't Domesticate Wolves

Regardless of what Hollywood might have you believe, early humans probably didn't frolic with wolves. For a study in the journal PLoS Genetics, researchers sequenced canine genomes to learn more about the evolutionary history of dogs. They found that man's best friend diverged from wolves at least …

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Manta Rays

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Nature

Secrets of the sengi: the world's fastest small mammal

Reporter, BBC Nature<p>What's small, furry, related to an elephant and really fast?<p>Not a bizarre punchline as you might expect but the sengi: the world's fastest small mammal.<p>This seemingly contrary combination of features has enthralled scientists since they first discovered these animals at the turn …

Paleontology

The Science Behind Flying In V Formation

Scientists have gained new aerodynamic insight into why many species of birds fly in a V formation. The results, published in the journal <i>Nature,</i> suggest that the distinctive formations are the result of each bird catching a little lift from the bird ahead.<p>You may have heard that flocks fly in the …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …