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The Fascinating Psychology Behind Free-To-Play Mobile App Games

If you've ever played a free-to-play game like Candy Crush, Plants vs Zombies 2 or Clash of Clans and defied the "free" part by parting with your cash, don't be ashamed. I've never met anyone who actually buys items on any free-to-play, but then again I've never met anyone who's lost money in …

What Happens to a Dead Body in the Ocean?

When a dead body decomposes in the ocean, scientists know little about what happens to it. To find out, some researchers performed an unusual …

700-year-old viruses found in ancient reindeer poop

Scientists have discovered two viruses that were preserved for 700 years in frozen reindeer poop collected from northern Canada.<p>One of the viruses had probably infected plant material that passed through the animal's digestive system; the other appears to have infected insects that swarmed around …

Robot Reality Check: The Truth About Ebola Bots And Iron Man Suits

Imagine you're in Guinea, ground zero for the Ebola epidemic. Your country is struggling to provide basic medical services for thousands of sick and dying. Corpse disposal is a full-blown crisis. The World Health Organization is making desperate pleas for more money, and more personnel, to help …

Extraordinary shot of moon’s far side and Earth, from Chang’e

China’s Chang’e 5 spacecraft rounded the lunar far side earlier this week, on the return leg of its journey to the moon. It’s now safely back on …

Quiz: what mental disorder do you have?

You can’t move for online quizzes these days. Nearly every fourth Facebook post seems to be the result of a far-fetched but strangely specific quiz that claims to reflect some aspect of your personality, like “What kind of candy are you?” or “Which Disney Ear Hat should you wear?” or “What Office …

Mindsuckers: The Case of the Fearless Rat

Check out the ‘ambulance drone’ that could one day save your life

A student in the Netherlands has come up with the idea of fitting out a quadcopter with a defibrillator to create what is believed to be the world’s …

German Astronaut On International Space Station Discusses Life In Orbit With German Media

What Went Wrong in the Antares Rocket Explosion?

Orbital Sciences' third cargo run to the International Space Station went horribly awry on Tuesday night when the rocket exploded moments after liftoff. We piece together why it failed and what it means for the future of private space.<p><b>It will be weeks before we know</b> what caused Tuesday night's …

How Much Candy Can I Eat This Halloween?

New sugar statistics take a toll on the holiday.<p>Bad news, trick-or-treaters: A new recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) deals a serious blow to your annual candy binge. The guideline, set to be released this fall, drops the suggested daily intake of “free sugars”—those added to …

Ebola outbreak: Ebola may not be a deadly disease for everyone, scientists find

Researchers have found that natural immunity may exist to Ebola, after discovering that some animals get over the disease quickly, without major symptoms<p>Ebola may not be a deadly disease for everyone, after scientists discovered that some people are likely to be naturally immune to the virus.<p>A …