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Find black holes while you’re on the bus

“With a large enough sample from your classifications, we can pick out black holes at different stages and build a better picture of their origins.” …

Astrophysics

Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

A bioethicist suggests that neuroscience challenges how we view ourselves.<p><b>Advances in our understanding of the brain have turned neuroscience into one of the hottest frontiers in research, and in ethics. (See "Beyond the Brain.")</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of …

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? To Create Optical Illusions

They look awesome. But mostly, they mean less being eaten by flies and lions.<p>Why zebras have stripes has long been something of a mystery. We have a pretty good idea they're used as protection, but the exact mechanism isn't totally understood. I mean, why would evolution pick out <i>that</i>? The black on …

We Went to the Amazon to Find Out What Makes These Weird Web-Tower Things

TAMBOPATA, Peru — After six months of speculation, we finally know what’s building these bizarre silk structures in the Amazon: a spider! But its …

Absurd Creature of the Week: Enormous Hermit Crab Tears Through Coconuts, Eats Kittens

It’s hard to go wrong with a hermit crab as your child’s first pet. They’re low maintenance and kinda cute in their own way, plus they’re …

5 Scientific Discoveries Based On Weird Baby Experiments

Babies can be mysterious creatures -- what exactly is going on in that little noggin? Fortunately, over the years, scientists have developed some creative ways to find out what makes babies tick. Here are some of the weirdest (but not cruel -- no abandonment here!) ways that research has probed …

How Plants Secretly Talk to Each Other

Up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the ecologist Richard Karban is trying to learn an alien language. The sagebrush plants that dot these slopes speak …

Read the message your dog sends with his tail

Tail-wagging is a reflection of what’s happening in your dog’s brain. Learn to read your dog’s tail signals, and you’ll know if he’s happy … or …

People put squirrels in cities on purpose - Futurity

In the nineteenth century, people went out of their way to reintroduce squirrels to urban areas, and even used them to teach children to be nice.

Robot 'Olympics' Test Machines On Human Skills

Under throbbing loudspeakers at a NASCAR track south of Miami, vaguely humanoid robots with two legs, four legs and tank treads take up garages that normally house race cars.<p>The robots, along with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lockheed Martin, NASA and 13 other teams …

How to make tiny robots move like flagella - Futurity

Researchers have built the first viable computer model to generate flagella-like movement with man-made structures.

Chemistry

This Year's Biggest Discoveries in Science

From the edge of the solar wind to ancient human DNA, science made big strides in 2013.<p>Science mattered more than ever in 2013. Climate science questions raged after Super Typhoon Haiyan pummeled the Philippines. And scientific expertise figured in disarmament debates in Syria and in Iran's …

Anthropology

Critters So Ugly They Have to Mate With Themselves

In a season in which the entire Christian world is celebrating a virgin birth and a whole lot of other people who don’t believe in the story are …

Researchers sent a text message using only vodka and a fan

Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "drunk text," York University researchers in Canada have used vodka and a desk fan to send a new kind of text message. In the experiment, they encoded the alphabet in evaporated alcohol, assigning different concentration levels to represent bits 1 and 0. The …

Watch a robotic cube walk and balance under its own power

Cubes aren't usually the go-to shape when creating an object that's meant to move around, but researchers in Switzerland have created one that can do just that — along with a handful of other surprising talents. Called the Cubli, it measures nearly 6 inches on each side and can walk around by …

It jeans: Get the look - in pictures

So you've read our fashion editor's column on It jeans but how do you go about getting the look yourself? The Guardian's fashion team pick four of the best examples you can find on the high street

Chelsea must hurry up and adapt to Mourinho, says Torres

LONDON (Reuters) - Spain striker Fernando Torres has urged his Chelsea team mates to “hurry up” and adapt to the style of play demanded by manager Jose Mourinho.<p>The 2012 European champions occupy third place in the Premier League and appear genuine contenders to win the title as they prepare for …

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