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Watch Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini Robot Open a Door

You could argue that the door handle has had a disproportionate influence on modern robotics. It was the humanoids of the Darpa Robotics Challenge, …

Robotics

The Era of Quantum Computing Is Here. Outlook: Cloudy

After decades of heavy slog with no promise of success, quantum computing is suddenly buzzing with almost feverish excitement and activity. Nearly …

Quantum Computing

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

Rare Fish With 'Hands' Spotted in Tasmania

The find could as much as double the area's currently known population.<p>Antonia Cooper and her research team had been diving for two hours. Hailing from the University of Tasmania's Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies and the citizen science program Reef Life Survey, the group had received a …

Nature

Better Than Willpower

A new book argues that reason and perseverance aren’t enough. Instead, three emotions are the secret to getting things done.<p>Willpower, reason, and executive-functioning skills all <i>seem</i> like ingredients in the recipe for success. So why, then, have so many of us already abandoned our New Year’s …

Northeastern University

Brain Cells Share Information With Virus-Like Capsules

The Arc gene, which is critical for animals’ ability to learn from experiences, has an incredible origin story.<p><i>Updated: January 12, 2018, 5:05 P.M. ET</i><p>When Jason Shepherd first saw the structures under a microscope, he thought they looked like viruses. The problem was: he wasn’t studying …

Biology

Big-Eyed, Fluffy-Tailed Lemur Species Discovered

The newly identified dwarf lemur is smaller than a squirrel and lives in rainforest canopies.<p>With their giant, round black eyes, nubby little ears, fluffy tails, and grabby hands, Madagascar's newest lemur species is hard not to love.<p>Scientists recently identified and named the new species Groves' …

Zoology

We All Nearly Missed The Largest Underwater Volcano Eruption Ever Recorded

Wha?<p>She was flying home from a holiday in Samoa when she saw it through the airplane window: a "peculiar large mass" floating on the ocean, hundreds …

10 Weird Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Milky Way

OXON HILL, MARYLAND, United States, EARTH, SOLAR SYSTEM, MILKY WAY<p>Sarlaccs might live in a galaxy far, far away, but our star-studded home has plenty of its own strange wonders.<p>When we look up, every star we see is in the Milky Way, the spiral galaxy we call home. The Milky Way holds every alien …

Astrophysics

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

The Desirability of Storytellers

Among Filipino hunter-gatherers, storytelling is valued more than any other skill, and the best storytellers have the most children.<p>Once upon a time, the sun and moon argued about who would light up the sky. They fought, as anthropomorphic celestial bodies are meant to do, but after the moon proves …

Andaman and Nicobar

Ice Age-Era Cave System Found Under Major City

The first rooms in Montreal's St. Léonard cave system were found in 1812, but the discovery of additional caverns has explorers excited.<p>Pie-XII Park lies in the heart of Montréal, surrounded by busy city streets. But it's what lies beneath those streets that has cave experts and city residents …

Archaeology

Hummingbirds Are Where Intuition Goes to Die

A long-held belief about how hummingbirds drink is wrong—and the truth is really weird.<p>When Margaret Rubega first read about how hummingbirds drink, she thought to herself: That can’t possibly be right.<p>Hummingbirds drink nectar using tongues that are so long that, when retracted, they coil up …

Birds

The Hipster Ninja Bats That Sneak Up on Their Prey

The animals have evolved stealthy echolocation that moths can't hear.<p>The sound of death can take many forms: the retort of a gun, the screech of tires, the hack of a cough. But for many moths, death sounds like a series of high-pitched squeaks.<p>Moths are hunted by bats, which track them down by …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change

What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?<p>From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory. In the gaps between them, the terrain folds over itself, hill over hill, descending into …

Global Warming

The Randomness of Language Evolution

English is shaped by more than natural selection.<p>Joshua Plotkin’s dive into the evolution of language began with clarity—and also a lack of it.<p>Today, if you wanted to talk about something that’s clear, you’d say that it has <i>clarity</i>. But if you were around in 1890, you would almost certainly have …

Language

Rarely Seen 'Prehistoric' Shark With 300 Teeth Caught

Frilled sharks have been living in the deep ocean for 80 million years, but little is known about them.<p>A rarely seen creature from the deep sea was recently pulled up from the ocean near Portugal.<p>The frilled shark—a roughly five-foot long fish with 300 teeth—was plucked by a trawler from more than …

Zoology

Why Is This Deer Licking This Fox?

A cuddly island mystery<p>When Chris Lowe first saw the buck stoop to lick the small, silver-speckled fox, he thought his eyes might be playing tricks on him. He’d just gotten back from a run on Santa Catalina, a remote Southern Californian island where he studies sharks, and came upon the two animals …

Nature

The Slack Chat That Changed Astronomy

The groundbreaking discovery of a neutron-star collision unfolded in a flurry of online messages.<p>In between its silly chatrooms and custom emojis, Slack is a place where real work gets done. But in some offices—no offense—the projects managed on the messaging platform are way cooler than others. …

Astrophysics

Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See

Several blooms have a blue ring at the base of their petals that’s produced in a very unusual way.<p>Roses are red, violets are blue. Except they’re not. They’re, er, violet.<p>True blue flowers are exceedingly rare, and not for lack of effort. Plant breeders have repeatedly tried to nudge roses and …

Biology

Inside Cells, Genetic War Could Create New Species

In the complex cells of humans and other organisms, two different genomes collaborate to sustain life. The larger genome, with DNA encoding thousands …

Why Do We Call Baby Deer Fawns?

If you've ever wondered about the names for baby animals ranging from swans to seals, read on for answers.<p>Can’t resist that kitten video? Don’t even try.<p>A 2012 study showed that watching cute animals boosts our productivity. (Related: When We See Something Cute, Why Do We Want to Squeeze …

Cute Animals

Surprise Meteor Lights Up Harvest Moon Festival

People enjoying the Mid-Autumn Festival were treated to a bonus sky burst as a meteor raced over the Yunnan Province in China.<p>People watching the harvest moon during a festival in China had an exceptionally illuminating evening, thanks to a fireball that exploded in the skies over the country’s …

China

New Marine Parks Protect 290,000 Square Miles of Ocean

The parks protect a combined area in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Germany.<p>The countries of Chile and Niue just made a huge splash in the world of ocean conservation.<p>Niue, a tiny South Pacific island nation with a population of roughly 1,600, has turned 40 percent of its exclusive …

Conservation

Earth Had Life From Its Infancy

Canadian rocks that are almost 4 billion years old contain signs that organisms were already around on the young planet.<p>The Torngat Mountains in northeastern Canada are full of life. Reindeer graze on lichen, polar bears prowl the coastlines, and great whales swim in the offshore waters. Scientists …

Earth Science

Why octopuses are building small “cities” off the coast of Australia | Ars Technica

Divers found octopuses building structures out of shells, socializing with neighbors.<p>The first time that divers discovered a "city" of octopuses off …

The Autumn Equinox is Here! Wait, What's the Autumn Equinox?

The equinox comes twice a year and is related to the change in seasons, but a lot of people don't fully understand this celestial alignment.<p>Winter is officially coming. The Northern Hemisphere blew by the longest day of the year with June’s summer solstice and is now coming up on the September …

Astronomy

These Small Animals Wiggle As One—Here's Why

Video shows how sawfly larvae react in unison when faced with a threat.<p>Young sawflies are remarkably in sync. During their larval stage, they do everything together from fending off predators to traveling in one, cohesive pile.<p>And when these youngsters are approached by a potential threat, they …

Nature

Mysterious, Brain-Like Blob Found in Lagoon

Scientists are unsure if warming temperatures are causing the bizarre invertebrates to spread.<p>A gelatinous, mucus-like creature lurks in rivers and lakes—and it's called a bryozoan. Recently, they were spotted—for the first known time—in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, when low water …

Nature

'Forest Fairy' Joins as 7,000th Animal in Nat Geo's Photo Ark

Joel Sartore photographed the Leadbeater's possum in Australia’s Healesville Sanctuary, near the city of Melbourne.<p>Documenting every animal in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries might seem like a big project, but National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is well on his way.<p>Sartore just …

Extinction