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NASA's Spitzer telescope completes 360-degree panorama of the Milky Way

NASA's Spitzer telescope has helped researchers catch two galaxies merging, and now it's created the clearest panorama of our Milky Way galaxy. The telescope took over 2 million infrared snapshots of our galaxy over the course of a decade, and with the help of GLIMPSE mapping data, researchers were …

Watson’s Next Challenge: Smarter Cancer Treatments

New innovations in computational biology are changing the way researchers tackle cancer and diabetes. Can algorithms find drug treatments that human doctors can’t?<p>Computational biology–the application of coding, mathematical models, and large-scale data processing to biology–hasn’t turned into a …

10 Movies That Recycled Footage From Other Movies

It’s a big, time-consuming ordeal to get a film from the page to the big screen. Some movies use footage from other films to expedite the process and …

17 Creative Resumes Designed to Stand Out

Barring bribes and nudity, potential employees need to do everything they can to stand out. What better way to demonstrate one's creativity than by …

An Hour With Adam Savage

Adam Savage, cohost of <i>MythBusters</i>, gave the keynote address at this year's SXSW Interactive Conference. His topic was "Art and Science," and the …

The Origins of 8 Nearly Obsolete Phrases

There are some phrases and clichés that were once common, but are now hopelessly dated thanks to changes in technology. Yet we still hear them …

8 Historical Methods of Detecting Pregnancy

Home pregnancy tests are kind of magical—they’re like those litmus test things from junior high science, except they can tell you whether you’ve got …

Squid And Robot Have Brief Underwater Affair

When researchers pulled their seaglider out of the Atlantic, they discovered evidence of a tentacular embrace.<p>Marine science blog-with-attitude Deep Sea News made note last week of a critter-'bot encounter: A seaglider—an automated underwater vehicle that collects data on the ocean's temperature, …

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Letter From The Editor<p>The Virtues Of Curiosity<p>Features<p>The 9th Annual How It Works Issue<p><b>Your world, explained: The new Formula E racecar, e-cigarettes, Wiffle balls, and more.</b><p>The Electric Racecar<br>• The Inner Earth<br>• A Private Moon Lander<br>• A Wiffle Ball Pitch<br>• The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell<br>• A Surgical …