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80 percent of US children may never see a starry sky

As towns and cities continue to get brighter, natural darkness is becoming an endangered resource. It's now at a point where eight out of every ten children born in the US today will never view a sky dark enough to see the beauty of the Milky Way, the galaxy that contains our solar system. In a …

Would Rosalind Franklin have won a Nobel for her work on viruses?

If she had survived, the scientist Rosalind Franklin would be 93 on Thursday. A Google Doodle celebrates her birthday and the formidable scientific …

The 10 Worst Places To Live In The Universe

And you thought 97 degrees F was bad.<p>Recently, we told you about an exoplanet that rains glass. <i>Sideways</i>. Which got us thinking: 1.) we will never complain about the weather here on Earth again and 2.) surely that's got to be the worst place to live in the entire universe. But no! With the help of …

Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing Guide (+Video)

The best time for viewing the meteor shower with more fireballs than any other—the Perseids—will be just before sunrise on August 12 and August 13.<p>As …

Astronomy

The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy of an artist

If Leonardo da Vinci’s uncannily accurate studies of the human body had been published in his lifetime, they would have changed the course of science, says Alastair Sooke.<p>One day, probably during the winter of 1507-08, <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b> found himself chatting with an old man in the hospital of Santa …