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Early Evidence Suggests Robots Would Make Mean, Effective Teachers

But do we really want to go down this road?<p>My high school physics teacher held my attention as well as gravity can suspend things in mid-air. If it …

High School

Animals that defy the rules of aging — like naked mole rats — could help scientists unravel the secrets to longevity

Being a freak of nature isn't always a bad thing, especially if you defy the conventions of aging.<p>Naked mole rats and turtles are outliers when it comes to the rules of nature. The mole rat lives up to 31 years, decades longer than its other rodent relatives. Turtles are one of the longest-living …

Biology

New Research about Eating, Sleeping, Eliminating and Snuggling

As Cleveland Cavaliers guard J. R. Smith has probably heard a few times at this point, you have to be solid in the fundamentals. For a basketball …

Research

The wheat code is finally cracked

Today in the international journal <i>Science</i>, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the …

Genetics

Fighting With Your Spouse Can Make You Physically Sick, Warn Scientists

Marital spats can lead to a 'leaky gut'.<p>After getting into numerous arguments with her husband, Katelyn Capparuccini began feeling consistently …

Ohio State University

WTH?! Father and Son Illegally Killed Mama Bear and Her Two ‘Shrieking’ Babies

On Esther Island in Alaska, a mother bear and her two recently born cubs were shot dead by a father and son. The killing was captured thanks to a …

Steve Smith

You Can Adopt Dogs That Failed Their Government Training For Being Too Nice

All dogs are good dogs, but not all of them have the right disposition to do important jobs, and some pups never graduate from their service …

See it! Moon sweeps past Venus

Have you been watching Venus and the young moon? Enjoy these photos from the EarthSky community around the world. Thank you to all who shared …

Astronomy

Lipid droplets do a lot more than store fat

Lipid droplets—long thought to be not much more than formless blobs of fat—actually play critical roles in the life cycles of certain proteins …

Protein

Remembering Bunji Tagawa

A look back at one of Scientific American’s most prolific illustrators and the racial injustice he endured

World War II

How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head

The little humanoid robot’s name is Meccanoid, and it is a scoundrel. The well-meaning human test subject asks the robot: If you were to make a …

Robotics

It’s So Freaking Hot. Now What?

<b>cwick</b> (Chadwick Matlin, features editor): 🎵 Summertime, and the livin’ is really freaking hot. People are jumping into the sea in Greece to avoid …

Climate

Secret to parrots’ intelligence found

Who’re you calling bird-brained?<p>Who’s a pretty and clever boy, then? Neuroscientists at the University of Alberta have identified the neural circuit …

Birds

Muppets in Space? NASA’s High-Res Image of Mars Comes With Pareidolia

Sorry, Elon Musk, but Beaker is now the first scientist to colonize Mars. NASA published a high-resolution photo of a dust storm on Mars’ south pole, …

Star Trek

Red Light Cameras May Not Make Streets Safer

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>The automobile is a …

Traffic Safety

10 Funniest Jokes According to Science...& Rodney

Just Now<p>Today is National Joke Day. I found this link to the "The 10 Funniest Jokes According to Science". There were some student at Oxford …

Are Cities Making Animals Smarter?

A mysterious wild cat in Sri Lanka may hold a clue.<p>The goldfish were the first to vanish. Every so often, a few would go missing overnight from the office’s tiny outdoor pond. But goldfish were cheap, so no one in the building—an environmental nonprofit in the bustling, sweaty center of Colombo, …

Sri Lanka

Three Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Phone

Everyone already knows that you are carrying around a computer in your pocket. But your smartphone is more than just a computer—it's also a data …

Physics

How Accurate Is Alpha’s Theory of Dog Domestication?

Long ago, before your four-legged best friend learned to fetch tennis balls or watch football from the couch, his ancestors were purely wild animals …

Princeton University

Scientists Solve Spaghetti Mystery That Irked Richard Feynman

Scientists have spent a lot more time breaking dry spaghetti noodles than you might think. For, if you can control cracked noodles, perhaps you can …

Richard Feynman

100+ Artists Pay Tribute to Creative Genius Hayao Miyazaki in 3 Day Art Show

Japanese filmmaker and animator Hayao Miyazaki has long delighted and inspired people around the world with his original imaginative universe. Now, those that have found his work artistically influential are paying homage to Miyazaki in the most appropriate way. The SPOKE ART gallery has curated …

Art

Scientists accidentally created something that can EAT plastic

A team of researchers from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made an enzyme …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Why taking ayahuasca is like having a near-death experience

A psychedelic drug taken as part of the South American plant brew ayahuasca produces effects that are strikingly similar to near-death experiences, a …

Psychedelic Drugs

There’s Science Behind the Best Name for Your Cat

On this list of the top cat names of 2017, there are plenty of great names, but even among this list of the best, there are some that are better than …

Pets

These labmade fossils could reveal how dinosaurs really looked

When paleontologists want to know the texture of an ancient lizard’s skin or the color of a long-dead dinosaur, they have to get lucky. Few fossils …

Fossils

The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

Elephants ought to get a lot of cancer. They’re huge animals, weighing as much as eight tons. It takes a lot of cells to make up that much elephant.<p>All of those cells arose from a single fertilized egg, and each time a cell divides, there’s a chance that it will gain a mutation — one that may lead …

Biology

A new computer program generates eerily realistic fake videos

It’s getting harder to tell fact from fiction — even on camera.

Princeton University

Finally, An Answer to the Age-Old Spaghetti Mystery

MIT students solve the spaghetti challenge (via ponce_photography/Pixabay)<p>Before you throw a handful of spaghetti into a pot of boiling water, try …

National Academy of Sciences

The Fastest Animal (Relative to its Size) Is Really, Really Fast

The world's fastest land animal (again: <i>relative to its size</i>) is <i>Paratarsotomus macropalpis,</i> a sesame-seed-sized mite native to southern California. …

Mount Fuji’s Got Mail. A Bone-Rattling Bulldozer Ride Brings It Down.

ATOP MOUNT FUJI, Japan — Search for “Top of Mt. Fuji” on Instagram, and you’ll discover thousands of posts documenting the hikers who have made it here to the summit of Japan’s best-known volcano.<p>But for many trekkers, sharing photographs of their feat on social media is way too new school.<p>Instead, …

Mount Fuji