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Dwarf planet Ceres is spewing water into space

Scientists have speculated for decades that Ceres — the planet-like heavenly body embedded in our solar system's asteroid belt — might contain water, still considered a rarity in our solar system. They haven't been sure, though, until now: researchers at the European Space Agency and the …

Something Doesn’t Smell Right

For most animals, the scent of rotting meat is powerfully repulsive. But for others, such as carrion-feeding vultures and insects, it’s a scent that …

Neuroscience

A Reading Teacher Who Lost The Ability To Read

Here's a medical mystery that begins with a kindergarten teacher. We're not using her full name to protect her medical privacy, so we'll call her M.<p>M. taught reading to 4 and 5-year-olds at a school outside Chicago, but two years ago something happened to her that changed her life: she lost the …

The Recipe for Apollo 13's Disaster

Aside from Apollo 11, Apollo 13 is probably the most recognized mission of NASA’s lunar landing program. Called the successful failure, this third lunar landing mission was aborted when an oxygen tank exploded and crippled the spacecraft. Most retellings of Apollo 13’s mission focus on what …

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Big Pic: The U.S. Navy Tests A Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift is not just for video games anymore.<p>Oculus Rift is an amazing virtual reality headset. Originally designed for video games, it's been used for exploring gender, piloting drones, and simulating what it's like to get guillotined. In the future, it might even go to war.<p>The U.S. Navy is …

Antarctic Discovery: A Massive Valley Under The Ice

Not long ago, researchers found something amazing under the ice of West Antarctica: a valley deeper than the Grand Canyon, measuring about 2 miles deep, 15 miles across and nearly 200 miles long.<p>Neil Ross, lead author of the paper on the discovery, wasn't looking for the valley — he found it by …

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Microbiology