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We may have accidentally formed a protective bubble around Earth

Radio waves might help protect us from space weather.<p>When the Navy wants to send a message to an underwater submarine, it sometimes uses very low frequency (VLF) radio waves. These long wavelengths, beamed from large towers on the ground, are unique in their ability to travel through salty water. …

U.S. Air Force

Lake Michigan Is So Clear Right Now Its Shipwrecks Are Visible From the Air

Though the past winter was the hottest on record, it was chilly enough on the East Coast to send seasonal sheets of ice creeping across the Great …

Coast Guard

The Woman Who Stood Between America and an Epidemic of Birth Defects

In 1960, America had a stroke of luck. That was when the application to begin mass-marketing the drug thalidomide in the United States landed on the …

Research

Cats Had Clout Long Before the Internet

Nine lives before Grumpy Cat; way before Keyboard Cat played her first note, felines were revered by visual artists—even without the means to post …

Art

Players and Listeners Both Prefer a New Violin to a Stradivarius

The old masterpieces lose for a third time in a new study.<p>In 2012, Claudia Fritz from Sorbonne University packed a small concert hall near Paris with 55 volunteers from the violin world, including musicians, violin makers, music critics, composers, and more. From the stage, she asked seven …

Orchestras

The Soviet Union's Scientific Marvels Came From Prisons

Faced with exile in Siberia, some of Russia's best scientists opted to do research for the government behind bars.<p>There’s no shortage of stories about clashes between science and politics throughout history, and there are plenty still being written today. Scientific evidence has been distorted and …

Soviet Union

A New Addition to the Human Family Tree Is Surprisingly Young

Homo naledi was alive between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago, which complicates the story of human evolution.<p>The one thing everyone agrees is that the fossils themselves are spectacular. In 2015, researchers unveiled 1,500 hominin fossil fragments found deep in a South African cave, excavated by six …

Sociology

The American Obsession with Lawns

<i>This article is a part of the Green Thumbery series, where everyday gardening meets history and science.</i><p>Warmer weather in the northern states means …

Landscaping

Here's what popular dog breeds looked like before and after 100 years of breeding

Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn't always look the way they do today. Many well-known breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, thanks to humans.<p>By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those …

Dogs

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for over a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

Technology is evolving faster than the legal and moral frameworks needed to manage it.<p>In October, when malware called Mirai took over poorly secured webcams and DVRs, and used them to disrupt internet access across the United States, I wondered who was responsible. Not who actually coded the …

Internet of Things

Why Fruit Has a Fake Wax Coating

For centuries, artificial protective coatings have preserved and protected foods—and made them look more appealing. An Object Lesson.<p>Anyone who’s ever been apple-picking knows the difference between food off the branch and food off the shelf: A freshly picked apple is matte with dust. It can be …

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Fear of Feelings at Work

The psychologist Susan David argues that the idea that employees should only display positive emotions at work often results in organizational failures.<p>It’s clear which emotions are acceptable at work: Happiness and enthusiasm are welcomed, but sadness and fear are usually awkward and taboo. That’s …

The Workplace

Celebrate Hubble's Birthday by Tearfully Reviewing Its Best Photos

For so many nerds, the Hubble space telescope feels more like a friend than a hunk of metal in the cold vacuum of space—a friend whose job you’re …

Astronomy

An Extremely Rare Copy Of The Declaration of Independence Just Turned Up In England

“There is only one copy of the engrossed and signed Declaration of Independence, in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,” Harvard University’s …

Mars Rover Landing Site Revealed In Amazing New Color Image

NASA has released a stunning new image of the landing site of the Opportunity rover on Mars on January 25, 2004.<p>We’ve seen black-and-white images …

Writing Better Won’t Cure Your Academic Woes

I t’s a truism that those of us who devote our careers to academe do so out of "love for knowledge" — producing it, advancing it, passing it on. But, …

Authors

A Minnesota Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is For Sale, Original Furniture And All

When a house designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright goes on sale, it's a big deal. When the house is only now being vacated by its first …

Architecture

How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Design

A new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular style

Museums

Watch the Causes of Death Change Across America

On an individual level, death is inevitable. But on a statistical level, over time and space, deaths tell important stories.<p>But while researchers …

Bye Bye Cassini, the Doomed Space Probe That Revealed Saturn’s Secrets

Cassini is the most sophisticated space probe ever built. Launched in 1997 as a joint NASA/European Space Agency mission, it took seven years to …

Planets

When Artists Became Soldiers and Soldiers Became Artists

If World War I radically transformed warfare and the experience of combat, it also changed the art commissioned to depict it.<p>When a squadron of …

Military History

The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres

In remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living things

Nature

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks Record For Most Days in Space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is a prolific record-breaker. She has logged more spacewalking time than any other female astronaut, she is the first …

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.<p>As Christmas approached in 2015, the price of …

John F. Nash

Puppy Love

The coddling of the American pet<p>Neutering your pet isn’t exactly an aesthetic decision. But if for some reason you find Buddy’s postprocedural appearance disconcerting, you have options—like Neuticles, a set of testicular implants that promises to give your pet a more “natural” look. The …

Sociology

The Very Hungry Plastic-Eating Caterpillar

Could waxworms—or something inside them—help degrade the planet’s mountains of plastic waste?<p>When she’s not working in her lab at Spain’s IBBTEC institute, Federica Bertocchini keeps bees. One day, when she looked at her hives, she found them infested with caterpillars called waxworms. These …

Recycling

A caterpillar that eats and digests plastic in record time | Science | DW.COM | 24.04.2017

In an accidental discovery, it has been found that larvae of the greater wax moth eat and digest polyethylene plastic bags in record time. Will this …

Recycling

Five new things you can do with Google Earth

Happy Earth Day<p>Earlier this week, Google unveiled a new version of Google Earth, an app that was considered amazing when it launched in 2001 but hadn’t really evolved in the same way that Google’s other technologies have. Now, thanks to this latest update, Google Earth is replete with 3D imagery, …

Google