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Our Favorite Science And Technology Reads From 2013

The best long-form stuff we read this year<p>It was a great year in reading, but no one could've caught all of the amazing science and technology stories. So we've rounded up a few--from <i>Popular Science,</i> as well as plenty of other places--and placed them here for your convenience. Enjoy, and feel free …

Water vapor venting from Jupiter’s moon, Europa

If these plumes vent from Europa’s subsurface water ocean, future scientists won’t need to drill into Europa’s icy crust to investigate the potential …

Astronomy

Look at These Magical Ice Climbing Images From the Norwegian Arctic

What’s cooler than a waterfall? Try an icefall. The alpinists Daniel Arnold and Stephan Siegrist collaborated with the climbing photographer Thomas …

Strange gelatinous creature gives hints of the first animals on Earth

The comb jelly genome is in, nerves are common, and muscles were invented twice.<p>A few years ago, the origins of all animals seemed very simple. …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

Geoscience

The World's Newest Island, Niijima

Where there once was no land, now there is.<p>The Earth is geologically dynamic. Mountains and oceans are created and destroyed over millions of years. Almost nothing is permanent on the face of the planet.<p>In a human lifespan, it's easy to ignore this reality. That is, until a volcano creates a new …