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October 11, 2016


A pair of red-and-blue 3D glasses.  The photographer has manipulated the image to look as if the 3D glasses are being seen through another pair of 3D glasses.

3D Glasses For Praying Mantises

How did scientists confirm stereoscopic vision in praying mantises? By making them watch 3D movies.

October 10, 2016


The International Space  Station over Earth.

Bacteria Astronauts

Bacteria from locker rooms, cell phones, and shoes was sent into space.

October 7, 2016


Paper rolls with number patterns. Numbers featured are 2, 3, 4, 5, 0

Zero Is Something, Zero Is Nothing

Aristotle once argued that zero— yes, he meant the number—should be outlawed.

October 6, 2016


Older women who are twins. They are dressed in similar leopard print coats and hats.

Twin Powers Activate!

Twins can't read each other's minds. They can't feel each other's pain. But they might have greater longevity.

October 5, 2016


A dense forest in the background.  A stream with large rocks in the foreground.

Even Trees Know How To Share

The secret to trees' longevity isn't competition, but cooperation.

October 4, 2016


An orange sky. A large planet in the top corner that is iridescent.

Asleep At The Saucer

What some people perceive as alien abductions might actually be sleep paralysis.

October 3, 2016


Brightly colored stickers that are meant to praise the recipient. Phrases include:

More Than Grit

A West Point study's claim that cadets with more grit were 99% more likely to complete training turns out to have been based on an error in the data.

September 30, 2016


A 14th century woodcut depicting a unicorn with a very long horn, the tail of a cat, and goat-like feet.

Not Just A Fairy Tale

Unicorns may have been eight thousand pounds and fifteen feet long.

September 29, 2016


A mosquito fossilized in Amber

Insects May Have Killed Dinosaurs

Malaria has existed in insects for at least 100 million years.

September 28, 2016


A flock of starlings fly close to the camera. The sun sets in the right lower corner of the image.

Story Problems For The Birds

If you load a plane that can hold up to 2,000 pounds with more than 2,000 pounds of birds, will it still be able to take off?

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