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The Paradox Behind an Emerging Microfluidics Revolution

Constructing switches out of pure liquid seemed impossible. Then researchers discovered Braess’ paradox could help. Continue reading

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Ancient Mars May Have Had Rings, Then Moons, Then Rings …

Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, scientists believe one of Mars’ current moons, Phobos, may have been born from a ring of dust left by former versions of itself. Continue reading

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From the Crew Dragon to Mars: Cady Coleman on NASA’s Path Forward

The veteran astronaut weighs in on the first US crewed flight since 2011, and what may come next. Continue reading

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The U.S. Return to Flight: Perspective from NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott

The pilot of the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery previews what the Crew Dragon launch means for the future of space exploration. Continue reading

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Want to Start a Vegetable Garden? Here’s How, According to Science

You don’t need a proven green thumb to give it a shot. Expert horticulturalists share their top tips for planting sprouts at home. Continue reading

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Retired Astronauts Discuss the Future of Spaceflight Ahead of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

NASA veterans Nicole Stott and Cady Coleman ponder humanity’s future in space and the role women will play in it. Continue reading

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Pluto’s Weird Atmosphere Just Collapsed

The dramatic fall in atmospheric pressure on Pluto is much larger than astronomers expected. Continue reading

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How Many Galaxies Are There? Astronomers Are Revealing the Enormity of the Universe

The universe is awash in islands of matter — some 100 billion galaxies make up the basic building blocks of the cosmos. Continue reading

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The Science Books We’re Reading in Summer 2020

No matter how you spend your summer, you’ll need a good book to keep you company. Continue reading

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First Observation of a Pauli Quantum Crystal

Quantum physicists predicted the Pauli exclusion principle should create spectacular crystals. Now they’ve found them for the first time. Continue reading

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The Material Revolutionizing the Construction Industry? Wood

Architects and engineers are working on ways to swap steel and glass for strong, sustainable wood-based materials. Continue reading

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To Understand the Universe, Scientists Are Studying the Milky Way’s Cosmic Neighbors

The Milky Way and Andromeda rule over a motley collection of a few dozen galaxies. Continue reading

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If Planet Nine Is a Tiny Black Hole, This Is How to Find It

Our best bet could be to send a swarm of nanospacecraft — propelled from Earth by a powerful laser — to take a look. Continue reading

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If Planet Nine Is a Tiny Black Hole, This Is How to Find It

Our best bet could be to send a swarm of nanospacecraft — propelled from Earth by a powerful laser — to take a look. Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between Sourdough Starter and Yeast?

If both can make a dough rise, why does your dough recipe call for both? Continue reading

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Space is Big, Empty and Very, Very Lonely

Keep that in mind the next time you hear about an asteroid that is passing ‘close’ to Earth. Continue reading

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New Theory of Everything Unites Quantum Mechanics with Relativity … and Much More

Stephen Wolfram, a controversial physicist and computer scientist, has united relativity, quantum mechanics and computational complexity in a single theory of everything. But will other physicists be convinced? Continue reading

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That Word You Heard: Terminator

When you hear the word “terminator,” you might think of Arnold Schwarzenegger. But in science, there’s a different terminator. Continue reading

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The Curious Case of Drill Rap and its Link to Violent Crime

When police in London asked YouTube to remove music videos from a genre known as drill rap, the company complied. Now, researchers are searching for evidence linking the music to violent crime — and failing to find it. Continue reading

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New Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate and How They Spread Around the World

While some traditional fashion centers exert more influence than others, new fashion centers all over the world are becoming increasingly influential. Continue reading

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Room Temperature Superconductivity ‘Breakthrough’ and Other Stories

In these troubled times, enforced home-working is producing remarkable results for physicists and astronomers. Continue reading

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Study Finds Our Ancestors Were Swinging Through Trees More Recently Than We Thought

When did human ancestors come down from the branches? A look inside a fossilized hip joint shows how bones adapted for crouching and walking on all fours. Continue reading

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Unlike Earth, Maybe Mars Didn’t Form With a Subsurface Magma Ocean

Researchers thought Mars formed — and potentially created a life-supporting atmosphere — like Earth did. Continue reading

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The X-Rays Thought to Prove What Makes Up Dark Matter Don’t, In Fact, Prove the Connection

Dark matter might still be made of sterile neutrinos — but scans of our own galaxy couldn’t find the supposed signals proving the connection. Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Sun: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Hot

We’re still learning a lot about the sun, including what cool sounds it makes. Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Sun: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Hot

We’re still learning a lot about the sun, including what cool sounds it makes. Continue reading

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Apollo 15 Astronaut, Al Worden, dies at age 88

Though he never stepped on the moon, Worden set a record while alone in lunar orbit during Apollo 15. Continue reading

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Beyond Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Conversation with Ann Druyan

The creator of the new Cosmos TV series reflects on humanity’s long path toward scientific enlightenment. Continue reading

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Touring the “Cosmos” with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The third edition of the legendary science TV show takes viewers to distant worlds, and to disparate possible futures. Continue reading

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Perseverance is the New Name of the Mars 2020 Rover

The name was chosen from 28,000 entries submitted by school children across the U.S. Continue reading

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