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How Animals Can Predict Human Performance

Stanford researcher Mark Denny used models from the animal world to examine just how much faster we might be able to get in the future. He explains his work in this video. The post How Animals Can Predict Human Performance appeared first on WIRED.

This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents

A deer in Ohio, which had a plastic, pumpkin-shaped bucket stuck on its face for at least six days, finally got the bucket off its face when a teenager ambushed and tackled the animal. “It had to be done today,” the teenager said stoically. The post This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents appeared first on WIRED.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Nightmarish Shark That Lures Victims With Its Effed Up Teeth

In the deep sea, to get ahold of prey you'd do well to have row after row of backward-facing, needle-like teeth---hundreds and hundreds of them that are each forked into three nasty prongs. Such is the grotesque mouth of the frilled shark, surely one of the more bizarre sharks in the ocean. Show More Summary

The Plan to Map Illegal Fishing From Space

Illicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet. Crews...Show More Summary

Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet

For millennia, people have seen comets come and go from afar, watching the mysterious, bright objects suddenly appear in the sky with long, spectacular tails. Now the Rosetta mission has provided an unprecedented close-up perspective. The post Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet appeared first on WIRED.

The Philae Spacecraft Landed in the Shadow of the Comet’s Cliff

The Philae spacecraft hit its landing target perfectly yesterday. And then it bounced off into space. Twice. Now it has settled at the base of an enormous comet cliff. The post The Philae Spacecraft Landed in the Shadow of the Comet’s Cliff appeared first on WIRED.

Science Graphic of the Week: Magnetic Stars and Planets

Whether life can exist on a planet may depend on how the planet and its star's magnetic fields interact. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Magnetic Stars and Planets appeared first on WIRED.

Where Energy Companies Test What’ll Happen if Their Oil Spills

Grant Harder Oil pipeline leaks are bad. And that means pipeline operators and companies developing leak-sensing technologies are in a bind—they need to test their inventions without actually letting gunk seep into the earth. So they turn to a Canadian company called C-Fer Technologies. Show More Summary

Humans and Robots Battle It Out in the Deep

Exploration has always been risky. Pacific islanders spent weeks in canoes out of sight of land, Antarctic explorers braved sub-zero weather and meager rations, and astronauts took their chances atop powerful explosive devices. And under...Show More Summary

Sleep-Deprived Bees Do Weirder Waggle Dances

Sleep deprivation makes people talk nonsense—which led animal behaviorist Barrett Klein to wonder if worn-out honeybees might also have trouble communicating with the waggle dances they use to share directions to food and hives. The post Sleep-Deprived Bees Do Weirder Waggle Dances appeared first on WIRED.

Tour the Lab Where Scientists Supercharge Elite Athletes

Just down the road from Facebook and Google, Dr. Phil Wagner runs a laboratory dedicated to optimizing the performance of some of the world's top athletes. At Sparta Performance Science in Menlo Park, California, Wagner and his teamShow More Summary

Eavesdropping on the Secret Social World of Giant Otters

Bark! Bark! Whiiiiine. Growl. Screeeeam? Growl. Hah! Snort. Snort. Snort. If you spoke giant river otter, the interaction above would translate into something roughly like this: Hi there! Nice fish. Want. No. Pleeeeeeease can I have some? No. Show More Summary

In a Surprise Move, the US and China Announce a Huge Deal on Climate

In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the world’s two biggest economies and greenhouse gas emitters, United States and China, said they will partner closely on a broad-ranging package of plans to fight climate change, including new targets to reduce carbon pollution, according to a statement from the White House. Show More Summary

Holy Shit We Landed a Spacecraft on a Comet

Humankind made history this morning when the Rosetta mission made the first-ever landing on a comet. Just a couple minutes after 8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. EST, the European Space Agency received confirmation that after a roughly 7-hour descent, the mission’s lander craft, named Philae, touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Show More Summary

Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Seriously Believed Criminals Were Part Ape

If you’ve been following this column, you’ve noticed that I while I’m admittedly a tad flippant and snarky, I try to make it clear that in science, being wrong is perfectly OK. Because when someone comes along to prove you incorrect, it’s progress. Show More Summary

Tomorrow, a Spacecraft Will Try to Land on a Comet for the First Time Ever

Tomorrow morning, a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey will end when a spacecraft attempts to land on a comet for the first time. You can follow mission control on a live feed as the landing unfolds. The post Tomorrow, a Spacecraft Will Try to Land on a Comet for the First Time Ever appeared first on WIRED.

Space Rocks for Sale! Buy a Piece of the Moon or Mars

Check out a gallery of meteorites from asteroids, the moon, and even Mars that are available in an online auction. The post Space Rocks for Sale! Buy a Piece of the Moon or Mars appeared first on WIRED.

Beautiful Polar Photos Tell a Haunting Story About Climate Change

When Camille Seaman started photographing icebergs and other arctic wonders, she wasn’t thinking about climate change. She simply found the frozen landscape and white vistas visually stunning. Still, you can’t help but associate her images with the ongoing conversation about climate change. Show More Summary

What’s Up With That: Why Are Smells So Difficult to Describe in Words?

Try to describe that awesome Bordeaux you had with dinner last night, and unless your name is Robert Parker, you’re probably going to come up short. That’s because smells (which contribute heavily to what we commonly call taste) are notoriously hard to put into words. Show More Summary

Lab-Grown Neurons From Autistic Kids Could Lead to New Treatments

Some scientists see promise in a new approach to unraveling the biology of autism: collecting cells from individual autistic children and turning them into neurons they can study in the lab. The post Lab-Grown Neurons From Autistic Kids Could Lead to New Treatments appeared first on WIRED.

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