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Octopuses Are Building Underwater 'Cities'

Underneath the waves lies a lost city, home to untold riches and guarded jealously by the strange creatures who make their homes within its confines. Well, the riches are all shellfish, but "Octlantis," a newly discovered settlementShow More Summary

Intravaginal Tunes and Didgeridoos: Your 2017 Ig Nobel Winners

Not all science needs to be so serious. Since 1991, the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony has proven that the best scientific research can sometimes be a mix of impactful and irreverent. Let’s check out this year’s winners, broken down by scientific...Show More Summary

Breaking: 5.7 Million-Year-Old "Hominin Footprints" In Jeopardy

11:23 a.m.: Bournemouth University's Matthew Bennett, a co-author of the August paper laying out the case for the Trachilos footprints belonging to a hominin, has confirmed that several of the prints were cut out of the preserved rock layers at the site and stolen. Show More Summary

Scientist Shocks Himself With an Electric Eel...Because Science

Electric eels are fascinating creatures. They emit high voltage electricity to track and control prey, but did you know they also jump out of water to attack threats? They've even been documented leaping at horses and humans. Kenneth C. Show More Summary

A Little Synthesized Sugar Yields Cotton that Glows

Everything is getting “smarter” these days: automobiles, refrigerators, garage door openers…trashcans? Even the shirt on your back is wising up and feasting on the data you generate with every step. The emerging e-textiles market promises threads that communicate, conduct energy, control body temperature and shapeshift. Show More Summary

Tool-wielding Macaques Are Wiping Out Shellfish Populations

The advent of tools was a big deal for humanity. It made it far easier to manipulate our environment and mold the planet to serve our own interests—from the folsom point to the iPhone X. Some animals use tools too, like the macaquesShow More Summary

To Save Australia's Biodiversity, Put Kangaroo on the Menu

In Australia, a question lingers: Do we shoot the kangaroos? The proposition sounds a bit inhumane at first blush, after all, the kangaroo stands proudly on the Australian coat of arms. The bouncing beasts are a fixture of the outback. Show More Summary

Can You Help Solve the 'Shackleton Scribble' Mystery?

After more than a century, a mysterious shorthand message exhumed from the archives is confounding scientists and historical societies alike. In the winter of 1903, upon returning from his very first Antarctic expedition, Sir Ernest Shackleton found himself in need of a job. Show More Summary

20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Animal Domestication

Dogs and cats are popular companions. But they’re not the only critters we’ve converted from wild to mild.

Science, Interrupted

War and strife have uprooted many researchers. Can their life’s work be saved?

Viking Warrior In Famous Grave Was A Woman

This one goes out to all my fellow shieldmaidens: researchers have confirmed through ancient DNA testing that the warrior buried in a famous Viking grave was a woman. Researchers have excavated hundreds of Viking-era graves at Birka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sweden. Show More Summary

How Humans Are Evolving Right Now

Studies of human evolution typically look at spans of thousands of years — the length of time it often takes various mutations to take hold and become noticeable. Evolution is more dynamic than that though; it's an ongoing process with subtle variations on traits emerging while others dip into the background. Show More Summary

Gesundheit! African Wild Dogs 'Vote' With Sneezes

If you want to get something done in an African wild dog pack, you've got to be ready to sneeze. The animals seem to make group decisions based on a system of explosive exhalations — "sneezes" — that determine if they get up and go on the hunt. Show More Summary

Proteomics: Moving Beyond DNA to Study the Past

Move over, fossils and DNA. Now, ancient proteins are revealing how creatures, including hominins, lived.

Zika: A Potential Treatment for Brain Cancer?

Zika has largely faded from the news cycle as efforts to control the disease have taken hold and the number of new cases has dropped. Now, it's back, not as a pending epidemic, but as a potential treatment for brain cancer. Researchers...Show More Summary

New Dates For Neanderthals Shakes Up Long-Held Theory

With every new find, our understanding of the twilight of the Neanderthals, our nearest hominin kin, advances. Or not. New research on some of the most famous Neanderthal fossils, from Croatia's Vindija Cave, suggest earlier analysis about their age and significance may be all wrong. Show More Summary

What Made These Footprints 5.7 Million Years Ago?

It's the Friday before a long weekend (at least for most of us in the U.S.) and I get it: You're thinking about your plans for the next few days, wrapping up some stuff before slipping out of the office maybe a little early. You're not in the mindset of having your paradigm shifted. Show More Summary

No Filter: Ancient Whales Were Wolves of the Sea

The biggest animals on the planet right now are baleen whales, which upped their size thanks to efficient filter-feeding. How they got that specialized system has long been a mystery, but a new study nixes some theories about it evolving out of ancient whales' dentition. Show More Summary

Why Sheep Calls Have That Unmistakable Vibrato

Animals from sheep to fur seals share a curious acoustic trait: Their calls feature a vibrato-like trill. Vibrato is the small, quick oscillation in pitch that musicians use to accentuate certain notes. It makes a note sound a bit wobbly and helps catch our attention. Show More Summary

How the Folsom Point Became an Archaeological Icon

The Folsom spear point, which was excavated in 1927 near the small town of Folsom, New Mexico, is one of the most famous artifacts in North American archaeology, and for good reason: It was found in direct association with the bones of an extinct form of Ice Age bison. Show More Summary

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