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  • François Englert (L) and Peter Higgs (R) attend the 'Prince of Asturias Awards 2013' ceremony at the Campoamor Theater on October 25, 2013 in Oviedo, Spain. (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

    Working Toward the Higgs

    In 1964, Belgian physicist François Englert proposed a solution to one of the universe’s central mysteries: how a particle gains mass. His idea, developed with... Read more

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    Scientists Find New Shark Species

    A long snout with teeth jutting from the sides? Check. Catfish-like barbels dangling from its chin? Got them. Gills on the side of its body?... Read more

  • "The idea is to find laws that animals use to intercept their prey," says Jane Wang. "Since insects have a smaller number of neurons, their behaviors are more likely hardwired, which makes it possible for us to find and understand the rules they follow." (Shutterstock*)

    To Chase Prey, Tiger Beetles Do a Superfast Dance

    If a tiger beetle drew a line as it chased its next meal, the resulting pattern would be a tangled mess. But there’s method to... Read more

  • Rafflesia Arnoldii, the world's largest flower. (Henrik Ishihara Globaljuggler via Wikimedia)

    7 Extremely Weird Plants

    When thinking of weird plants, the obvious first thought is the bug-eating Venus flytrap— which of course is a very strange plant. But there are... Read more

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    Hollywood Stunt & Special Effects Coordinator Steve Wolf on Simple Science, Working With Tom Cruise

    Steve Wolf will be one of the speakers at the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., taking place April 26–27, 2014. Epoch... Read more

  • Bar-Headed Goose. (Tejinder Singh Rawal/Wimipedia Commons)

    World’s Highest Flying Bird may Hold Key to Prevention of Heart Attacks

    In a significant breakthrough, scientists studying the survival mechanism of the world’s highest-flying bird- the bar-head goose, have indicated that the new insights gained from... Read more

  • Blood Moon

    ‘Blood Moon’ Attracts Stargazers, Conspiracy Theories

    Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse will bring out both stargazers and conspiracy theorists alike as the blood red moon fills up the early morning sky.…... Read more

  • Wheelchair

    Will Electric Shocks Cure Paralysis?

    A new experimental treatment uses electricity to help people suffering from paralysis stand up and even walk! Could this technique provide a cure for some... Read more

  • Yelp

    Do Yelp Food Reviews Expose the Inner Self?

    Word choice in online restaurant reviews reveals a lot about people’s inner worlds, according to new research. The study, appearing in the journal First Monday, uses... Read more

  • Good Luck

    Luck Can Save You From Public Scorn

    Researchers tested people’s beliefs about luck. What they found was that Spock was right—humans are “highly illogical” and will let “lucky” offenders off the hook... Read more

  • Rabbit or duck, it’s all in the eyes. (Wikimedia, CC BY)

    Animals Could Help Reveal Why Humans Fall for Illusions

    Visual illusions, such as the rabbit-duck (shown above) and café wall (shown below) are fascinating because they remind us of the discrepancy between perception and... Read more

  • That is probably an underestimate. (NASA HiRISE camera, CC BY)

    Massive Asteroid May Have Kickstarted the Movement of Continents

    Earth was still a violent place shortly after life began, with regular impactors arriving from space. For the first time, scientists have modelled the effects... Read more

  • "Individuals who are sensitive to justice and fairness do not seem to be emotionally driven. Rather, they are cognitively driven," says Jean Decety. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

    The Brain’s Need for Justice Is Based In Reason, Not Emotion

    New research based on brain scans shows that people who care about justice are swayed more by reason than by emotion. Psychologists have found that... Read more

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    Ancient Arachnids Had Four Eyes, Researchers Discover

    Some ancient spiders had four eyes, researchers just discovered in studying a 305-million-year-old fossil of a harvestman.  The researchers say that the discovery adds to... Read more

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    Watch: Ever Wonder What Sound Looks Like?

    Have you ever wondered what sound looks like? You may picture a graphical depiction, perhaps showing the frequency of a sound wave or the audio... Read more

  • The Mummy of Tamut, a temple singer around 900 BC, is shown during a press conference at the British Museum in London, Wednesday April 9, 2014. Scientists at the British Museum have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing the skin, bones, internal organs, and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers. The results are going on display in an exhibition which sets eight of the museum's mummies alongside detailed 3-D images of their insides. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    New Technology Unwraps Mummies’ Ancient Mysteries

    LONDON— The fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists have used CT... Read more

  • Minoan pottery from Crete. The Minoan civilization flourished from 3,000 to 1,100 B.C.  (Agon S. Buchholz/Wikimedia Commons)

    Where the Swastika Was Found 12,000 Years Before Hitler Made Us Uncomfortable About It

    The earliest known swastika was found in 10,000 B.C. in the Ukraine, carved on mammoth ivory. Its meaning has been a good one for thousands... Read more

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    Opposition of Mars: Red Planet to Shine Brightly in Tonight’s Sky

    The opposition of Mars is upon us. Every 26 months, including April 8, Mars, the Sun, and Earth end up in a nearly-straight line. With... Read more

  • NASA Video: Hint of Universe’s Elusive Dark Matter

    A new NASA video shows the most compelling hint of dark matter ever recorded. Using raw data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope, scientists isolated an... Read more

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    Do Animals Have a Sense of Humor?

    We know that some animals, like dogs and apes, can laugh. Can an animal also have a sense of humor? Join Anthony as he discusses... Read more