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The Universe’s Most Miraculous Molecule

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(Brent 2.0/CC BY-ND 2.0)

It’s the second most abundant substance in the universe. It dissolves more materials than any other solvent. It stores incredible amounts of energy. Life as...

  • Right: Dr. Anatoli Brouchkov on Mamontova Gora. Left: Bacillus F, bacteria that could be key to an "elixir of life." (Courtesy of Anatoli Brouchkov)

    Russian Scientists Make Progress on Secret of Eternal Life

    From The Siberian Times: Scientists have decoded the DNA of a bacteria found thriving in ancient permafrost, and are now seeking to understand the genes... Read more

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    Did Asteroid, Volcano Combo Kill the Dinosaurs?

    Hundreds of thousands of years of volcanic eruptions in India—accelerated by a massive asteroid impact 66 million years ago—may have caused a perfect storm that... Read more

  • A Royal Australian Air Force F-111 fighter jet demonstrates a fuel dump and burn during a flight display at the Singapore Airshow 2010 in Singapore on February 2, 2010.  (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Add This to Jet Fuel for Fewer Explosions

    A new polymer added to jet fuel can reduce the chance of an explosion after a crash. Recent tests show that it improves safety without... Read more

  • While theoretical proposals for a quantum internet already exist, the problem for scientists is that there is still debate over which technology provides the most efficient and reliable teleportation system.  (Pitris/iStock)

    Why ‘Teleportation’ Is No Longer Science Fiction

    For many people the word “teleportation” conjures up “Beam me up, Scotty” images from “Star Trek.” But in the last two decades, quantum teleportation—transferring the quantum... Read more

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    These Artificial Teeth Are as Tough as Real Ones

    Few structures in nature are more durable than teeth or seashells. The secret of these materials lies in their unique fine structure: They are composed... Read more

  • Fertilizers have an impact on microbial communities that may have negative environmental consequences. (Remains/iStock)

    How Fertilizer Alters Soil Microbes Around the World

    Adding nitrogen and phosphorous to the soil beneath grasslands shifts the natural communities of fungi, bacteria, and microscopic organisms called archaea that live in the... Read more

  • DNA evidence at the scene of a crime is not as clear cut as generally thought. New software may help with that.  (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)

    Forensics Software to Sort Out ‘Murky’ DNA Mixes

    On TV dramas like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the tiniest shreds of DNA are like magic keys, unlocking the identities of criminals with the speed... Read more

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    How to Build the World’s Fastest Car

    In 2016, a team of engineers and adventurers will travel to the South African desert and attempt to become the first people to drive a... Read more

  • A new invisibility cloak can hide objects using an ultrathin layer of nanoantennas that reflect off light. Are humans next? (Courtesy of Xiang Zhang group, Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley, CC BY 4.0)

    Ten Years On, Invisibility Cloaks Are Close to Becoming a Manufacturable Reality

    Invisibility has long been one of the marvels in science fiction and fantasy—and more recently in physics. But while physicists have figured out the concept... Read more

  • What's a fractal? David Chen, a graduate student at Caltech, explains: "Take for example a piece of paper crumpled into a ball. If you look at the folds of the paper when it is flattened back after crumpling, it will look qualitatively the same if you zoom in on a smaller portion of the same paper. The scale that you use to examine the paper more or less does not change the way it looks." (3DMaster/iStock)

    Zoom in on Metallic Glasses to Find Fractals

    Metallic glasses are very strong and elastic materials that appear with the naked eye to be identical to stainless steel. But metallic glasses differ from... Read more

  • Above, the 3D-printed polymer structure with the five resonance chambers. Microphones for measurements are introduced into the side holes visible on the left. The structure is around 2.5 centimeters wide and high. (Photo: Miguel Molerón/ETH Zurich)

    3D-printed ‘Edge Detector’ Sorts Sound Waves

    Scientists have developed a new method to differentiate very weak and short sound waves from longer ones. When used in acoustic imaging, the technology makes... Read more

  • Freshly squeezed: an apeeling opportunity for renewable chemicals. (Andrés Nieto Porras, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Orange Is the New Black Gold: How Peel Could Replace Crude Oil in Plastics

    Orange juice, both delicious and nutritious, is enjoyed by millions of people across the world every day. However, new research indicates that it could have... Read more

  • (Screenshot/University of Michigan, Victoria University, Gunung Palung National Park Bureau/Science Magazine/YouTube)

    Legendary ‘Vampire’ Squirrel, Said to Disembowel Deer, Caught on Camera

    Researchers have previously snapped blurry photos of Borneo’s elusive “vampire squirrel,” but video footage published earlier this month gives the world its first clear glimpse at this... Read more

  • "Nanoporous gold can be imagined as a porous metal sponge with pore sizes that are a thousand times smaller than the diameter of a human hair," says Erkin Şeker. (Adam88xx/iStock)

    Gold ‘Sponge’ Sensor Can Handle Messy Samples

    Sponge-like nanoporous gold could be key to new devices for detecting disease-causing agents in humans and plants, say researchers. Two recent papers demonstrate that the... Read more

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    How the ‘Body Map’ Connects Babies to Other People

    “Body maps” show how the parts of the brain associated with touch map the surface of the body. Although researchers have studied the body maps of... Read more

  • Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF shows his tounge celebrating scoring their opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 8, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    Your Tongue Reveals When You’re Impatient to Talk

    Someone’s asked you a question, and halfway through it, you already know the answer. While you think you’re politely waiting for your chance to respond,... Read more

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