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To Pluto & beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system

The leader of the New Horizons mission to Pluto talks about his ultimate adventure.

Fear of humans is driving animals into the darkness — and nocturnal life

Animals who can't avoid humans during the daytime take to the nightlife.

Why do Cheerios stick together when they are floating in milk?

Cheerios stick together in a bowl of milk to reduce surface energy or tension that exists in the system.

Fastest punch in the world: The mantis shrimp's violent punches harness brains as well as brawn

Mantis Shrimps have the fastest punch on the planet, and they target them with care and control.

Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools — and the patients survived

Skull surgery performed with stone tools during the time of the Inca Empire was remarkably successful.

To Pluto and beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto details the ups and downs, close calls and triumphs in the historic flyby of Pluto.

Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools — and the patients survived

Skull surgery performed with stone tools during the time of the Inca Empire was remarkably successful

Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools - and the patients survived

Skull surgery performed with stone tools during the time of the Inca Empire was remarkably successful.

Stephen Hawking's information sent into a black hole

A radio broadcast including his voice and tribute music was sent into space.

Newfoundland's cod comeback faces a setback — is fishing to blame?

The northern cod stock dropped by 30% last year — and fishing quotas have been reduced

Fear of humans is driving animals into the darkness — and nocturnal life

Animals who can't avoid humans during the daytime take to the night-life

June 16, 2018 — Animals becoming nocturnal, cod comeback stumbles, and more...

Mantis shrimp’s brainy punch, drilling holes in skulls, to Pluto and beyond and why cereal sticks together

The mantis shrimp's violent punches harness brains as well as brawn

Mantis Shrimps have the fastest punch on the planet, and they target them with care and control.

To Pluto and beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system

The leader of the New Horizons mission to Pluto talks about his ultimate adventure
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Stephen Hawking's information sent into a black hole

A radio broadcast including his voice and tribute music sent into space

Stephen Hawking's information sent into a black hole

A radio broadcast including his voice and tribute music sent into space

Kids & concussions: The latest science on risks & long-term effects

'The growing brain has greater susceptibility to concussion than the already developed brain.'

Crocodile Bach: What classical music does to a reptile's brain

Playing classical music like Bach to crocodiles sheds light on the evolution of brain structure and the processing of complex sounds

Where was the Higgs boson particle 'hiding' before it was discovered?

The Higgs boson particle always existed. It was just waiting for the right tools to come along for it to be produced and then detected.

Rising carbon dioxide levels are turning rice & fish into junk food

As C02 in the atmosphere increases, the nutritional value of major foods like rice and fish decreases.

Hurricanes are slowing down and settling in to do more damage

Cyclones are moving about 10 percent more slowly, likely because of climate change

Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough to save bees - we need a ban

Bees pollinate crops and contribute to a third of the food we consume, but a dangerous group of pesticides is threatening their survival.

Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough to save bees - we need a ban

Bees pollinate crops and contribute to a third of the food we consume, but a dangerous group of pesticides is threatening their survival.

Life on Mars is hard to find

The discovery of organic molecules on Mars is tantalizing — but not proof.

Rising carbon dioxide levels are turning rice and fish into junk food

As C02 in the atmosphere increases, the nutritional value of major foods like rice and fish decreases