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Aged chocolate: Archaeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink

Archaeological evidence suggests chocolate originated in the Amazon over 5,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought.

The 'Trump of the Tropics' is now in charge of the lungs of the planet. Here's why that's scary

Brazil's new president wants to invigorate Brazil's economy by relaxing environmental laws and this could threaten the world's largest rainforest — the Amazon.

Barking piranhas and screeching catfish are the sounds of the Amazon River

In the Amazon river, a scientist is eavesdropping on Piranha calls to figure out better ways to keep tabs on the ferocious fish.

For 20 years, scientists have been chucking fish into the forest. Here's why

For 20 years, scientists have been tossing hundreds of thousands of dead fish into the woods to understand how salmon carcasses feed the forest

Sniffing your way around — our brains are built to navigate by scent

Researchers have found that those who can smell well, navigate well too

For 20 years, scientists have been chucking fish into the forest. Here's why

For 20 years, scientists have been tossing hundreds of thousands of dead fish into the woods to understand how salmon carcasses feed the forest

Barking piranhas and screeching catfish are the sounds of the Amazon River

In the Amazon river, a scientist is eavesdropping on Piranha calls to figure out better ways to keep tabs on the ferocious fish.

Why does humidity make us feel hotter in the summer and colder in winter?

Dr. Deepak Chandon from the University of Toronto has the answer.

Sniffing your way around — our brains are built to navigate by scent

Researchers have found that those who can smell well, navigate well too

Wind farms in India are driving a population boom of skinny, fearless lizards

Wind farms provide a cleaner energy alternative to burning fossil fuels, but new research has found that they might also make an unexpected impact on surrounding wildlife.

Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds, scientists say

In an MRI study of five beatboxers, researchers found unprecedented patterns of movement
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Robotic explorers lasting well past their warranty

If only cars would run as well as NASA's intrepid robotic explorers like Opportunity, Dawn, and the Kepler Space Telescope

Bitcoin mining uses more energy than mining for real gold

Worldwide mining for Bitcoin is consuming as much energy as the country of Denmark

Bitcoin's energy costs, beatboxers invent new sounds, wind farms change lizards and more…

Chucking salmon for science, piranha barking, smells and mapping, and heat and humidity.

Wind farms in India are driving a population boom of skinny, fearless lizards

This suggests that wind turbines can affect animals on the ground as well as birds and bats

Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds, scientists say

In an MRI study of five beatboxers, researchers found unprecedented patterns of movement

Robotic explorers lasting well past their warranty

If only cars would run as well as NASA's intrepid robotic explorers like Opportunity, Dawn, and the Kepler Space Telescope

Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds, scientists say

In an MRI study of five beatboxers, researchers found unprecedented patterns of movement

Bitcoin mining uses more energy than mining for real gold

Worldwide mining for Bitcoin is consuming as much energy as the country of Denmark

Teaching machines to make life & death decisions on the road

Asking humans about what decisions they'd make is the foundation for 'moral machines'

Drone 'sheepdogs' steer flocks away from airports to prevent bird strikes

Intelligent autonomous drones can herd birds out of the danger zone and could improve flight safety.

The biggest bird in history might have been blind as a bat

The giant elephant bird foraged at night in the forests of Madagascar, despite the fact that likely could barely see

Evolution is going uptown as plants & animals adapt to city life

The book 'Darwin Comes To Town' chronicles how many plants and animals have evolved innovative ways of surviving in big cities.

Probiotics probably aren't making you well, and they could make you sicker

A recent study suggests half of those who take probiotics just poop them right out

Eight scientific reasons to ditch daylight time - and two to keep it

Daylight time is bad for us, and science suggests it makes sense to ditch it. Here are the eight reasons to get rid of daylight time - and two to keep it.