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'Weird wonders' in China — new half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life

More than 2000 pristine fossils have been found and half are animals completely new to science

How long does it take to dream a dream?

The passage of time in a dream may be slower than it feels

Mysterious green icebergs from Antarctica might be fertilizing the southern ocean

Scientists now think the unusual green colour in these icebergs is due to high concentrations of iron

When one parasite sucks the life out of another parasite

The love vine sucks the life out of the gall wasp as both parasitize a host oak tree

'Weird wonders' in China: New half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life

More than 2,000 pristine fossils have been found, and half are animals completely new to science

Mysterious green icebergs from Antarctica might be fertilizing the southern ocean

Scientists now think the unusual green colour in these icebergs is due to high concentrations of iron.

How long does it take to dream a dream?

The passage of time in a dream may be slower than it feels

Mysterious green icebergs from Antarctica might be fertilizing the southern ocean

Scientists now think the unusual green colour in these icebergs is due to high concentrations of iron

Our farming ancestors are the reason we can say 'f' words today

The consistency of food we eat has an effect on our jaw growth, and in turn, the sounds we can easily make

Your gut bacteria are actively involved in your emotions, how you think, and even behave

'There is no limit really on what aspects of emotion could be modulated by the microbiome'

'Weird wonders' in China — new half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life

More than 2000 pristine fossils have been found and half are animals completely new to science

A Japanese spacecraft visits an asteroid - and will bring back a souvenir

Samples from the asteroid Ryugu may help scientists learn more about the ingredients for life available in the early solar system

Mar 23 - Shopping for souvenirs on an asteroid, new Cambrian explosion fossils, the gut-brain axis and more...

Why we can say ‘f’ words, green icebergs from Antarctica and the length of a dream

'Weird wonders' in China — new half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life

More than 2000 pristine fossils have been found and half are animals completely new to science
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Cobbling together planets one piece at a time

Scientists studying asteroids look at the leftovers from planetary formation

Cobbling together planets one piece at a time

Scientists studying asteroids look at the leftovers from planetary formation

LISTEN: These artists turned a breakaway iceberg into music

Icebergs make sounds we can't hear. Two artists changed that and the results are moving.

When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison

Viceroy butterflies mimic a queen butterfly's awful-taste, but only when they aren't around

Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all

Research shows that over-the-counter and prescription capsules and pills can contain a broad range of ingredients, some of which can cause allergy or sensitivity in some people.

Sperm quality is falling in men (and dogs) & it could be linked to our homes

New research suggests the declines in both species are due to persistent pollutants

'Skeleton Keys' — a new book explores the secret life of bones

Writer Brian Switek looks at the sometimes macabre but always fascinating secrets of our skeletons

Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past — and could recur in the future

A massive solar storm today could create electrical chaos in our modern technological society
Point of View

How to improve education: move the classroom outdoors

Exposing children to nature while they learn can benefit their learning, development, and sense of environmental stewardship.

Waterproof stick-on sensor sucks in sweat, can reveal dehydration & more

The waterproof, wearable sensor can track sweat rate, pH, electrolytes, chloride, lactate, and even glucose

Do wind turbine farms have an effect on climate?

Turbines don’t increase the temperature, but they redistribute heat that is already in the air