Author: George Dvorsky

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Praying mantises are what scientists call "generalist" hunters, meaning they eat pretty much whatever they want. Despite their eclectic taste, however, no one has ever... [Read More]
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By performing a DNA analysis of elephant tusks nabbed at ivory busts, scientists have successfully backtracked the contraband to three major African cartels. This application... [Read More]
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An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered traces of cholesterol on a fossil of Dickinsonia—a mysterious creature that lived during the primordial... [Read More]
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The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space & Technology has sent a list of recommendations to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), asking that federal research... [Read More]
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The detection of strange, unpredicted behavior deep below the surface near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults suggests scientists have an incomplete understanding of... [Read More]
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Typically, robots are built to perform a single task. To make them more adaptable, researchers from Yale University have developed a kind of "robotic skin"... [Read More]
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Say hello to Pi Mensae c—a small, Earth-like planet located nearly 60 light-years from our Solar System. It's probably not able to sustain life, but... [Read More]
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When it comes to figuring out which individual among a group of primates is the most dominant, some scientists simply look for the one that's... [Read More]
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The advancement of robotics and artificial intelligence will make 75 million jobs obsolete by the year 2022, according to a new report. Sounds dreadful, but... [Read More]
Tags: Sounds - Jobs - Emerging
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During its 15th flyby of Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft captured a rare image of a Jovian "brown barge." It's not nearly as impressive or picturesque... [Read More]
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From workplace voodoo dolls and self-inflicted colonoscopies to cannibalistic diets and using roller coasters to pass kidney stones, here are the winners of this year's... [Read More]
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In a tweet posted late yesterday, SpaceX said it has signed a passenger to fly around the Moon aboard its next-generation launch system. Details are... [Read More]
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We tend to think of plants as helpless, passive green blobs, but a fascinating new study, in which scientists used fluorescent light to visualize alarm... [Read More]
Tags: Plants - Watch - Awesome
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Japan's Hayabusa2 project experienced a (hopefully) minor setback yesterday when the spacecraft failed to complete a practice session during preparations for its much-anticipated touchdown on... [Read More]
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QuickLink: Plan to Build a Genetic Noah's Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species - An international consortium involving over 50 institutions has announced an... [Read More]
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An analysis of butchered animal bones suggests humans had somehow ventured to Madagascar by at least 10,000 years ago, which is 6,000 years earlier than... [Read More]
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Some 73,000 years ago in what is now South Africa, an early human used a red ochre crayon to draw a cross-hatched pattern onto a... [Read More]
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An exceptionally rare and fully-functional Nazi Enigma M4 enciphering machine used during the Second World War has sold for a whopping $365,000, setting a new... [Read More]
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After performing an autopsy on a bloated Burmese python, scientists in Florida were shocked to discover the remains of three white-tailed deer. [Read More]
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Prior to developing the capacity for speech, toddlers communicate their desires, demands, and discontent using a diverse repertoire of physical gestures. As a new study... [Read More]
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