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Spock’s home world has been discovered (sort of)
18 Sep
5:07

Spock’s home world has been discovered (sort of)

Don Davis/University of Florida By Daniel ClerySep. 18, 2018 , 1:05 PM Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, was visionary in many ways: The Enterprise crew’s communicators presaged today’s smartphones, Bones’s sickbay mirrored in modern medical scanners, and, well, we’re still working on that transporter. Now, it seems he […]

Super memory is a curse and blessing for just 60 people worldwide, including Rebecca Sharrock
17 Sep
7:14

Super memory is a curse and blessing for just 60 people worldwide, including Rebecca Sharrock

Imagine having the ability to recall precise details from nearly every day of your life. The intricate memories of what you saw, heard, smelt and most importantly how you felt. The wonderful moments and the terrible ones. Even with all the memory tricks in the world, for most of us, […]

California Today: ‘Secret Science’ in the Salinas Valley?
27 Aug
1:03

California Today: ‘Secret Science’ in the Salinas Valley?

Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) The Salinas Valley is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World,” so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of pesticides used in California farm country. We recently paid a visit to the Chamacos project, run […]

China Built the World’s Largest Telescope. Then Came the Tourists
26 Aug
11:00

China Built the World’s Largest Telescope. Then Came the Tourists

“I hope we go inside this golf ball,” Sabrina Stierwalt joked as she and a group of other radio astronomers approached what did, in fact, appear to be a giant golf ball in the middle of China’s new Pingtang Astronomy Town. Stierwalt was a little drunk, a lot full, even […]

How Scientists Created the Purest Drop of Water on Earth
24 Aug
3:21

How Scientists Created the Purest Drop of Water on Earth

The ultra-pure icicle is pictured on the left, and the water droplet on the right. Credit: TU Wien If cleanliness is next to godliness, then this is one divine droplet. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology announced yesterday (Aug. 23) that they have created the cleanest drop of water […]

Tons of Major Quakes Have Rattled the World Recently. Does That Mean Anything?
23 Aug
2:42

Tons of Major Quakes Have Rattled the World Recently. Does That Mean Anything?

This August is shaping up to be a pretty shaky month, thanks to several large earthquakes across the globe. These earthquakes have spurred reports that California is more likely to experience a catastrophic earthquake, colloquially known as “the big one,” very soon. But experts say that’s not how earthquakes […]

Ancient Girl’s Parents Were Two Different Human Species
22 Aug
5:52

Ancient Girl’s Parents Were Two Different Human Species

When the results first popped up, paleogeneticist Viviane Slon didn’t believe it. “What went wrong?” she recalls asking herself at the time. Her mind immediately turned to the analysis. Did she make a mistake? Could the sample be contaminated? The data was telling her that the roughly 90,000-year-old flake of […]

In the Quest for Universal Blood, Go With Your Gut
21 Aug
10:08

In the Quest for Universal Blood, Go With Your Gut

Over 112.5 million donations of blood are collected each year around the world—but most of these contributions are unusable for some of the patients most in need. Blood transfusions must match the blood type of a donor to that of the recipient; otherwise, the recipient’s immune system could attack the […]

Scientists discover the reason people believe in conspiracy theories
20 Aug
4:09

Scientists discover the reason people believe in conspiracy theories

Psychologists have identified the mind-set that makes people believe in far-fetched ideas, from 9/11 conspiracy theories to staged moon landings. Conspiracy theorists have entered the mainstream of late with the proliferation of “fake news” and the popularity of personalities like InfoWars host Alex Jones. In an effort to improve education […]

The art and science of being on hold
20 Aug
2:07

The art and science of being on hold

They say silence is golden. But when it comes to being kept on hold at the end of a phone line, not so much. In fact, in the world of on-hold music and messaging, “silence is the sound of a missed opportunity.” That’s the catchy line used by Mood Media, […]