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SoCalGas Plugs the Massive Porter Ranch Methane Leak—For Now

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:53pm
SoCalGas Plugs the Massive Porter Ranch Methane Leak—For Now

The cloud of methane is temporarily controlled, and a permanent fix is on the way.

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The Physics of OK Go’s Epic New Zero-G Video

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 12:55pm
The Physics of OK Go’s Epic New Zero-G Video

OK Go has created another epic video. This one involves a zero g environment inside of an aircraft. Here' how it works.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: Meet the Bird That Lies and Tricks Its Way Into Sex

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 8:00am
 Meet the Bird That Lies and Tricks Its Way Into Sex

This is the saga of bowerbird hanky-panky, a romance packed with more lies, illusions, and thievery than a soap opera—with none of the insufferable soft focus.

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Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Orgasms—With Science!

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:00am
Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Orgasms—With Science!

A website hopes to teach women how to have better orgasms, backed up by data.

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Using Gravitational Waves to Pinpoint Colliding Black Holes

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 4:34pm
Using Gravitational Waves to Pinpoint Colliding Black Holes

In the recent LIGO announcement, it was claimed the event was two colliding black holes 1.3 billion years ago. How do we know this?

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The US Has the Tech to Keep Zika Out of the Blood Supply

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 2:43pm
The US Has the Tech to Keep Zika Out of the Blood Supply

Zika can be transmitted through blood transfusions. But the technology to inactivate nearly all pathogens in donated blood exists---and it’s existed for over a decade.

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LIGO’s First-Ever Detection of Gravitational Waves Opens a New Window on the Universe

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:26am
LIGO’s First-Ever Detection of Gravitational Waves Opens a New Window on the Universe

Direct evidence at last for gravitational waves, ripples in spacetime that Einstein predicted 100 years ago, comes from a years-long Big Physics project.

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How to Track North Korea’s New Satellite as It Streaks Through Space

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 7:00am
How to Track North Korea’s New Satellite as It Streaks Through Space

Using open government data and free web tools, you can keep an eye on North Korea's Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite.

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Blame an Ivory Ban for China’s Vanishing Giant Clams

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:25am
Blame an Ivory Ban for China’s Vanishing Giant Clams

Giant clams are endangered in the South China Sea. Could a Chinese government ban on ivory be the cause?

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These Scientists Saw Zika Coming. Now They’re Fighting Back

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 7:00am
These Scientists Saw Zika Coming. Now They’re Fighting Back

For years, Zika has been collecting dust on the shelves of virus researchers in the United States. Now the research begins.

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The Supreme Court May Have Nuked the Paris Climate Deal

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:43pm
The Supreme Court May Have Nuked the Paris Climate Deal

Today, the US Supreme Court turned the US's promise to fight climate change into a solid maybe.

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You–Yes, You–Can Calculate the Speed of Light Using Jupiter

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:27pm
You–Yes, You–Can Calculate the Speed of Light Using Jupiter

Ole Roemer used the moons of Jupiter to estimate the speed of light. Here's how he did it.

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A Skeptic Infiltrates a Cruise for Conspiracy Theorists

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:00am
A Skeptic Infiltrates a Cruise for Conspiracy Theorists

Conspira-Sea is a seven-day cruise where fringe thinkers can discuss everything from crop circles to mind control on the open sea.

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A New Fish Species Speaks in Electric Shocks

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 7:00am
A New Fish Species Speaks in Electric Shocks

John Sullivan has seen plenty of electric fishes. But when he pulled his trap out Gabon’s Ogooué River in 2014, he knew right away he'd found a doozy.

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Rescue Robots Should Be Built Just Like Cockroaches. Sorry.

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 3:01pm
Rescue Robots Should Be Built Just Like Cockroaches. Sorry.

The same ability that makes roaches gross–their flexible, collapsible exoskeleton–makes them a good model for disaster robots.

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All the Volcanic Eruptions You Missed During the Super Bowl

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 1:22pm
All the Volcanic Eruptions You Missed During the Super Bowl

A number of volcanoes around the world put on impressive shows over the weekend, including Santiaguito, Turrialba, and Soputan.

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Ride With the Mosquito Hunters Protecting the US Against Zika

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:00am
Ride With the Mosquito Hunters Protecting the US Against Zika

Mosquito control is tedious, underfunded, and very, very necessary.

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NASA’s Front-Line Defense Against Killer Rocks From Space

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 7:00am
NASA’s Front-Line Defense Against Killer Rocks From Space

NASA's Solar System Dynamics Group stands between us and flaming death by asteroid.

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The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 7:00am
The Hunt for the Algorithms That Drive Life on Earth

The biological world is computational at its core, argues computer scientist Leslie Valiant. His “ecorithm” approach uses computational concepts to explore fundamental mysteries of evolution and the mind.

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Space Photos of the Week: Nobody Puts Galaxy in a Corner

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 7:00am
 Nobody Puts Galaxy in a Corner

Space photos of the week, January 31 – Februrary 6, 2016.

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