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New Map Plots North America’s Bounty of Rivers

1 hour 15 min ago
New Map Plots North America’s Bounty of Rivers

More of North America’s land is covered by rivers than we thought, according to a new map.

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I Used Physics to Calculate How Much Yoda Weighs

4 hours 56 min ago
I Used Physics to Calculate How Much Yoda Weighs

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke does a one-armed handstand with Yoda balanced on his foot. Using this, I can estimate the mass of Yoda.

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California’s Katrina Is Coming

6 hours 41 min ago
California’s Katrina Is Coming

California's long-term lack of rain isn’t what keeps engineers, economists, and state water planners awake at night.

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Think Like a Tree: How Shark Skin Can Save Us From Superbugs

6 hours 41 min ago
 How Shark Skin Can Save Us From Superbugs

Shark skin isn't just for suits (or sharks). It can prevent hospital-transmitted infections.

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Dark Matter May Be More Complex Than Physicists Thought

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:00am
Dark Matter May Be More Complex Than Physicists Thought

The physicist James Bullock explains how a complicated “dark sector” of interacting particles may illuminate some puzzling observations of the centers of galaxies.

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Space Photos of the Week: A Nebula Becomes a Butterfly

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 7:00am
 A Nebula Becomes a Butterfly

Space photos of the week, August 23–29.

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NASA Finally Picked New Horizons’ Next Destination

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:42pm
NASA Finally Picked New Horizons’ Next Destination

New Horizons' next stop will be a Kuiper Belt object named 2014 MU69 nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto.

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What Does Scientific Literacy Really Mean?

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:01pm
What Does Scientific Literacy Really Mean?

What is scientific literacy and how do you measure it?

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What’s Inside Caladryl Will Not Make You Hallucinate

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:00am
What’s Inside Caladryl Will Not Make You Hallucinate

Itch-relieving action for the summer starts with this eponymous pink stuff, a cocktail of zinc oxide and a little iron oxide.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 9:00am
 Um, This Leech Feeds on Hippo Rectums

The year was 2003, and Mark Siddall was in South Africa a-hunting the elusive hippo rectum leech.

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Telemedicine Can’t Help the People Who Need It the Most

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 7:00am
Telemedicine Can’t Help the People Who Need It the Most

Rural areas have the slowest—or in some cases, nonexistent—Internet connections.

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Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 7:00am
Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides With Russia. Love, NASA

Enough is enough. The Administrator of NASA calls on congress to fully fund the space program.

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Science Has Its Problems, But the Web Could Be the Fix

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:03pm
Science Has Its Problems, But the Web Could Be the Fix

The software a group of scientists used to replicate 100 psychology studies is a framework for the future of science.

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Hurricane Models Have Gotten Way Better Since Katrina

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:57pm
Hurricane Models Have Gotten Way Better Since Katrina

Katrina looked like a pixelated blob in 2005 hurricane models.

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Vaccines Weren’t Ready for Ebola. We Can Do Better

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:39pm
Vaccines Weren’t Ready for Ebola. We Can Do Better

Outbreaks force governments to play an excruciating game of catch up as they scramble to develop vaccines for new pathogens. It doesn't have to be that way.

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Cotopaxi Keeps Rumbling as Ecuador Prepares for Eruption

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:47pm
Cotopaxi Keeps Rumbling as Ecuador Prepares for Eruption

Ecuador has earmarked $500 million to deal with the impact of a potential eruption of Cotopaxi.

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Sorry, But the Names for Weed Strains Are Kinda Meaningless

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:24pm
Sorry, But the Names for Weed Strains Are Kinda Meaningless

Turbo Diesel, Chocolope Kush, and all those other crazy names people use to describe their weed are basically meaningless.

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No One Is Ready for the Next Katrina

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:00am
No One Is Ready for the Next Katrina

As the seas rise and storms worsen, it's worth taking a look at how poorly US infrastructure is going to do under climate change.

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160 Years of Hurricanes in One Incredible Infographic

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:00am
160 Years of Hurricanes in One Incredible Infographic

Americans haven't been smacked with anything worse than a Category 2 hurricane since 2005.

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Think Like a Tree: What We Can Learn From the Oaks That Survived Katrina

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:12pm
 What We Can Learn From the Oaks That Survived Katrina

Architects and scientists may be able to work together to build natural-disaster resistant buildings...by looking at trees.

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