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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Able to Drill Holes Into Rocks Again NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Able to Drill Holes Into Rocks Again

That’s one small hole for a probe, but one giant leap for NASA. This past weekend, the space agency jerry-rigged Curiosity’s malfunctioning drill, allowing the rover to bore into Martian rock for the first time in over a year.

Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did

The popular conception of pterodactyl flight shows them in a pose with wings and legs spread far apart similar to the way bats do it. But as new research shows, it’s very unlikely that flying lizards were able to move their joints and hind legs in such a manner—a finding that could influence the way scientists study…

Haunting Timelapse Shows Hawaii’s Glowing Kilauea Volcano From Above

The recent images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano are as fascinating as they are disturbing, but as this new timelapse video taken from the top of nearby Mauna Kea shows, the view from above the cloud tops is just as dramatic.

A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth A Recent Hurricane Shot a Bolt of Antimatter Toward Earth

When you think of an alien world, you might think of a strange, stormy place with an inhospitable environment, frequent lightning strikes, and extreme radiation. But who needs an imagination when the storms here on Earth already beam radiation, including antimatter, down toward the ground?

Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior

Can we take a minute to appreciate just how weird neutrinos are? The second most abundant known particle in the universe passes right through most regular matter like a ghost—you get hit with around a quadrillion of them from the Sun every second. Not only that, but neutrinos can even change between three different…

More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening? More Than 50 People in Brooklyn Just Overdosed on Synthetic Weed. Why Does This Keep Happening?

Last Friday, the New York City Police Department announced that 25 people in Brooklyn had been hospitalized soon after smoking synthetic cannabis; by Monday, the count had risen to 56 people. Police also announced Monday that they had arrested 13 people in connection with distributing the drugs.

Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich? Could the Large Hadron Collider Collide a Sandwich?

You’d be surprised at how many times someone has asked whether the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could collide mundane things, like a sandwich. The answer is, not quite... but almost! It’s sort of a long story, and the explanation might surprise you.

A Bizarre Bone Ritual Followed a Grisly Iron Age Battle in Denmark A Bizarre Bone Ritual Followed a Grisly Iron Age Battle in Denmark

To the victor go the spoils, or in some cases, the bodies of a vanquished enemy, as the discovery of remnants from an Iron Age battle in Denmark demonstrates.

NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image

On the way to its final orbit around Earth, NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has sailed by the moon and snapped its first picture of space. We’ve said several times that TESS would be able to look at 200,000 stars in the 300 light-years around the Earth—but maybe this new shot will…

Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant

Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 percent of the Big Island’s power.

Why Is This Asteroid Orbiting the Wrong Way Around the Sun? Why Is This Asteroid Orbiting the Wrong Way Around the Sun?

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is orbiting the wrong way around the Sun. Why? According to a hyped new paper from astronomers Fathi Namouni and Helen Morais, this asteroid with its contrary orbit may not be native to our Solar System at all—it may have been captured from interstellar space.

A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It A Defunct Pregnancy Drug May Still Affect the Grandchildren of Women Who Took It

The ties that bind us to our ancestors might be even more influential than we knew, suggests a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. It found that the grandchildren of women who took a certain hormone-mimicking drug before the 1970s were at higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…

How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS

An Antares rocket launched from Virginia before sunrise this morning and is on its way to the International Space Station. Its 7,400 pounds of cargo include an experiment that will chill atoms to just about absolute zero—colder than the vacuum of space itself.

Can You Vape to Death? Can You Vape to Death?

I never thought I’d see the day, but vaping—the bejeweled fedora of nicotine delivery methods—is starting to seem a lot less ridiculous. Or, at least, somewhat less ridiculous. Juuling teens are still reliably funny. But at the same time, there are real, credentialed doctors out there making a case for vaping as a…

How Smart Was T. Rex? And Other Dino Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask How Smart Was T. Rex? And Other Dino Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask

At the age of 34, American paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Steve Brusatte has already accomplished more in his field than some scientists hope to over their entire careers.

Almost Every American Who Got Sick From Dairy Was Consuming Raw Milk or Cheese Almost Every American Who Got Sick From Dairy Was Consuming Raw Milk or Cheese

Say what you will about store-brand milk’s crummy marketing history and relative blandness—at least it’s rarely loaded with germs that’ll send you running to the toilet, or even worse, to the hospital. The same definitely can’t be said for raw milk, reveals a new, if fairly obvious, study out this month in the journal…

Thousands of Amateur Radio Operators Measured the Solar Eclipse's Effects on the Atmosphere Thousands of Amateur Radio Operators Measured the Solar Eclipse's Effects on the Atmosphere

Astronomers and space fans may have set up lawn chairs outside to watch the eclipse, but Nathaniel Frissell set up his ham radio. As the sky dimmed and daylight turned into an uncanny dusk, the reports started coming in: Communication was dying off over the 20 meter (14 MHz) radio band.

For the Love of God, Keep Your Literal Ass Away From the Pool When You're Sick For the Love of God, Keep Your Literal Ass Away From the Pool When You're Sick

Given that summer is somehow only a short while off for Americans, here’s a timely reminder courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Please, we beg you, keep your disgusting butt away from the swimming pool or hot tub if you’re feeling the least bit like you might have diarrhea.

Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has completed an exhaustive survey of star-forming galaxies in the local Universe. The resulting catalog won’t help you…

The World's First Drug to Prevent Migraines Has Just Been Approved, and It's Pricey The World's First Drug to Prevent Migraines Has Just Been Approved, and It's Pricey

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug explicitly developed to prevent migraines. But while the drug may signal a new wave of effective treatments for this debilitating—yet often ignored and dismissed—medical condition, there are still questions as to how many migraine sufferers will…

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