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This Week in Science: Mercury Crash, T. Rex's Vegetarian Cousin, Super Strong Robots

World Science Festival | Posted 05.01.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Stanford researchers created tiny robots that can pull and lift things up to 2,000 times their own weight--the equivalent of a single person being able to drag around a blue whale.

This Week in Science: Dark Matter Map, Zombie Worms, Popping Knuckles

World Science Festival | Posted 04.17.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Humans evolved pointier chins than other animals as our faces got smaller--not as a way to cope with the strain of chewing, a new study claims.

This Week in Science: Einstein Rings, Seasons on the Sun, the Return (?) of Brontosaurus

World Science Festival | Posted 04.10.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

The Brontosaurus might be back! Though it was previously demoted to a cadet branch of Apatosaurus, a new analysis of skeletons suggests that Brontosaurus excelsus might be unique enough anatomically to come out and head up its own genus again.

Science Majors Develop Effective Communication Skills at Women's Colleges

Diane Propsner | Posted 04.09.2015 | College
Diane Propsner

If you're thinking about a STEM career or know of a college-bound high school girl who is, I encourage you to investigate women's colleges.

This Week in Science: Chameleons' Crystal Skin, Solar-Powered Circumnavigation, and Oozing Mummies

World Science Festival | Posted 03.13.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of some of the week's most notable and quotable items. Illustration by Sarah Peavey ...

This Week in Science: Music for Cats, Capturing Light's Two Sides, and Smoking's Death Sentence

World Science Festival | Posted 03.06.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Cats prefer listening to music that's made for them--with the same frequency range they use to communicate and a tempo similar to purring.

This Week in Science: Plague Gerbils, Spilling Coffee, and the Downside of Dishwashers

World Science Festival | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

The waves of bubonic plague that washed through medieval Europe might have been driven by gerbils, not rats.

This Week in Science: Martian Mystery, Rock-Hard Snail Teeth, and the Big Apple Underwater

World Science Festival | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of some of the week's most notable and quotable items.

Cockroaches Shown To Have Distinct Personalities (But They're Still Gross)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science

While you may never hear the advice "be your own cockroach," a new study suggests the icky insects have their own distinct personalities. Yes, scie...

This Week In Science: Space Ripples Turn to Dust, Resetting Your Biological Clock, and a Dolphin Funeral

World Science Festival | Posted 04.08.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

New data from the Planck satellite indicates that the cosmic microwave background pattern once thought to be from gravitational waves is an artifact of galactic dust.

This Week in Science: Smartphone Pain, Belated Christmas in Space, and a Sand-Inscribing Robot

World Science Festival | Posted 03.18.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Move over, stiff neck; there's a new spinal problem to reckon with. Doctors are seeing some patients with "text neck"--pain caused by inclining one's head for long periods of time while staring at a smartphone, thus putting extra stress on the spine.

This Week in Science: Old Stars, Old Whales, And An Extra Second On The Clock

World Science Festival | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

New images of Martian rock beds from the Curiosity rover show structures similar to ones on Earth shaped by microbes.

12 Favorite Science Stories Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science

From a comet landing to an autopsy of King Tut, the year 2014 yielded some pretty fascinating scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. Here's a l...

This Week in Science: Mars Methane, Feathery Weather Forecasters, and Philae's Wake-Up Call

World Science Festival | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

NASA's Curiosity rover detected a burp of methane on Mars lasting for several months--possibly stemming from a geologic process called serpentinization, or possibly the signature of microscopic Martian life.

This Week in Science: Lakes on Mars, a Formula for Skipping Stones, and Rat Lingerie

World Science Festival | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

The 96-mile-wide crater that NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring probably once held a vast lake.

This Week In Science: Seeing Infrared, Earth's Shield, and a Bug Smorgasbord

World Science Festival | Posted 02.04.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.

How Origami Could Help Us Reach the Third Dimension in the Micro World

Legrain Antoine | Posted 01.26.2015 | Science
Legrain Antoine

We, at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, have used capillary forces to assemble micro-machined structures -- the so-called capillary origami technique. We believe that Origami is a promising option to reach the third dimension in the micro world.

This Week in Science: Cheating Bankers, November's Freeze, and the Microbiology of Kissing

World Science Festival | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Children adopted from China may not remember the language of their birth country, but their brains still respond unconsciously to Chinese more than a decade later.

This Week In Science: Rosetta Touches Down, Thought Control Made Easy, and Why You Cry When You're Happy

World Science Festival | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

Rosetta mission scientists succeeded in landing the Philae probe on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, although a slightly rough landing left the lander tilted and its long-term hold on the comet in doubt.

This Week in Science: Building a Better Particle Accelerator, Global Warming Allergies and Squirrels on Steroids

World Science Festival | Posted 01.07.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

A new particle accelerator design that uses a chamber filled with a hot plasma of lithium gas could form the basis of smaller, more powerful atom-smashers than the Large Hadron Collider.

This Week in Science: A Rocket Catastrophe, Miniature Stomachs, and a Seriously Smelly Comet

World Science Festival | Posted 12.31.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

The Antares rocket, built by private space outfit Orbital Sciences powered by refurbished Soviet engines from the 1960s, explosively failed to launch on its planned resupply mission to the International Space Station.

It's Scientific!

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.20.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


This Week in Science: Dirty Rats, Moon Volcanoes, and the Hottest September Ever

World Science Festival | Posted 12.17.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.

In Defense Of Science

Jonathan Bines | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science
Jonathan Bines

In human history, no practice has more profoundly advanced human understanding of the natural world than that of science. So it seems tragic, in the year 2014, that science should require a defense (by a comedy writer, no less).

This Week In Science: Walruses Invade, Cyanide Clouds, and a Surprising Discovery on the Moon

World Science Festival | Posted 12.03.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here's our roundup of this week's most notable and quotable items.