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April 17, 2014

Science writer; Chief of Science and Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences

Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

Kids Playing Outdoors sarahwolfephotography via Getty Images

Children grow up healthier and happier when they experience a direct connection to nature. Just as importantly, those young people are also far more likely to value the natural world when they've developed a connection to it. The need for this has never been greater than it is today.

Impeccably Preserved Fossil Discovered Down South

Shark Fossil
AMNH/F. Ippolito

'Impossible' Volcanoes Helped Shaped Planet, Scientists Say

Volcanoes Mercury
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Facial Hair Study Is Bad News For Some Hipsters

WATCH: 10 Crazy Discoveries That Science Can't Explain

Discoveries Unexplained
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Worrisome Changes Seen In Brains Of Folks Who Smoke Weed

Marijuana Young Adults
John Sommer via Getty Images

Poisoned!

Aresenic Mummy
Ioanna Kakoulli, UCLA

What's THAT On Saturn's Rings?

Saturn Moon
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

LOOK: The Best 'Blood Moon' Photos From Skywatchers Around The World

WATCH: Here's Why NASA Is Putting Dino Germs In Space

Microbes Space
UC Davis

Strange Spherical Fossils Discovered

Embryo Fossil
Broce et al

Exotic Form Of Matter Detected By Physicists Overseas

Exotic Hadrons
CERN

QUIZ: How Well Do YOU Know Neil deGrasse Tyson?

Will Pee Provide Power For Future Spacecrafts?

Astronaut Urine
NASA via Getty Images

After Long Journey, Prized Dino Fossil Reaches New Home

Smithsonian T Rex
The Washington Post via Getty Images

WATCH: Who Needs Eye Contact When You've Got These Things

Supersensitive 'Wave' Detector Set To Go Online

Gravitational Waves
Caltech/LIGO Laboratory

Scientists Go Into The Deep

Kermadec Trench
RSS James Cook Cruise 62

Mammoth Discovery Is On The Move

Mammoth Skeleton
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Researchers Reveal Peculiar Way To Be More Productive

How To Be More Productive
Courtney Keating via Getty Images

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Search For Long-Lost Pilot Comes Up Empty

Amelia Earhart
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Even Babies Can Be Racially Biased

Two Multiracial Babies
JGI/Jamie Grill via Getty Images

Drug That 'Ravers' Favor Helps Troubled Vet

Tony Macie
Tony Macie

You'll Never Look At Broccoli The Same Way Again

Inside Insides
Any Ellison

Ancient Arachnid Was WAY Weirder Than Scientists Thought

Daddy Long Leg
Paris NHM and Russell Garwood

Lab-Grown Esophagus Could Aid Cancer Patients

Esophagus
Science Photo Library - LEONELLO CALVETTI via Getty Images

LOOK: Why You Need To See 6 More Photos Of The 'Blood Moon'

Blood Moon At Mauna Kea
Andrew Richard Hara

Bill Nye Defends Controversial Decision

Bill Nye Ken Ham
ASSOCIATED PRESS

You're Already Old At 24, Study Shows

Twentysomething
Tom Merton via Getty Images

Massive Hole Found In Earth's 'Detergent' Layer

Pacific Storm
Kim Westerskov via Getty Images

WATCH: Four Rings Become Utterly Mesmerizing Optical Illusion

Lindzee Poi Amelymeloptical Illusion Rings Trick
YouTube/lindzeetryo

WATCH: Trippy Music Video Demonstrates Physics In Wild Ways

Here's What Happens In Your Body When You Yawn

Yawn
Tetra Images - Jamie Grill via Getty Images

Fly Me To The Mini-Moon?

Minimoon Targets
ESA/P.Carril