An Acid-Spewing ATM That Protects Itself From Thieves

How scientists turned a beetle's unusual defense mechanism into technology.

Squirrels Hibernate So Hard You Can Juggle Them

This has actually been proven by science.


How Simple Physical Activity Could Stave Off Depression

New research suggests a 20-minute walk a day could keep people much healthier.

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Get Ready for the Glowing Plants Craze

Soon, you'll be able to get one for your apartment. And in a couple of years, they could be used to light our streets.

Our Memories Are Geo-Tagged

New research shows that the brain's "place cells" fire when we recall an event.

A British Town's Insomnia Could Be Due to Loud, Horny Fish

A massive orgy under the waves might be filling the homes of Hampshire with an irritating droning that makes it impossible to sleep.


Liking Your Neighbors Could Help Prevent You From Having a Stroke

Researchers have found evidence that strong social ties may be just as important as not smoking.


How Poverty Taxes the Brain

Scientists have discovered that being poor actually impairs our cognitive abilities.


Human Cells Have a Structure Shaped Like a Parking Garage

Scientists have finally visualized the endoplasmic reticulum, and it looks a place where we'd forget where we left our cars.


Your Sedentary Lifestyle Is Turning You Into a Nervous Wreck

But there's an obvious fix.

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A Better Way of Measuring America's Science and Tech Jobs

A new study argues that only half of our so-called STEM jobs require a college degree.


How City Living Changes the Biological Clocks of Birds

Not only do they get less sleep, they also have more disrupted circadian rhythms.

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Super-Large Asteroid QE2 Approaching Earth Today; Time For Doom-Mongering!

Earthquakes! Buildings knocked over! Wrangler jeans spontaneously combusting! What will (not) happen in your city?


We're Only Beginning to Understand How Our Brains Make Maps

The smell of your neighborhood pizzeria and the feel of a cracked sidewalk may be more important than researchers previously believed.


With Portland's Latest Rejection of Fluoride, Science Loses Out to History's Weirdest Alliance of Paranoiacs

How has one of America's biggest cities resisted the medical establishment on fluoridation?


The World's Leading Science Cities

A new study ranks the top cities for physics research around the world.

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The Ultimate Bedbug Solution May Have Been Here All Along

Leaves. Leaves!


New York's Green Roofs Are Crawling With Fungi

And the fungal communities are quite different from what's found in the city's parks.