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A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History

In 1993, construction workers building a new freeway in San Diego made a fantastic discovery. A backhoe operator scraped up a fossil, and scientists soon unearthed a full...

A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Closes in on Super-Energetic Particles

On April 25, at 10:50 am local time, a white helium balloon ascended from Wanaka, New Zealand, and lifted Angela Olinto’s hopes into the stratosphere. The football stadium-size...

Congress Saved the Science Budget—And That's the Problem

The new budget is here! The new budget is here! To the relief of scientists and perhaps the chagrin of the White House, the omnibus bill that’ll keep...

How to Bring Satellite Data Back Down to Earth

Christopher Richins has had a somewhat obscure to-do item—“start a multinational space company”—on his list since he was a young guy. Back then, he worked for Sea Launch,...

The Crazy Eruptions That Spit Up Diamonds

Diamonds might not be the rarest of geologic materials, but they can be some of the most valuable. Where do we get them all? It takes extremely high...

Quantum Thermodynamics Could Revolutionize Energy and Information Technology

In his 1824 book, Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, the 28-year-old French engineer Sadi Carnot worked out a formula for how efficiently steam engines can convert...

Moms: Your Kids Hijacked Your Brain for Life

One day, a woman is spending her Saturdays doing her normal Saturday stuff—blueberry pancake brunch, curling up on the couch with the cat reading a novel, grabbing a...

A New Trick for Male Birth Control: Switching Off Sperm's Power

Condoms have come a long way from the linen and animal bladder sheaths used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. But the tenets of modern male birth...

Physicists Can't Agree on What Science Even Means Anymore

Apologies to Merriam, Webster, and everyone else who has ever assigned themselves the chore of cataloging how English speakers use words, but science is not a noun. I...

Denying Health Care to Diabetics Makes Just About Zero Sense

Last week, the Trump administration made a new enemy: the American Diabetes Association. During a panel discussion at a forum for health care luminaries at Stanford University on...

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The flexible working phenomenon – what’s holding us back?

We live in a world where the 9-5 office job is rapidly becoming obsolete. The office worker is no longer chained to a...

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