May 28, 2010 Think we've never heard from an alien? A radio transmission recorded in Ohio and translated into six little numbers and letters suggests there's a chance we have.
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Just before he snorted ...
April 29, 2010 There once was a man who liked to spend his time inhaling a lot of different gases. He was looking for a cure to tuberculosis. Some of the gases burned like heck, but one made him feel sublime. But doctors said, "No, thank you; pain is a good thing."
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April 21, 2010 In the 1770s, a scientist named Dr. Joseph Priestley was studying mice to try to understand how animals breathe and how oxygen moved into the bloodstream. One day, he found a note, apparently penned by a mouse, wedged in the bars of the mouse's cage.
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April 19, 2010 A Slovenian jazz choir turns syncopated claps and stomps into thunder and rain. This simple, but astonishing, a cappella feat gradually gives way to a song — actually a cover of the 80s hit "Africa" by the Californian rock band, Toto.
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April 12, 2010 Pythagoras thought there was a heavenly chorus of sounds given off by the planets as they spun around in space. The only problem was ... no one could hear them! 2600 years later, a British design team imagines what that celestial choir sounds like.
April 6, 2010 Imagine if the laws of nature not only allow the possibility of a universe different from ours, but also maybe three, or twenty, or a gazillion universes. Illustrator Sam Molleur did.
April 1, 2010 Scientists have found hundreds of big, gassy planets that orbit close to "their" star, though solar systems with small rocky planets, like ours, have been elusive. This might be because they are hard to detect using existing techniques, but an astronomer says he's getting a bit nervous. He doesn't want to think that we are the exception rather than the rule.
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April 1, 2010 Telescopes and probes send us images of stars flickering in and out of existence on a somewhat frequent basis. But Hubble has delivered something rare to the human eye: the birth of an actual solar system.
Magritte's 1964 painting The Intimate Newspaper gets us thinking: Who is this? A familiar friend or a complete stranger?
March 30, 2010 Two different patients. Two different stories. But a shared delusion. Each is convinced that someone they love dearly is >not that person, but an impostor. A curious disorder known as Capgras delusion involves the distinct feeling that the people around you have been replaced. And no one is certain what causes it.
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Maths in Deauville, Normandy (Rene Maltete)
March 9, 2010 If this photo were a genetics lesson, could you spot what's wrong?
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March 5, 2010 Wanna know what movies might get your neighbor's vote? A New York Times interactive has a breakdown of top Netflix rentals by ZIP code.
Screengrab of starfish from a BBC YouTube video
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March 3, 2010 Right here, right where we live, are creatures so extraordinarily spooky, in landscapes so deeply strange, they might as well be on the Planet Zantar.
Google Earth images of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, Ariz.
March 2, 2010 This satellite view of 2,600 acres in Tucson, Ariz., lays bare the soul of an artist in an unlikely place.
February 17, 2010 So Volkswagen has this new concept car — give it two gallons of gas, and it will go 416 miles without a stop. But German engineers, meet your fuel-efficiency master: the honeybee.
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February 13, 2010 Part of the art of being a field scientist in Africa is to make the animals think you're not watching them. So Barb Smuts had to learn to make herself very dull, and to never look a gorilla in the eye. Then one day, the strangest thing happened.
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