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SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

The two companies are racing to send astronauts into space. But they also need to bring them home safe, with parachutes that won’t...

Do We Need a Special Language to Talk to Aliens?

Scientists have tried contacting extraterrestrials with a number of bespoke linguistic systems. But we might be better off using our...

Trump Begins Paris Accord Exit, Devices Hacked With Lasers,...

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Trump Can Now Exit the Paris Accord. It's Still a Bad Idea

Today the president can start formally withdrawing from the Paris climate pact. The biggest loser may be the US, some experts say.

Where Do Hippos Wander? An Aquatic Mystery, Solved

Hippos need water to survive, and water is disappearing, leading to growing social unrest among the beasts.

Here’s What Happens When You Leave Weed Up Your Nose for...

A man thought he had swallowed the balloon-wrapped marijuana he was smuggling. He hadn’t.

Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

Physicists have found a new way to conceive of time as an emergent dimension, a kind of hologram springing from the universe’s spatial...

These Rats Drive Tiny Cars—for Science

The rodents that lived in an enriched environment did better at drivers' ed than the rats brought up in standard cages. The implications...

Wildfire Chasers Are the New Tornado Chasers

A strike team of specially trained researchers drive a highly sophisticated truck into the literal line of fire. Their mission: unravel...

Your Brain Cleans Itself, This Jet Lands Itself, and More...

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