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Here’s What Three Mummies Might Have Looked Like While Alive

For the first time in over 2,000 years, these three mummies' faces now stare back at viewers, much as they might have appeared just before their deaths

Citrus Greening Will Ruin Morning OJ, No Matter How You Slice It

Google’s New Maps Reveal That, Yes, There Are Roads in North Korea

A Liberty Head nickel from 1883

1913 Nickel Could Sell for More Than $2 Million

The coin is one of only five 1913 Liberty Head nickels known to exist, though this one has an illicit, serendipitous back story


To Hear Color, This Man Embedded a Chip in the Back of His Head

Because of a rare condition called achromatopsia—total color-blindness—he lived in a black-and-white world, until he and an inventor paired up to developed the “eyeborg,” a device that translates colors into sound


SpaceX Wants to Fix Boeing’s Faulty Batteries, Possibly to Embarrass Them

Elon Musk has been critical of Boeing in the past

A camera passes down through the borehole.

First Signs of Life Found in Antarctica’s Subglacial Lakes

Preliminary tests from subglacial Lake Willard have shown signs of life


Cracking the Code of the Human Genome

This Gun Shoots Criminals With DNA

This new gun shoots the bad guys with artificial DNA, that can then be traced back and identified

Never Listen to a Wine Critic Babble About Tannins Again

Turns out, a lot of what wine experts "know" isn't really based on fact


Why Do Cute Animals Make Us Want to Squeeze Their Little Brains Out?

Sometimes, we just can't handle all of that joy

The earliest known portrayal of patients suffering from syphilis, from Vienna in 1498.

Did Shakespeare Have Syphilis?

Shakespeare acquired an uncanny obsession with syphilis late in life, perhaps along with a few bacteria of his own


Parking Meters, Originally Meant to Keep Traffic Moving, Need an Update

The long history of the parking meter - innocent seeming towers behind much of today's driving woes


We’re One Step Closer to a Real Tractor Beam

In one of a long string of advances towards a tractor beam, researchers at St. Andrews have been able to move things with a beam of light

“No. 2256. Copyist: Musa b. Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Kansusi from the area of Takrakar. Copied in 1144 H / 1731 G in Takrakar (Gao, Mali).”

Library Full of Precious Manuscripts Burned in Timbuktu

After Eleven Years, the DSM-5 Is Finally Finished

After eleven years, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has updated the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

Digital Mannequins Are Replacing Human Models in Clothing Catalogs

Now, fashion retailers are skipping the flesh and bones, and putting their clothes on digitally rendered mannequins

Mongolia Is Turning Politicians’ Offices Into a Dinosaur Museum

Out with the old, in with the…even older.

The triumphant space traveler returned from his/her big adventure?


Western nations fear the technologies deployed in Iran's space program could be used to develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads

Experimental ‘Alcoholism Vaccine’ Gives Drinkers an Instant Hangover

The score doesn’t matter, only the ads.

Meta Superbowl Commercials Just Got a Lot More Meta

Around 1998, Super Bowl commercials got meta. But this year, it's worse. This year, people are running commercials, for their Super Bowl commercials

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