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Amazing creatures that have disappeared off the face of the Earth

Millions of years of earth’s history has led to the rise and fall of many species. Some of these extinctions were caused by human activity, others were …

How do flowers know when it’s time to bloom?

  Researchers have uncovered exactly where a key protein forms before it triggers the flowering process in plants. Until now, no one has pinpointed which …

Dust and starlight shape future exoplanet exploration

  New research sheds light on which stars might be harboring exoplanets that would make the best candidates for future exploration, as well as how large …

Our faces show what we want, not what we feel

  Our facial expressions stem primarily from what we want out of social interactions, not our feelings, new research suggests. “The traditional view of …

Living underwater comes with size limits

  While whales or large elephant seals might make you think animals that live in the ocean are unlimited in size, their growth is actually more …

Next-gen drones will enable cheap, credible threats

  Countries that simply possess deadly, armed drones could change an adversary’s behavior without even striking them, according to new research. …

‘Loud’ thoughts can make the real world seem quiet

  The “loudness” of our thoughts—or how we imagine saying something—influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, research finds. …

Amateur gets first look at supernova ‘shock breakout’

  The lucky snapshots of an amateur astronomer in Argentina have given scientists their first view of the initial burst of light from the explosion of a …

Receiver ‘wakes’ phone from sleep mode when you need it

  Researchers have developed a wake-up receiver that turns on a shut-off device at a moment’s notice in response to incoming ultrasonic …

How ‘mental rehearsal’ preps us for action

  Neuroscientists have discovered how the brain learns physical tasks, even in the absence of real-world movement. It could hinge on getting the mind to …