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How to watch the super blood wolf moon this weekend

As January 20 turns into January 21, a super moon will shine brightly in our night sky. And so will a blood moon. And a…wolf moon?? And a lunar eclipse! It’s the motherload of lunar extravaganzas, all happening in one night. Of course, these are all the same moon. On Sunday night, stretching into the...

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Why do I get congested when I drink alcohol?

Despite affecting some 50 million Americans, allergies aren’t super well understood. The sparks that ignite your immune system can range from sunlight to onions, and symptoms of an attack are just as varied. For that reason, we’re spending several weeks writing about allergies—what they are, how they manifest, and how we can find relief. This...

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Scientists just discovered 125 million-year-old dinosaur dandruff

It’s no secret dinosaurs possessed their own fair share of dirty habits—most bodies can get pretty gross, no matter the species. But dandruff? Nobody really saw that coming. A new study published in Nature Communications illustrates the discovery of some 125 million-year-old dinosaur dandruff fossils. The findings aren’t just a quick excuse for making a bad Head and Shoulders quip, but...

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Earth’s magnetic pole is moving faster than expected

Feeling a little off-kilter in the early weeks of 2019? Well, so is Earth’s magnetic pole—and it’s been feeling like that for a while. Because of how much and how quickly the pole is moving, geologists are updating the model they use to predict where it will go next a year ahead of schedule. Given that everything...

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How you see these shapes may depend on your culture

As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But while we can appreciate that others might hold different opinions of objects we see, not many people know that factors beyond our control can influence how we perceive the basic attributes of these objects. We might argue that something is beautiful...

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Megapixels: Behold this giant spinning ice disk

The image above might suggest someone dropped a small planet in the middle of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, but (shocker) that’s not the case. It’s actually a big disk made of ice that’s slowly rotating in place. It would be reasonable to think the river’s current is propelling that rotation, but research suggests the...

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Artificial Intelligence Predicts and Combats Crop-Destroying Fruit Flies

Oriental fruit flies are one of the biggest scourges to farmers around the globe, often forcing officials to put crops into quarantine just to keep Bactrocera dorsalis shut out. In Taiwan, where the situation is especially dire, scientists are using artificial intelligence tech that can determine, with uncanny accuracy, where and when an outbreak is about to happen. The current...

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Neuronal Computer Chips Communicate Like Brain Cells

Brain-like computers could soon become a lot more common. Earlier this year, we heard about a project involving DARPA and IBM to create a functioning neurosynaptic chip, which works somewhat like a brain in the way it learns and remembers. Now MIT engineers have designed a chip that mimics the function of a synapse in the brain, in...

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John Koza Has Built an Invention Machine

As a high-school student in the 1950s, John Koza yearned for a personal computer. That was a tall order back then, as mass-produced data processors such as the IBM 704 were mainframes several times the size of his bedroom. So the cocksure young man went rummaging for broken jukeboxes and pinball machines, repurposing relays and...