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Your weekly dose of some of the world's latest and greatest science news, technological advancements, absurd curiosities and groundbreaking research in everything from ancient history to the future of astrophysics. Join Lauren Vogelbaum and the HowStuffWorks team as they explore humanity's newest discoveries in HowStuffWorks NOW.


07/27/2015: What brought together an Apple founder, a Google executive, Tesla's CEO and a theoretical physicist? Bots on the warpath.

07/30/2015: There's gold in them there sewers - microbial gold. Find out why some researchers at MIT are donning biohazard suits and lowering themselves into sewer systems.

07/30/2015: It was long assumed that nitrates in urban grime are 'locked' in place. Find out how sediment from pollution is belching its way back into the atmosphere.

08/19/2015: Have you ever watched a film and thought, "Oh, I hope she doesn't go through that door."? What if the character could actually hear your thoughts and act on them?

09/01/2015: What happens when a bird needs to be heard over the din of us loud humans? They shout. But at what cost?

09/02/2015: Are you looking for that someone special but you're tired of sending candidates to the Tinder reject pile? Artificial intelligence is here to save the day!

09/03/2015: How do you feel about that money-sucking slot machine? As new research indicates, the human tendency to imbue the three-armed bandit with human thought only gives it more insidious power over the gambler.

09/09/2015: What happens when you attempt to age whisky in microgravity? Who would even think to ask? We have answers for both questions!

09/10/2015: French scientists discovered a 30,000 year old virus frozen in the Siberian wastelands. It's big, complex and we're quite keen to resurrect it in the lab.

09/16/2015: NASA plans to send a Microsoft HoloLens headset up to the International Space Station. Are astronauts getting ready to play Minecraft?

09/17/2015: Perhaps you've caught wind of corpse-sucking tree roots in Ireland. Explore the science of what's going on here and why some folks long for the post-mortem embrace of mother tree root.

09/22/2015: Can abstaining from a wee make you a better liar? Find out how inhibiting the urge to pee crosses over into the dark art of deceit.

09/23/2015: What's the Volkswagen scandal all about and what are the consequences?

We tend to think of ant colonies as a finely tuned eusocial system, but a new study from the University of Arizona explores the essential role that laziness seems to play in the kingdom of the ants.

09/29/2015: It's no yoke. Molecular chemists dare to do what no one has done before them: unboil an egg. Find out how they did it and why (a deep disdain for deviled eggs?).

10/01/2015: How will future mans feed themselves and survive amid a wasteland of plastic garbage? The lowly mealworm offers a potential solution to both problems, with the latest research identifying their curious ability to digest Styrofoam.