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A Sweating Robot, the Best Way to Merge, and What Your Phone Battery Wants

A new humanoid robot keeps its components cool by sweating, just like you and me. Drivers who wait until the last second to merge are scientifically correct - and safer. Plus, we bust a few myths about what will (and won't) damage your smartphone battery.


Gun Violence Contagion, Pregnancy Brain, and Dirty Towels

 Gun Violence Contagion, Pregnancy Brain, and Dirty Towels

Research indicates that gun violence is contagious like a disease. Pregnancy causes measurable changes in the brain. Plus, science tells us how frequently we should wash our bath towels. See more »

Lunar Lava Caves, Letting Kids Lose, and Air-Seat Shrinkage

 Lunar Lava Caves, Letting Kids Lose, and Air-Seat Shrinkage

Future moon settlers could live in caves carved by ancient lunar lava flows. Letting kids lose games can actually help them in the long run. Plus, your fellow airplane passengers are closer to you than ever. See more »

Asparagus Pee Science, Tardigrades' Weird Mating Habits, and Criminal Software

 Asparagus Pee Science, Tardigrades' Weird Mating Habits, and Criminal Software

You have some specific genes to thank if you can smell asparagus in urine. Tardigrades were finally observed mating and it's suitably strange. Plus, a software glitch is sending innocent people to prison. See more »

The Bees of the Sea, Tasting Garlic Via Skin, and Probing Alpha Centauri

 The Bees of the Sea, Tasting Garlic Via Skin, and Probing Alpha Centauri

Tiny invertebrates pollinate underwater flowers like bees. Fun party trick: How to taste garlic through your feet. Plus, Stephen Hawking is helping send a probe the size of a cherry tomato to explore another solar system. See more »

When Christmas Was Illegal, and Why 2016 Will Be One Second Longer

 When Christmas Was Illegal, and Why 2016 Will Be One Second Longer

christmas, puritans, history, culture, holidays, celebration, 2016, leap second, timekeeping, new years eve, time See more »

Space Poop, Contact Congress and Elf on the Shelf

 Space Poop, Contact Congress and Elf on the Shelf

How can we better deal with waste in space? Should we rise up against the panopticonic Elf on the Shelf? Plus: Is the internet actually an effective way to contact our elected officials? See more »

Conversational Eye Contact, Presidential Housing, and Samoan Solar Energy

 Conversational Eye Contact, Presidential Housing, and Samoan Solar Energy

Researchers may have pinpointed why it's hard to maintain eye contact while we speak. If Trump declined to live in the White House, it would be unprecedented. Plus, a Samoan island is prepared to switch entirely to solar energy. See more »

A Hot Tub of Despair, Fast Bats, and Teen Tech Creators

 A Hot Tub of Despair, Fast Bats, and Teen Tech Creators

A warm, salty area deep in the Gulf of Mexico kills everything it touches. Bats can fly faster than anyone thought, beating out even the fastest birds. Plus, young women in South Africa plan to launch a satellite as part of a STEM academic program. See more »

Whether California Could Secede, Spotify's Destructive Bug, and Ambient Music Therapy

 Whether California Could Secede, Spotify's Destructive Bug, and Ambient Music Therapy

Increasingly, Californians are considering a campaign to secede from the union. An error in Spotify's desktop app could damage your computer -- update it! Plus, thankfully, ambient music is a proven therapy, and we've got a bit for you to listen to. See more »

A Sweating Robot, the Best Way to Merge, and What Your Phone Battery Wants

 A Sweating Robot, the Best Way to Merge, and What Your Phone Battery Wants

A new humanoid robot keeps its components cool by sweating, just like you and me. Drivers who wait until the last second to merge are scientifically correct - and safer. Plus, we bust a few myths about what will (and won't) damage your smartphone battery. See more »