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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.

Virgin Shark Births, Weighted Anxiety Blankets, and a Border Wall's Impact on Wildlife

 Virgin Shark Births, Weighted Anxiety Blankets, and a Border Wall's Impact on Wildlife

A zebra shark has given birth to viable babies without a mate. Weighted blankets may help people battle anxiety and insomnia. Plus: How much damage would a U.S. boarder wall do to local wildlife? See more »

The Blood of the Young, Crustacean Bioweapons, and Our Oldest Ancestor

 The Blood of the Young, Crustacean Bioweapons, and Our Oldest Ancestor

A proposed anti-aging treatment transfuses young people's plasma into old people's blood. A species of boxer crab clones and carries sea anemones as weapons. Plus, the oldest known ancestor of all vertebrates was a wee sack of teeth. See more »

Tornadoes Demystified, Global Medicine, and Why the President's First 100 Days Matter

 Tornadoes Demystified, Global Medicine, and Why the President's First 100 Days Matter

Tornadoes' centers leave you cold and breathless; now we know how. Underuse and overuse of particular medical treatments is a global problem. Plus, the history and politics behind the importance of a president's first 100 days. See more »

Wonder Woman's Creator, School Suspensions' Effects, and Charging in Airplane Mode

 Wonder Woman's Creator, School Suspensions' Effects, and Charging in Airplane Mode

Wonder Woman's iconic themes of truth, matriarchy, and bondage reflect on her fascinating creator. Schools are suspending more students than ever, with lasting effects. Plus: Do smartphones really charge faster in airplane mode? See more »

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 »