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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.

The Danger Episode: Solar Flares, Cosmic Rays, and App Terms of Service

Solar flares may be responsible for deadly whale beachings. New research clarifies cosmic radiation exposure for frequent fliers. Plus, purposefully complex terms of service let apps harvest our personal data. See more »

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

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' 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 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 »

Hear and Now: Pregnancy Brain Is Real

Plus, researchers examined why gun violence seems to spread from person to person, and we learned exactly how often you should be washing your bath towels. See more »

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

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 »

Hear and Now: Tardigrade Mating Revealed!

Also on this week's Now podcast: Researchers just can’t stop sniffing around asparagus-scented urine, and buggy software is sending some innocent people to jail. See more »

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 »