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NASA will send a helicopter to Mars with its new rover

NASA has announced they will send a helicopter to Mars, the first in history to fly on another planet than ours, along with the new rover that will launch the red planet in just...

Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ really happen?

In the 2004 film  The Day After Tomorrow climate warming causes an abrupt collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), which in turn leads to catastrophic events like tornadoes destroying Los Angeles, New York...

El Niño heat sets off waves of dengue fever

New research shows that epidemics of dengue—caused by a mosquito-borne virus—across southeast Asia appear to be linked to the abnormally high temperatures brought by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Now, as the most intense El...

Medical magnet can change how we blame and punish

A specific type of magnetic stimulation to the brain can disrupt and change people’s decisions about guilt and punishment. Juries in criminal cases typically decide if someone is guilty, then a judge determines a suitable...

Placebos may predict if antidepressants will work

When it comes to treating depression, how well a person responds to a placebo may determine how well they’ll respond to a real medication, new research finds. People who can muster their brain’s own chemical...

Rosetta: preparing for perihelion

Perihelion basics What is perihelion exactly? Perihelion is the closest point a Solar System object gets to the Sun along its orbit (aphelion is the term given to the most distant point). The term derives from...

False alarm: Southern Ocean is still soaking up CO2

Like a giant lung, the Southern Ocean seasonally absorbs vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and releases some of it back later in the year—but not all. The end result: The ocean...

Mars to trade its moon Phobos for a ring

Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet, but probably won’t smash into the red planet’s surface. Instead, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a...

Fewer flowers mean bumblebee tongues are shrinking

Rising temperatures in mountains around the world have led to a decline in flowers—which has in turn led to a decline in bumblebee populations. But two species have figured out a way to survive: They...

City birds are smarter than their country cousins

Birds living in urban environments are smarter than those from rural environments. An ability to exploit new resources to adapt to their environment is what gives them the edge, scientists say. A first-ever study of...
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