Its apples taste bad, but institutions all over the world want a descendant or clone of the tree, anyway.
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Oxygen is thought to be a biomarker for extraterrestrial life, but there are at least three different ways that a lifeless planet can produce it.
Humanity has mapped the Milky Way better than ever with ESA’s Gaia. But 1.7 billion stars later, there are still no Dyson spheres. Perhaps the greatest ‘holy grail’ in all of […]
Fingerprints are unique, but they aren't a secure method of signing into your accounts, according to a recent report. Jan Krissler was able to replicate a politician's from a few photographs.
1. Nicholas Thompson writes at The New Yorker: There’s something particularly devastating about an attack on a marathon. It’s an epic event in which men and women appear almost superhuman. […]
The second part of Eruptions readers' recollections of the historic May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
As most news bulletins prove, the world is not, alas, an harmonious place. The same point is proved, if inadvertently and on a more symbolical level, by this stunning musical […]
The largest group of uninsured adults in America continues to be young people. Some are underemployed and get no benefits from their employer; more and more are jobless as the […]