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Physics meets paleontology: The hotly debated mechanics of pterosaur flight

EnlargeJulius Csotonyi A group of researchers has recently made an astounding discovery. Using an innovative imaging technique, an international team of scientists...

How to go from eating mosquitos in Siberia to leading a NASA mission

Enlarge / Lindy Elkins-Tanton, second from left, and colleagues in Siberia.Scott Simper / ASU Lindy Elkins-Tanton is a Siberian-river-running, arc-welding, code-writing, patent-holding,...

An encyclopedia of geology that’s less a reference than a journey

Enlarge / An amethyst may make a good metaphor for geology as a whole.Getty Images To outsiders, geology can seem as dull...

Scientists blast out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens

The Large Magellanic Cloud, the largest satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. Accurate estimates of the distance to this galaxy help calibrate measurements of...

Lithium costs a lot of money—so why aren’t we recycling lithium batteries?

EnlargeGetty Images Earth Day is April 22, and its usual message—take care of our planet—has been given added urgency by the challenges highlighted...

The ancient origins of glass

Enlarge / This glass fish was found in a fairly modest private house in Amarna, buried under a plaster floor along with a few...

Spiders are much smarter than you think

Enlargexbn83 / Getty Images People tend to associate intelligence with brain size. And as a general guideline, this makes sense: more brain...

300-year-old tree rings confirm recent uptick in hurricane-driven rainfall

Enlarge / Towering longleaf pines in the Green Swamp of North Carolina.Jared Lloyd / Getty Images Tropical cyclones like Hurricane Ida can...

9 past mistakes offer lessons for today’s hot new automakers

The Lucid Air may look the same as the early electric prototype we saw in 2017,...

The great sleep divide

EnlargeC.J. Burton / Getty ImagesRemember the line from that old folk song? If living were a thing that money could buy You know the rich...

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