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An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

19 Sep 2019 4:30 am
Does the FDA Even Regulate E-Cigs? Actually Kinda Not

That’s why all those weird, possibly toxic flavorings are allowed—and the lax regulatory environment goes back a century.

18 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
Richard Stallman and the Fall of the Clueless Nerd

The controversial pioneer of free software resigned from MIT over his remarks on Jeffrey Epstein and Marvin Minsky. Stallman won’t be the last.

18 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
Don't Storm Area 51, Begs the Webmaster of the UFO Kingdom

Joerg Arnu loves the secretive military base, documents it on an exhaustive fan site, and wants people to visit—just not all at once.

18 Sep 2019 3:30 pm
Got What It Takes to Compete in Speed Climbing?

Let's compute the power output required to sprint up a vertical wall.

17 Sep 2019 7:30 pm
Why We Need Brain Scan Data Guidelines

Opinion: Aided by AI, brain scans know your past and future as well as your DNA. Determining their ethical implications is vital to scientific integrity.

17 Sep 2019 6:30 pm
The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

A drone company on Great Abaco, in the Bahamas, was prepared to deliver emergency supplies if the hurricane struck. Dorian had other plans.

17 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
James Cameron, Victor Vescovo, and the Saga of the Deepest* Solo Dive Ever

Vescovo says he dove deeper than Cameron. Cameron says not so fast. Perhaps only Poseidon knows for sure.

17 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
A Buzzkill Physics Discovery, a Deadly Miracle Drug, and More News

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17 Sep 2019 3:18 am
Physicists Finally Nail the Proton’s Size, and Hope Dies

A new measurement seems to eliminate an anomaly that has captivated physicists for nearly a decade.

15 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
How Rich Donors Like Epstein (and Others) Undermine Science

MIT’s Media Lab, Harvard, Stanford, hospitals—they all take money from donors. Whether it's to truly help the world, or merely burnish a reputation, the money nevertheless bends the arc of the innovation universe.

15 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

In science, progress is all about building a better model—explaining more with less.

13 Sep 2019 10:30 pm
Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion

After years of digging, archaeologists discover nine medieval graves holding the remains of at least 300 people.

13 Sep 2019 6:30 pm
Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

A hurricane bounces NOAA's sensor-packed plane around with such violence, the crew spends a good amount of time in zero G.

13 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
The Riddle, and Controversy, of All That Missing Plastic

The contentious Ocean Cleanup campaign has an idea where marine plastic ends up. But it's already stirring debate.

12 Sep 2019 8:30 pm
How to Practice Long-Term Thinking in a Distracted World

Bina Venkataraman, author of *The Optimist's Telescope*, talks about the future: how to imagine it, how to be optimistic, how to not kill a million babies.

12 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man's HIV With Crispr

For the first time, a patient got treated for HIV and cancer at the same time, with an infusion of gene-edited stem cells. The results? Mixed.

12 Sep 2019 2:44 am
A New Water Vapor Discovery in Space, SFO Delays, and More News

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12 Sep 2019 2:32 am
Scientists Find Water Vapor on the Most Habitable Exoplanet Yet

A so-called super-Earth with water in its atmosphere has many appealing attributes. But that doesn't mean it hosts life.

11 Sep 2019 11:08 pm
The Best Place to Make Undersea Cables Might Be ... in Space

A startup plans to manufacture fiber optic cable on the International Space Station and then ship it back to customers on Earth. Easy!

11 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
Sean Carroll Thinks We All Exist on Multiple Worlds

In his book *Something Deeply Hidden*, the physicist explores the idea of Many Worlds, which holds that the universe continually splits into new branches.

10 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
Three Ways to Fix the Drug Industry's Rampant Dysfunction

Big Pharma has come under fire for mislabeled drugs, price spikes, and life-threatening shortages. Now a handful of startups hope to clean up the industry.

10 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
The Myth of Processed Foods, an Amazon Walkout, and More News

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10 Sep 2019 3:37 am
Unusual Fluids Flip, Twirl, and Redefine How Liquids Work

New shape-shifting liquids can move or morph on command. One scientist even used them to make liquid cables for his headphones.

9 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
Let's All Just Chill About Processed Foods

Processed foods are bad for you, right? So super-processed, plant-based meat must be terrible, right? Not so fast on either count.

9 Sep 2019 4:30 pm
Are We All Wrong About Black Holes?

A philosopher of science worries that the analogy between black holes and thermodynamics has been stretched too far.

8 Sep 2019 5:30 pm
A Moon Landing Goes Awry, Apple Opens Up on iOS Hacks, and More News

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7 Sep 2019 4:14 am
India’s Moon Landing May Be Doomed

The Indian Space Research Organization says it lost contact with its lunar lander shortly before touchdown.

7 Sep 2019 2:39 am
How to Rip a Crazy Skateboard Loop With Physics

All you need is some topsy-turvy force analysis and this simple equation.

6 Sep 2019 7:30 pm
India’s Chandrayaan-2 Is Ready to Touch Down Near the Moon’s South Pole

If successful, India will become the fourth country to put a lander on lunar soil. The spacecraft will then collect data on the south pole's many mysteries.

6 Sep 2019 4:35 am
Retreat? *Pish*. Democrats Dare Not Speak Climate Change's ‘R’ Word

Canadians call the abandonment of coasts and floodplains a “strategic retreat.” American politicians call it literally anything else they can.

6 Sep 2019 2:13 am
How to Solve a Rubik's Cube, Step by Step

Follow the eight steps described in this video, and you too can start solving Rubik's cubes faster ... and faster ... and faster.

6 Sep 2019 12:22 am
This Huge Electric Dump Truck Never Needs to Plug In

Called the eDumper, the massive truck relies on regenerative braking to recover some of its energy as it slows down. Let's break down the physics.

5 Sep 2019 7:30 pm
CNN Climate Town Hall:

On Wednesday night, the Democratic candidates in CNN's climate town hall weaponized a uniquely human tool: stories.

5 Sep 2019 11:51 am
Hurricane Dorian Science, a Vaping Mouse Experiment, and More News

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5 Sep 2019 4:50 am
Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections

A study in mice finds that inhaling the vapor from an e-cigarette—no nicotine needed—raised their odds of dying after exposure to the flu virus.

5 Sep 2019 3:18 am
What to Look for in CNN's 'Climate Crisis' Town Hall Tonight

Over the course of seven hours, 10 candidates will describe their climate policies. Here are the words and issues to watch for in their answers.

5 Sep 2019 2:07 am
Plastic Will Be the Shameful Artifact Our Descendants Dig Up

Sediment samples show microplastics have been accumulating on the sea floor since the 1940s, the deposition rates doubling every 15 years.

4 Sep 2019 11:30 pm
Why Hurricane Dorian Defied Forecasts and Sank The Bahamas

The storm evolved swiftly and unpredictably. But it was other weather phenomena that caused Dorian to stall, devastating the island nation.

4 Sep 2019 4:30 pm