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On maiden voyage, Boaty McBoatface identifies significant culprit in rising sea levels

Boaty McBoatface has gone where no autonomous vehicle has ever gone before — and come back with answers. The little submarine that could has found a link between increasing Antarctic winds and rising sea temperatures. The robotic sub earned its…

Where do recycled plastic bottles go? Try looking under your car.

Ford Motor Company is using recycled plastic bottles for underbody shields on all cars and SUVs, and for wheel liners on F-Series trucks. Every minute, people around the world purchase 1 million plastic bottles, which adds up to roughly 526…

Scientists have built a foam armor that stops bullets as well as heavy steel

[embedded content] Imagine for some reason you find yourself walking amidst a hail of bullets. What would you rather be wearing? A heavy suit of dense steel armor or … foam? You’re probably not going to want to take your…

Scientists develop a super-strong wood that completely reflects the sun's heat

We’re living in a super materials world. There’s a new kind of plastic that can be recycled endlessly. Even cardboard has been re-invented to be stronger and more flexible. And let’s not forget the extraordinary potential of graphene, a super…

Scientists have made the loudest sound humanly possible

Think humans couldn’t possibly make more of a racket than they already do? Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory beg to differ — in the noisiest way humanly possible. The team in Menlo Park, California, claims to have created…

What is déjà rêvé?

The mind shouldn’t be allowed to play tricks on us. It is, after all, our only interface with reality, processing every sensation in every moment to define our very existence. So when the brain repeats itself, we’ve got all kinds…

This clever spider hurls itself at prey using its web as a slingshot

Some spiders really know how to weave a nightmare. Take, for example, the triangle weaver. Ever so slowly, these spiders — so-named for the shape of the webs they weave — pull a strand of silken webbing until it’s nice…

The Voynich Manuscript: What you need to know about the world's most mysterious book

The 600-year-old book no one can read has been fascinating us for decades, but we’re only recently starting to learn more about it. Named after the Polish-American bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript is…

Scientists discover a new form of ice, and it's like nothing they've ever seen

How do you like your ice? Cold and icy might be your bland refrain. But scientists can rattle off no fewer than 18 different kinds of ice, each categorized as an architecture, based on its specific arrangement of water molecules….