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Celebrate Hummus and Falafel on February 10th #LovePulses

February 10th is the first annual World Pulses Day, a day put aside to celebrate the many ways these crops are key to sustainable farming and healthy diets. Pulses are the dried...

What the heck is a frost quake?

A frost quake—or cryoseism, if you want to use the scientific name—isn’t a “real” earthquake, because it isn’t tectonic. Earthquakes happen when tectonic plates, the...

How to trick your brain into keeping a New Year’s resolution

Breaking New Year’s resolutions is so time-honored a tradition that companies can actually stake their business model on it. Gyms like Planet Fitness depend on thousands joining...

Exercise really does seem to help with depression

Scientists and the public alike have long suspected that exercise can reduce depression, but the problem with proving it is the same as with many long-held general associations:...

There’s a planet exactly where Star Trek said Vulcan should be

Astrophysicists just found a planet orbiting the star HD 26965, 16 light years away from Earth. Finding exoplanets is always fun, and the fact that this one is in the star’s...

Planet Nine might not actually be a planet

There’s something bizarre lurking around the outskirts of the solar system. It’s 10 times more massive than Earth, about 10 to 20 times farther away than Pluto, and powerful...

You just unwrapped a new device. Here’s what to do first.

When you unwrap a shiny new gadget, you want to start using it as quickly as possible. But first—in order to keep your data safe, ensure your hardware lives a long life, and...

Mars could be a great place to live—for sponges

Finding liquid water on Mars in 2015 bolstered hopes that signs of life lurk somewhere on the red planet. But in practical terms, scientists have more or less ignored whether...

The collision that formed the moon may have delivered the building blocks of life

The origin of the moon and the origin of life on Earth might be more tied together than we once thought. New research published Wednesday in Science Advances suggests the cosmic...

Increasingly Complex Infotainment Systems Place Heavy Demands on Drivers and Driver Safety

Serious Risk to Drivers According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, new vehicle infotainment systems pose a serious risk to drivers. One in three U.S....