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Listen to the Sounds of Knees Cracking

Eavesdropping on the creaks and groans of an athlete’s knee could help doctors track healing after injury or surgery.

August 19, 2016 — Benjamin Meyers and Christopher Intagliata

What Makes Spiders Scary

Scientists hope to learn whether arachnophobes' perception of spiders as larger than actual size causes their fear—or whether it is the fearfulness itself that causes their visual misperception.

July 12, 2016 — Shelley Sandiford and Jason G. Goldman

Jupiter, Get Ready for Your Close-Up!

Juno, NASA’s new mission to Jupiter, reaches the giant planet on July 4, 2016. Among its many firsts, Juno will peer deeper than ever before beneath the Jovian clouds and will deliver the first interplanetary LEGO kit.Produced with support from Explore Scientific

June 24, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun and Lee Billings

Epic Math Battles: Go versus Atoms

In this special edition of 60-Second Science Video, two numbers compete. Which is larger? The number of possible positions in the ancient game of go or the number of atoms in the entire universe?

May 19, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

M.I.T.'s Maglev Hyperloop Pod

Students tackle the challenge of taking mass transit to the speed of sound as they gear up for the next round of Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition.

May 14, 2016 — Jennifer Berglund

Retrieving the Dead from the Bottom of the Mediterranean

An old fishing boat, only 20 meters long but packed with as many as 950 would-be migrants from Libya, sank off the coast of Italy on April 18, 2015. A year later the Italian government is trying to recover and identify the bodies now trapped under 400 meters of water.

May 13, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Mercury's Rare Road Trip

Thirteen times a century, on average, Mercury passes directly between Earth and the sun, creating what astronomers call a transit. It just happened again; this video, created with images from the orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the tiny planet’s silhouette as it makes its seven-hour journey across the solar disk.

May 10, 2016 — Lydia Chain

Profile of Mercury--in Images

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury for four years before its planned plunge and crash into the planet’s surface on April 30, 2015. On May 6, 2016, NASA, the USGS and their university partners showed what they had accomplished during the mission. They presented the first topographic map ever produced of Mercury, along with a color-enhanced view of its northern polar region. On May 9, 2016, Mercury's transit across the solar disk was visible from Earth—an astronomically rare event.

May 9, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

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