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Google's Top Searches of 2014

Americans looked to Google for information on Ebola, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the actor Robin Williams’s suicide this year—all of which ranked among the hottest search terms of 2014.

December 16, 2014 — Amy Nordrum

A Corpse Flower Blooms in the Bronx

For the first time since 1939, the New York Botanical Garden has coaxed a corpse flower to open its massive bloom and flood the greenhouse with the stench of sewers and rotting meat.

July 29, 2016 — Eliene Augenbraun

Calculating Imponderable Complexity with Quantum Supercomputers

Large quantum computers are difficult to build, but they can answer questions too complicated for conventional computation, unlocking new research possibilities in fields like protein modeling and data encryption.This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 22, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.Nature has full responsibility for all editorial content, including Nature Video content. This content is editorially independent of sponsors.

March 28, 2017 — Nature Video

Tracing a Gaze to Understand Language Delays

Researchers use eye-tracking software to peek inside a child's mind when words fail, reading eye patterns to understand language production and combat conditions such as specific language impairment.

March 27, 2017 — Lydia Chain and Larry Greenemeier

This Itch Is Infectious

Many social animals start to feel itchy after watching one of their fellows scratch, and scientists now have a better understanding of why an itch can spread through a group.

March 9, 2017 — Lydia Chain

Lasers and Drones Help Preserve Ancient Temples

3-D digital preservation not only helps save the memories of historical sites, it also guides restoration projects after natural disasters, such as the earthquakes that damaged the temples of Bagan.Editor's Note: Viewers sensitive to flashing light may want to avoid this video.

January 19, 2017 — Benjamin Meyers

Designer Probiotics for Cancer

New research on mice demonstrates a way to use designer bacteria as a non-invasive test for cancer.

October 2, 2015 — Cynthia Graber and 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

Drones Could Speed Up HIV Tests in Remote Areas

Malawi has started a test program that uses drones to improve access to HIV testing for babies, because factors including poor roads and high transportation costs can result in delays in testing that prevent access to treatment. Sharon Reich reports.

April 25, 2016 — Reuters

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