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The 10 Weirdest Things in the Solar System

Pierogi moons, rubber duckie comets and spewing ice balls: We have some very strange neighbors among the myriad planets, moons and objects that circle our sun.

March 31, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

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

Capturing a Portrait of Humanity's Home

Vibrant images of our planet are common now, but it was only 70 years ago when we first caught a glimpse of Earth from a height of more than 100 miles. Watch a history of photographing Earth, from the first captured German rockets to iconic images like Earthrise and the Pale Blue Dot...

March 16, 2017 — Nature Video

How to Calculate a Bigger Slice of Pi

For thousands of years people have struggled to pin down pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.

March 14, 2017 — Shelley Sandiford and Lydia Chain

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

How to Build a Butterfly Wing

Iridescent butterfly wings get their brilliance from structures smaller than a wavelength of light. Scientists are now peeking inside the chrysalis to watch these structural colors form as a living butterfly develops...

March 7, 2017 — bioGraphic

This Beat-Bot's Got Groove!

Could the drummer robot lead its cyber brethren to march in sync—or maybe someday even start a band?

March 2, 2017 — Lydia Chain and Larry Greenemeier

Watch Velvet Worms Fire Their Slime Cannons

These deceptively cute purple worms are in fact fearsome predators, launching a net of sticky slime from tiny hoses to capture prey. Scientists are using high-speed cameras to understand how the fluid forces the worm's flexible tubes to oscillate and spray the goo over unlucky insects...

February 23, 2017 — bioGraphic

Planet Formation out of Black Hole Belches

New studies suggest lonely planets flying through intergalactic space were formed by star-destroying supermassive black holes.

February 17, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

Jumping Spiders See with Rose-Colored Glasses

Human suitors may woo with red wine and roses, but these jumping spiders come courting with fancy dress and choreography. Now scientists know more about how spiders perceive their admirers' flamboyant displays...

February 14, 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...

January 19, 2017 — Benjamin Meyers

Is It Time to Give Up on Dark Matter?

There is still good reason to think undiscovered fundamental particles act as gravitational glue for galaxies.

January 17, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Lee Billings and Michael Lemonick

The String and Paper Centrifuge

This toy-inspired centrifuge could enable medical testing in remote locations, and costs just 20 cents to make. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on January 10, 2017...

January 10, 2017 — Nature Video

Where Trade Threatens Biodiversity

These maps show the “threat hotspots” around the world where consumption in the U.S. and Japan impact endangered wildlife. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on January 4, 2017...

January 4, 2017 — Nature Video
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