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Mars

Mars Might Not Have Been as Moist as We Thought

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There’s plenty of science suggesting Mars was once home to water. But new research suggests that much of the evidence, in the form of clay, could have come from lava and not lakes—and that would decrease the chance of life having existed on the red planet. Previously, scientists have assumed that layers of clay found […]

Mosquito

Did Scientists Just Find a Cure for Malaria?

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Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa have developed a pill that can wipe out malaria with a single dose. It’s a development that could save millions of lives in Africa alone, not to mention the rest of the world. But there’s a teensy weensy little hurdle that must first be overcome: […]

Sleep

Learning in your sleep can really stink

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Sleep appears to play a key role in helping the brain consolidate the memories it forms during the day. While past research has indicated that you can’t form new memories during sleep, a new study has found that the brain can establish new associations while sleeping. There’s a catch, though: its capacity may be limited […]

Neil Armstrong

Farewell Neil Armstrong, the Ultimate Test Pilot

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Neil Armstrong — who has died at the age of 82 — was best known as the commander of Apollo 11, but his career at NASA began nearly a decade earlier as a research test pilot. A trained aerospace engineer, Armstrong was a self-described “white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer” who worked at the cutting edge of […]