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Sept. 20 2013 4:28 PM

How a Huge Whale’s Earwax Told Us Its Life Story

For a new study published in PNAS, researchers hypothesized that the wax buildup in baleen whales’ ears could be a window into their lives.

Sept. 20 2013 1:14 PM

How Do You Help People Navigate? Scan Their Eyes.

Incredible eye-tracking software helps hospital designers determine the best place for signs—and clarifying their messages.

Video by Reuters.

Sept. 20 2013 9:15 AM

How Long Will Life Last on Earth?

Researchers used a growing body of detail about planets outside of the solar system to estimate that the Earth’s scrappiest life will hold on for 1.75 to 3.25 billion years.

Sept. 19 2013 3:42 PM

The Man Who Made Nintendo as We Know It Just Died

Hiroshi Yamauchi ran Nintendo from 1949 until 2002, presiding over its heyday with the rise of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s.

Sept. 19 2013 1:09 PM

The First Laptop With Built-In Leap Motion

Already slim in design, the embedded sensor takes up half the space of its external brethren. 

Sept. 19 2013 9:00 AM

Our Sense of Touch Is Even More Incredible Than We Thought

One researcher described it as the ability to distinguish between a house and a car, if you happen to have a fingertip the size of the Earth. 

Sept. 19 2013 7:15 AM

Snake Robots May Soon Be Slinking Around Mars

Mimicking various snake species’ behaviors and movements will give the robot a unique ability to interact with its environment. 

Sept. 18 2013 4:35 PM

This Jetpack Can Vault People 7,000 Feet Up at 50 Miles Per Hour

The jetpack can fly up to 7,000 feet at speeds of 50 miles per hour using a gasoline engine.

Sept. 13 2013 12:17 PM

What Is the Ugliest Animal? We Have a Winner. 

The group formed to champion “aesthetically challenged” endangered species that don’t have the aww factor of some other threatened animals.