Best of 2016 // #97: Hitting the High Road

It's the big problem in Urban planning:  public transit vs private transit.  Subways are prohibitively expensive compared with buses, but buses slow down road traffic, getting stuck themselves. ...

Best of 2016 // #98: The New Tree of Life

A small, shallow aquifer under the Colorado River's floodplain doesn't seem like a place to hunt for new forms of life.  It turns out, however, that the area...

Best of 2016 // #87: Jewel from the Heavens

In early 2011 a mysterious find got seasoned meteorite hunter Birger Schmitz very excited.  The 3-inch object was not only a mysterious space rock, but also completely unique. /READ...

Best of 2016 // #88: Supernova Shockwave

For the first time, astronomers were able to capture the 'shock breakout' of an exploding star, and it's a extremely brief glimpse into what might trigger a supernova. /READ...

Best of 2016 // #89: Ankle Biters Solved

A huge study into the roots of canine aggression and fear responses has indemnified genetic markers that predispose certain dogs towards such behaviours.  The researchers of the study...

Best of 2016 // #90: Digging Deep For New Bacteria

Microbiologists often look for life in extreme places on our planet - from under the ice sheets to inside hydrothermal geysers.  Scientists in the Appalachian Basin struck scientific...

Best of 2016 // #91: Seeing a Single Photon

While you read this article, millions of photons are flooding into your eye.  In the 1940's, expiriments showed that humans who fully adjusted to the dark could detect...

Best of 2016 // #99: Portrait of the other Woman

Using a particle accelerator, Australian researchers discovered a second, very different face hidden underneath a famous work of art. /READ MORE // Is this a Photo, Render, Painting or What? Researchers...

Best of 2016 // #100: Breakthrough Starshot

2016 may well be remembered as a breakthrough year for stargazers.  On April 12, Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner unveiled Breakthrough Starshot, a mission to send a swarm of robotic...
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