Who were the Illuminati?

China’s Artificial Sun Just Smashed a Fusion World Record

On this day in 1837 Alois Schicklgruber was born

How virus detectives trace the origins of an outbreak – and why it’s so tricky

Weird “wheel animals” wriggle back to life after 24,000 years frozen

The rise and fall of the world’s largest lake

A new material made from carbon nanotubes can generate electricity by scavenging energy from its environment

Is Earth’s Core Lopsided? Something Strange Is Going On in Our Planet’s Interior

Shackled skeleton identified as rare evidence of slavery in Roman Britain

People have abandoned hundreds of cats on a deserted Brazilian island. Officials aren’t sure how to save them.

Photographer captures ‘odd but exciting’ crow behaviour known as anting

David Dushman, last surviving Auschwitz liberator, dies aged 98

A day in the life of a flavour inventor

How a ghostly outline revealed the secret of Modigliani’s lost lover

Will a Volcanic Eruption Be a Burp or a Blast?

Why Cuba couldn’t control the internet

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How ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ Saved Disney

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Declassified Cold War code-breaking manual has lessons for solving ‘impossible’ puzzles

The Psychology of Panic

Caffeine fail: New study shows it can keep you awake, but can’t keep you functional

At Pizza Pacaya, the Oven Is an Active Volcano

FDA Approves ‘Game Changer’ Weight Loss Drug, Likely First in a New Era of Obesity Treatment

Could the alleged black hole in the center of our galaxy be a ginormous glob of dark matter?

Where Gender-Neutral Pronouns Come From

NASA’s Juno to get a close look at Jupiter’s moon Ganymede

Somersham headless bodies were victims of Roman executions

Second world war through the lenses of German soldiers – in pictures

How a scientist in a potato field founded the field of radio astronomy

Bing Censors Image Search for ‘Tank Man’ Even in US

Jeanne Baret: Following The First Known Woman To Circumnavigate The Globe

Archaeologists Open Frozen Wooden Box Found on Viking Mountain Pass

This week: Watermelon ancestors, monkey dialects, edible buildings, and more

EVA robot identifies and copies people’s facial expressions

A herd of 15 elephants bangs on doors and hoovers up food as experts ponder its destination

Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft

Collapsing star produces one of the most fantastic explosions ever seen

On this day in 2004 the Killdozer emerged

Electronic nose sniffs out cancer in blood samples with over 90% accuracy

How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers

Photographing the Tulsa Massacre of 1921

Something Wiped Out Nearly All Sharks 19 Million Years Ago, New Research Suggests

Ancient tsunami could have wiped out Scottish cities today, study finds

Pupil Size Is a Marker of Intelligence

Engineers Have Created a Simple Slide Coating That Can Impressively Boost the Resolution of a Microscope

The Fiddly Business of Tracking Australia’s Most Venomous Spider

Right whales born in 1981 grew a metre longer than they do today

‘Mind-blowing’: tenth of world’s giant sequoias may have been destroyed by a single fire

When Men Get Pregnancy Symptoms

Our Universe’s Earliest State of Matter Was Like an Ocean of Perfect Liquid

Mysterious protein makes human DNA morph into different shapes

Why NASA Is Blasting Water Bears And Bobtail Squid Into Space

Venus: Nasa announces two new missions

First Car on the Moon

Samantha Azzopardi: Australia’s notorious con artist sentenced for child theft

Experimental vaccine forces bacteria down an evolutionary dead end

What do you want to dream about? Soon, you may be able to choose.

Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit

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