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At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

At 12, He Had a Viral Science Video. At 14, He Fears He Was Too Rude.

Marco Zozaya in March near his home in Mexico. He aspires to be a science communicator like Neil deGrasse Tyson, but faces the conundrum of internet audiences and algorithms that may prefer drama over scientific information.

How a Church Deacon Found the Biggest Prime Number Yet (It Wasn’t as Hard as You Think)

How a Church Deacon Found the Biggest Prime Number Yet (It Wasn’t as Hard as You Think)

Jon Pace is the discoverer of the largest known prime number, 23.2 million digits long.

Yanny or Laurel? How a Sound Clip Divided America

Yanny or Laurel? How a Sound Clip Divided America

Sound waves are the new internet dresses.

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

Where NASA Put a Parking Lot, Dinosaurs and Mammals Once Crossed Paths

A nearly 9-foot slab of rock found in a parking lot on the grounds of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center holds the fossilized tracks of several dinosaurs and even a few early mammals.

Frozen Insects, Glowing Fish and a Futuristic Suit

Frozen Insects, Glowing Fish and a Futuristic Suit

The International Space Station will stay in orbit for at least four years after 2020, NASA said.

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

Spiderlike Creature With a Scorpion’s Tail Is Found Trapped in Amber

A specimen of the Chimerarachne yingi, an ancient relative of spiders that had a long, whip-like tail that was probably used as a sensory organ.

A Cold War Fought by Women

A Cold War Fought by Women

One of these outfits worn in Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt's study on female aggression provoked a sort of "mean girl" form of indirect aggression. The other attracted little notice at all.

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal With This Picture?

Dozens of common merganser ducklings following Mama on Lake Bemidji in Minnesota.

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

Dr. Odile Madden, of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, holding a piece of degrading plastic for use in trying out new methods of preservation.

In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal

In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal

Wild dogs, apex predators missing from Gorongosa National Park for decades, have been reintroduced and are slowly making a comeback, part of an ongoing experiment in reviving the park ecosystem after years of devastating war.

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

Ice on the Surface of the Moon? Almost Certainly, New Research Shows

New research suggests there is ice water up there, in craters at the poles where it’s dark and cold.

New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’

New Form of Water, Both Liquid and Solid, Is ‘Really Strange’

Researchers used a laser pulse to study superionic water, which is simultaneously solid and liquid.

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

Wild and Craggy, Just Like Thoreau

The view from the summit of "Mount Thoreau" looking south toward the Palisades and the Northern boundary of Kings Canyon National Park.

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A Long, Frozen Rescue and Sharks on Twitter

A helicopter from the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long arrived to pick up the first batch of passengers from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy.

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90%

Largest King Penguin Colony in the World Drops by 90%

The colony of king penguins on the Île aux Cochons, or Pig Island, in 1982, when researchers last counted its population.


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