Trying to resist a yawn makes you more likely to yawn — because your motor cortex is wired that way

It’s ridiculous how many times I’ve yawned writing this.

MIT designs robot to be a good pedestrian and not bump into you on the sidewalk

It’s had hours upon hours of simulation training to learn the basics.

Most shark fins and ray gills sold in Vancouver come from threatened, trade-banned species

We’re literally eating the viability of tomorrow’s oceans.

Heavily armored dino might’ve used its plates as status symbols, to attract mates, intimidate rivals

It’s all about passing on your genes.

Blood DNA sequencing reveals there’s a lot more microbes living inside you — and we’ve never seen over 99% of them before

What we don’t know can’t hurt us, right? Right? Guys?..

Researchers design carbon yarn that generates energy from motion or waste heat

I guess we can all be current benders now!

A robotic Buddhist priest can now perform funerals in Japan

It can live-stream funerals, too.

Trees provide hundreds of millions of dollars in services to cities for free, paper reports

Ca-ching!

Dragonfly dual-quadcopter drone proposed to explore Titan to understand how life appeared

The final selection for New Horizons is expected in mid-2019.

Huge asteroid to safely pass by Earth on September 1st, NASA announces

Make sure to wave as it passes by.

This space probe is so small you could lose it in your backpack — and it just got launched into space

Four grams worth of space explorer.

Juice company dumped orange peels in Costa Rican national park in the 90s — it revived the forest

Orange is the new forest.

Waste not, want not: astronauts to turn pee into nutrients, tools on deep-space missions

Stay hydrated up there, ladies and gents.

Book Review: ‘Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve’

A must-read book spanning time and science.

Increasing the price of US cigarettes by just one dollar per pack would lead to one million people kicking the habit

A small increase to bring about huge change.

Learning and exploration might drive teenagers’ risky, bad decisions, not poor impulse control

Ah, adolescence… so glad I’m over that.

Around 4,500 years ago, Vietnamese stone-age traders traveled hundreds of kilometers to sell their wares

Unsurprisingly, they traded a lot of stone.

Scientists use the world’s smallest chisel to investigate dagger-wielding bacteria

Amoebophilus doesn’t play around.

Talking in a foreign language makes our decision more about utility, less about emotion

The language we use really does influence what our brains are doing.

Drug-resistant candida outbreaks in the UK despite hospital efforts to control it

The CDC deemed this fungus a “serious global health threat.”