Not too big and not too small: when faced with extinction, it pays off to be just the right size

Big and small animals are the most threatened by extinction.

Genetic master switch for butterfly wing coloring found with CRISPR

Only two genes code both the canvas and paintbrush for the intricate butterfly wing patterns.

After exploring Venus’ dark side, scientists find unexpected weather

Strange things happen in the dark.

Scientists just turned light-based information into readable soundwaves

It’s like storing lightning in thunder.

Odd Jupiter-sized exoplanet is hot enough to melt metal but paradoxically pitch-black

It’s the ‘blackest’ planet we’ve found.

What a biologist learned after letting an electric eel zap him

It’s like getting tasered — nine times. At the same time. Professor Catania has the measurements to prove it.

The explosive difference between nuclear fission and fusion

Despite having some things common, the two can be considered polar opposites.

The devastating state of ocean pollution in one depressing photo

The author wishes this photo ‘didn’t exist’.

Cassini spacecraft ends 20-year-old voyage in style, crashes into Saturn

We had a good run!

Main asteroid belt might be a dump for planetary leftovers, new theory proposes

A strikingly different take on the asteroid belt’s origin.

Elephants increasingly become more nocturnal to evade poachers

The intelligent animals have responded to poaching by shifting their foraging patterns.

The first water map on the moon shines hope for human colony

There’s less water than in Earth’s driest deserts. But that’s still a lot more than we used to hope.

Bacteria shapeshift in space in response to antibiotics, becoming far more resilient

Not good news for interplanetary travel.

New AI can detect homosexuality with up to 91% accuracy — but should it?

The backlash was intense. Harsh words were not spared.

Wrapping paper-like spacecraft might one day collect junk and throw it into Earth’s atmospheric shredder

This may be crazy enough to work.

Burger-flipping robot will grill meat in 50 fast food restaurants

This will set you back $100k.

U.S. News rankings driving economic inequality on campus

Top universities admit more 1% earners than the bottom 60% combined.

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome while Alzheimer’s is a disease. More key differences between the two after the jump.

Elon Musk shares full-body pic of SpaceX’s sleek astronaut suit

Space flight just got a lot sexier.

International drug treaties need an urgent revamp as more countries legalize cannabis

Drug control treaties had their time and place. A scholar now argues these are massively outdated.