Fleets of driverless cars could smoothen traffic by at least 35%

The roads of the future could be safer and faster if all cars were autonomous.

Fossil Friday: Alcmonavis poeschli, the second-oldest bird we’ve ever found

Ca-CAW!

Solid-state refrigerators based on “plastic crystals” could one-day revolutionize cooling

In the future, refrigerators could become as small as microchips.

The world decreased coal energy usage for the first time since the Industrial Revolution

Every year, the world used to add more coal-fired power plants. Not anymore!

Nearly one quarter of West Antarctica ice is unstable, melting, study reports

That’s a LOT of ice.

What is the house of the future going to look like?

Bigger, better, faster, stronger. Ok, maybe just better and stronger.

99% of the world’s electric buses are in China

They’re miles and miles ahead.

The ISS starts experimenting with a photo-bioreactor

A hybrid bio-technology could pave the way for future space missions.

Hawaiian ‘supercorals’ that can tolerate warm, acidic waters offer hope for the future

Some coral reefs might be strong enough to survive climate change — but will these be enough?

Bermuda might hold the key to a whole new type of volcano

We didn’t know volcanoes can form in this way.

Study proposes five new rules to prevent antibiotic resistance “disaster”

Appear weak where you are strong. Appear strong where you are weak. Show “humility in the face of natural selection.”

Scientists map global “Internet of Mushrooms”

“I haven’t seen anybody do anything like that before,” researchers commented.

Scientists solve 100-year-old mystery of yellow desert glass prized by Egyptian pharaohs

These exceptions desert gems were created by a powerful meteorite impact.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter makes its 60,000th orbit

Since March 10, 2006, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been continuously looping the Red Planet, collecting daily science about the its surface and atmosphere. On May 15, over 13 years after its first trip around, the MRO made its 60,000th orbit. On average, it takes just 112 minutes for the satellite to round the entire planet — that’s two

*Something* is blasting “cosmic bullet holes” through our galaxy

Clumps of dark matter might be shooting through the Milky Way’s stars.

Ancient Romans used molten iron to repair their stone-paved roads

Potholes have been causing humans headaches since ancient times.

Bedbugs roamed the land along with T-Rex

Bedbugs have been alive far longer than humans have.

Eating processed food linked to eating too much and being overweight

Simple takeaway: eat less processed food.

Researchers create bacteria synthetic DNA

Move away, Nature — come in, Life 2.0.

British scholar claims to have decoded the mysterious Voynich Manuscript

But many critics say that his interpretation is flawed.