Playing computer games could help keep your brain in good shape, new study reports

Super Mario is better for your brain than taking piano lessons.

Boeing wants to beat SpaceX to Mars. Elon Musk: “Do it”

The two companies are in a direct competition, and we just can’t have enough of it.

The story of human dispersal out of Africa started 60,000 years earlier than previously thought

The history of mankind’s humble beginnings has been rewritten.

Woman burns her retinas looking at the eclipse and doctors take the first-ever pictures of such damage

Don’t look at the sun!

The International Space Station is mounting a new device to protect it from space junk

It’s a sensor that will tell scientists how common small, but dangerous debris are.

Wildfires roar through Southern Cali as NASA and ESA satellites watch, powerless to intervene

Immense devastation has been wrought upon California this year.

Scientists find gut to brain connection that controls hunger — and switch it off

The insight could prove useful to battle obesity.

World’s oldest eye found in a fossil in Estonia is very similar to today’s eyes

Not much has changed for the eye.

Hormonal contraception raises the risk of cancer for women by up to 38%

Including the pill, injections, or IUDs.

Intensive weight management can put type 2 diabetes into remission

Want to get rid of diabetes? Just lose some weight.

Google’s AlphaZero surpassed the sum of human chess knowledge — in 4 hours

Feeling outdated yet?

Scientists name 245-million-year-old Horseshoe crab after Darth Vader

The force is strong with this one.

Biology can help patch the flaws in our robots, metastudy reports

Life to the rescue!

Researchers 3D-print shockingly realistic human organ models

This could soon pave the way for real, functioning organs.

Swarm AI correctly predicted TIME’s Person of the Year

The swarm intelligence found the #MeToo movement as the clear winner. It’s the second time in a row it guessed TIME’s POTY.

Oldest black hole found by astronomers — the gargantuan object lies 13 billion light years away from us

It’s the farthest, oldest, and perhaps most mysterious object we’ve ever discovered.

With a 3-D printed attachment, your laundry bottle could order more detergent when it’s running low

Smart or lazy?

Newly discovered amphibious dinosaur had swan-like body but killer raptor claws

A crazy dino chimera.

Squeezing crystals from plant waste generates electricity

A biodegradable plant protein can be crushed to directly generate electricity.

3D-printed “living tattoo” turns bacteria into sensors and computers you can wear