Scientists grew a ‘mini brain’ in a dish that can make muscles twitch

The brain organoid was connected to a tiny spinal cord with surrounding muscle tissue.

How to fight noise pollution (and why your headphones might be making you deaf)

More and more people are blasting loud music in their headphones to cancel out noise pollution — and that’s turning into a major problem.

23-year-old Polish barber may have been Jack the Ripper, new DNA study suggests

This mystery is still far from being solved, though.

Spaceflight activates dormant viruses like herpes

Add herpes and other viruses to the long list of health problems associated with space flight.

This is Opportunity last view from Mars

NASA just released an amazing 360-degree panorama from the final resting place of the Opportunity rover.

Ancestral shift in diet may have changed human speech as well

Softer food gave humans an overbite that made it easier to produce “v” and “f” sounds.

Scientists find out waterfalls can carve themselves — and this might rewrite geology books

Waterfall formation could be far more complex than scientists previously thought.

The hipster effect (or why non-conformists tend to look the same)

We’re all humans, and that might mean that we’re all conformists to a degree.

Brain scans show that actors lose their ‘sense of self’ when taking on a role

Sometimes, the character can take over the brain.

Physicists say sound waves might actually carry mass

And it might be ‘negative’ mass to boot!

Breakthrough could double energy density of lithium-ion batteries

A new polymer incorporated into Li-ion batteries could dramatically improve their performance.

Scientists discover the first coral reef off the Italian coast

It’s less vibrantly colored than tropical reefs but it is still stunning (and fragile).

The amazing Lyrebird can not only mimic other birds, but also chainsaws, theme songs, and car alarms — anything, basically

Meet the incredible lyrebird from Australia. And you thought parrots were cool….

Forgetting takes more effort than remembering

You can intentionally forget memories but it does take some work.

Solar and wind supply more than 10% of electricity in 18 US states

More and more states are benefitting from solar and wind.

Infants can tell friends from strangers just by hearing them laugh

True laughter between the friends is unmistakable even for a five-month-old.

This is what T. rex probably looked like as a baby

CUTE AGGRESSION!

New gravity earthquake detection method might buy more time for early warnings

This means a couple of extra seconds which could make all the difference in a life or death situation.

Eye scan might detect Alzheimer’s disease

A quick, non-invasive imaging of the back of the eye could spot Alzheimer’s disease before the onset of severe symptoms.

Green tea and carrot compounds reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice

Spatial memory improved in mice after a special three-month diet.