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Black Holes Could Work as Time Machines — If You Want to Die

Don’t expect to be heading back to visit the dinosaurs any time soon.


Radio Astronomers Capture the Last Gasps of a Dying Star

When stars like our Sun die, they tend to go out with a whimper and not a bang.


Wildfires Are Here: A Toxicologist Explains How To Protect Yourself

Wildfire season is here, and we all need to be prepared.

ByThe Conversation and Christopher T. Migliaccio

This Emerging Brain Stimulation Technology Could Boost Cognitive Function

For decades, figuring out how to enhance a person’s mental capabilities has been of considerable interest to psychology and neuroscience researchers like me.

ByThe Conversation and Shrey Grover

Over 100 Years Later, Astronomers Finally Have a Clear View of Einstein's Wildest Theory

LIGO is finally back — and it’s better than ever.


This Water Sport Can Help People Who Have Brain Injuries

Nothing quite beats riding a wave for the first time.

ByThe Conversation, Katie Gibbs, Andrew H Kemp and Zoe Fisher
Animal Behavior

Why Would Orcas Band Together To Sink Boats? A Marine Biologist Explains This Unusual Behavior

In most reported cases, orcas are biting, bending, and breaking off the rudders of sailboats. How did they learn to imitate this behavior — and why?

ByThe Conversation and Luke Rendell
Exercise Science

This One Type of Exercise is Superior For Brain Health — And It's Easy

We do not need to push ourselves to the point of exhaustion to get cognitive benefits from exercise.

ByThe Conversation, Matthieu P. Boisgontier and Boris Cheval
Artificial Intelligence

This Tech Could Solve ChatGPTs Biggest Long-term Problem

Creating a generative AI model can consume the same energy as a round-trip international flight.


A Dietician Deflates a Common Belief About Turmeric's Health Benefits

Is it really a cure-all?

Personal Health

New WHO Guidance Says to Avoid Fake Sugars — Here’s What You Should Use Instead

The WHO says we shouldn’t bother with artificial sweeteners for weight loss or health. Is sugar better?

ByThe Conversation and Evangeline Mantzioris

The Moon Has a Hidden Resource That Could Sustain Billions of Humans for 100,000 Years

The Moon only has a wisp of an atmosphere — but enough oxygen in the soil to make an artificial one.


In a Shocking Discovery, Scientists Accidentally Capture Human DNA from the Air

Even small amounts of genetic material could reveal information like genetic lineage, gender, and health risks.


Gene Therapy is Upending How Doctors Treat Incurable Conditions

These techniques are also being applied to other difficult-to-treat conditions.


New Research Could Redeem a Controversial Weather Modification Technique

While we have used cloud seeding for decades, it’s been hard to prove it actually works.

Consumer Health

Large Study Flags These 5 Chemicals In Common Products For Safety Analysis

Gaps in laws governing ingredient disclosure mean we often don’t know what is in our products.

ByThe Conversation, Megan R. Schwarzman, Robin Dodson and Ruthann Rudel

Our "Techno-Signatures" Could Help Aliens Map the Earth From Light Years Away

Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that fascinates scientists and the public alike.


mRNA Vaccines Are Just Getting Started, But They Need To Overcome One Big Hurdle

Fear and misinformation about their supposed dangers are limiting the use of these highly effective vaccines.

ByThe Conversation and David Verhoeven

Saturn's Rings Are Only 100 Million Years Old — Which is About How Long They Have Left

One of the biggest “jewels of the Solar System” is on borrowed time.

Quantum Physics

Quantum Physics Could Explain Nearly All the Mysteries of How Life Works

Scientists have made incredible progress in understanding and manipulating biological systems at increasingly small scales.

ByThe Conversation and Clarice D. Aiello