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The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia
America’s energy addiction is killing Kentucky.
The Future, as Told by 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3'
How the makers of the popular first-person shooter franchise try to make the future seem real.
The 'LinkedIn' for Cancer
‘Super responders’—patients whose recovery is so remarkable it defies expectation—are being used to help design better-targeted cancer treatments.
Haiti’s Cervical Cancer Epidemic
In much of the world, the disease has been all but cured, but in developing countries it remains a common killer of women.
Air Force Offering Drone Pilots Sizable Bonuses
In an attempt to curb an exodus, pilots are being offered big bucks.
Fossil of ‘Fluffy’ Winged Dinosaur Discovered in China
This quirky-looking creature probably didn’t fly.
Vikings Might Slay Cancer
An age-old fascination with genealogy helps Icelandic scientists chart their nation’s entire genome.
Inside the Pluto 'Truther' Movement
A group of people sees the New Horizons as just the latest phony space mission.
Reddit's New Content Policy Doesn't End Site's Racist and Sexist Communities
Spam and inciting violence isn't allowed, but racism will stay.
Tesla to Model S Owners: Get Ready to Go 0-60 in 2.8 Seconds
The electric car's battery pack is also among the upgrades to Tesla's only offering.
International Space Station Temporarily Evacuated Due to Russian Debris
Debris from a satellite made a "close pass" in a scenario reminiscent of the film "Gravity."
A Scientist Explains Why ‘Mini Ice Age’ News Is Bogus
“A 60 percent decrease would end all life on Earth, forever probably.”
Strep’s Dangerous Cousin, Sometimes Flesh-Eating, Spreading Round World
This bacteria has an unusual cell structure that may make it more virulent.
In Fight to Keep Service Alive in NYC, Uber Targets De Blasio Directly in App
The city's mayor as well as the Taxi and Limosuine Commission have been in a long battle with Uber.
1 Percent of Teens Use Bath Salts, Survey Says
About 1 in 5 teens who've tried bath salts said they’ve used the drug more than 40 times
Researches Hope to Use Virtual Reality to Treat Schizophrenia, Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
Psychiatrists can better help patients deal with situations that can trigger symptoms by virtually placing them there.
Vatican to Hold Climate Change Meeting
The Vatican says human trafficking and climate change are “interconnected emergencies.”
New Image of Pluto Reveals Mountains but No Impact Craters Yet
One day after the flyby, the New Horizons team makes an important discovery about geology based on a detailed surface image.
Wood Bison Calves Born in Wild for First Time in a Century
And soon the animals will begin breeding again.
Your Phone Can Tell That You’re Depressed
A new study found that data on phone use was more reliable in detecting depression symptoms than typical psychiatric questionnaires.
Living Near Fracking Wells Linked to Increased Hospitalization Rates
Researchers saw more heart and brain-related hospitalizations in regions with more fracking wells.
50-Million-Year-Old Sperm Found in Antarctica
The find may shed light on the evolution of worms and leeches.
U.S. Takes Down ‘Darkode,’ a Massive ‘Think Tank for Cybercriminals’
One of those arrested used a botnet that stole personal information approximately 200,000,000 times.
Former CEO of Reddit Gives Ominous Description of What’s to Come
Without Ellen Pao, the company is far more open to criticism, says Yishan Wong.
Amazon's Prime Day, by the Numbers
Amazon Prime customers purchased 35,000 Lord of the Rings Blu-Ray sets in 15 minutes.
Two Numbers: Solar Energy's Price Drop, Ahead of Schedule, Could Help Save the Planet
If saving the planet doesn’t make you switch to solar, maybe the price will.
Coffee Beetle Microbes Can Survive on Pure Caffeine
The findings could help control the pernicious beetles.
New Horizons 'Phones Home': Pluto Flyby Goes Smoothly
The spacecraft’s team waited anxiously for it to “let us know it’s OK.”
Stephen Hawking, Google, Obama and Others Congratulate NASA on Pluto Flyby
Videos, tweets and a Google doodle honor the historic moment in space exploration.
Pluto’s Best Portrait Yet Reveals Complex World, Surface Features
NASA published its most detailed image yet, taken one day before the flyby. Even better images are still to come.