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Hier — 18 février 2020Discover Mag

A Dream Not Deferred

Lebanese-born medical researcher Huda Zoghbi surmounted civil war and daunting scientific challenges to unravel mysteries of crippling neurological disorders.

Return to Shanidar: Surprise Neanderthal Skeleton Find at Famous ‘Flower Burial’ Site

More than half a century after Neanderthals were first found at the site, researchers discover another skeleton there.
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Upstairs-Downstairs: Images of Iceland, From the Ground and From Space

Iceland is one of the few places on Earth where you can walk along the boundary between two of Earth's tectonic plates.

Is There Gravity in Space?

Gravity is everywhere, even in space.

These 5 Valentine’s Day Science Projects Will Nurture Your Love of Science

This Valentine's Day, cuddle up with these five citizen science projects -- and one book -- that we love. From watching bumble bees to hunting flower blossoms, they're waiting for you with open arms.

Does the Universe Need Dark Matter to Form Galaxies? A Controversial Model Says 'No'

A new computer simulation can form galaxies without the need for dark matter. Overcoming this hurdle has been a long-standing challenge for supporters of a controversial theory of the universe that claims dark matter doesn’t exist.

Do You Smell Your Romantic Partner's Clothes? You're Not Alone

A study finds the scent of a romantic partner can actually help reduce stress and improve sleep.

Scientists Find a Mysterious 'Ghost Lineage' In the DNA of West Africans

Researchers find evidence that a group of still-unknown humans interbred with our ancestors.

What Science Says About the Potential Healing Effects of Essential Oils

Essential oils smell great. But are they really safe remedies for anxiety, stress, pain and other health problems?

Archaeologists Have Long Sought — But Never Found — The Very First Wheel

Humans invented the wheel over 5,000 years ago, but where it first originated is a mystery.

Betelgeuse is Dimming and Changing Shape, New Image of Its Surface Reveals

The nearby red supergiant has been dimming for a while now, but its exact fate is still unknown.

What Will a Betelgeuse Supernova Look Like From Earth?

Astronomers simulated what humans will see on Earth when the star Betelgeuse explodes as a supernova sometime in the next 100,000 years. 

How Do Stars Produce and Release Energy?

Stars generate energy through nuclear fusion. Here’s an easy explanation into how the process works.

NASA Announces Slate of Discovery Mission Finalists, With One Thing In Common

The four potential targets for NASA's next Discovery Mission have been announced and they're all worlds with lots of volcanism.

The Heat Goes On: Last Month Was The Warmest January On Record

The four warmest Januaries documented in the climate record have all occurred since 2016.

Venomous Snot Helps These Jellyfish Sting Without Their Tentacles

For decades, people couldn't figure out why swimming over upside-down jellyfish made their skin hurt. Scientists finally cracked the code.

Astronaut Christina Koch's 328 Days in Space Are Helping Us Better Prepare for a Trip to Mars

After spending nearly a full year in space, scientists will use Koch’s mission to study how microgravity affects women.

Latest Data From New Horizons' Flyby of Arrokoth Reveals Clues to Solar System's Formation

Data from the tiny world known as Arrokoth reveal brand-new insights into how the planets came together.

A Different Kind of Climate Refugee

Research on past climates is showing how we can help plants that are running out of places to go as their habitats warm.

What Mongolia's Dairy Farmers Have to Teach Us About the Hidden History of Microbes

Dairying is one of the great puzzles of history. An archaeologist set out to unravel it and, in the process, discovered Mongolia's hidden wealth of endangered microbes.

Paleontologists Unearth 9-Foot-Long Turtle With Massive Spikes on its Shell

Longer than any NBA player is tall, S. geographicus cruised around with some serious armor.

We've Sequenced the Human Genome. So Why Haven't We Cured More Diseases?

Unlocking the blueprint to human life was a big step for biology. But most diseases are too complex to pin to a single gene.

How Many Exoplanets Have Been Discovered, and How Many Are Waiting to Be Found?

Astronomers estimate that there are billions of worlds beyond our solar system.

Scientists Can Tell How Old You Are Based on Your Skin Microbiome

Microbes in and on your gut, mouth and skin change predictably as you age.

A Robot Assists With 'Supermicrosurgery' For the First Time

A new robotic device fights surgeons’ hand tremors in precision-demanding procedure.

Naked Mole Rats Seem More Alien Than Mammal. What Explains Their Weirdness?

They live unexpectedly long, don't get cancer and can't feel pain. Oh, and they have a queen.

When Did Ancient Humans Begin to Understand Death?

Our unique awareness of mortality may have evolved before we did.

Is a Patient's Stomach Pain Hours After a Colonoscopy a Sign of Something Serious?

A healthy 59-year-old hops on a plane after a colonoscopy and falls ill. Did she pick up a nasty bug, or is it something else?