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can we really bring extinct species back to life? and is it a good idea?
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can we really bring extinct species back to life? and is it a good idea?

Bioengineering company Colossal wants to bring back the wooly mammoth and the thylacine. But could they actually do it? And most importantly, should they?

why scientists want to grow a tiny version of you in a petri dish
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why scientists want to grow a tiny version of you in a petri dish

A newly proposed technique for 3D printing human organs and fighting aging requires your embryonic clone. But just for a little bit.

what spiders could teach us about the evolution of brains and intelligence
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what spiders could teach us about the evolution of brains and intelligence

Some researchers are wondering if our conscious minds may spread outside of our bodies and think a study of spiders in their webs could prove their hunch.

scientists find an animal that doesn’t need oxygen to survive
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scientists find an animal that doesn’t need oxygen to survive

We were pretty sure that all complex life on our world needs oxygen. Now, we're not so sure after discovering a small, harmless parasite that doesn't seem to need it.

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
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how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.

world of weird things podcast: purple earth and the search for alien life
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world of weird things podcast: purple earth and the search for alien life

Get ready for a weekly dose of weird science and bleeding edge technology in an audio format, optimized for your commute and downtime.

how to make really complicated science into a political live wire
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how to make really complicated science into a political live wire

Transgenderism and gender fluidity are complicated topics which may be why the media and political partisans are treating them with the subtlety and nuance of a runaway bulldozer.

why the iq police won’t come after you with a brain scanner
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why the iq police won’t come after you with a brain scanner

A new study showing that your through patterns are unique enough to be seen on a brain scan is being misinterpreted as a test run of an IQ detector.

what do we do with what elephants taught us about preventing cancers?
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what do we do with what elephants taught us about preventing cancers?

We finally know why elephants are more resistant to cancers than humans. Can we use the same strategy they do?

do we know what actually causes autism?
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do we know what actually causes autism?

A new study backs up the idea that autism is a genetic disorder by growing neurons in petri dishes.

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