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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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April Fools' Roundup
1 April 2011 2:26 pm
In honor of April Fools' Day, there are some good fake science news stories circling the web today. Here are a few of our favorites:
Want to be your own Dr. Doolittle? Check out Google's new app, which " translates animal speech into human vernacular." (Be sure to watch the video.)
And speaking of apps, here's a story and a video about gorillas "going ape" over the new iPad . An important clue into primate behavior, or just a waste of time? As head keeper Phil Ridges says in the article, "We thought they would bang them on rocks but they carry them round as if they were babies."
Fossil buffs will be excited to learn about a new find unearthed at the Tower of London that could rewrite evolutionary history. Here's a clue: It's got a single, thin horn.
"Who needs a thumb drive when you can store data in your thumb?" announces this news story. It turns out there's a new program called Sparsh that lets you move files between devices by storing the data in your body. No word yet on how many gigabytes are available in the average human.
And hot on the heels of a Science paper that reported bacteria that use arsenic instead of phosphorus in their DNA, comes a new breed of sea monkeys found feasting on these bizarre bugs. Warning: these guys get violent if you mess with them.
Alas, we didn't run our own April Fools' story this year, but here are a couple of our past attempts to trick you: