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Why 10,000 steps a day isn’t the secret to better health
This epidemiologist proved 10,000 steps is a lie.
Trees hold the secrets to centuries of climate data
Researchers constructed a hydrographic map of South America going back 600 years.
This lightbulb is more than 100 years old—and it still works
A former fire chief recounts the story of a light that never burns out.
Neanderthal genes are still helping humans today
Anthropologists have found surprising traits in ancient DNA, including one that may trigger immunity against viruses.
Can we brew our own beer on Mars?
A group of scientists wanted to know if we can grow the ingredients of beer on Martian soil.
How NASA kept its Mars rovers alive long past their expiration dates
Extending Curiosity and Perseverance’s lifespans wasn’t easy. Just ask NASA engineer Matt Keuneke.
How humans have adapted to the harshest environments
From the tallest peaks to the deepest seas, one medical researcher is studying communities on the edge of survival.
These jellyfish seem to cheat death. What’s their secret?
Marine biologists think one species of jellies may hold some clues to reversing aging.
The world’s most diverse group of bacteria lives inside your mouth
Mapping the planet’s microbiomes starts on your tongue.
Aliens could be talking to us right now. This scientist is listening.
Sofia Sheikh’s network is investigating more than a million stars for signs of extraterrestrial life.