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We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus We’re Learning More About the Contents of that Mysterious Egyptian Sarcophagus

Back in July, Egyptian archaeologists dared to open a strange granite sarcophagus, finding three skeletons soaking in an unsightly reddish-brown liquid. Scientists have now completed a preliminary analysis of the coffin’s contents, offering new insights into the tomb’s 2,000-year-old occupants.

Sewage Study Finds American Drug Use May Be Worse Than We Thought Sewage Study Finds American Drug Use May Be Worse Than We Thought

Our sewage reveals a lot more about us than what we ate over the weekend. Scientists at Murray State University in Kentucky have been studying sewer water for the past few years, hoping to pinpoint the level of drug use within local communities. Their latest research, presented this week at the American Chemical…

What Will Quantum Computer Games Be Like?  

You’ve just booted up a game on a state-of-the-art quantum computer. You’re running 19 superconducting quantum bits on a processor held at near absolute zero. Anticipating its sheer power, you press start and...

There's Water Ice on the Moon—but Less Than Expected There's Water Ice on the Moon—but Less Than Expected

A team of researchers has spotted the signature of water ice in permanently cold traps near the Moon’s poles, a new paper reports.

Misidentified Fossils Could Rewrite the History of Lemurs on Madagascar    Misidentified Fossils Could Rewrite the History of Lemurs on Madagascar   

A leading theory of recent decades is that lemurs colonized Madagascar around 50 million years ago. As they dispersed throughout the island and made homes in its tropical rainforests, those ancestral lemurs evolved into the menagerie of species we see today. It’s certainly a romantic idea, but it might also be false,…

Stop Washing Your Gross Used Contact Lenses Down the Drain Stop Washing Your Gross Used Contact Lenses Down the Drain

I wear my contact lenses most days—especially during the summer when I hope to don some fly-ass sunglasses. At the end of every month, my two flexible lenses’ lives are over. Into the bathroom garbage bin they go.

Ancient Cemetery Packed With Hundreds of Bodies Discovered in Kenya Ancient Cemetery Packed With Hundreds of Bodies Discovered in Kenya

Archaeologists in Kenya have discovered a 5,000-year-old cemetery containing at least 580 bodies. Built by Africa’s earliest herders, the ancient cemetery contains virtually no signs of social stratification, pointing to a surprisingly egalitarian society.

We Need to Pay More Attention to a Deadly Disease Spread by Kissing Bugs, Heart Doctors Warn We Need to Pay More Attention to a Deadly Disease Spread by Kissing Bugs, Heart Doctors Warn

A disease that often causes no symptoms, but which can suddenly become fatal years after a person was infected, is receiving a big spotlight from the American Heart Association (AHA). On Monday, the organization published a scientific statement in its journal Circulation, urging heart doctors in the U.S. to start…

These 3,800-Year-Old Peruvian Carvings Look Like Modern Emoji These 3,800-Year-Old Peruvian Carvings Look Like Modern Emoji

Archaeologists in Peru have uncovered an ancient wall relief dating back to the Caral civilization—the oldest known civilization in the New World. Though whimsical in appearance, these ancient symbols held very serious meaning.

How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep? How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?

An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc.—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or eight hours a night, you should be. And since you’re…

Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Facebook Vigilantes, Ugly Laptops, and Red Tide: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Read anything interesting in the news lately? No, really. I’m still catching up, because for much of the past week, I was vacationing in lovely Cook Forest, Pennsylvania, during which my access to the internet was limited to whatever stretches of 4G could be obtained amid supply runs to town. This was indeed lovely—an…

Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs

There are now enough pigs in Spain that technically everyone could have one, and there’d be pigs to spare. Per the Guardian, Spanish environmental ministry figures reveal that the country now has 50 million oinking piggies, which is about 3.5 million more than the number of humans. That’s the first recorded time the…

How Will NASA Know If Opportunity Is Okay After the Martian Dust Storm?

Nearly all of Mars has been under the assault of a planet-wide dust storm since June. The nerve-wracking question: Is the Opportunity rover okay?

Huge Patch of Universe Is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies Huge Patch of Universe Is Strangely Opaque Despite Its Lack of Galaxies

The mere fact that we live in a universe boggles my mind every once in a while. But thankfully, our cosmic home is a place that follows rules; the laws of physics seem to agree everywhere, and galaxies are uniformly distributed throughout. Except for in this 300-million-light-year-long region, which seems to be…

If You Smell Things That Aren't Really There, You're Not Alone If You Smell Things That Aren't Really There, You're Not Alone

A small but very real percentage of people often smell odors that aren’t actually there. About one in 15 Americans over the age of 40 regularly experience so-called phantom odors. But we have no idea why, according to a new study published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.

Likely Cause of Chipotle Outbreak That Sickened 645 People Finally Identified Likely Cause of Chipotle Outbreak That Sickened 645 People Finally Identified

A mysterious outbreak that seemingly sickened hundreds of Chipotle customers in Ohio might finally have a known culprit. On Thursday, health officials reported that traces of a common foodborne bug called Clostridium perfringens had been found in some of the victims’ stool samples. It’s likely the outbreak was spread…

World's Oldest Cheese, Found in Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous World's Oldest Cheese, Found in Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous

Humans have been producing and consuming cheese for a very long time, as the recent discovery of 3,200-year-old cheese in an ancient Egyptian tomb attests. Delicious though this cheese may have been, it was also a potential source of disease.

This Online AI Tool Takes Your Words and Turns Them Into Nightmares This Online AI Tool Takes Your Words and Turns Them Into Nightmares

We’ve seen lots of machine learning systems create strange new phrases and dreamlike images after being trained on large amounts of data. But a new website lets you do the generating, and the results are just as bizarre as you’d expect:

The Universe's Oldest Galaxies Could Be Right in the Milky Way's Backyard The Universe's Oldest Galaxies Could Be Right in the Milky Way's Backyard

The Universe’s earliest epochs appear to be written into the small dwarf galaxies orbiting our own galactic home, the Milky Way.

FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen

A life-saving but increasingly expensive treatment for severe allergic attacks is poised to become cheaper.

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