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Periodical Cicada, Adult, Magicicada spp. Requires 17 years to complete development. Nymph splits its skin, and transforms into an adult. Feeds on sap of tree roots. Northern Illinois Brood. This brood is the largest emergence of cicadas anywhere
Why Do Some Cicadas Appear Only Every 17 Years?

You already know why cicadas are so unbelievably noisy. But why do some of them appear aboveground only every 17 years?

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Brain illustration
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Do We Really Use Only 10 Percent of Our Brain?

It’s one of Hollywood’s favorite bits of pseudoscience: human beings use only 10 percent of their brain. 

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Above the clouds 130 nautical miles below, astronaut Mark C. Lee floats freely without tethers as he tests the new Simplified Aid for Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Spacewalk Rescue (SAFER) system, Sept. 16, 1994. Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-64
Gravity: From Apples to the Universe
How our ideas of gravity have changed from Aristotle to the present day.
conversation with ChatGPT
ChatGPT, software that allows a user to ask it questions using conversational, or natural, language. It was released on November 30, 2022, by the American company OpenAI and almost immediately disturbed academics, journalists, and others because of concern that it was impossible to distinguish
illustration of the walking titanosaurus, Patagotitan mayorum
Titanosaurs: 8 of the World's Biggest Dinosaurs
The largest land animals of all time.
Lightning over a farm field. Weather electricity thunderstorm light energy tree
Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice?
Does this common phrase hold any truth?
A human Inuit skull in a stone chambered cairn in Ilulissat in Greenland. These ancient graves are pre christian and are at least 2000
What Happens to Our Bodies After We Die?
What happens to our bodies after we die isn’t a mystery, but it might turn your stomach.
In this aerial photo, structures are damaged and destroyed October 15, 2005 in Balakot, Pakistan. It is estimated that 90% of the city of Balakot was leveled by the earthquake. The death toll in the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Pakistan on October 8, 2005 is believed to be 38,000 with at least 1,300 more dead in Indian Kashmir. SEE CONTENT NOTES.
6 of the World’s Deadliest Natural Disasters
This list compiles six of the deadliest natural disasters in world history.
Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor and engineer who discovered and patented the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery. He also developed the three-phase system of electric power transmission. He immigrated to the United States in 1884 and sold the patent
Dr. Maria Telkes, September 4, 1956.
10 Women Scientists Who Should Be Famous (or More Famous)
History has overlooked some awesome women for too long.

Spotlight: Mummification

A team of scientists recently recreated the face of Peru's most famous mummy, "Juanita," or the "Ice Maiden." The girl is thought to have been sacrificed when she was between the ages of 13 and 15 some 500 years ago. Mummified by centuries of ice and snow, the body was well-preserved and is just one example of how mummification can occur naturally.


Human eyelashes under magnifcation. Colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of human eyelash mites
Name That Magnified Object!
Can you figure out what these common items are when they're extremely magnified?
3d illustration of small intestines, human body, anatomy
Guess the Body Part Quiz
Taking this quiz requires guts.
Name that Thing - Science, composite: circuitboard, gnomon, eye iris, airplan yaw
Name That Thing: Science
Do you know the difference between a protractor and a compass?
Close up of the eye of a horned owl. (genus Bubo) bird raptor. Cropped version of Asset ID:
Guess the Animal Eyes Quiz
Can you tell these creatures just by looking at their peepers?


How volcanoes work, explained by a volcanologist
How volcanoes work, explained by a volcanologist
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