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Your weekly dose of some of the world's latest and greatest science news, technological advancements, absurd curiosities and groundbreaking research in everything from ancient history to the future of astrophysics. Join Lauren Vogelbaum and the HowStuffWorks team as they explore humanity's newest discoveries in HowStuffWorks NOW.

A warm, salty area deep in the Gulf of Mexico kills everything it touches. Bats can fly faster than anyone thought, beating out even the fastest birds. Plus, young women in South Africa plan to launch a satellite as part of a STEM academic program.

Increasingly, Californians are considering a campaign to secede from the union. An error in Spotify's desktop app could damage your computer -- update it! Plus, thankfully, ambient music is a proven therapy, and we've got a bit for you to listen to.

A new humanoid robot keeps its components cool by sweating, just like you and me. Drivers who wait until the last second to merge are scientifically correct - and safer. Plus, we bust a few myths about what will (and won't) damage your smartphone battery.

Demand for coffee during the American Civil War lead to a noxious innovation. Haptic feedback may let you learn certain skills without concentrating. Plus, the history behind Super Tuesday – and questions into whether weekdays work for modern voters.

In the future, tiny personal-assistant robots may crawl all over your clothing. We look back at the life of the infamous evangelical cartoonist Jack Chick. Plus: Why didn’t humans evolve the ability to smell water like other animals can?

Engineers from Stanford and MIT recently unveiled small robots that can crawl over your clothing -- while you’re wearing it!

With the death of Jack Chick, we review the cartoonist's life, as well as his infamous Chick Tract comics. How did these pamphlets contribute to satanic panic and offend so many with their rhetoric of condemnation?

The spiny, egg-laying echidna has been identified as one of Australia's keystone species. The Ecuadorian embassy that harbors Wikileaks' founder has cut off his internet access. Plus, certain behaviors on social networking sites can make us less happy.

The daily life of the enigmatic echidna just got a little more clear. Thanks to GPS technology, we know these egg-laying, spiny weirdos also move a colossal amount of Austrian dirt around.

Citing a desire to avoid intervention in America’s election process, Ecuador officials cut off Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange’s Internet access.

Social networking sites contribute to the anxiety that we’re not living our best lives, compared with our peers. This, plus exposure to negativity online, can lead to a cycle of oversharing that chews into our self-esteem. So how do we stop the cycle?

The first semi-autonomous driver's license now belongs to a man with quadriplegia. Autonomous driving tech has also brought us self-driving chairs for long lines. Plus, the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" may have been inspired by a real family.

The way you walk can predict your personality and behavior. Horses can be taught to communicate using symbols. Plus, the advantages (and disadvantages) of bicycle helmets equipped with airbags.

Stanford researchers put air bag bike helmets to the test and found them effective in preventing certain head injuries.

Global warming may reveal a secret U.S. nuclear base buried under Greenland’s icecap. Now that the Rosetta spacecraft is offline, we take a look back at what it taught us about comets. Plus, thousands of women in Saudi Arabia have signed a petition to abolish the male guardianship system.

Sure, Rosetta may have ended its operating life by crashing head-first into a comet hole, but it sure did teach us a thing or two about comets. Let's explore...

Global warming is poised to reveal a secret in Greenland that the United States would prefer to stay buried.

In Saudi Arabia, women have a male guardian who must legally or customarily grant his permission for her to marry, travel abroad, work, attend school and more. Will a petition from over 14,000 women change that?

North Korean authorities are attempting to ban some types of sarcastic speech. A set of human remains was found at the site of the Antikythera Mechanism shipwreck. Plus, China’s decommissioned Tiangong-1 space station may be out of control and heading toward Earth.

China’s Tiangong-1 space station will come crashing down to Earth sometime next year. What went wrong?

Can a government ban a thought? As Orwellian as it may sound, North Korean officials are attempting to make certain phrases illegal, even in casual conversation. Join Ben Bowlin for a closer look at the new edict, the nature of censorship and more.

Indoor cats are healthier (and less likely to be jerks) when you let them hunt. Market research predicts that robots will take 6 percent of U.S. jobs in the next 5 years. Plus, meet the mythical Chinese characters who have inspired comic book superheroes.

According to the market research company Forrester, robots will eliminate 6% of all jobs in the US by 2021. And Walmart seems to be getting a head start.

Cuttelfish had number sense, giving them the math prowess of a primate or infant human, so chew on that -- and maybe don't chew on cuttlefish when they're on the menu.

It seems that cuttlefish have the number sense to rival human babies. Some catfish have added small land mammals to their diets. Plus, China is looking to build a laboratory on the ocean floor – but why?