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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.

The Chinese government wants to build a massive underwater facility in the South China Sea. Chinese officials say it’s meant to search for valuable minerals. But could it have a more sinister purpose?

Catfish in Australia were beaching themselves, eating pigeons. Now we've found their stomachs are full of mice. Who's next?

Some spiders live in colonies with thousands of neighbors and share themselves to death. Autism in women is often misunderstood and undiagnosed, but new campaigns and research may help. Plus, Earth may have entered a new geological epoch due to human intervention.

Social spiders can live and work together in colonies with tens of thousands of individuals. And sometimes, they share food so equitably that they all starve to death.

A team of scientists say that we are officially living in the Anthropocene Epoch, when the world we live in is shaped more by human activity than any other influence.

A powerful Twitter hashtag is raising awareness about how autism in women hides in plain sight and deserves more clinical attention.

The first completely soft-bodied robot is an octopus. Seattle plans to experiment with lowering heroin risks by providing safe drug houses. Plus, a default setting in Microsoft Excel has caused errors in a whole lot of genetics research papers.

Scientists have created the world's first fully autonomous, squishy robot. Learn how its little balloon tentacles work and where its creators want it to go next.

A default setting in Microsoft Excel has a tendency to convert gene names into floating points or dates. A recent study found that 20 percent of genetics papers with Excel charts attached have errors in them.

The Pacific Northwest is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, with the rate of fatal overdoses rising by 58% over 2014 in Seattle alone. This crisis has driven city officials to propose a new approach to the problem: What if the city built a space for addicts to do hard drugs in a safe place, under medical supervision?

Just 715 million years ago, Venus might have supported life as we know it. According to atmospheric chemistry experts, fringe theories about chemtrails don’t add up. Plus, most dogs prefer their owners’ praise to food rewards.

What does your dog love more: your smiling face or a fresh bowl of processed meat goo? A new study from Emory University suggests that praise more than pulls its weight against Kibbles and Bits.

According to an overwhelming scientific consensus, there’s no such thing as chemtrails. But will that be enough to stop people from proposing conspiracy theories?

Today, the surface of Venus is like a high-pressure pizza oven filled with sulfuric acid vapor. But it may have once been habitable, and that could change our search for extraterrestrial life.

Humpback whales save other sea creatures from orca attacks. The parasitic Guinea worm, faced with extinction, has jumped from human hosts to a new species. Plus, your personality may shape your taste in music more than any other factor.

Humans have pushed the parasitic Guinea worm to the very brink of extinction, but our inhuman foe is craftier than you might think.

According to researchers, your personality shapes your musical tastes more than your socioeconomic status, gender, age or cultural background. Rock on!

Marine ecologists have evidence that humpback whales consistently rescue not only their own calves, but other animals from killer whale attacks. Why are they sticking up for seals and sunfish? Is for reasons of altruism? Protection? Or revenge?

Geological evidence may prove that a legendary flood really happened in ancient China. A private company now has permission to land on the Moon. Plus, the government of Ontario is moving forward with their plan to test universal basic income.

A team of geologists just might have discovered proof of China's great flood, shifting our understanding and timeline of ancient Chinese history and the founding if its first dynasty.

The era of private space industry is upon us and with it comes some thorny issues. One big one was just resolved: how do you ask permission to land on the Moon?

Researchers created a (hypothetical) human body evolved to withstand car crashes. Genetically modified mosquitoes could save millions of lives. Plus, higher compensation for CEOs doesn’t indicate better long-term business performance: Why?

How do we fight an enemy like Zika virus or Dengue fever? Outside of vaccines, we often turn to mosquito eradication, but scientists around the world strive to evolve this tactic beyond the use of pesticides and water management. Instead, they're changing the mosquito, sometimes at the genetic level.

A new study suggests that CEO compensation isn’t linked to the long-term success of a company. Are companies overpaying their chief executive officers?

Humans are smart, but we’re also squishy, vulnerable, and prone to putting ourselves in heavy, explosion-powered machines that roll along the ground in excess of 70 miles per hour. In 2014, there were 32,674 car accident-related fatalities in the US alone. So what would happen if humans evolved specifically to survive an auto crash?