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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.


Can private space companies open the industry to startups and move heavy industry into orbit? Jeff Bezos, Amazon and Blue Origin founder, thinks so. (full interview: http://www.recode.net/2016/6/1/11826718/jeff-bezos-amazon-full-video-code)

A dagger tucked into the wrappings of the mummy of King Tutankhamun was only recently conclusively analyzed to determine its chemical composition. And it turns out it’s from space. Sort of.

Is it true the US nuclear arsenal depends on 50-year-old computers? The US Government Accountability Office released a report about critical systems running on outdated technology.

Some farmed salmon may be deeply depressed. Nile crocodiles have been found thriving in Florida. Plus, a former fast food CEO says that raising the U.S. minimum wage would cause restaurants to replace their employees with robots.

Do farm-raised fish come from tanks of stress-fueled depression? A new Swedish study forces us to consider the dark reality of fish farms.

Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi says that if the minimum wage in the US rises to $15 an hour, fast food restaurants will replace employees with robots. Is he right?

Scientists have confirmed the presence of at least a few Nile crocodiles in South Florida. What does this mean for Florida’s invasive species problem?

A food-based supercapacitor could make medical diagnoses easier (and cheesier). The world’s second-ever penis transplant is a success. Plus, dead fish and final exams have caused governments to shut down Internet access.

Ever tried to build a battery out of leftovers? It probably didn't go too well. Leave the task to the experts, such as the Arizona State University researchers who just made a functional supercapacitor out of cheese, seaweed and eggs.

Recently, two different countries restricted at least partial access to the Internet. Is it ever a good idea to do that?

A U.S. cancer patient just received the world’s second successful penis transplant. Here’s how this advancing science brings hope to other patients and combat veterans alike.

Some bacteria can see by using their bodies like a camera lens to focus light. Netflix subscribers may be saving themselves from seeing over 6 days’ worth of ads per year. Plus, researchers are figuring out why we sleep so poorly in new places.

According to CordCutting.com, Netflix subscribers are saved from watching six days’ worth of commercials each year.

Your first night of sleep in a new location tends to be a bit craptastic. Now a new study reveals exactly what's going on in the brain -- and which part of the old headcheese stays awake to keep watch.

Disney may be using a fleet of drones to protect "Star Wars" sets from spies. Virtual reality is proving a hugely successful therapeutic tool for treating paranoia. Plus, a new wearable device claims it can shock your bad habits away.

Could a hefty dose of virtual reality help you with that crippling paranoia? A new study from Oxford University suggests that it certainly can.

Is Disney using drones to protect filming locations for Star Wars? And what does the law have to say about that?

A new wearable tech creator claims he can shock you into changing your behavior, with actual electricity. But does this aversion therapy work?

New 'textalyzer' tech aims to catch distracted drivers and Saudi Arabia will attempt to lessen its addiction to oil. Plus, Elon Musk steers Dragon 2 toward possible 2018 Mars landing.

SpaceX head Elon Musk wants to establish human colonies on Mars. The first, unmanned step in that direction may come as soon as 2018.

Proposed legislation in New York would require drivers in accidents to hand over their phones for analysis. Is that a good idea?

This week Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled a bold plan to diversify the country’s oil-dependent economy, vowing to kick the fossil fuel habit by 2020. But how can the Kingdom accomplish this in just 4 years? Why do they want to, and what does this say about the future of oil economies around the globe?

A computer might have just predicted who will survive in “Game of Thrones.” Researchers have figured out how tiny, mouthless hydras use wounds to eat prey. Plus, it’s been 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster, and local wildlife is thriving despite the radiation.

Tiny, reusable robots could help remove lead from our water supply, and we explain why lead contamination is happening in the first place. Plus, very young children can identify corrupt characters – but they can also be bribed.

As we anticipate a new season of Game of Thrones, a computer program tries to suss out who will be next to die.