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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 site of the worst nuclear accident in history is now home to diverse wildlife. Can studying the animals help researchers discover how radiation affects us all?

Tiny robots could be the solution to a pretty heavy problem -- how do we remove toxic metals from industrial wastewater?

The good news is that babies know better than to accept gifts from corrupt puppets. The bad news is that a particularly awesome gift crumbles their moral resolve.

Did humans and unicorns ever coexist? Of course not. Unicorns are mythological. But new fossil evidence suggests that humans DID live alongside a prehistoric creature that might have inspired the legend: Elasmotherium sibiricum.

A computer has used machine learning and 3D printing to create a new painting in the style of the Dutch artist Rembrandt.

A company plans to offer smartphone-ready genome sequencing and analysis for just $999. Is it TMI or the future of health care?

Fanbolt creator Emma Loggins and Farrago Comics co-founder Martin Fleischmann talk about the rise of geek culture and what being a geek means today.

As album sales have declined, touring has become a critical component for music artists.  Now, selling merchandise while on the road just got a whole lot easier  thanks to the launch of a new app called Merch Cat.  We discussed how Merch Cat works with CEO and Founder Vanessa Ferrer at this year’s South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Justin Robert Young talks about developing a game that mimics political debates and what it took to make it a reality.

The legal origins of Georgia’s controversial religious liberty bill has nothing to do with the Christian church.

If you’ve ever taken a ride sharing service such as Uber or booked a room with AirBnB, you’ve already participated in the sharing economy.  But you may not realize how sharing has extended to many different parts of our lives already, including health care, utilities and travel.

Join rapper & activist Killer Mike and author & music industry executive Shanti Das for a conversation about music, activism, and what makes Atlanta special. The discussion was filmed at the ChooseATL house in Austin, Texas.

NASA scientists have designed experiments to find out what happens when a large fire occurs in microgravity.

An extra 2.5 billion people may be living in Earth’s already crowded cities by 2050. SxSW Interactive 2016 has some ideas for how transportation can grow with the population.

Atlanta is quickly becoming a leading example of a Smart City.  What is a Smart City? HowStuffWorks Chief Content Officer Jason Hoch sits down with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to discuss Atlanta's growing role as a modern, forward-looking metropolis.

Biomaterials offer a great deal of potential for humanity's biomedical future -- and now squid sucker ring teeth proteins join spider silk proteins on our wish list.

Experts attending SxSW 2016 agree that autonomous cars will be here soon. But you may never get to own one.

Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth Productions talks about how producing the film Lazer Team depended on the power of an online community.

At SxSW Interactive 2016, robots are a big topic. How will we interact with the robots of the future?

This tiny freshwater predator rips open its own body to form a wound mouth, then seals it closed when dinnertime is over. Now scientists understand the exact mechanisms involved...

Researchers in the Netherlands want to find out if the crops they grew in simulated Martian soil would be safe for colonists to consume.

The Canadian province of Ontario has joined the list of governments that want to experiment with giving everybody free money. According to some experts, this idea could be our only solution in the face of mass unemployment and income inequality due to increasingly powerful computerized labor.

What happened in the early days of the universe? How did the first stars and galaxies form? In just a few years, we’ll find the answers to these questions and more with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. We spoke with Senior Project Scientist and Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather to learn more about how the JWST works.

3/03/2016: Doctors in the UK are working with 30 cancer patient volunteers to test a tumor-destroying vaccine.

You’ve probably seen the PSAs and afterschool specials, but how accurate are they? Does marijuana really affect your emotions and empathy?