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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.

12/22/2015: What's the difference between a compulsive gamers' brain and that of the average Joe? A new study rolls out the MRI machines and took a peak inside their skulls.

12/24/2015: You might think the "Christmas spirit" resides beyond the realm of science, but you'd be wrong. A team of Danish researchers can now show you exactly how a little holiday stimuli lights up the human brain.

11/23/2015: Researchers in Sweden are using plants to build electrically conductive wires. Could the future of electronics be a garden?

12/16/2015: NASA gets all the funding it asked for and more. What's next for the space agency?

12/15/2015: Gary, we need to talk. About your name. Find out how fickle the naming public is and what nominative determinism is and how it could shape your decisions.

The James Webb Space Telescope is a marvel of engineering and science, and when completed, will enable us to see the first stars and galaxies. Find out about the planning and science that go into building a telescope that can see through time from HowStuffWorks. Special thanks to the entire team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

12/10/2015: How can a quantum computer benefit from time-traveling particles without breaking causality? A new paper from the Nature journal Quantum Information explores...

12/09/2015: Police arrested a woman for a hit-and-run incident after hearing from a witness. The witness in question? The woman's car.

12/08/2015: By the time you hear a sneeze detonate you have T-60 seconds to take cover from the worst of the blast. Find out how a nasty sneeze can transform itself into a cloud of germs.

12/03/2015: Which sex is better at IKEA furniture assembly? How can we tell a female brain from a male brain? Grab an Allen wrench and explore two new studies on sex, gender and the human brain.

12/02/2015: Wikipedia has developed AI to scan articles and look for trolls, vandals and editors with an ax to grind.

12/01/2015: Gene editing: a Michael Crichton-like plot unfolding at the lab, or a procedure that'll become a common tool for fighting disease?

Take a tour of the brand new Jim Henson Collection, open now at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.

11/12/2015: Chronic itching is no joke, and now a new study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies brings us one-step closer to understanding the responsible neurons, all via the creation of super-itchy lab mice.

11/11/2015: In 1893, Chicago hosted the World's Columbian Exposition. Today, only one building from that exposition still exists. But you can visit the entire site through the magic of virtual reality.

11/10/2015: Find out why laughing at unfunny things could be a red flag for a condition called frontotemporal dementia.

11/05/2015: What happens when the parasite inside you develops cancer? A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine explores the grisly possibilities following a Columbian man's bout of tapeworm-derived cancer.

11/04/2015: A city in California will soon feature a new fleet of autonomous buses. Are we entering the autonomous age faster than anticipated?

10/13/2015: Unless you're the 1 percent you’re flying coach, baby. Find out how your coach seat could become an experiment in personal space if two recently filed patents ever come to fruition.

10/29/2015: Our early solar system was a turbulent place. Some models indicate our sumo-wrestling gas giants used to number five -- and a new study suggests Jupiter may have bumped our lost planet right out of the solar system.

10/29/2015: What is the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act all about and why are people so upset?

10/27/2015: It's not a riddle, it's physics: Some materials are solids, some are liquids. But some, like ketchup and fire ants, have properties of both.

10/22/2015: Ever wondered what it'd be like to take a punch from a zombie? Well science can help you out on that. A team of University of Utah biologists created a pendulum apparatus to launch a human cadaver fist forward in a jaw-rocking power jab.

10/21/2015: Since Back to the Future II, people have been asking, "Where’s my hoverboard?" We're going to answer that question.

10/15/2015: Troubled by xenophobic attitudes and a pesky belief in a higher power? Don't worry, because according to a new study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, science can zap those vibes right out of your brain with a little transcranial magnetic stimulation.