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Doing dangerous things in pursuit of new knowledge was par for the course for this Prussian polymath, born 250 years ago this month.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

New distilling technique creates a new, refreshing use for mashed peas.

Brian Owens, Contributor

New research reveals the physics behind the darkening of yellow pigments in old paintings.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Image of a jellyfish chip, mostly translucent, on a black background

Researchers find a new method for making jellyfish into an edible product with an enticing, crisp texture.

Bailey Bedford, Contributor

Ancestors of modern humans may have scavenged calorie-rich bone marrow from already dead animals.

Thomas Garlinghouse, Contributor

Squirrel pokes its head out from a green garbage can, carrying a morsel of food in its mouth.

Animals are often able to adapt to their human-influenced surroundings with remarkable ease.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Chemical analysis shows presence of what was probably a primitive embalming fluid.

Thomas Garlinghouse, Contributor

Researchers develop artificial intelligence algorithm that plays against itself to master several classic games.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Psychological and brain development extends years beyond the end of puberty, new research shows.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

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