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The image shows two clear, water-filled balls sparking while they are being microwaved.

Physicists figured out why grapes and water-filled beads make sparks in the microwave.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Once the tricky political agreements have been reached, how do nations take apart their nuclear weapons?

Benjamin Plackett, Contributor

New system uses a supercomputer and crowd-sourced observations to improve short-term world weather predictions.

Chris Gorski, Editor

A cyber attacker could potentially insert a feature that looks like cancer into a scan, or remove it, researchers warn.

Claire Cleveland, Contributor

Changing weather and planting practices in recent decades have led to increased corn yields, but whether the findings will apply to other crops and regions remains unknown.

Gabriel Popkin, Contributor

Dogs successfully detected malaria parasites in infected children by sniffing their socks.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

Some states still fall behind in election security for the midterms.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Researchers found that adding a full twist made it possible to break spaghetti in half.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New theoretical models help urban planners understand how residents think about clean air.

Jennifer Leman, Contributor

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