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Elusive intermediate mass black holes may hold clues to how their more common supermassive cousins form.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Picture of a person's hand holding the processed wood, which has turned bright white.

Researchers have modified wood not only to make it stronger but to make it capable of cool itselfing, which may lead to energy savings.

Bailey Bedford, Contributor

Image shows busy road with cars emitting signals to each other to assist with self driving.

The problem could be particularly bad in rental cars.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Picture shows rolled joints and the components on a table

Different people respond to cannabis in different ways, making a blood THC level difficult to legislate.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

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

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