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Plastic tracks could reduce the cost of Olympic “sliding” events and make the sports more environmentally friendly and accessible.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Scientists describe a physical system that is both below “absolute zero” and above “absolute hot” at the same time.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Ingested bombardier beetles force toads to puke them out.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Scientists examine the environmental impact of the U.K.'s love affair with prepackaged sandwiches.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Scientists propose strategies to build a larger-than-ever space telescope by sending up the mirror piece by piece.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Green plant could help clean up heavy metal contamination at industrial sites.

Brian Owens, Contributor

Researchers find that complex cultural practices tend to proliferate in more niche groups.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

We start the year with a selection of images that look toward distant stars.

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

About 100 years ago Henrietta Swan Leavitt helped prove the existence of other galaxies. She is still inspiring astronomers today (infographic).

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator