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China, Kazakhstan, Asia
Though they look nearly identical, according to the fossil record, lacewings emerged about 40 million years before butterflies.
Motherboard
 | Archaeology
February 03, 2016
World
These microscopic eight-legged creatures are best known for being almost indestructible, now scientists found out that their genome contains an unprecedented proportion of foreign DNA.
Motherboard
 | Science
November 24, 2015
World
Imagine if you could unspool a diamond like a ball of yarn, pulling out microscopic threads of the hardest substances on Earth and 20,000 times thinner than a strand of hair.
Motherboard
 | Science
November 19, 2015
World
Bumblebees, it turns out, are the perfect ideal for connected vehicles - they are social, exchanging information with one another, but then they act on that information independently, with their own goals.
Motherboard
 | Science
November 15, 2015
World
Waterlogged cities might seem like stuff of the post-apocalypse, but that post-apocalypse might come as soon as a single generation.
Motherboard
 | Environment
November 09, 2015
World
It’s not just that the ocean is absorbing more heat than at any point over the last 10,000 years, and that its levels are rising. It’s also becoming more acidic. Its very chemical composition is changing. Ecosystems will be reordered, currents altered.
Motherboard
 | Environment
November 06, 2015
Saudi Arabia, Asia, Middle East
The glove works using five flex sensors on the fingers. These detect how the user bends their fingers as they sign, reporting the data to a serial monitor. An accelerometer keeps track of how the user orientates their hand as they sign.
Motherboard
 | Innovation
September 30, 2015
Finland, Europe
The piece, titled "AS Long As Possible," is an homage to John Cage’s piece "As SLow aS Possible." The composer's 1987 organ piece has no set tempo and is intended to be played, well, as slowly as possible.
Motherboard
 | Arts
September 26, 2015
World
This "supertree" was compiled from about 500 previously published phylogenetic trees, and contains all named species - extinct or extant - which amounts to about 2.3 million unique entries.
Motherboard
 | Science
September 21, 2015
World
Over the decades, a lethal mix of overfishing, pollution, intense ocean acidification, and climate change has increasingly endangered the ecosystems and coastal communities that they sustain.
Motherboard
 | Environment
September 16, 2015
Japan, Asia
When the audience applauded for Frois and Yukirin, Pepper started clapping along too.
Motherboard
 | Stories
July 08, 2015
United States, North America
According to the researchers, the power of the light could be dialed down or up, giving the mice a finely-tuned, light-induced high.
Motherboard
 | Science
May 04, 2015
World
If Instagram were to translate your pictures into words, what might they say?
Motherboard
 | Innovation
April 15, 2015
World
If it worsens, acidification could threaten the whole of the marine biosphere, and, obviously, the land-dwelling creatures that depend on it too.
Motherboard
 | Environment
April 13, 2015
United States, North America
The project known as DUNE will span 800 underground miles from Fermilab outside of Chicago to the Sanford Underground Research Facility.
Motherboard
 | Science
March 30, 2015
World
If we could harvest deadly blooms and juice them for fuel, we'd be cleaning up the environment and our energy profile in one fell swoop.
Motherboard
 | Environment
March 26, 2015
Europe
​It's always hard to top a blockbuster first season that left off with a killer surprise ending, but the team at CERN's Large Hadron Collider hopes season two will be even wilder than the first.
Motherboard
 | Science
March 13, 2015
World
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of a giant oceanic creature named Aegirocassis benmoulae, which lived an astonishing 480 million years ago.
Motherboard
 | Science
March 12, 2015
World
A more energy-intensive option would be to couple the building's skin with sensors that monitor changes in light intensity and cause it to stretch automatically.
Motherboard
 | Innovation
March 11, 2015
World
Zoologist Daniel Brooks' findings about how climate change is fueling the spread of infectious diseases have b​een inspired despairing headlines around the world.
Motherboard
 | Environment
February 19, 2015
World
The Mesozoic era is so heavily associated with dinosaurs that it can be easy to forget our own mammalian lineage got its start there too.
Motherboard
 | Archaeology
February 14, 2015
North Korea, Asia, United States, North America
Learn the surprising story of an American computer expert who taught North Korea's next technophilic generation for a few months at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
Motherboard
 | Society
February 04, 2015
United Kingdom, Europe
There sits, in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University, a bell that has been ringing, nonstop, since 1840.
Motherboard
 | Science
January 24, 2015
World
The Atlas robot has already inspired terror around the world thanks to its eerily humanoid design and impressive coordination.
Motherboard
 | Innovation
January 22, 2015
Europe
The Plas​Carb project aims to transform methane created by the anaerobic digestion of food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen.
Motherboard
 | Environment
January 20, 2015
United States, North America
Q​uill is AI software designed to produce data-based news stories and corporate reports in seconds.
Motherboard
 | Science
January 17, 2015
World
The worst off are, as usual, the poor countries who lack technology, political economy and natural resources.
Motherboard
 | Environment
January 13, 2015
Mongolia, Asia
The ability to explore in a noninvasive way allows to try solving the ancient secret without overstepping cultural barriers.
Motherboard
 | Archaeology
January 06, 2015
Japan, Asia
The new year will see at least one fresh, promising, and experimental cleantech idea put to the test.
Motherboard
 | Environment
January 03, 2015
World
If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids.
Motherboard
 | Space
December 21, 2014
India, Asia
By 2030, the new age of coal-fired power plants will lead to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of premature deaths.
Motherboard
 | Environment
December 17, 2014
World
Until we no longer have to rely on the messy stuff, we will still have to pump oil and ship it around the world, and it inevitably means spills.
Motherboard
 | Environment
December 14, 2014
World
The move illustrates a quantum property known as spin, which happens to be one of the stranger yet less-hyped things about particles.
Motherboard
 | Science
December 09, 2014
World
Scientists have gotten their hands on a sample of bridgmanite, a mineral that is believed to make up a third of the volume of the Earth.
Motherboard
 | Science
December 02, 2014
Italy, Europe
While being on the ISS will mean a real paucity of mountains, oceans, and caves, for first time there will at least be decent coffee.
Motherboard
 | Space
November 25, 2014
World
Brandenburg notes that Mars had two ancient civilizations which had a level of technology similar to that of the ancient Egyptians.
Motherboard
 | Space
November 22, 2014
World, Norway, Europe
When all hell will be breaking loose, you better be on your way to Scandinavia.
Motherboard
 | Environment
November 10, 2014
Brazil, South America
In this community of over 60,000 people, almost nobody could explain where they lived.
Motherboard
 | Society
October 25, 2014
World
You could call it Noah's Ark. It might be our salvation in case of global tragedy.
Motherboard
 | Science
October 13, 2014
Denmark, Europe
Forget scuba diving, you can now become a real human-fish hybrid.
Motherboard
 | Innovation
October 12, 2014
Netherlands, Europe
Not everyone agrees with his plan, but this little genius is still bringing hope to many.
Motherboard
 | Environment
September 25, 2014