Laura Yan

Laura Yan is a writer in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in Wired, GQ, The Cut, Pacific Standard, Longreads, The Outline, and elsewhere.

Stephen Hawking's Voice Got Beamed To a Black Hole

In memorial to the renowned astrophysicist, a song featuring Hawking's voice got beamed to a black hole.

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Watch Hyper-Realistic Skin Get Made for Bionic Limbs

Watch extremely realistic limbs, complete with hair and freckles, get made from beginning to end.

Antarctica Is Melting Way Faster Than Anyone Expected

The continent is losing ice almost three times as fast since 2007, and it's definitel not a good sign.

This Crazy, Cheap Technology Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

Scientists are working on a new method for creating carbon-neutral fuel that sounds like science fiction.

These Brain Worms Turn Ants Into Death-Seeking Zombies

Look inside the head of a doomed ant overtaken by a mind-controlling parasite.

The World's Largest Iceberg Is Melting Away

The largest iceberg ever recorded has been drifting for nearly 20 years. Now, it's at the end of its life.

Declassified NSA Security Posters Are Incredibly Creepy

These vintage NSA security posters are a little disturbing and very incredible.

Scientists Made an Psychopathic AI Based on Reddit

Computer scientists fed AI data from a disturbing subreddit, and taught it to see violence almost everywhere.

Scientists Made a Taxidermy Bird Robot for Research

The bird-on-wheels is designed to study grouse mating habits using economic theory.

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These Artificial Nerves Could Allow Prosthetic Limbs to Feel
Scientists created artificial nerves that triggered a reaction in cockroach muscle. One day, this could mean serious improvements for h…
Meet the 240-Million-Year-Old "Mother of All Lizards"

Scientists discovered a fossil of the oldest ancestor of reptiles, she's 240 million years old.

This Aerial Robot Changes Shape Mid Flight

A flying robot can fold its wings midflight, just as birds do.

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Scientists Are Teaching AI to do Household Chores

Someday, AI robot assistants might be able to make you a coffee after watching you do it.

Scientists Just 3D Printed a Human Cornea

These 3d printed artificial corneas could help millions restore their vision.

This Ancient Mummified Bird Is Actually a Mummified Baby

Scientists discovered that an Egyptian mummy labelled "hawk" is actually a baby with a rare condition.

This Stretchy, Inflatable Material Could Build the Cars of the Future

MIT and BMW are researching 3D-printing new forms of air technology that could completely change car interiors.

Humans Make Up a Teeny-Tiny Percentage of the Earth's Biomass

Humans occupy 1/10,000th of the Earth's carbon mass, but our impact on the rest of the world is huge.

Scientists Discover a Dinosaur Tail Preserved in Amber

The amber sample showcased the delicate tail feathers of a tiny dinosaur.

Star Wars Characters Get Reimagined as Incredible Fictional Insects

Star Wars, meet entomology. This fictional series of bug illustrations inspired by the sci-fi universe is incredible.

Can DNA Sampling Finally Unveil the Loch Ness Monster?

A team of researchers are combing through the waters of the Loch Ness for DNA evidence of the mythical beast.

An Early Hacker Used a Cereal Box Whistle to Take Over Phone Lines

The cereal box toy whistle inspired the development of a device that would seriously inspire Apple founders.

Why Was This Baby's Hand Mummified, But Not the Rest of Its Body?

Archeologists solves the mystery of a mummified baby hand, attached to a non-mummified body.

Green-Blooded Lizards Live With a Pigment That Should Kill Them

Not only is the green blood unusual, but it's made of a destructive pigment that typically kills.

A Biohacker Created Surgically Implanted Sensors to Track Cows

The subcutaneous devices are designed to monitor cattle and provide data...but their inventor really wants them to be used in humans.

Science Says Your Bed Is Dirtier Than a Chimpanzee's

It turns out, chimps sleep in much neater nests than we do.

Scientists Just Transferred Memories From One Creature to Another

Sea snails picked up memories of another snail, in an experiment that hasn't been replicated since the 1960s.

These Mating Male Beetles Are Not Gay, Just Incompetent

Researchers have discovered that male beetles mate with either gender when the stakes are low, and mating mistakes don't matter

AI Created DOOM Game Levels That Are Totally Playable

AI designed levels were so good other AI pegged it as manmade, which could mean great news for game developers.

This Secretive Harvard Startup is Trying to Reverse Aging

Founded by a legendary scientist, the startup is experimenting with reversing aging in dogs (and maybe someday, in humans).