Rachel Kaufman

Rachel Kaufman

Rachel Kaufman is a writer and editor covering science, technology, and business and the intersection of the three.

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National Geographic

Pictures: Fire Ant Swarms Form Living Life Rafts

When a fire ant colony is flooded, the bugs use their natural buoyancy to form life rafts that can last for weeks, a new study shows.

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New Planet May Be Among Most Earthlike—Weather Permitting

An alien world 36 light-years away may be one of the most Earthlike known—if it has enough clouds, a new study predicts.

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Astronauts Walk on "Mars," Start Experiments

After months of simulated space travel, three astronauts have ventured into a darkened, sand-filed room designed to look like Mars.

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Bee Viruses Spread via Flower Pollen, Study Says

Viruses that could play a role in the recent decline in honeybee colonies may be spreading through flower pollen, new research finds.

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Bumblebees Taking a Nosedive in North America

A European fungus may be to blame for the rapid decline of four once common bee species in North America, experts say.

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Dreams Make You Smarter, More Creative, Studies Suggest

REM sleep boosts memory, creativity, and more, experts announce.

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Earth-Size Planet Has Hot and Steamy Atmosphere?

An Earth-size planet orbiting a dim, red star either has a blanket of ultrahot steam or a noxious, cloudy haze of hydrogen, new data reveal.

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Heaviest Antimatter Found; Made in U.S. Atom Smasher

In a kind of reverse alchemy, physicists turned gold into samples of the heaviest antimatter particle yet found, researchers announced.

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How Do Giant Pandas Survive on Bamboo Diets?

Panda poop has offered scientists clues to how the iconic bears keep high-fiber diets when they have the guts of carnivores.

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Lost Roman Codex Fragments Found in Book Binding

Scraps of paper recovered from a set of 16th-century books are from a compilation of 3rd-century Roman laws thought to have been lost to history, scientists say.

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Mutant Mosquitoes Not Repelled by DEET

The popular bug-repelling chemical DEET has lost its power against some disease-carrying mosquitoes, a new study says.

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Mutated DNA Causes No-Fingerprint Disease

A genetic mutation causes a very rare few to be born without fingerprints, a new study says.

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New Bacteria Found on Titanic; Eats Metal

The metal-munching bacteria found on the famous wreck may help teach engineers how to protect deep-sea oil rigs, experts say.

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New Species Found: Thai Fossils Reveal Ancient Primate

A handful of fossil jaws from a Thai coal mine belong to a new species of nocturnal primates called tarsiers, scientists say.