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NASA thinks it knows what Ceres' mysterious bright spots are made of

For most of 2015, the dwarf planet has been beaming a mystery back at us. Now NASA has an educated guess that might surprise you.

By October 1, 2015


Rare shark caught off Scottish coast won't win any beauty pageants

Scientists catch an unusual shark that looks like a cross between a blobfish and an electric eel. No wonder the poor species doesn't go out in public much.

By October 2, 2015


Scientists find color of prehistoric bats by analyzing their fossils

Scientists determine the color of ancient bats based on the shape of the melanin preserved in their fossils. If these bats had their own coloring book, you'd only get to use one or two crayons.

By October 1, 2015


Should we ban sex robots? Some scientists say yes, I say no

Commentary: Sexbots are no longer just sci-fi fantasies. While some scientists worry they're leading us down a dangerous path, CNET's Bonnie Burton is more concerned for the robots themselves.

By September 21, 2015


It's alive...again! Scientists waking up 30,000-year-old 'giant' virus

A French team plans to wake up its second ancient virus in two years to study its genetic structure. Have these scientists never seen a zombie movie?

By September 9, 2015


Meet the Nepalese-American death metal guitarist who just found water on Mars

Luju Ojha is a graduate student, guitarist and scientific jack-of-all-trades who helped find water on Mars, all at an age when many people are still living in their parents' basement.

By September 28, 2015


Slower-melting ice cream? Scientists may have it licked

Scientists work to conquer the problem of gooey ice cream dripping on your hands, with a protein that makes it more melt-resistant.

By September 1, 2015


Stephen Hawking says nomadic aliens might crush us

Technically Incorrect: The famed physicist says that simple math makes him believe there are aliens out there.

By September 30, 2015


Ancient salamander in amber shocks scientists

A baby salamander preserved in amber presents a scientific surprise, especially since it was discovered in a place where there are no known salamanders.

By August 19, 2015


Surprise! Pluto is bigger than scientists thought

NASA's New Horizons settles the size debate. Pluto may be classified as a dwarf planet, but it's larger than many estimates.

By July 13, 2015