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Today in science: Voyager 2 meets Uranus

In January 1986, Voyager 2 became the first and, so far, the only craft from Earth to see Uranus up close. It discovered a magnetic field and radiation belts, 2 new rings and 10 new moons.

Why do fatty foods taste so good?

Why do we like fatty foods so much? Fat gives foods some special qualities we like. Plus, the close tie between fat, flavor, fullness, and happiness might be an evolutionary adaptation.

Why the New Year begins on January 1

We celebrate the New Year on January 1 for reasons that are mainly historical, not astronomical. And yet nature cooperates to make January 1 a satisfying time to start anew.

Today in science: Discovery of Ceres

Ceres was the first asteroid ever discovered, in 1801, and it’s still the largest body in the asteroid belt. Nowadays, we call it a dwarf planet, and a spacecraft has been orbiting it!

Today in science: Johannes Kepler

While trying to solve the mystery of the planets’ motions, Johannes Kepler made several false starts, then ultimately discovered 3 profound truths.

Today in science: Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe is known for his partying, his prosthetic nose, and for being one of the greatest astronomers of all time.

Today in science: Edmond Halley

He’s the astronomer for whom Halley’s Comet is named. It was the first comet ever predicted to return.

Today in science: Discovery of Neptune

Neptune is the planet discovered with mathematics.

Today in science: Michael Faraday

Meet Michael Faraday, the man behind the electric motor and theory of electromagnetism.

Today in science: Great Moon Hoax

A series of 6 newspaper articles in 1835 about the discovery of life on the moon (including bat-men and unicorns), supposedly made by famous astronomer.