• When we finally go to Mars, we might end up living in giant metal cans

    Go to Mars, Live in a Can

    If humans are ever really going to make it to Mars, we're going to need a bigger boat. Today's spaceships are built for short hauls to and from the International Space Station, a mere six or so ... More >
  • NASA's newly released video archives contain a skyfull of goodies

    NASA's Video Archives: Crack for Space-Fans

    NASA is forever linked to space, a plucky government agency bravely hurtling people and robots into the great beyond. Yet the agency has always had as much of an earth-bound mission as an outer ... More >
  • How fentanyl is making deadly drugs even deadlier

    Is Fear of Fentanyl Justified? Yes.

    It's relatively new to America's drug scene, but in the last few years, its victims have included everyone from musician Prince to a 10-year-old boy in Miami. The culprit is fentanyl, a lesser-know... More >
  • Doctors are wearing the new Google Glass while seeing patients

    Who Still Uses Google Glass? Doctors.

    You could be forgiven for assuming that Glass, Google's head-mounted augmented-reality device, had been effectively dead since 2015. But as Google's sister company X, the Moonshot Factory, ... More >
  • Ravens are so smart it's actually kind of disconcerting, new study finds

    Ravens Are Scary-Smart

    A flock of ravens ravaging a carcass may technically be called an unkindness, but the real unkindness is using that term. Everyone is always hating on the smarty pants, but ravens are not ... More >
Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Jamey Jacob
Drones // 

When the sun disappears behind the moon on Monday, scientists will be ready. The astrophysics of the eclipse are known, so for space watchers it will be a time to relax and partake in the strange beauty of day gone suddenly dark. For the atmospheric scientist however, the eclipse provides a shining opportunity to directly study how the sun influences weather patterns by heating the atmosphere. To that end, a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska is going to spend Monday tracking changes in the atmosphere in the path of the eclipse. And to get just how the eclipse changes the weather in the low sky, the team will fly drones during the totality.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Depositphotos
Science // 

Your bartender was right, according to a study released today in the journal Scientific Reports. When it comes to whiskey, a touch of dilution improves the solution. Diluting your whiskey with water makes it more flavorful, especially if it's Scotch.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Pixabay

Look, do what you want with your pubic hair. Shave it off, give it a coconut oil hair mask, braid it, bedazzle it, whatever. Do what makes you feel good. But for heaven's sake, be safe when you're doing it.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
NASA
Space // 

I have a confession to make: I may not go see the total eclipse. And one way or another, I've decided to stop agonizing over that decision. It's really not a big deal.

Jeremy Deaton
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Pixabay
Science // 

Henry David Thoreau once said that a glass of beer would “naturalize a man at once — which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.”

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
ESO/GASP Collaboration
Nature // 

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a barred-spiral, making its way through space like a twirling baton with streamers on each end, carefree. It's a shape that we all know and love. Nothing wrong with that, barred spirals are great. But other galactic shapes are far more mysterious and intriguing to astronomers.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Pixabay

There's a decent chance you'll get some kind of cancer at some point. If you're a man, your odds are one in two. If you're a woman, one in three. Your risk of dying from cancer is only slightly lower: one in four and one in five, respectively.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Xigexi

Part of the reason we take our (or at least, the US's) technological superiority for granted, when it comes to military gear, is aircraft carriers. The US has 10 proper ones, 9 sort-of ones, and everyone else has, well, they do their best. Now China is starting to do better.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Pixabay

If you can send a spacecraft to the moon and loop around our natural satellite one time, or—even better—gently set a rover down on the lunar surface, there could be money in it for you. $4.75 million, to be precise.

Rob Verger
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
SpaceX

On Monday, at 12:31 pm Eastern time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off on a resupply flight for the International Space Station, and among its cargo, in addition to ice cream, was something else very cool: a supercomputer.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Flickr user Christopher Michel
Science // 

You can see how volcanoes tend to spring up along the edges of plates, though it's admittedly challenging given the terrible color scheme here...

Rachel Feltman
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Depositphotos
Nature // 

Raise your fin if you've got alcohol flowing out of your gills

Sara Chodosh
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
Wikimedia Commons

“Bubonic” is almost onomatopoeic. It sounds bulbous and grotesque and ancient. It sounds like something your great great grandmother might have contracted as a child, along with “the consumption.” So when headlines proclaim that the bubonic plague is alive in Arizona (or New Mexico, or wherever) it feels like some archaic monster has risen from the grave. The reality is that it never actually died.

Aparna Nathan
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
Pixabay

Once difficult and expensive even for the most technologically advanced labs, genetic testing is fast becoming a cheap and easy consumer product. With a little spit and 200 dollars, you can find out your risk for everything from cystic fibrosis to lactose intolerance.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
Depositphotos
Drones // 

Forget Smokey the Bear. The Forest Service has a new message for Americans: Keep your drones out of their wildfires.

 
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