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  • Trees aren't an insta-fix for city air pollution

    Trees aren't an insta-fix for city air pollution

    Trees were supposed to be the urban jungle's salvation. After all, trees provide sweet, beautiful shade which helps cool the metropolis, a place prone to overheating thanks to a proliferation of ... More >
  • ISIS video shows off "new" weapons based on old tech

    ISIS video shows off "new" weapons based on old tech

    ISIS is, by all appearances, fighting a losing war. The ultraviolent pseudo-state in Iraq and Syria stunned the world with a series of victories in 2014, but since then it's been rolled back by a ... More >
  • Stephen Hawking says we have 100 years to colonize a new planet—or die. Could we do it?

    We Have 100 Years to Colonise A New World - Or Die

    Stephen Hawking is making apocalyptic predictions again. The respected theoretical physicist warns that humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species within the next century if we don't want ... More >
  • Five things we learned from WanaCryptor, the biggest ransomware attack in internet history

    Five Things We Learned From WanaCryptor

    Recently, some hospitals in the United Kingdom were struck with a peculiar attack: computers taken over, data inside encrypted and held ransom, all for the measly payment of just $300. The attack ... More >
  • If that asteroid had been 30 seconds late, dinosaurs might rule the world and humans probably wouldn't exist

    If That Asteroid Had Been 30 Seconds Late...

    Location is everything, for both homeowners and dinosaurs. When you're buying a house, it's better for your long term happiness to find a neighborhood you like that's close to work instead of ... More >
Marlene Cimons
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Pixabay
Science // 

This chart shows (a) the formation of an ice-lolly, (b) ice-lollies with spikes, and (c) representations of ice-lollies observed at different temperatures.

Sarah Fecht
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Pexels
Fitness // 

Americans are spending $200 billion a year to treat their back pain, and most aren't even happy with the treatment they're getting. They're often stuck relying on addictive pain meds or spending a fortune on physical therapy.

Aparna Nathan
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
pixabay.com
Nature // 

We all know what an egg looks like, right? Well, we might know less than we think—bird eggs can be spheres, teardrops, oblong, and anything in between. An interdisciplinary group of scientists may have made progress in cracking the mystery behind how these different shapes emerged.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Flickr user Joshua Allen
Nature // 

Ticks are horrifying, plain and simple. Even if they weren't vectors for nasty infections, the fact that they swell up like tiny blood balloons and then burst if you don't remove them properly is enough to make you never want to set foot in the woods again. And guess what: they can also make you allergic to hot dogs and hamburgers, which is pretty darn unpatriotic for a tick named Amblyomma americanum.

Sophie Bushwick
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Fiona Moore via Flickr

"Are you allergic to any medications?" I've answered that query dozens of times since a childhood incident when penicillin, taken to treat a minor infection, instead gave me an itchy rash all over my body. So I respond automatically, and call out the common antibiotic. But I recently learned that this diagnosis could be wrong. Penicillin sensitivity can disappear over time, a fact researchers have known for years. So why hasn't my doctor told me to go get an official test? It could be because she doesn't actually know the allergy can fade.

Claire Maldarelli
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Wikimedia Commons

On Wednesday, rapper Albert Johnson—better known by his stage name Prodigy—passed away at the age of 42 from complications of sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder he'd had since birth. Though some medications can help those with sickle cell manage their condition, no cure or real treatment exists to combat the disease. And while better care in the United States has extended the lifespan of those with the disease, they often face a lifelong battle with pain, infections, and extreme fatigue.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
NASA/GSFC

Every few weeks, a telepresence robot rolls by my desk. It's usually a co-worker in a distant office on her way to a meeting, or checking in on the progress of physical things in the office from the comfort of her home.

Kate Baggaley
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

A stone statue from Queluz National Palace in Portugal that has been colonized by lichens and algae.

Rachel Feltman
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Nature // 

When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life. Everyone knows that classic line from Disney's "The Lion King". Kids and parents might have been slightly less charmed by this variation: The wildebeest must cross the river to eat, and a whole bunch of them die in the process. And then everything in the river gets to feast on their rotting remains. Oh, and their bones continue to leech nutrients into the water even after fish and insects have devoured their flesh. Other organisms also eats the algae that grows on the bones. Basically, some wildebeest need to die, Simba.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Pixabay
Nature // 

Talk radio can be scary for humans, but for mountain lions, it's enough to put them off their dinner.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Cdogg30, via Wikimedia Commons
Nature // 

It is almost always hot in Phoenix, but today temperatures are expected to peak at 120 degrees fahrenheit, which has prompted some airlines to cancel flights out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The high temperatures alone aren't necessarily the culprit, but the environmental conditions that come with them can stifle attempts to get airborne. Mix in other variables like the type of plane, the length of the runway, and the conditions on the ground, and we're left with a complex situation that will only get worse as global temperatures rise.

Sarah Fecht
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Pexels
Tech // 

This vial is filled with human blood and a cocktail of drugs, including a full dose of methamphetamine. The man who was carrying it intended to inject himself with it.

Rachel Feltman
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Space // 

It might seem like NASA is announcing a brand-spanking-new "Earth-like" exoplanetconstantly—some far-away world that might possibly maybe have the basic requirements for life as we know it. And it seems that way because, well, that's pretty accurate: it's all thanks to NASA's wildly successful Kepler Space Telescope, which uses the blinking and dimming of distant alien stars to spot planets that might orbit around them. But the latest Kepler finds (219 new planetary candidates, 10 of which are Earth-size and the right distance from their host star to hold liquid water) mark something of an end: this represents the final official planetary search results from Kepler's mission data.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Pixabay
Fitness // 

Vitamins seem something you can't have too much of. Like too much ice cream on a sticky summer day—sure, you can technically go overboard, but the limit is so high, and what's the worst thing that happens anyway? And unlike ice cream, we know that vitamins help keep us healthy.

Sarah Fecht
at 09:56 AM Jun 20 2017
Pexels
Science // 

Before cats conquered the internet, they conquered the world—with a little help from their human serfs.

 
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