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Will math help determine the Illiad's historic accuracy? Image credit: G. V. Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. | Literally Psyched Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one. | Literally Psyched
Storm Scents: You Can Smell Oncoming Rain When people say they can smell a storm coming, they're right. Weather patterns produce distinctive odors that sensitive noses sniff out. This year's peculiar weather patterns—such as drought in the Midwest and a "super derecho" of thunderstorms earlier this summer—are no exception. In fact, as the rains return after a dryspell, many of these odors are stronger than ever. So, what are the scents of a summer storm? Here's a breakdown of three common odors: Storm Scents: You Can Smell Oncoming Rain
My dad had (has?) a terrifying looking ventriloquist dummy he bought when he was in Spain a bit before I was born. Who knows why he bought it. Anyway, when I was a little kid I was fine with the thing, even played with it until one night I had an absolutely horrifying nightmare that it got up and started chasing me around our apartment. I was about three at the time. The next time my dad took the think out, for whatever reason I totally lost it and made him hide it. Vintage ventriloquism portraits were incredibly unnerving Vintage ventriloquism portraits were incredibly unnerving
What Are Science’s Ugliest Experiments? | Cross-Check What Are Science’s Ugliest Experiments? | Cross-Check When I teach history of science at Stevens Institute of Technology, I devote plenty of time to science’s glories, the kinds of achievements that my buddy George Johnson wrote about in The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008). George helps us appreciate what Galileo did with inclined planes, Newton with prisms, Pavlov with dogs, Galvani with frogs, Millikan with oil drops, Faraday with a magnet and coil of wire. (When George demonstrated Faraday’s experiment on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert found the experiment so shocking that he blurted out, “Mother——!”)
How to grow a biological city of the future
Sagan and Druyan: Shared Time in the Cosmos : Cosmic Variance
New Scientist TV: How to survive the next 100,000 years MacGregor Campbell, contributor Will humans be around in the deep future? Given the track record of most mammals, we've got a pretty good shot at surviving for at least the next 100,000 years and possibly even a million years or more. Of course, that's not to say we won't face any challenges. We can expect threats we've encountered before, like colossal volcanic eruptions and pandemic bugs, as well as new ones like out-of-control technology. In this animation, we give you a sneak peek at what could be in store for future generations of humans. New Scientist TV: How to survive the next 100,000 years
Why we have leap days Warning: First, this is a somewhat modified repost from — oddly enough — four years ago. Second, this post has math in it. A lot. Some of it might even be correct. If you are mathophobic, then you might want to skip to the end, where I reveal what Rosebud means. Why we have leap days
The Truth About Pheromones The sight of someone in tears might make you feel concerned. But the smell of tears, researchers say, has a different effect. “You might think—we did—that [smelling] tears might create empathy,” says Noam Sobel, a neurobiologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He and his colleagues had women watch a sad movie scene, collected their tears and placed samples of the unidentified fluid under men’s noses. The tears did not elicit empathy in a standard lab test, but they did reduce the men’s sexual arousal and testosterone levels. Apparently the tears sent a message that romance was off the table. The Truth About Pheromones
Scientists Invent Particles That Will Let You Live Without Breathing
Countdown: 7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe | Untrue Medical Myths & Common Medical Misconceptions Countdown: 7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe | Untrue Medical Myths & Common Medical Misconceptions Robert Roy Britt | January 24, 2012 10:00am ET Credit: sukiyaki | shutterstock Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it's time to worry. In 2007, a study published in the British Medical Journal looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight.
Smallest magnetic memory uses just 12 atoms - physics-math - 12 January 2012 Smallest magnetic memory uses just 12 atoms - physics-math - 12 January 2012 Video: Data storage on an atomic level Talk about doing more with less. A dozen atoms have been made to store a bit of data magnetically – a feat normally performed by a million atoms. The work could one day help shrink the devices that store computer data. Today's hard drives record data using a tiny electromagnet to align the spins of atoms in a metallic film that rotates below it. When the spins of about a million of these atoms are aligned in the same direction, their collective magnetic field can be detected by the electromagnet on its next pass.
The Problem With Eureka | "Indexed in Quotes"
Annalee Newitz of io9: Why I Like Science A woolly mammoth sinks into the tar at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. (courtesy of flickr user jpeepz) Annalee Newitz has written about science and pop culture for Wired, Popular Science, New Scientist, the Washington Post and many others. She’s the editor-in-chief of io9.com (a must-read for any science and/or science fiction fan) and is currently working on a book about how humans will survive the next mass extinction, to be published by Doubleday. Annalee Newitz of io9: Why I Like Science
Are smart people ugly? The Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year Illlustration by Charlie Powell. It's been a few weeks since we posted the questions that the Explainer was either unwilling or unable to answer in 2011. Among this year's batch of imponderables were inquiries like, Are the blind sleepy all the time? and Does anyone ever get a sex change back?
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MORNING GLORY PHENOMENON OR CLOUD SEEDING?
Morning Glory cloud surfing, Burketown 20th September 2009
Weird, Rare Clouds and the Physics Behind Them | Wired Science In August, we posted a photograph of some odd, rare clouds known as Morning Glory clouds without providing an explanation for how they form. In response to reader interest, we followed up with meteorologist Roger Smith of the University of Munich, who has studied their formation. “Over the years we’ve developed a good understanding of them,” Smith said. “It’s no longer a mystery, but still very spectacular.”
By John Timmer, Ars Technica In 2006, scientists announced a provocative finding: A retrovirus called XMRV, closely related to a known virus from mice, was associated with cases of prostate cancer. But other labs, using different sets of patients, found no evidence of a viral infection. Before the controversy could be sorted out, another research group published a 2009 paper containing an even more intriguing claim. How a Collapsing Scientific Hypothesis Ended in an Arrest | Wired Science
Video: Self-Guided Bullet Spots, Steers and Nails Its Target (UPDATED) | Danger Room The U.S. military has been after self-guided bullets for years. Now, government researchers have finally made it happen: a bullet that can navigate itself a full mile before successfully nailing its target. The breakthrough comes courtesy of engineers at the government’s Sandia National Laboratories. They’ve successfully tested a prototype of the bullet at distances up to 2,000 meters — more than a mile. The photo above is an actual image taken during one of those tests.
JR Hott / Panhandle Helicopter Panama City Beach, Florida -- Fog rolls up along the shore of Panama City Beach, Florida on Feb. 5th, 2012. By Natalia Jimenez, NBC News Spectacular 'cloud tsunami' rolls over Florida high-rise condos
APS Observer - The Myth of Prodigy and Why it Matters
Long Space Missions Can Give Astronauts Blurry Vision, Study Finds | Long-Duration Missions & Astronaut Health | Eyesight & Ophthalmology | Space.com
The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
Good Things Come in Small Packages? A Chat about Nanotechnology and Food Safety | Guest Blog
Five Mysteries Uncovered By Google Earth
World's longest lab experiment still going 85 years later | Crave - CNET
Where 'Aha' Moments Reside in the Brain | Mysteries of the Mind | Long-Term Memory
How Many People Can Planet Earth Support? | When Will the Human Population Start to Decline? | LiveScience
Top 10 Soviet and Russian Space Missions
7 Theories on the Origin of Life
Scientists Stop Stumbling and Find Source of Sloppy Drunkenness | Alcohol, Immune System & Brain Function
Giant Tsunami-Shape Clouds Roll Across Alabama Sky | LiveScience
How sunlight, sex, and sneezes are all connected
Biochemist publishes a paper solving the mystery of life, but no one understands it
Twitter Reveals Global Mood Swings | Social Media & Culture | Tweets & Human Behavior
G-Spot: Science Can't Find It After 60 Years, Study Says | LiveScience
Death in dolphins: do they understand they are mortal? - life - 01 September 2011
The nature of nothingness
CultureLab: The tiny things that rule the world
Gold nano 'ears' set to listen in on cells - health - 13 January 2012
Kamikaze ants protect the colony - 12 September 2011
Single-molecule nanocar takes its first spin - 09 November 2011
Spies could hide messages in gene-modified microbes - tech - 26 September 2011
Keeping a lid on your digital DNA - tech - 16 October 2011
Light is not fast enough for high-speed stock trading - tech - 01 October 2011
Genius across Cultures and the “Google Brain” | Guest Blog
Free Will and Quantum Clones: How Your Choices Today Affect the Universe at its Origin
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Ghosts, Aliens, Quantum Gravity, Extra Dimensions, Sci Fi--and the Rules of Science
Future of Chernobyl Health Studies in Doubt
How Our Brains Turn Women Into Objects
How a Computer Game Is Reinventing the Science of Expertise [Video]
The Real Science behind Scientology
X-Rays Reveal What Lies Beneath | Cocktail Party Physics
Let It Snow: The Science of Snowflakes | Cocktail Party Physics
Winter Wonders: The Science of Cold | Guest Blog
Good Science Always Has Political Ramifications
Invisible Ink Reveals Cool Chemistry
Block Radio Waves
Your Appendix Could Save Your Life | Guest Blog
Scientists use fractals to determine when bananas are becoming mushy and inedible
Your Most Awkward Friends May Save Your Life | People with Anxious & Avoidant Attachment Styles React to Danger Fastest | LiveScience
Scientists at MIT have developed a device that allows you to see through concrete walls
A Map of the World's Magnetic Anomalies
Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW): www.cgmw.net
This amazing optical illusion video will make a man's head disappear
10 Things an Electromagnetic Field Can Do to Your Brain
Why do you cringe at the sound of nails on a chalkboard?
Are allergies for real?
10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free
You are bitching about the wrong things when you read an article about science
What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean
Are there really more people alive now than have ever lived?
2050 - and immortality is within our grasp | Science | The Observer
15 frases de Carl Sagan en el 15 aniversario de su muerte
The Future: Where Sexual Orientations Get Kind of Confusing | The Crux
NCBI ROFL: Probably the most horrifying scientific lecture ever. | Discoblog
Until 2009, the human clitoris was an absolute mystery