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The Clap means gonorrhoea, not chlamydia – here’s why

You might have heard of people referring to ‘The Clap’ when talking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is a colloquial term for …

Two Sad Ironies In Florida Passing Its 'Anti-Science' Law

It is officially called Florida House Bill 989, and it was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott on June 26th, 2017 after passing both chambers of the house. According to the National Center for Science Education’s website:<p>With the law now in place, any county resident — not just any …

Climate Change

Scientists Reveal Why Dinosaurs Had the Worst Luck Ever

Scientists have made a new discovery which shows just how unbelievably unlucky dinosaurs were when an asteroid hit the earth millions of years ago.<p>In …

Here's Stephen Hawking's Epic Response to Criticism on the Origins of the Universe

An Inflated Discussion<p>The players: 36 of the world’s top physicists. The arena: the entire cosmos, sort of. For physicists and cosmologists, the …

Scientists Create a Bizarre Superfluid with "Negative Mass"

Scientists at Washington State University created a fluid with the previously-theorized (and rather counterintuitive) property of negative mass.<p>This …

BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices

A hacker called The Janitor has created multiple versions of a program called BrickerBot, a system that searches out and bricks insecure IoT devices. A researcher named Pascal Geenens has followed the worm for a few weeks and has seen it pop up and essentially destroy infected webcams and other IoT …

Scientists have discovered a worm that eats plastic bags and leaves behind antifreeze

The wax worm, a caterpillar typically used for fishing bait and known for damaging beehives by eating their wax comb, has now been observed munching on a different material: plastic bags.<p>Scientist Federica Bertocchini of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain first …

Pollution

The dangers of killing the National Commission on Forensic Science.

<i>This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is republished here with permission.</i><p>Science and the law are not natural partners. Science …

This Browser Extension Will Help You Read Paywalled Science Papers for Free

Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re …

Mitch McConnell secures an ignoble place in political history

As the contentious drama surrounding the Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination unfolded in the Senate last week, many found themselves asking, “How …

See the explosion set off when two 'teenage' stars collide

Astronomers capture a detailed image of a few would-be suns crashing -- and tearing up the place they were born in the process.<p>When we think about exploding stars, we tend to think of dying stars going supernova in fantastic fashion, but the above composite image shows how things can also blow up …

Cosmology

I watched Alex Jones give his viewers health advice. Here’s what I learned.

There's a "fungus epidemic." And Infowars’ Jones has just the supplements to stop it.<p>The YouTube video shows girls convulsing in hospital beds, on the floors of their schools, losing control of their bodies, unable to walk or talk.<p>The young women have allegedly just been given shots of the HPV …

Alex Jones

Disposable Americans: U.S. health care system is condemning thousands to early death

The merciless attacks on low-income health care programs can be a death sentence<p>In his report, "This is how American health care kills people," Ryan Cooper tells the story of 29-year-old Matthew Stewart, who required emergency surgery for hepatitis-induced liver damage, but learned that only about …

Physicists Discover an Unexpected Phenomenon in the Creation of Light Particles

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered that when photons are created in pairs, these fundamental light particles can …

Ask Ethan: Is There Any Such Thing As Pure Energy?

Energy plays a tremendous role, not only in our technology-rich daily lives, but in fundamental physics as well. The chemical energy stored in gasoline gets converted into kinetic energy that propels our vehicles, while the electrical energy from our power planets gets converted into light, heat …

Physics

A Teenager Just "Delighted" NASA By Pointing Out a Significant Error in Their Data

A British school student recently contacted NASA to point out that there was an error in data recorded on the International Space Station (ISS), …

This New Molecule Can Collect Solar Energy Without Solar Panels

A big step towards a carbon-neutral future.<p>The discussion on climate has persisted for decades since we first discovered that there is a human-made …

Florida’s Definition Of Skim Milk As “Imitation Milk Product” Ruled Unconstitutional

The long-running legal battle over Florida’s definition of “skim milk” may have finally come to an end today, with a federal appeals court ruling …

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue

<b>The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together.</b><p>The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994.<p>Physicists had always believed the various types …

Physics

It's Official. Cooling to Absolute Zero Is Mathematically Impossible

Thermodynamics<p>The laws of thermodynamics, a cornerstone of modern physics, help to explain how physical quantities act under certain conditions and …

No one knows why these humpback whales are organizing, but it can't be good

Humpback whales are up to something weird, and even scientists aren't sure what to make of it.<p>According to <i>Popular Science</i>, the whales have recently …

Hear Carl Sagan Artfully Refute a Creationist on a Talk Radio Show: “The Darwinian Concept of Evolution is Profoundly Verified”

It takes a special kind of person to calmly debate those who prefer dogma to reason and who insist on ignoring or distorting evidence to suit their …

Talk Radio

9 of the Funniest and Most Shocking AI Fails

To err isn't just human -- machines make mistakes, too.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Artificial intelligence is slowly infiltrating every aspect of our world, from business, to education, to the government, to our homes. While the rise of AI has made life more …

A little-known California law is Silicon Valley's secret weapon

Ford just agreed to invest a billion dollars in a self-driving car company you’ve probably never heard of. It’s called Argo AI, and it has only existed for a couple of months. Bloomberg reports that its “founders Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander are former leaders of the self-driving car teams at …

Border Agent Demands NASA Scientist Unlock Phone Before Entering the Country

Sidd Bikkannavar is a natural-born US citizen who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. He’s also a prolific traveler who found himself reentering the …

Here’s what the president of MIT thinks of the Trump administration’s early moves

The student's email arrived early on Jan. 28.<p>It was addressed to Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>The undergraduate didn't want to bother him, she wrote, but she was stuck overseas and unable to return to campus because of the White House's newly imposed travel …

Trump Administration

NU students expand science database after Trump order restricting federal research findings

Daria Lenderman, Reporter<br>February 7, 2017<p>Close Modal Window<p>Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.<p>Close Modal …

Northwestern University

Richard Feynman Explains The Scientific Method

This is an enjoyable vintage video of famed physicist Richard Feynman explaining the scientific method in a simple, easy-to-understand way that, if I …

Richard Feynman

Dasvidaniya! Russia Successfully Tests New Weapon That Can Blow Away Any Type of Armor

Explosions and gunfire—once the hallmarks of modern warfare—will soon be a thing of the past. Military initiatives are focusing their efforts on the …

Scientists Made Graphene Carry an Electrical Current With Zero Resistance

Graphene Breakthrough<p>Since the discovery of this wonder material in 2004, scientists have theorized that graphene could function as a superconductor. …