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Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

11 Really Terrible 19th-Century Beauty Tips

A lot of things have changed since the 19th century. When Barkham Burroughs wrote his <i>Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information</i> in …

Literature

How Does Tape Work?

Black Friday

Chivalry makes men nervous: the subtle art of male-on-male emasculation

Holding the door open for another man is a gesture he might not thank you for, according to researchers at an Indiana university. So which other acts of kindness should men take care to avoid?<p>You'd never guess to look at us, of course, but men are sensitive. When researchers at Purdue University, …

What makes a pulsar pulse?

Hear the word “pulsar” and wonder what it is? Take 95 seconds to watch this video from NASA Astrophysics.<p>The EarthSky team has a blast bringing you …

Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the event is driving an online conversation. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being aired and disputed. And some wonder what the debate accomplished.<p>The video …

Where Did Earth's Water Come From?

Kill All The Humans

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

Dopamine and Teenage Logic

Young minds are often portrayed as stews of hormones and impulse; but the decisions they make are often deeply rational and deserving of greater consideration.<p>I once counseled a 17-year-old, I’ll call her Katey, who admitted that she had planned to get “completely smashed” at a school-related …

The Neuroscience Of Superstition

With the Super Bowl in sight, we look at what makes some people accept superstitious beliefs and others reject them.<p>The Super Bowl is this Sunday, which means millions of fans and gamblers alike will spend the next 48 hours looking for signs from the universe about who’s going to win. If Seattle’s …

Neuroscience

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

It was September 27, 1726, and Mary Toft was going into labor. The 24-year-old peasant, who worked in hop fields of rural England, called out for her …

What Would Happen if Everyone Jumped at Once?

Something would definitely happen—but it wouldn't be a <i>big</i> something.<p>As mass moves towards the center of a rotating object, the rate of rotation …

The Mystery of the Sloth Poop

Three-toed sloths are just that: three-toed, and slothful. They live high in the tree canopy and feed exclusively on the foliage there, hanging …

5 Real-Life Events Predicted by Simpsons Jokes

1. Blood-Splattering Billboard<p>In 2008, the advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi constructed a blood-splattering billboard in promotion of the …

Why Does Beer Make You Pee?

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

Quantum Computing: A Primer

Quantum computing may well represent the biggest breakthrough in computer technology since the invention of the microprocessor. Taking advantage of …