DaNewkirk

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Einstein's 'Spooky Action' Has Just Been Demonstrated on a Massive Scale For The First Time

This is blowing our minds.<p>For the first time, scientists have managed to show quantum entanglement – which Einstein famously described as "spooky …

Quantum Mechanics

A New 'Vantablack' Bird-of-Paradise Has Been Discovered, And It's Absolutely Mesmerising

Not of this world.<p>Ornithologists have classified the Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise as its own species after recognizing differences in two …

Birds

Stop Buying Tangerines. Plant Them In A Flowerpot And You Will Always Have Hundreds Of Organic Tangerines!

Citrus reticulat is the Latin name for tangerines, or Mandarin oranges. This fruit is rich in nutrients, including vitamin C, B12, A, potassium, and …

Gardening

Stench Leads to Home Crawling With Stolen Tortoises—10,000 of Them

A gruesome discovery by authorities in Madagascar highlights a grave threat to a highly endangered species of tortoise.<p>Soary Randrianjafizanaka set out with police, colleagues, and others earlier this month to investigate a rancid smell coming from a two-story house in Toliara, a town on the …

Zoology

What Lord of the Flies is really about

My father distrusted simple judgments, but he did say his novel was about the importance of the rule of law, and the complexity of human beings, says William Golding’s daughter Judy Golding Carver<p>David Shariatmadari’s account of my father’s novel Lord of the Flies was a little sweeping when he …

Literature

These 'Sea Nomads' Are The First Known Humans to Have a Genetic Adaptation to Diving

They are evolving to fit their underwater life.<p>The deepest dive recorded by the free-diving Bajau Laut people of Southeast Asia was to an impressive …

Biology

Time-lapse Video of Fastest El Capitan Climb is Downright Absurd | Adventure Sports Network

... In an unbelievable 2 hours 19 minutes and 44 seconds.<p>It has only been 60 years that climbers have been able to conquer the mystical wall of El …

Climbing

The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 10,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

It shattered eardrums more than 50 km away.<p>On 27 August 1883, Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history.<p>Emanating from the island of Krakatoa, …

Geology

Since 2016, Half of All Coral in the Great Barrier Reef Has Died

A new study warns it has become a “highly altered, degraded system.”<p>Once upon a time, there was a city so dazzling and kaleidoscopic, so braided and water-rimmed, that it was often compared to a single living body. It clustered around a glimmering emerald spine, which astronauts could glimpse from …

Global Warming

Physics Explains Why No One Can Beat the Freeze

The only thing I know about the Freeze is that no one can beat the Freeze (except with a generous head start). And he's awesome. In case you haven't …

Identity Theft

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Swarms of Huge Sharks Discovered, Baffling Experts

Basking sharks sometimes congregate in groups of up to 1,400, a new study of aerial surveys reveals.<p>Swarms of up to over a thousand basking sharks have been spotted along the northeastern U.S., puzzling experts who study the normally solitary species.<p>Aerial surveys meant to locate endangered North …

Fish

All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World

Of all the plants that humanity has turned into crops, none is more puzzling than the sweet potato. Indigenous people of Central and South America grew it on farms for generations, and Europeans discovered it when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean.<p>In the 18th century, however, Captain …

Anthropology

We're on The Verge of a Major Climate Tipping Point, Sooner Than Anyone Expected

It's later than you think.<p>The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere's high latitudes is slowing down because of …

Global Warming

This Massive Ancient Ichthyosaur Could Be The Largest Animal That Ever Lived

Blue whales are currently the largest.<p>When fossil collector Paul De la Salle discovered pieces of a giant bone on Lilstock beach in Somerset in May …

Paleontology

Apple is making a show based on Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’ books

Okay, Apple, <i>now</i> you’ve got my attention.<p>Not content with landing an <i>Amazing Stories</i> reboot from Steven Spielberg, multiple series from Reese Witherspoon, a space opera from Ron Moore and much more for its upcoming original TV initiative (which might launch next March), Apple is also developing a …

Science Fiction

Why Los Angeles streets are being painted white

California officials are hoping their latest attempt to stem the rising tides of climate change leads to a more socially conscious — and cooler — …

Los Angeles

Photos of the Chinese Town That Duplicated Paris

Tianducheng isn’t the only city in China with an uncanny familiarity.<p>On the eastern coast of China—some 6,000 miles from the City of Light—a 354-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower dominates Tianducheng’s skyline.<p>Known as the “Paris of the East”, the luxury real estate development in Zhejiang province …

France

You Can See America's Most Stunning Sights By Purchasing a Single Amtrak Ticket

A little while ago college friends rented a house in Montana for the summer and invited my family and me to visit. In an e-mail containing …

National Parks

A new study on whales suggests Darwin didn't quite get it right

Evolution is too complicated to plot out like a family tree.<p>Gray, blue, big, bigger: baleen whales put the mega in “megafauna.” In a new study published on April 4 in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>, researchers discuss the whole-genome sequencing of several of these mammoth species, including the blue …

Evolution

A star ‘seen’ from 9 billion light years away

Astronomers have captured views of a star 9 billion light years away — more than halfway across the universe. And more marvels are ahead.<p>Nicknamed …

Universe

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

Blockchain

Do You Weigh More at the Equator or at the North Pole?

It's tough being a parent. Sometimes I try to help my kids with their physics homework because I like to pretend that I'm sort of OK with physics. …

Physics

Why It Doesn't Matter That The World Wide Web Was Invented At CERN

In the wake of Steven Hawking’s recent death, a lot of things he was working on are trickling out to a bit more fanfare than they otherwise might’ve gotten. Among these is an essay co-written with Gordon Kane that just hit the arxiv, though it’s been out as a blog post for months. Titled “Should …

Physics

33 Movies Guaranteed To Make You Want A Hulu Account

PSA: None of these films are streaming on Netflix.

Entertainment

Let's Ditch the Boring Bunny! The Scientific Case for the Easter Echidna or Pasch Platypus - Science Sushi

By Christie Wilcox | March 31, 2018 7:00 pm<p>How can a bunny bring eggs?! Photo Credit: geralt<p>It’s time to have a serious talk about the Easter Bunny.<p>I …

Zoology

Why Did Sterile Salt Water Become The IV Fluid Of Choice?

During a recent walk around the emergency room where I work, I noted the number of patients with bags of intravenous fluids hanging above them. Almost everyone had one.<p>Our ER in Boston isn't unique. IV fluids are among the most common medical interventions worldwide. Several kinds are available, …

Medicine

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Demonstration