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Fruit Flies Sure Enjoy Ejaculating

Throughout history we’ve blushed and called it la petite mort, the sting of pleasure, the balsamic injection, the flood of bliss—the list continues. …

Hans Asperger and the Nazis - Neuroskeptic

Big news this week as Hans Asperger, autism pioneer and namesake of Asperger's syndrome, is accused of having collaborated in the murder of children …

Hubble Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen

In a study published today in Nature Astronomy, an international team of researchers announced the discovery of the most distant star ever observed. …

What Does It All Ketamine?

Regular readers will know of my interest in the theory that ketamine is a rapid-acting antidepressant. I've blogged about developments in …

🎶Rubber ducky, you're the one...who's filled with nasty biofilms🎶

If you're a parent, you know that kids' bath toys can get pretty gross, especially the ones with a small hole that allows water to get in and never …

Space Metal Has Captivated Humanity for Ages

Legions of metal nuggets swirl about our solar system. Metallic asteroids number in the millions, but they're relatively quite rare—bits and pieces …

Don't Blame Me, Blame My Brain Implant

Mr. B loves Johnny Cash, except when he doesn’t. Mr. X has watched his doctors morph into Italian chefs right before his eyes. The link between the …

Fastest Delivery Drone Starts Lifesaving Flights

Delivery drones can be game changers if they go beyond merely offering convenience to becoming lifesaving technologies on a daily basis. That has …

What If Your Blood Could Kill Mosquitoes?

A commonly used anti-parasite drug could be the next weapon in the fight against malaria. Researchers from Kenya and the United Kingdom report that …

From the Overview Effect to "One Strange Rock": A Conversation with Leland Melvin

It’s hard to think of any modern human activity that has had more of a multiplicative impact on the imagination than space exploration. To date, a …

Digisexuality: Merging Sex and Technology

Human culture has always evolved in tandem with technological developments. And that includes sexuality. Robots, virtual reality, and …

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

It's time to have a serious talk about the Easter Bunny. I know, the long ears and twitchy nose are super cute. But it makes no sense for them to …

Easter Bunny

This may be as close as you can come to going on a spacewalk 240-ish miles above Earth

The vertiginous video also offers an opportunity to consider theories posited by two of the giants of science https://youtu.be/Wfoy_OvNDvw While on a …

Dramatic satellite images reveal thick palls of dust choking Beijing and blowing across 2,000 miles of Asia

About a week ago, dust sweeping north from the Sahara blanketed parts of Eastern Europe, turning snow-covered ski slopes a strange shade of orange. …

What Happens When a Blind Person Takes LSD?

How do blind people experience psychedelic drugs? This is the topic of an interesting, but unusual, paper just out in Consciousness and Cognition. …

This cyclone almost became the East Coast's fifth nor'easter. What accounts for its beautiful comma shape?

I first spotted a still image of this striking comma-shaped storm on Twitter. Captured by the GOES-16 weather satellite, the storm had already blown …

When It Comes to Robots, Science Is More Creative Than Hollywood

The movies Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim Uprising are chock full of robot-versus-monster fights. Inside those massive bots are humans controlling every …

Hagfish Take Weeks to Recover from Sliming Someone

If you see this animal, don't anger it. A hagfish under attack releases thick, clear slime in astonishing quantities. Now scientists have learned …

Wall Street Could Benefit from Classic Physics

Some things may just be unknowable. How does the mind really work? Is there life elsewhere in the universe? What’s really going on with the stock …

Why Do Knuckles Crack? Engineers Calculate the Answer

Love it or hate it, knuckles crack. For some the noise signals a welcome release, while others cringe at the thought of joints shifting about in …

Orchid Mooch Steals Nutrients From Mushroom And Uses It To Fake Out Fly Pollinators

It comes as no surprise to regular readers of mine that I have a special place in my heart for parasites. I have waxed poetic about their global …

Orchids

How Drug Marketing Influences Prescriptions

Doctors wined and dined.

The Interstitium Is Important, But Don't Call It An Organ (Yet)

Humans might have a new organ, and the press is all over it—again. In brief: It's called the interstitium, or a layer of fluid-filled pockets hemmed …

Human Footprints Off Canadian Coast Pre-date End Of Last Ice Age

Nearly 30 human footprints from at least three different individuals, found at a remote island off Canada's Pacific Coast, could be the latest …

TRAPPIST-1 Might Be Too Wet to Sustain Life

The science community rejoiced when researchers discovered that three of the seven Earth-size planets orbiting TRAPPIST-1, a cool red dwarf about 40 …

Triassic Park: A Decade-Long Labor To Recreate A Lost World

You've probably heard about The Great Dying, more formally known as the End-Permian mass extinction, when more than 95 percent of species worldwide …

What You Don't Know Can Kill You

Humans have a perplexing 
tendency to fear rare threats such as shark attacks while blithely 
ignoring far greater risks like 
unsafe sex and an …

The American South's Deadly Diet

A disease that devastated the South a century ago lives on.

Public Health

The Funky Fungi Freak Show

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How to Discover New Cloud Species

Clouds form in a multitude of different shapes and sizes, their infinite combinations and position across the sky offering a visual drama in response …