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Students hospitalised after ‘fart spray’ and deer repellent mixture sprayed on camping trip

A practical joke got out of hand during a recent Bible camp when someone sprayed a combination of ‘fart spray’ and deer repellent into two cabins.<p>Six …

Uncovering the Mystery of J.K. Rowling's Latest Novel

One of the biggest mysteries of the new detective novel <i>The Cuckoo's Calling</i> was the identity of the author. It was written by Robert Galbraith, which was revealed to be the pseudonym of Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling. Patrick Juola, professor of computer science at Duquesne University, discusses …

Moon may influence sleep, study finds

Science and myth rarely agree, but new research suggests that the lunar cycle could have an effect on the quality of sleep.<p>The study by researchers …

Humans tame light, stop it from moving for a full minute

Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186,000 miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute …

New Species of Hero Shrew Discovered in Africa

Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum and international collaborators have discovered a new species of Hero Shrew. The specimen was collected in the …

The World's Spookiest Weapons

Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years<p>Atom bombs are just the beginning. In the last half-century, the greatest military minds on Earth have developed an arsenal of weapons to make mutually assured …

BeerSci: How Beer Gets Its Color

Meet the two chemical reactions that most influence the malt character and color of your brew.<p>Before you read this column, I urge you to pop open a belated birthday beer. Pour that beer into a clear glass (pint or tulip, your choice), hold it up to the light, and take a good look at the color.<p>Two …

FYI: Why Is It Funny When A Guy Gets Hit In The Groin?

Shouldn’t we feel sorry for the victims of painful physical humor?<p>"Tragedy is when I cut my finger," the Mel Brooks adage goes. "Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die." Or when a guy gets hit in the groin.<p>In real life, we don't usually find another person's pain so hilarious, but in …

Researchers Successfully Implant Mice With False Memories

So it is possible.<p>Call it cool or just plain creepy: Memory researchers from U.S. and Japan have, for the first time, implanted false memories into a lab animal.<p>The researchers made mice believe that they had once received electrical shocks in their feet while sitting in a certain little chamber, …

FYI: Could I Have Prevented My Nearsightedness If I'd Just Spent More Time Outside As A Kid?

Yes, you could have, you little bookworm.<p>My parents were right!! A spate of studies over the past decade has found that kids who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop near-sightedness. Outdoor time seems to protect kids even if they do a lot of "near work" (e.g., reading Goosebumps …

FYI: Why Does Lobster Turn Red When You Cook It?

Consider the chemistry.<p>Just a week from now, thousands of people will trek to Rockland, Maine for a festival devoted entirely to the eating of a creature once thought only worthy of "poverty food" and fertilizer. The lobster festival approacheth. In honor of the occasion, a reminder of all that …

Science Reveals Wolverine's True Weaknesses

In the new film The Wolverine, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly loses his ability to self-regenerate. Here are some of the things he should fear the most.<p>In a new summer film, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly will lose the reason he has been able to <i>snikt!</i> though skirmishes, scuffs, and …

New to nature no 110: Sandalolitha boucheti

The family <i>Fungiidae</i> are commonly known as mushroom corals because of a strong resemblance to the underside of the cap of a gilled mushroom. They are …

My life as a guinea pig for science

Jeroen Raes is a man with a lot of poo on his hands. He can't get enough of the stuff and has Petri dishes full of it, from people over the world, …

APOD: Hoag's Object: A Strange Ring Galaxy (2013 Jul 28) Image Credit: Credit: R. Lucas (STScI/AURA), Hubble Heritage Team, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130728.html Explanation: Is this one galaxy or two? This question came to light in 1950 when astronomer Art Hoag chanced upon this unusual extragalactic object. On the outside is a ring dominated by bright blue stars, while near the center lies a ball of much redder stars that are likely much older. Between the two is a gap that appears almost completely dark. How Hoag's Object formed remains unknown, although similar objects have now been identified and collectively labeled as a form of ring galaxy. Genesis hypotheses include a galaxy collision billions of years ago and the gravitational effect of a central bar that has since vanished. The above photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in July 2001 revealed unprecedented details of Hoag's Object. More recent observations in radio waves indicate that Hoag's Object has not accreted a smaller galaxy in the past billion years. Hoag's Object spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away toward the constellation of the Snake (Serpens). Coincidentally, visible in the gap (at about one o'clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies far in the distance. http://heritage.stsci.edu/2002/21/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2002/21 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130728 #APOD

Well Preserved Hadrosaur Tail Fossil Found in Mexico

Paleontologists in Mexico have discovered an unusually well preserved 72-million-year-old fossil of a hadrosaur tail. Reuters reports that …

Stephen Hawking tells how doctors offered to turn off life support in 1985

Prof Stephen Hawking has said he became so ill while writing A Brief History Of Time that doctors offered to turn off his life support machine, it …

The Autonomous Automobile: Can Robot Cars Evolve to Make Complex, Human-Like Decisions Behind the Wheel?

How much are you really driving anymore?<p>How much are you really driving anymore? In most new vehicles, the driver is just a biological cog in a matrix of computerized control that reads and filters human input and then interprets it into vehicular action. Stability control, drive-by-wire throttle, …

Autonomous Cars

Someone's Building Cayenne Convertibles and They're, Ahem, Interesting

If you’re like most Americans, your daily routine serves merely as a minor distraction from the weight of life’s most pertinent and urgent question: How can I turn my Porsche Cayenne into a sweet-ass convertible, possibly including faux-wood paneling? Thanks to the efforts of California-based …

Cabriolets

When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet

“I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,” I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning.<p>He and his wife were still in bed. Expressing surprise, he asked me to try to turn the master …

In Theory: Can Xbox One multi-platform games compete with PlayStation 4?

The Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 graphics spec comparison is stark to say the least. Both systems utilise AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, …

Computer Hardware

The U.S. Navy Will Use Kinect To Combat Sexual Assault

Microsoft’s Kinect is a controversial device that seems like it has the potential to be a technology game-changer, but hasn’t managed to do anything all that revolutionary to date. That doesn’t mean the potential isn’t there however, as aftermarket tinkerers have managed to make the device do …

Supernatural cast members and producers discuss season 9 at SDCC

A few months ago <b>Supernatural’s</b> eighth season ended, bringing about some large changes for the show. Following their Hall H panel at Comic-Con this …

Kathleen Kennedy talks Star Wars: Episode VII, promises an emphasis on story and characters over CGI

Yesterday we brought you some news coming out of <b>Star Wars Celebration Europe</b>, with confirmation that John Williams is set to return to score <b>Star</b> …

The Week in Spandex - Superman vs. Batman, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Spider-Man, Kick-Ass 2 and more

<b>Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Superman and Batman, Aquaman,</b> <b>Arrow, Wonder Woman,</b> <b>The</b> …