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11 facts they didn't tell you about the microwave

Even among today's back-to-basics foodie fads, microwave ovens retain their presence in almost every American home. From reheating leftovers to …

Cleaning

Top 10 Unique Bridges Around The World

16 Amazing Fox Species

These Are The Shower Habits That You Need To Ditch

Disclaimer: Just so you know, if you order an item through one of our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.<p>Showering is—and should be—a daily …

The best smart TV is a dumb display and a streaming stick

The greatest trend of technology over the last 10, 20, even 50 years is consolidation: the smartphone combines an MP3 player, a digital camera, the …

Secret settings hidden in your Android phone will make it feel twice as fast

Modern Android phones are so much faster and smoother than they used to be even a few short years ago. Of course, speed on a smartphone is just like …

Planetary Panoramas 4k

Milk isn't just for food. Here are 7 reasons to use it in your garden

There are two universal truths of which I've always felt certain: Cats like milk and plants like water. I was a bit wrong on both counts. While …

Ultrafast laser bursts generate electricity faster than anything we know

A beautiful example of theory and experiment working together to advance science.

The space between Earth and the moon is mind-boggling. This graphic reveals just how big it is — and what's out there.

Sitting low on the horizon, a full moon sometimes look close enough to reach out and grab. But our worldly perceptions deceive us.<p>The airless chasm between Earth and the moon is so vast, stretching an average of 239,200 miles wide, that it'd take a 747 jet airplane flying at top speed more than 14 …

Ocean-migrating steelhead trout adapt to freshwater environment in 120 years

Steelhead trout, a member of the salmon family that live and grow in the Pacific Ocean, genetically adapted to the freshwater environment of Lake …

Wars and clan structure may explain a strange biological event 7,000 years ago

Starting about 7,000 years ago, something weird seems to have happened to men: Over the next two millennia, recent studies suggest, their genetic …

Engineers invent a noninvasive technique to correct vision

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is an increasing problem around the world. There are now twice as many people in the US and Europe with this condition as …

All life on Earth, in one staggering chart

Scientists estimated the mass of all life. It’s mind boggling.<p>By weight, human beings are insignificant.<p>If everyone on the planet were to step on one side of a giant balance scale, and all the bacteria on Earth were to be placed on the other side, we’d shoot violently upward. That’s because all the …

National Academy of Sciences

Neuroscience shows listening to music has kind of the same effect as meditation

What do the Dalai Lama and a bass-music fanatic getting low at 3am at Burning Man have in common?<p>A surprising amount, actually.<p>From mood enhancement and relaxation to full-blown oneness with the cosmos, music has the ability to powerfully shift our state of mind. Meditation is not that different. …

Meditation

How not to run out of money in retirement

Americans aren’t terrific at saving for retirement. Many are even worse when it comes to figuring out how much to spend once they get there.<p>An actuary who’s studied the issue for three decades recently proposed a relatively straightforward strategy that can help. In its simplest form, the “Spend …

Retirement

A Highly Percussive Fingerstyle Acoustic Cover of the Iconic Michael Jackson Song ‘Billie Jean’

Alexandr Misko, the remarkably talented Russian guitarist about whom we’ve previously written, performed a highly percussive, upbeat fingerstyle …

How Google's 'Material Theming' will change your Android experience

This week, Google announced a new set of tools called Material Theming that helps developers implement the Material theme across apps, including mobile and web. App-makers can choose from a variety of components and design transitions and Google even uses AI to make everything look coherent. Like …

Tech inspired by the morpho butterfly's eyesight will help us see cancer cells before even making an incision. https://t.co/gng6vKXvwW https://t.co/eIpG2tPZDj

A probe in this bat’s brain revealed what happens when it shifts attention from one object to another. https://t.co/OJb3tfFlSh

One space or two spaces after a full stop? Scientists have finally found the answer

In the beginning, the rules of space bar were simple. Two spaces after each full stop. Every time. Easy.<p>That made sense in the age of the typewriter. …

The FCC may punish company that launched tiny satellites, after all

The United States government <i>doesn’t exactly</i> <i>love it</i> when you fire rogue satellites into the atmosphere without their permission. It may not have liked …

Hotel of concrete pods proposed by WSP for remote locations

Engineers from WSP are working with architects at Innovation Imperative to create a carbon neutral modular hotel made from groups of concrete …

A scientist says he's invented a replacement for plastic water bottles that fully decomposes in 3 weeks

A British scientist claims to have invented a plastic-free, single-use water bottle that can decompose within three weeks.<p>The Choose Water bottle, developed by James Longcroft, aims to replace plastic bottles and help save the world's oceans from plastic waste.<p>The outer lining of the bottle is made …

Pollution

Solar powered sea slugs shed light on search for perpetual green energy

Photosynthesis is when algae and plants use sunlight to create chemical energy (sugars) from carbon dioxide and water. The brown alga's plastids are …

Core Strength: Extreme "Close-Ups" May Help Explain Why Our Bones Are So Strong

Snapshots taken at roughly 400,000x zoom reveal mineral crystals and proteins organize into twisting, helical shapes

Encyclopedia of Life

We are excited to announce the release of our beta EOL Biodiversity Card Maker! Try it out to make your own cards, or try one of our featured card …

First-of-Its-Kind Footage Shows Cells Moving in Live Animals

Video<p>A newly developed technique excels at capturing 3-D images of cells in their natural environments.<p>Video<p>For hundreds of years, images of cells have come from isolated specimens sitting on glass slides, removed from their intricate and subtle cellular universes within living organisms. Now, …

Scientists Are Tracing The Evolutionary Origins Of Cancer, And They Found Something Surprising

The reason why humans get some forms of cancer – while other animals don’t – could simply be down to an evolutionary accident. This is one theory …

Biology

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution