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Fish Changed in a Surprising Way Before Invading Land

Even before they grew strong legs, their eyes surged in size.<p>Around 385 million years ago, fish started hauling themselves onto land. Over time, their flattened fins gradually transformed into sturdy legs, ending in feet and digits. Rather than paddling through water, they started striding over …

5 Tips for Choosing a Great Small Business Name

Updated December 22, 2017<p>One of the most important and potentially challenging steps of starting a business is choosing a business name. For some, …

We May Finally Get a Picture of a Black Hole

The Mysterious Black Hole<p>Believe it or not, we’ve never actually been able to catch a glimpse of a black hole. All those images featuring a starry …

Sauropod Fossils

These sauropod specimens are drawn from the Museum's extensive paleontology collection and include dozens of fossil bones, along with elements of the …

Dinosaurs

Gene Editing: The Next Step In Self-Evolution?

With humans on the cusp self-evolution, a new report emphasizes the need for a societal conversation that we’re not likely to have.<p>Last week, two …

NOVA - Official Website | Tour the Solar System

Listen in as 11 planetary scientists make pitches for the "best" planet, then vote yourself.<p>The shock wave from a supernova may have triggered the …

8 DC Museums You Have to Visit If You're a Science and Nature Nerd

More than 8 million visitors frequent the Air and Space Museum each year, making it one of the most popular museum in the country. It isn’t hard to …

Washington D.C.

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How to keep bananas fresh, spread hard butter, and make perfect pasta: 11 food hacks you need to know

Juicy lemons, soft ice cream, fresh bananas and more – these quick and easy food hacks will make your life easier and mean you spend far less time in the kitchen.<p>Fry your pasta<p>Harold McGee, author of An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture, suggests cooking pasta in pot of boiling …

The Cognitive Bias That Destroys Your Ability to Correctly Predict the Future

The future may look familiar, but that's probably an illusion.<p>One of the perverse quirks of cognition is that we overestimate how similar the future will be to the present. When we imagine things twenty or thirty years from now, we think of a world with flying or driverless cars. We don't imagine a …

Psychology

Jerk baby back ribs on the grill or oven.

My mouth is water just thinking about this wonderful, full-of-flavor recipe. This one was inspired by my daughter Tehya who’s love for spicy food is …

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon Recipe - Printer Friendly - Chowhound

1In the crock of a slow cooker, combine the water, white wine, lemon, shallots, bay leaf, herbs, peppercorns, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook on high …

These Gateway Drinks Will Up Your Cocktail Game Dramatically

Staring down the menu at a cocktail bar can be an intimidating prospect for the uninitiated. What’s the difference between “Martini” and a martini? What’s an old-fashioned no. 1 versus a no. 2? What makes a daiquiri a daiquiri exactly? And it never helps that every bartender in the country makes …

Garlic Honey Mustard Slow Cooked Ham

This post is such a favorite – we wanted to share again for everyone starting to think about those special Holiday dinners – like Easter! Enjoy!<p>If …

Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa Verde

<b>Ingredients</b><p>Grilled Flank Steak<p>2 limes, juiced<br>• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil<br>• 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed<br>• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin<br>• 1 1½-pound flank steak<br>• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, for before grilling<p>Avocado Salsa Verde<p>3 medium tomatillos<br>• 1/2 small jalapeno, chopped<br>• 2 cloves …

Recipes

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Is dark energy a real thing? Maybe not, new study suggests.

A new study from researchers at Oxford may indicate that the universe is expanding at a constant rate, which means there is no need to posit a 'dark …

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Long-Forgotten Research Unearths New Mystery about Lyme Disease

The tick hunter was hopeful he had found the cause of the disabling illness, recently named Lyme disease, that was spreading anxiety through leafy …

Lyme Disease

Cozmo is what happens when AI meets mischievous child

I’ve reviewed a robot or two in my time. I’ve played with many more that I didn’t deem worthy of writing about. Cozmo is, as consumer robots go, easily the best I’ve seen. In fact, even before Anki released its new robot toy, we were smitten.<p>When unpacking Cozmo, it’s easy to be underwhelmed. The …

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Help Nerve Fibres Repair Themselves

A whole new way to treat paralysis.<p>Scientists have figured out how to make nerve fibres repair themselves in mice, having identified a gene that …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Astronomers prove 200-year-old theory about why it gets dark at night

A theory that explains why it gets dark at night – dismissed by scientists for 200 years – has been proved right by new research using images from …

The Hubble Telescope Looked 13 Billion Years into the Past This Week

Out on the weekend.<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog's Favourite Canadian)</i><p>OK, this guy is having <i>waaaayyyy</i> too much fun being president.<p>On Thursday, he got to sit in a simulator and try to dock with the International Space Station, as only the gang at …

This Virus Robbed Deadly DNA From Black Widow Spider Venom

A “Frankenphage”<p>WO is a virus that lives in bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>, which in turn is found in <i></i>the cells of many insects. Husband-and-wife …

Biology

Evolution on a Galactic Scale

On a clear night, you can make out the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. For millennia, astronomers looked upon it in awe, slowly coming to the …

Galaxies

The Biology of Aging

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Physics Nobel Awarded For Topological Study Of Weird Matter

Three physicists share the prize<p>Since the 1970s, U.K.-born physicists David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane, and J. Michael Kosterlitz have been employing mathematical concepts to shed light on the quantum properties of unique phases of matter. Today, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded …

I Spent The Summer Photographing The Milky Way Galaxy In Hawaii

I am unable to associate stress with Astrophotography. Stumbling around alone, in the dark attempting to capture the night sky has turned out to be …

Death of a star: Hubble telescope captures amazing image of celestial body’s demise

Located around 4,000 light-years from Earth, the kaleidoscopic photo was captured by the Hubble Telescope and shows the star, part of the planetary …

How science fiction has imagined colonizing our Solar System and beyond

Next week, Elon Musk is slated to make a big announcement about SpaceX’s most ambitious goal to date: the colonization of Mars. Musk has never shied away from the science fictional aspects of his ventures, and it’s a very safe assumption that genre works have played some role in his outlook on the …