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Sexual harassment isn’t just about sex: Groundbreaking report details persistent hostility female scientists face

Ask someone for an example of sexual harassment and they might cite a professor’s insistent requests to a grad student for sex. But such lurid …

Why Washing Your Hands Too Much Could Make You Sick

Even when you think you’re alone, you’ve got a lot of company. Of the cells you carry around, only about half, it turns out, are human. The rest …

Could Zombies (or a Zombie Virus) Become a Reality?

Could a zombie apocalypse really happen? Are there viruses in the plant and animal kingdom that mimic the symptoms of zombies in popular …

Leap Motion's VR anatomy lesson lets you pull a cat apart with your hands

Leap Motion has released a demo for a new kind of VR experience called “Cat Explorer.” It’s basically exactly what it sounds like — you “explore” the muscles, organs, and skeleton of an adorable kitty using just your hands.<p>Here’s what it looks like in action:<p>Leap Motion’s description of the video …

21 Easy Desserts You Can Make in a Cast-Iron Skillet

There are some who would have you believe that a fruit salad or light yogurt qualifies as “indulgent dessert.” We don’t trust those people. For the …

How many toes do horses have? A new study suggests a radical number: five

Equine scientists the world over will tell you: Horses have only one toe per foot. But a new study that traces their evolution back tens of millions …

Scientists Think Dark Matter Could Be Causing Long-Standing Neutron Measurement Problem

You probably know that atoms contain neutrons. But there’s a strange, long-standing discrepancy plaguing one of the neutron’s most basic …

Physics

Scientists puzzle over subterranean heat melting Greenland's glaciers

Researchers have acquired evidence that heat emanating from deep below the Earth’s surface is contributing to the meltdown of Greenland’s glaciers. …

As if Pluto-gate hadn’t caused enough problems, astronomers want to reclassify planets again

A new study focuses on the formation of planets and non-planets as a way to categorise them<p>When is a planet not a planet? When it forms in the orbit …

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists discover how deadly centipede toxin tricks the heart into stopping cold

Even if you’re not afraid of most bugs — like ants, flies, or bees, for example — there’s still a good chance you have a fear of centipedes. There’s …

Scientists find oxidized iron deep within the Earth's interior

Scientists studying the Earth's mantle recently made an unexpected discovery. Five hundred and fifty kilometres below the Earth's surface, they found …

Chemistry

Scientists Counted All The Protein Molecules in a Cell And The Answer Really Is 42

This is so perfect.<p>Biologists have served up the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything.<p>That answer, as you may know, …

Every* Pop-Tarts Flavor, Taste-Tested and Ranked

For more than half a century, Pop-Tarts have been a stalwart fixture in American breakfast pop culture—as well as a foundational tier in the …

10 Vegetarian Staples That Are Always on My Shopping List

The best way to ensure I eat wholesome, filling vegetarian meals every week is to stock up on the right ingredients at the grocery store. If my …

WATCH: Only Southerners Get These Weird Food Combinations

We were curious: Just how many unusual food combos have Southerners dreamed up over the years? And we’re not talking about your standard …

Scientists achieve high power with new smaller laser

An international team of scientists has produced the first high-powered, randomly polarised laser beam with a "Q switch" laser, which typically emits …

Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold.<p>"Are you ready …

Global Warming

How do you sex a fossil? | Elsa Panciroli

“It was a slit, like this,” Vinther held his cupped hands side by side and opened and closed them, like a puppet’s mouth. “That’s it. That’s what a dinosaur cloaca looked like.”<p>For those who don’t habituate the often explicit world of natural scientists, let me explain. A cloaca is the opening …

Dinosaurs