North America’s east coast is braced for more freezing weather a year after the January 2014 polar vortex sent temperatures tumbling down to -50C (-58F). In this piece from the BBC Future archive, we what
Even if some students make it to the classroom, keeping schools open on the snowiest days can hurt learning. When a storm is brewing and the streets are soon to be rendered useless by mounds of snow, really
Four engineering students built a cannon that aims the spongy confection at faces. Thank you, science. What happens when you give four college students $250 and three months to make something for an engineering
Shivering in the cold may help burn off as many calories as exercise, according to scientists It is usually a signal to reach for a jumper or turn up the heating, but it seems shivering may also be an
You only need a cursory familiarity with the work of magicians like Derren Brown and David Blaine to realise that at the heart of many illusions lies a piece of rock-solid mathematics. Sometimes tricks
Olympic skier Steven Nyman's tuck is as well-renowned as David Beckham's free kick, reads a new story in Wired by Jeffrey Marlow. And Nyman didn't perfect his tuck on the mountain as he rounded flags 80
Our planet's rotation goes almost unnoticed in our day-to-day lives, but what would happen if it stopped spinning altogether? Or span in the opposite direction? Earth rotates at around 1,670 km/h, but
A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise. On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better?
A Dutch court has told local internet service providers they can restore access to The Pirate Bay. The ISPs had been ordered in 2011 to stop internet addresses linked to the file-sharing site working.