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Our Incredible Immune System

The human body is a biological marvel. Tasked to protect it is our immune system, which is responsible for detecting and neutralizing a wide variety …

Super Mario Bros. Beaten In Under Five Minutes, A New World Record

You've gotta watch this impressive <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> playthrough by speedrunner "Blubbler." Blubbler beats the game in a bewildering …

How a planet becomes a magnet

Earth's magnetic field single-handedly protects life on this planet from a deadly case of solar wind-burn. But how does a planet become a …

Bacteria in Arteries May Be 'Ticking Time Bombs,' Researchers Say

The long-held belief that emotional or physical stress can trigger heart attacks may now have a scientific explanation: In stressed people, heart …

What is space?

Mexican hats and a metastable universe

Economic announcements, such as interest rate changes or profit warnings, are often discounted by stock markets, meaning that their expected effects are already accounted for in share prices. This can lead to the strange spectacle of an announced increase in profits causing a drop in share price …

13. Lorentz Transformation

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

Guy Plays The Mario Theme By Snapping His Fingers

The <i>Super Mario Bros</i>. theme is the gold standard for gaming music covers. From jazz to classical to rock, it has appeared in almost every form under …

​What is Heartbleed, anyway?

If you're an IT professional, gadget blogger or token geek in your circle of friends, chances are, you've been hounded relentlessly over the past couple of days about "this Heartbleed thing."<p>"Do I need to update my antivirus?"<p>"Can I login to my bank account now?"<p>"Google already fixed it, …

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10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

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Mother Takes Adorable Portraits of Her 10-Month-Old Baby and Their Rescue Dog

Not since Tokyo-based mother Aya Sakai's photos of her son and their French Bulldog, have I seen such a cute pairing like this! Meet Zoey and Jasper. Lifestyle photographer Grace Chon recently turned the camera on her 10-month-old Chinese-Korean baby Jasper and their 7-year-old rescue dog Zoey, …

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Simple, like a neutron star: How neutron stars are like (and unlike) black holes

For astrophysicists neutron stars are extremely complex astronomical objects. Research has demonstrated that in certain respects these stars can …

How Big Is The Universe? Fun New Video Gives Easy-To-Understand Explanation

The universe is really, really big. How big? Well, if you sent a text message to the nearest galaxy, Andromeda, it would take 2.5 million years to get there. Mind. Blown.<p>And that's just one of many mind-boggling facts in a new Vimeo video from Beakus, an animation studio on a mission to explain …

10 surprises about our solar system

Here are 10 unexpected and intriguing facts about our solar system – our sun and its family of planets – you probably did not know!<p>Remember those …

Born To Swim?

Try this to trigger one of the cutest reflexes around. Just blow into a baby’s face and watch him or her gulp air, close eyes, and stop whatever they’re doing. Parents have used this as a way to get their little ones to stop crying – but it’s also the path to swimming.<p>The response is what’s known …

Pregnancy

Dr. Lindsey Doe Talks about Sperm

What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

Peter Higgs on physics, heroes and the Nobel prize -video

World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle's discovery<p>Published: 12 Nov 2013<p>Thirty-nine years after Peter Higgs identified the Higgs boson particle, he won the 2013 Nobel prize. Here he reveals he has never sent an email or browsed the web – and reckons no one would …

Hopes of hepatitis C cure raised after antiviral drug treatment success

Sofosbuvir and ledipasvir stop virus replicating in 97% of patients in study reported in the Lancet journal<p>Scientists have reported the successful eradication of hepatitis C in patients using two new antiviral drugs, raising hopes of a possible cure.<p>In the trial, the virus was eliminated from …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

What We Do With Dead Bodies

5 Surprising Facts About Nikola Tesla

The brilliant inventor gets a new statue in Long Island.<p><b>A new statue of Nikola Tesla now graces New York's Long Island, the latest homage to the celebrated visionary. At the statue's unveiling last week, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic told the dedication crowd at Tesla's former Wardenclyffe</b> …

How Genius Carl Haber Restores Long-Lost Sounds

Some historic sounds were lost—until the physicist began digitally restoring them.<p><i>"This year's class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity," said Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the MacArthur Fellows</i> …

Dogs: an uncomplicated relationship

Beyond simply being hairy, smelly love machines, a growing body of research shows that dogs may be even more in tune with us than we previously thought<p>Recently Pete Etchells posted about our complicated relationship with cats so, to balance the score, this week I'm going to tell you why our …

The 10 Most Important Questions In Science*

I noticed in <i>The Guardian</i> that there's a book coming out this week listing the 20 biggest challenges for modern science. I'd like to go over 10 of them today, perhaps coming back to the other 10 next week.<p>*Every list of "most important questions" comes freighted with a certain amount of …