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Taste Beyond The Tongue

A visual explanation of quantum mechanics

From the ViaScience YouTube channel comes this 31-part video explainer of quantum mechanics. As the introduction video notes, there is a fair bit of …

Never Forget Chicken Cook Times Again With This Handy Chart

If every time you start cooking chicken you're unsure of how long you should cook it, you're not alone. It's a tricky thing to gauge, especially because chicken is not something you want slightly pink like a medium-rare steak. Fully cooked chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F and …

Cooking

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Fukushima's record-high radiation broke a cleaning robot after two hours

Radiation levels are clocking in at 650 Sieverts per hour<p>A robot sent into a Fukushima reactor to inspect and clean the nuclear plant had to abruptly end its mission after excess radiation fried the robot’s camera. It was the first time a robot had entered the Unit 2 reactor since the 2011 …

Robotics

Kill This Hydra's Multiplying Heads With Mathematics

Can you figure out how to keep the hydra from growing out of control?<p>Imagine you're battling the ancient Greek Hyra monster, a beast that regrows its many heads as you chop them off. It turns out, there's a mathematical equivalent to this scenario, as explained by Kelsey Houston-Edwards on PBS's …

Mathematics

This glorious "pizzadilla" recipe will help you cook the ultimate comfort food today

Self-care can come in a variety of forms — face masks, bubble baths, and everything in between. No matter what form it comes in, self-care is …

Cooking

The Most Haunted Places in the United States

Discover the paranormal at these spine-chilling historical haunts.<p>In the spring of 1692, a dangerous hysteria descended upon the quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts, snaking through the community like an insidious virus. Over the coming months, a group of young girls claiming to be possessed by the …

Horror

A Vegan Mom Was Arrested After Feeding Her 11-Month-Old Child Only Fruit and Nuts

She has been charged with child endangerment.<p>An 11-month-old boy from Uniontown, Pennsylvania recently started suffering from strange symptoms: He had a severe rash all over his body, couldn’t use his hands, and had issues with his motor system. Authorities now blame his mother, who only fed her …

A psychologist has honed a subliminal tactic to get what you want before you’ve asked for it

Robert Cialdini made his name on counseling everyday people about how to avoid being manipulated by advertisers, politicians, and lobbyists. Now, the Arizona State University psychology professor is advising people on how to become the manipulator.<p>Cialdini’s new book, <i>Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary</i> …

This portable laundry bag will keep weary travelers feeling fresh

Campers and travelers will agree that dirty laundry seriously weighs down your trip. Runs to the laundromat are out of the way and costly, and stain …

One of the key forces behind the bubbles that led to the financial crisis is back

From subprime mortgages to lax regulation over the financial industry, there are many places to lay blame for the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.<p>One of the biggest spots was the global imbalance of current accounts, according to HSBC Chief Economist Janet Henry.<p>The imbalance …

A riddle for our time

One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the age of the universe as measured by its oldest …

Harry Potter As A ‘90s Sitcom Is Magical In A Much Different Way

1 year ago<p><i>Harry Potter</i> might get pretty dark in its later years with all the death and Nazi wizards, but its earlier years were actually pretty …

5 Plants That Can Help Purify Indoor Air, According to Science

New research shows these common house plants all absorb harmful chemicals.<p>Dracaena (Dracaena frangas)<p>All five plants did a good job removing acetone …

This is your brain on pot

Staci Gruber vividly remembers her first hit of marijuana, back when she was in college. It made her so paranoid, she locked herself in a bathroom. …

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in September

Come for Luke Cage, stay for the sharks<p>As we slowly wind our way through the last days of August, it becomes clearer every day: summer is almost gone, and summer movie season with it. But that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! In fact, what your favorite streaming service has coming next month will …

How Time Dilation Explains the "Twin Paradox"

If you travel in a spaceship and come back, you'll have aged less than the people who stayed. But why?<p>Last week's lesson was time dilation, and you hopefully understand the basics of how it works. Cliff notes: According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the faster you travel, the slower time …

Physics

Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces hydrogen

<b>Bill Burton, UIC News Center</b> -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that …

Chemistry

Margaret Thatcher held secret Saudi arms talks, archives show

<b>Margaret Thatcher held secret talks with Saudi rulers in 1985, leading up to the UK's largest arms deal, newly released official documents show.</b><p>The then prime minister met King Fahd five months before the first instalment of the £40bn Al-Yamamah deal was agreed to sell Tornados and other …

How To Make Banana Pudding

<b>Whisk together sugar and cornstarch:</b> Place the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk together, breaking up any clumps in the sugar …

Here are the winners of the 2016 Hugo Awards

Once again, slated works were largely outvoted<p>This year’s World Science Fiction convention, MidAmeriCon II, is currently being held in Kansas City, Missouri. And during tonight’s Hugo Awards ceremony, voters largely rejected the slated works that had been placed on the ballot.<p>The Hugo Award is one …

Dating app founder: Response rates go up 60% when your first message is like this

CEO and founder of popular dating app Bumble Whitney Wolfe came by to talk about her hit app where women have to reach out to men first. She revealed the best way to get a response to your first message.<p><i>Produced by Joe Avella</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

Science says that if you stay up late, you’re probably smarter

<i>The New York Times</i> just published the cutest article about President Obama’s work habits, and how he works alone late into the night, snacking on …

Charles Darwin

This DIY phone charger only requires running water

If you thought Bear Grylls was cool, you’re gonna love YouTuber Thomas Kim. Kim is a lot like Grylls in that he’s fully capable of escaping a jam while in the wild (like trying to catch Pikachu with 1 percent battery) all while drinking at least 100 percent less urine and avoiding elephant dung …

Buddhist monks help unlock the secrets of meditation

A group of scientists from B.C. have travelled half way around the world to research brain activity.<p>They travelled all the way to the Mount Everest …