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New interactive periodic table shows how each element influences daily life

How do gallium and tantalum influence your daily life? Quite a bit, it turns out. Gallium is a component of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, while …

Periodic Table

Impossibly Posed Fashion Photography Defies the Laws of Physics

Models fly through space in 'Impossible Balance,' the latest series by photographer Marcus Palmqvist and art director Gem Fletcher.<p>Lithe bodies fly through space like they're in anti-gravity and the laws of physics are somehow suspended. Vivid mops of red hair and colorful ensembles stand out …

Dance

Amateur archaeologists in Denmark are so good that the National Museum can't keep up

Denmark’s National Museum has reported that amateur archaeologists in the country are so good at finding ancient artefacts that the institution simply can’t keep up with processing them.<p>Under Danish law, all archaeological artefacts belong to the state, and those who find them and turn them in will …

Archaeology

'Primitive Machine' Within Great Pyramid of Giza Reconstructed

The ancient Egyptians created a simple yet elaborate system of blocks and grooves within the Great Pyramid of Giza to protect the King's Chamber from …

10 Forgotten Artifacts That Have Been Rediscovered

Over the years, many artifacts with cultural, historical, and archaeological significance have been lost. What’s surprising, though, is that many of …

Science reveals 8 plants that will purify your home

In the late 1970s, buildings were designed to reduce energy bills by increasing insulation and reducing airflow. However, these changes came at a much greater cost.<p>These poorly ventilated office spaces were full of chemicals that caused health problems including itchy eyes, headaches, coughing and …

Headaches

Mental and physical effects of magic mushrooms

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several small studies have linked the psychoactive ingredient in shrooms (which are illegal) with several purported health benefits, including the potential to help relieve anxiety and depression.<p>But, as with any drug, …

Consciousness

Scientists May Have Just Figured Out Why Time Moves Forward, Not Backwards

Griffith University Associate Professor Joan Vaccaro has put forward a suggestion on why there’s a difference between the future and the past. …

Quantum Mechanics

My secret life as a high-functioning drug user

From midweek binges to the dealer with a loyalty card, one twentysomething asks when a habit becomes an addiction<p>It’s Saturday night and I’m having dinner at a friend’s house. After dinner has been cleared, someone produces a small bag of cocaine and begins to cut it into lines at the table. I take …

Mind

How No Zoning Laws Works For Houston

Houston, Texas — When traveling through America’s foremost boomtown, the atmosphere of change quickly becomes evident, from new buildings to added …

Gene editing can now change an entire species -- forever

CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future …

Genetics

A Jellyfish So Surreal That It Looks Unreal Is Discovered on the Enigma Seamount

If I ever worried that I’d run out of weird and wonderful new life to blog about, that fear has long been laid to rest. Take, for instance, this …

Micronesia

How to Harvest Terawatts of Solar Power on the Moon

Planet Earth isn’t the most ideal place for solar power to thrive. Sunsets and weather afford solar panels a significant amount of downtime. But …

Renewable Energy

A Researcher Just Accidentally Developed A Battery That Could Last A Lifetime

Technology Photo credit: A nanowire compared to a human hair. Thai et al./UC Irvine via YouTubePoor battery life is the number one complaint when it …

Clean Energy

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases: Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage

Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage<p>Consuming fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, alters …

If The Earth Were A Village Of 100 People

There are more than 7 billion of us on the planet now. We comprise a wildly diverse set of ages, nationalities, religious groups, incomes and technological capacities. Given the magnitude of our numbers, it can be hard to really grasp how that diversity plays out. How many of us have cell phones? …

Science

Wait a Minute—Don’t Clean the Garbage Patch?

03/11/2016 · by carylsue · in Current Event Connection, Geography In the News, Main. ·<p><b>ENVIRONMENT</b><p>Placing plastic collectors near coasts would remove 31% of microplastics, versus 1% if they were all in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (Guardian)<p>What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Use our …

Cannabis preserved India's ancient Ellora caves from decay for 1,500 years

Indian archaeologists have discovered that hemp played a key role in preserving the ancient Ellora caves in the western state of Maharashtra. New …

Cannabis

If Countries’ Web Domains Were Land Masses, Earth Would Look Like This

This is how big countries would look if they were mapped according to the number of country code domain names registered.<p>On this map, the world is definitely not as it seems. Why? Because countries have been scaled according to the number of country code domain names they have registered, and not …

Domain Names

Your genes may predict how you react to smoking weed

Many people enjoy the light buzz of hitting a joint, but for a select few even just a puff or two can cause paranoid delusions. Scientists from …

3tags.org

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …

Education

"Genetic Scissors" Could Completely Eliminate HIV From Cells

A snipping enzyme edits DNA with no mistakes<p>Thanks to the cocktail of drugs that make up antiretroviral therapy, HIV is no longer a death sentence. But there are downsides to antiretroviral therapy—taking the treatment for many years is expensive, increases drug resistance, and could cause adverse …

Genetics

Farm to Cup: Origin Highlight: Sumatra

Getting to the heart of coffee culture<p>At Starbucks we relentlessly search the world for the best coffees to create truly one of a kind experiences. …

Coffee

Was the Big Bang just a black hole?

Fraser Cain "Asks a Spaceman" Dr. Paul Matt Sutter – why do we call the Big Bang a singularity, when we also call black holes singularities?

BIGBANG

DNA rice breakthrough raises 'green revolution' hopes

Over the next few years farmers are expected to have new genome sequencing technology at their disposal, helping to offset a myriad of problems that threaten to curtail production of the grain that feeds half of humanity.<p>Drawing on a massive bank of varieties stored in the Philippines and …

Genetics

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

LIGO

We Were Wrong About What Happened After Europeans Reached America

The tale of Europeans explorers’ arrival in the Americas is a dark one, colored by slavery, slaughter, and smallpox. But a new study calls key …

Anthropology

21 images that showcase Earth's stunning diversity

DigitalGlobe is a provider of high resolution satellite imagery that is used by government agencies, economic forecasting firms and of course, Google …