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Scientists think they've discovered a fourth type of fuel for humans — beyond carbs, fat, and protein

The nutrition label on a shot-size bottle of this clear, odorless liquid defies traditional explanation. It contains 120 calories — roughly the equivalent of a hearty slice of bread — yet it has no fat, no protein, and no carbohydrates.<p>Those calories instead come from ketones, an ingredient that …

Nutrition

This Nuclear Bomb Map Shows What Would Happen if One Exploded Near You

It even accounts for weather.<p>Imagine that a 150-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you. Do you know how the city, surrounding …

Google Earth

17 'facts' about space and Earth that you thought were true — but have been debunked by science

No surprise there. I've made a living speaking to experts and writing about it for more than a decade, and I've read obsessively on the topic for much longer than that.<p>I've heard a lot of peculiar "facts" over the years — and even believed and shared a few myself — that I eventually learned were …

Black Holes

What the heck is 'ice VII,' and why are scientists using lasers to make it?

No, it's not a superweapon.<p>Sure, watching ice freeze sounds about as fun as watching paint dry. But that’s just because you haven’t tried making ice with some of the most powerful lasers in the world.<p>By firing the most powerful x-ray laser in the world (the Linac Coherent Light Source) at a vial of …

Chemistry

Smart meter rollout could force household bills to rise, says supplier

Energy company warns rising cost of installations due to ‘customer apathy’ could prompt suppliers to increase tariffs<p>Energy suppliers face rising costs for putting smart meters in millions of homes, adding pressure on firms to raise household bills further next year.<p>Fitting the meters, which …

Scientists Can Finally Explain Why The Boomerang Nebula Is Colder Than Space Itself

The coldest object in the known Universe.<p>Some 5,000 light-years from Earth, there's a bizarre and mysterious nebula that clocks an average …

Photonic Hypercrystals Are Now a Reality, and Light Will Never Be the Same

Recently theorized and already realized, photonic hypercrystals will further enable technologies from Li-Fi to solar cells Image: National Academy of …

Science: This Super-Simple Learning Hack Can Help You Master Any Subject

A new Columbia University study suggests an easy trick to help you master any subject.<p>We all spend well over a decade in school, and while you might quickly forget the date of the battle of Gettysburg or the formula for the area of a trapezoid, you'd hope that you'd at least graduate with a good …

A Beginner's Guide to Astrophotography

When I was 17, I packed up and left for my first camping trip to the Adirondack mountains. That night we walked out into a clearing and I was stunned at the huge cluster of stars sweeping across the sky. That cluster was the Milky Way. I aimed my point-and-shoot camera skyward hoping to capture …

Astronomers are about to peer into a black hole's event horizon for the first time

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, filmmakers and other artists. Perhaps part of the allure is that these enigmatic objects have never actually been "seen". But this could now be about …

This Incredible Gel Stops Bleeding Immediately

Coming to a hospital near you 👍<p>Medical science has the potential to do some pretty amazing things, from restoring people’s eyesight to actually …

You Can Make These Mysterious “Antibubbles” at Home

Name one person who doesn’t enjoy bubbles. They are simple, beautiful, and fun. We learn to associate bubbles with whimsy and delight from an early …

Why Do Managers Treat Employees Like Children? Science Explains

This one thing terrifies the leader's brain more than anything--and triggers you into parent mode with employees.<p>There aren't many managers who, as they eat their morning Corn Flakes, think "How can I make my employees feel like children today?"<p>But parenting in the workplace occurs all too often.<p>As …

Employment

This 3D-printed Rembrandt is the new frontier in forgery

A new Rembrandt painting was unveiled today in Amsterdam. But the portrait wasn’t exactly made by the 17th century Dutch master; it was created with 3D printers by a team of data analysts, developers, and art historians, <i>The Guardian</i> reports.<p>"A fascinating exercise in connoisseurship."<p>The painting, …

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

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