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Chernobyl Now

Are nuclear disasters the new normal?<p>On April 26, 1986, two powerful explosions tore through Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, flipping the reactor's giant 2,000-ton concrete lid into the air like a coin. White-hot chunks of the nuclear core rained down on adjacent buildings, setting …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Anxious People Prefer More Personal Space

Because they perceive threats as closer, according to a new study.<p>How close can something get to your face before you blink? That's basically the method scientists use to determine "defensive peripersonal space," the safety bubble of personal space around the body. When something potentially …

How far is a light-year?

How can we comprehend the distances to the stars? This post explains light-years in terms of a scale of miles and kilometers.<p>Stars other than our sun …

Astronomy

Watch: The Best Science Vines

Amazing science videos, in six-second bites.<p>On August 15th, GE put forth a call: make the best science-themed Vine video you can. Vines are short, 6-second clips, often looping, made with a simple app and very little editing features. Pause and record are pretty much all you get. But the responses …

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

The Week In Numbers: Scientists Grow A Brain, Element 115 Exists, And More

<b>4 millimeters</b>: the size of a three-dimensional, self-organizing model of a developing human brain grown in a lab using stem cells<p><b>10 octillion</b>: the number of two-megaton nuclear bombs that would need to explode simultaneously to match the sound of a supernova<p><b>225 million years</b>: the time it would take …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Algoraves Are The Nerdiest Way To Get Your Dance On

Algorithms make the music, you make the party.<p>Nerds, gather at the dance party! It's time to algorave. Meaning the DJs will be spinning algorithms, not just dropping beats.<p>At an algorave, DJs compose musical algorithms live to create "sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of …

Newly forming star stretched a light-year long

Hot, bright stars generate harsh stellar winds that are blast ultraviolet radiation toward a protostar, sculpting it into the light-year-long shape …

Universe

September’s birthstone is the sapphire

Like the ruby, the sapphire is a form of the mineral corundum, a normally drab grey mineral.<p>The sapphire, birthstone for September, is a relative of …

Jewelry

Scientists create ‘quantum inverted pendulum’

Scientists have found a way to maintain an unstable quantum system by applying bursts of microwave radiation.<p>The feat is a quantum analogue to …

Space Pictures This Week: Mars Mini-Eclipse, Cosmic Crash

The pill that can text from inside the body

Scientists are set to trial a new ‘digital pill’ which can send a text to relatives and doctors from inside the body.<p>It is hoped the pills could be used to cut the number of drugs that are wasted each year as well as alert family members if medication isn’t being taken properly by elderly relatives.<p>…

Researchers Expose Troubling Bias In Forensic Psychology

Court psychologists interpret evidence differently depending on who they think hired them.<p>Does your mental health depend on who's paying your psychologist? Clearly not, but a new study has found that psychologists looking at the same evidence will interpret it differently, depending on whom they …