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What makes a river sing the blues?

The Rio Celeste in Costa Rica becomes an enchanting celestial blue at the convergence of two tributaries. Until recently scientists have been at a loss to explain this mysterious phenomenon<p>On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I encountered a challenge from a local guide who took us on a hike through the …

Britain's brightest star

A new video explains how a particle accelerator built to produce X-rays billions of times brighter than the sun is revealing the workings of life at the molecular level<p>If you have ever gazed at a crystal of salt or a sparkling diamond and wondered to yourself how its internal structure might be …

Radio Tecnico: How The Zetas Cartel Took Over Mexico With Walkie-Talkies

Inside the communications infrastructure of the ultraviolent syndicate<p>On September 16, 2008, Carl Pike, the deputy head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division, watched live video feeds from a command center outside Washington, D.C., as federal agents fanned out across …

Knowing true age of your heart key to curbing lifetime heart disease risk

Understanding the true age of your heart is key to curbing the lifetime risk of developing—and dying from—heart disease, say new consensus …

What Escapes A Black Hole?

Now that's dark<p>Black holes have a bad rap. They’re known for sucking in everything around them, but matter can actually break away from their grasp, in the form of jets. Although astronomers have been aware of this for half a century, they didn’t know what exactly the jets were made of until last …

Physicists Discover New Semiconductor Quasiparticle Called Quantum Droplet

JILA physicists have discovered a new semiconductor quasiparticle called the quantum droplet. JILA is a joint institute of University of Colorado …

Fossil Forest Discovery Sheds Light on Environment Inhabited by Early Apes

A fossil forest discovery by researchers from Baylor University and an international team of scientists has shed light on the environment inhabited …

Newly Discovered Piece Of Cheese Is Older Than Jesus

This is nacho average cheese<p>The oldest cheese has been found, and if you happen to be eating cheese right now, I suggest you pause, because this next sentence is gross: The cheese, from 1615 BC, was discovered in clumps on the necks and chests of mummies.<p>USA Today reports that the cheese …

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Boston Brown Bread

This dense quickbread is traditionally baked in empty coffee cans.<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon butter plus more for serving, room temperature<p>1/2 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses<p>1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour<p>1 cup all-purpose flour<p>1 cup rye flour<p>1/3 …

Recipes

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Sexiest parts of the body revealed by neuroscientists

Survey asks men and women to rank parts of the body by pleasure – and some of the results prove surprising<p>The mind, said Raquel Welch, is an erogenous zone. And it is the brain, and how it organises our erogenous zones, that has intrigued scientists for decades. Why is a nuzzled neck sexy when few …

Ghana: Huge, Mysterious Mammal Appears on Asanta Beach in Jomoro District

A mysterious creature has appeared on the shores of a beach in Ghana’s Jomoro District.<p>The creature, deemed a mammal weighing between six and eight …

Cognitive Science

BeerSci: How Beer Gets Its Color

Meet the two chemical reactions that most influence the malt character and color of your brew.<p>Before you read this column, I urge you to pop open a belated birthday beer. Pour that beer into a clear glass (pint or tulip, your choice), hold it up to the light, and take a good look at the color.<p>Two …

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

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