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What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

Cannabis

5 Amazing (and Possibly Apocryphal) Willie Nelson Stories

In the new Rolling Stone cover story, Nelson looks back on his life — and what a life it's been<p>Willie Nelson just returned to the top of <i>Billboard</i>'s …

Willie Nelson

These 15 Dirty-Sounding Words Are Just Scientific Terms (So Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter)

Admit it. Any time someone talks about the planet Uranus, you (or someone else) can't help but revert to being ten years old again and letting out a little snicker.<p>The same goes for terms like homo erectus and blue-footed boobies.<p>While the special jargon that scientists use <i>usually</i> makes them sound …

Vanishing point: five ways to become invisible

From HG Wells to JK Rowling, invisibility has long been the stuff of fiction. Not any more. Here Philip Ball explains five methods that scientists are researching to make things 'disappear'<p>Here's how you could become invisible in the middle ages: grind up an owl's eye with a ball of beetle dung and …

15 Quirky Gadgets and Accessories to Buy Today (May)

It’s time for us to take another look at a bunch of quirky, imaginative and downright useful gadgets and accessories that you can buy today. Which one takes your fancy the most?<p>For more inspiration, check out our 2013 holiday gift guide, our previous collection of gadgets and accessories for geeks …

Caring for a baby changes a man's brain, study shows

Parenting a small child requires the forethought of a crisis planner, the reflexes of a professional goalkeeper, the energy of a cheerleader and the empathy of a therapist.<p>After eons of practice at such caregiving, it's clear that mothers have evolved some brawn in those parts of the brain that …

Parenting

Planet-eating stars could help search for other 'Earths'

Some suns gobble up the planets revolving around them, creating unique chemical signatures that could help astronomers in their planetary hunt.<p>Even though our sun is a boiling cauldron of gas, metal, radiation, and nuclear reactions, it's still pretty tame. Case in point: it hasn't devoured the …

Science

Supermassive Black Hole At The Centre Of The Galaxy May Be A Wormhole In Disguise, Say Astronomers

And if it is a wormhole, this is how it would look…<p>One of the most extraordinary objects in the Milky Way galaxy is Sagittarius A* (pronounced …

Electrons' Split 'Personalities' Help Solve Superconductor Mystery

Electrons — the negatively charged particles around atoms — have split "personalities," and act one way or the other depending on how many of them are around, new research suggests.<p>The finding could help to solve a long-standing mystery about electrical currents in superconductors, which carry such …

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Action Movies

Algorithm Reveals Link Between Sour Cream And Traffic Accidents

Visualizing the unexpected correlations that surround us<p>Data suggest: marriages in Alabama are causing deaths by electrocution, divorces in South Carolina are causing bees to produce more honey, and Nicolas Cage movies are saving thousands of lives each year.<p>Tyler Vigen created a program, …

South Carolina

Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

To the home gardener who says "been there, done that" to the heirloom green bean, the French breakfast radish or the Brandywine tomato, take heart.<p>Nurseries and seed companies are competing to bring you the most colorful and flavorful designer edibles they can come up with. They travel the world …