Shannon Nicholas

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A Single Winter Storm Forced These Lizards to Start Evolving Practically Overnight

We typically think of evolution as an agonizingly gradual process, but there are occasions when nature compels species to move at a quicker pace. By …

2 days after death, some life continues in body

Death is more like the slow shutdown of a computer than the flipping off of a light switch, says a scientist, explaining a new study that shows genes in the body remain alive for about two days after the heart stops.<p>In the study of mice and zebrafish, University of Washington researchers found that …

51-million-year-old genetic secret to Darwin's theory unlocked

Scientists have unlocked a 51.7-million-year-old genetic secret to a landmark theory proposed by English naturalist Charles Darwin more than 150 …

Biology

Psychopaths actually do feel regret, new research finds—they just don’t change

The theory that psychopaths don’t feel regret is so strong that evaluating such emotions is a key way of diagnosing the condition. Psychopaths are known as callous, unfeeling people, with the diagnostic Psychopathy checklist describing them as “emotionally shallow.” But a team of researchers from …

Psychology

Drown The Rest Of 2017 In Red Wine Hot Cocoa

2017 is almost over, thank God<p>2017 is almost over. Let’s not get into what a year it was, let’s just rejoice in the fact that no one really expects …

‘Barbie’ Has Done It All And Now She Breastfeeds, Too

Mom makes breastfeeding dolls for kids to help stop the stigma<p>It’s no secret that mothers today are plagued by breastfeeding stereotypes and stigmas, …

It's Official: Even a Novice Baker Can Pull Off These Cake Decorations

<i>The Kitchy Kitchen is the brainchild of food enthusiast and self-taught chef Claire Thomas. With new spins on classic meals, the site focuses on</i> …

How Astronomers Found Our Cosmic Address

Imagine visiting a far distant galaxy and addressing a postcard to your loved ones back home. You might begin with your house on your street in your …

Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

You may think of ants as picnic pilferers. After all, who hasn't had to ward off ants stealing crumbs from picnic tables or hoarding tiny pieces of food from kitchens? But a new study shows that they're in fact hard working farmers. Or at least one species of ants is. It lives in Fiji and has been …

Insects

Here's what 200 calories of every Thanksgiving food looks like

The calorie content of your favorite Thanksgiving foods might surprise you.<p>Two small glasses of wine have roughly the same number of calories as a small slice of pumpkin pie. An entire cup of green bean casserole is the caloric equivalent of a tiny serving of sweet potato casserole. Calorically …

Food

These mashed potatoes are so good they’ll be the star of Thanksgiving dinner

<i>Editor’s note: This year, our Thanksgiving meal is a virtual potluck. Writers and editors signed up to provide one of 11 dishes, then tested recipes and brought contenders to a final taste-off for a vote. Here are the winning mashed potatoes.</i><p>True to stereotype, my mother’s side of the family — …

mashed potatoes

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient in this dreamy, superfood-packed dessert

<i>Each week we spotlight a healthy-delish recipe that’s truly genius (and easy to make) from someone who’s wowed us in the food world. We’re talking</i> …

10 Ludicrously Advanced Technologies We Can Expect by the Year 2100

Predicting the future is hard. It’s nearly impossible to know what technological marvels await in the next few years, let alone the next eight …

Retrotechtacular: The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments

Back in “the old days” (that is, when I was a kid), kids led lives of danger and excitement. We rode bikes with no protective gear. We stayed out …

Chemistry

This is the ultimate fried chicken recipe that has inspired top chefs

Keys to making America's Test Kitchen's (ATK) Ultimate Crispy Fried Chicken<p><b>Equipment: An 8-quart cast-iron Dutch oven and an instant read …

Texas

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US civil war cannonballs unearthed on beach after Hurricane Matthew

Bomb squad called to Folly Beach in South Carolina near to where the first shots of the war were fired in 1861<p>A bomb squad has been called to a South Carolina beach after Hurricane Matthew apparently unearthed US civil war cannonballs from the sand.<p>The first shots of the war were fired at nearby …

Rainfall

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

In 20 to 40 years, most Americans won’t have sex to reproduce. Get ready.

For 100 million years, all our ancestors reproduced basically the same way. A male reproductive organ deposited sperm into a female reproduction organ, where it could fertilize eggs — leading to baby ancestral tetrapods, mammals, primates, and eventually humans. The past 60 years have seen this …

Scientists figured out how the month you are born in is linked to your health

Being born in certain months could make you more or less likely to experience certain illnesses.<p>Crazy as that might sound, there are reasonable explanations for these differences. Kids born in some seasons are exposed to different risk factors than children born in other seasons. There might be an …

This could be KFC's secret recipe

Colonel Sanders' nephew casually revealed to a reporter a recipe that had been passed down in a family scrapbook.<p>Could this be KFC's closely guarded secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices? The nephew, Joe Ledington, said it is. He claims his job as a kid was to mix this same recipe in large …

Brother of Aleppo Boy in Ambulance Dies

The older brother of Omran Daqneesh—the 5-year-old Syrian boy who appeared, shocked and bleeding, in a photo that circulated around the world this …

Deep sea scientists capture footage of "googly eyed" purple squid (Video)

As you might guess, the ocean's murky depths hides plenty of surprises, from eerie jellyfish to deadly predator seahorses.<p>Of course, you can also …

Scientists fight crab for mysterious purple orb discovered in California deep

E/V Nautilus team find likely sea slug 5,000ft below sea off Santa Barbara Analysis reveals foot and proboscis, making it ‘a gastropod of some kind’<p>More than 5,000ft below the surface of the ocean, in a canyon off the coast of southern California, the purple, globular creature appeared to glow …

Zoology

New species of Pacific beaked whale confirmed

Researchers confirm that as yet unnamed whale sighted by Japanese fishermen was previously unknown to science<p>Scientists have confirmed that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale roams the northern Pacific Ocean. Sightings of the creature, which has a bulbous head and a beak like a porpoise, …

Zoology

Facial scrubs release 94,500 toxic microbeads in each wash, research finds

The numbers of polluting plastic beads commonly found in everyday face scrub have been revealed by scientists.<p>Researchers at Plymouth University …

Why We Should Drink Cockroach Milk

Bear with me here.<p>Let me cut straight to the chase here: Yeah, there's a cockroach that gives birth to live young, and, yes, it produces a "milk" that scientists want humans to drink.<p>Okay, deep breaths. It turns out the Pacific beetle cockroach (<i>Diploptera punctata</i>)—a small, coffee bean-looking …

12 incredible women you've never heard of who changed science forever

But for every female scientist whose work has been recognized and celebrated, there are thousands who have been accidentally or purposefully forgotten.<p>For a few, that might change, thanks to a beautiful new book, "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World," by artist Rachel …

4 Infographics To Show The Climate Skeptic In Your Life

Beach trip with family members who don’t believe in climate change? Reunion picnic with climate truthers? We’ve got you covered.<p>The ink is just dry on the Paris Agreement. Last year was officially the warmest year on record. Yet climate skeptics still live among us–many of whom may even be related …

The fascinating, strange medical potential of psychedelic drugs, explained in 50+ studies - Vox

Welcome to <i>Show Me the Evidence,</i> where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day.<p>After years of struggling with treatments for his worsening cancer, Roy was miserable — anxious, depressed, hopeless. …

Consciousness