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Pie Sci: Why You Should Eat A Slice Of Pie Crust-First

And other ways to make pie taste better using psychology<p>Whether you prefer pumpkin, apple, or chocolate, you probably agree that pie is already amazing. But it can be made even better by carefully engineering the eating experience. Enjoying food is much more than just taste; sound, smell, sight and …

FYI: What Would Happen If You Shot Off Fireworks In Space?

Good news: they'll explode! Bad news: they might not be the prettiest fireworks ever.<p>Launching fireworks in a near-zero-oxygen environment is completely feasible, says Stefan Bossmann, a chemist and rocket enthusiast at Kansas State University: "That would be no problem at all. They have an …

Flood Carries River Monsters Onto the Land

Changing Planet<p><b>By Andrés Ruzo, NG Young Explorers grantee</b><p>The powerful rains that hit Texas and the surrounding region last month led to more than two dozen human deaths, and were a reminder of how little we are able to resist nature’s wild side when unleashed.<p>They were also a reminder to those of …

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Elon Musk, A Man of Impossible Dreams, Wants To Colonize Mars

The visionary creator of SpaceX and the Tesla wants to bring solar power to the masses, people to Mars, and, maybe, retire there himself.<p>Elon Musk has been compared with Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs. Doing the impossible—whether creating the Tesla electric car or launching rockets with SpaceX—is …

Rainbow of Fluorescent Corals Found—Why Do They Glow?

Deep beneath the waves of the Red Sea, scientists have discovered corals that fluoresce in a range of colors, likely because it helps their algae friends.<p>Deep beneath the surface of the Red Sea, a rainbow of glowing corals have been discovered that's unlike anything scientists have ever seen.<p>"I was …

Time to stare at a live feed of this underwater garden

Holidays can be exhausting, but it's nothing an underwater garden can't solve. This is Nemo's Garden, an underwater greenhouse anchored off Italy's Ligurian coast, recently detailed in <i>The Washington Post</i>. Stationed 20 feet underwater, Nemo's garden is able to take advantage of high humidity, even …

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Watch: Mother Raccoon Helps Baby Learn to Climb Tree

A new video shows a raccoon climbing lesson—a vital skill that allows the North American mammals to escape predators.<p>If at first you don't succeed, try, try again—and if that doesn't work, get some help from mom.<p>In a new YouTube video, a patient raccoon mother repeatedly nudges her youngster up a …

Many of Earth’s biggest aquifers overstressed

People around the world rely on groundwater for drinking and crop irrigation. But a new satellite data study says that many of our biggest aquifers …

Bioluminescent worms: Photographer's stunning images of 'natural miracle'

Joseph Michael's incredible long-exposure shots of glow worms didn’t come easily. He spent long nights in damp caves for months to produce the Luminosity series<p>Joseph Michael saw his first glow worm cave at age five. They’re a fixture in the New Zealand-born photographer’s homeland.<p>"Like most …

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Cuban Babies Are Now HIV-Free

Initiatives like this could eradicate the disease, even without a cure<p>Cuba has become the first country in the world in which HIV-positive mothers no longer pass the disease on to their children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).<p>Every year, 1.4 million HIV-positive women become …

Is that stranger opposite you a distant cousin?

We could be rubbing shoulders unwittingly with relatives every day, according to new analysis<p>If that person sitting opposite you on the bus or train looks strangely familiar – or even just strange – there could be a very good reason.<p>Genealogists believe that even in cities such as London with …