Indonesia’s Tambora eruption brought on a deadly spate of cooling—presaging the costs that come with sudden changes to climate. On April 10, 1815, Indonesia’s island of Sumbawa became ground zero for worst
Why Is This Important? Because it’s another reason to stop sleeping like a serial killer. Long Story Short Researchers have discovered that sleeping on your side may help reduce the chances of developing
The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut. We may not give it much thought—because,
Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, whose tireless efforts uncovered a link between the drug thalidomide and severe birth defects, has died at age 101. In 1960, Kelsey was the new medical officer at the Food and
Weird Animal Question of the Week Many fungi, including mushrooms, are so diverse they can look like other living things—including us. Who'd have thought the alien invasion would be so stinkin' cute? new
Data Points Maps. They’ve been around longer than photographs. They’ve defined empires,guided explorers, told stories, and captured the imagination of many a hopeful traveler for years. While most appreciate
Your punchy, notification-addled brain will thank you In the time between when you start and finish reading this article, you might check various social media notifications, gaze at your texts, maybe another
Science & InnovationGory Details Updated September 30, 2015 A corpse flower smells like a heady mix of rotten fish, sewage, and dead bodies. It’s a stench meant to draw flies, but just as surely, it draws
While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps. Unveiling his most aggressive plan yet to combat
Got a twitch in your eyelid, arm, or leg? Wondering where the hell it comes from and how to get rid of it? Answers within. Involuntary muscle twitches are exceedingly common and yet not very well understood.
Just call it “friendlining” Facebook friend lists are a weird collection of your classmates, coworkers, distant relatives, former roommates, and other people you may have known at one point in your life.
70 years on from the destruction of Nagasaki, much of the attention regarding radiation is still directed to the physical dangers, but the psychological consequences can also be damaging. Radiation protection
Time to toss those expired chicken tenders Between the reports of E. coli-tainted spinach and Listeria-laden ice cream, it’s easy to become paranoid about what to eat. And rightly so: One in six Americans
The government is to launch a new campaign asking middle aged people to make seven lifestyle changes including getting more sleep Middle-aged people will be encouraged to get more sleep as part of a government
Scans show brainwaves of those with epilepsy appear to synchronise with music by Mozart and John Coltrane Listening to jazz or Mozart might stop epileptics having seizures, new research has suggested.
If you live in a coastal area, beware Vomiting, fever, and diarrhea—these nasty symptoms are the embodiment of the crippling effects that salmonella can have on the body. In the past, scientists have outbreaks
Severe droughts and increasing temperatures could wipe out certain species by 2050 Climate change could mean fewer butterfly species in the UK, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change As
Vote early, vote deep Might the pitch of Hillary’s voice cost her the White House? According to a new study, it might. Researchers at the University of Miami and Duke University found that it’s not just
Supersize fires are burning up bird habitat, killing trees, and turning forests into open range. Climate change will only make it worse. The largest fire in state history swept through the eastern slopes
A new book tracks today's convenience foods back to the wars they came out of The list of military inventions that have transformed civilian life is long, stretching back at least as far as the Roman road
Analysis of starlight from more than 220,000 distant galaxies shows that the cosmos has lost half of its brightness in the past two billion years Without applause or encore, the lights are going out across
The text speak acronym may soon be laughing no more, according to a Facebook survey in the US, with haha, hehe and emoji now far more popular It began as a shorthand understood only by computer geeks went
Biometric data left out in the open The fingerprint scanner has raised questions since its first integration into the modern smartphone: is it secure, is it reliable, who will have access to my fingerprints?