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Sitting Still Is Bad For Your Neurons

A sedentary lifestyle can be alarmingly harmful, according to a new study published in <i>The Journal of Comparative Neurology</i>.<p>Researchers gathered a dozen rats and split them between two types of cages: enclosures with running wheels and enclosures without. After three months, scientists injected the …

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

How these bacteria in chicken guts make us sick

The <i>Campylobacter jejuni</i> bacterium is one of the reasons why we are told to make sure our meat, particularly chicken, is cooked properly.<p>The bug, …

Old Mars Rover Finds New Signs of Life

Just about all the important news from Mars over the past year and a half has come courtesy of the six-wheeled, instrument-laden, SUV-size Mars …

Supermoon 2014 Dates: Next Supermoon on January 30

One of the supermoon dates in 2014 has already passed, and another is coming up on January 30.<p>January is the only month with two supermoons until …

Astronomy

New River Dolphin Species Discovered

Researchers working in Brazil have discovered a new species of river dolphin in the Araguaia river basin, according to the journal PLOS ONE.<p>Why does this matter? Because last time scientists identified a new species of river dolphin, World War I raged and American women still couldn't vote.<p>Only …

Astronomers say Monet's 'Sunset' masterpiece was painted at 4:53PM on February 5th, 1883

Forensic astronomy sheds new light on impressionist work<p>Researchers from Texas State University have used forensic astronomy to uncover new details about Claude Monet's <i>Étretat: Sunset</i> — a stunning seascape that the impressionist master painted during a trip to the Normandy coast in 1883. Their …

Drinking Water Not Tested For Tens Of Thousands Of Chemicals

The fact that a second contaminant in West Virginia's drinking water eluded detection for nearly two weeks — despite intense testing of the water — reveals an important truth about how companies test drinking water: In most cases, they only find the contaminants they're looking for.<p>Freedom …

What happens when lava engulfs a can of Coca Cola

This video shows what happens when a can of Coca Cola is engulfed by a lava flow - something you may never have asked yourself but will want to find out<p>Have you ever wondered what would happen to a can of soft drink when it is hit by lava from a volcano? No, neither had we until seeing someone had …

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Arrives In Americas

The virus can cause debilitating joint pain that can last for weeks, and sometimes years.<p>A potentially debilitating African virus has now officially made its way to the Americas, and is being spread between people by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. From early December to mid-January, the chikungunya …

Public Health

Dubious Cold Fusion Machine Acquired By North Carolina Company

The Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat) has never been proven to work. Then again, it hasn't been conclusively proven not to...<p>Well, this is an interesting acquisition: A U.S. company called Industrial Heat has bought the rights to the notorious (and dubious) cold fusion technology called the Energy …

Can Andrea Rossi's Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World--Or Just Scam It?

Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?<p>On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a …

Finding What Puts The Heat In Hot Peppers

A newly published genome holds some spicy secrets.<p>To engineer a better pepper, you'd have to go out into the field—actual fields, around the world—and look at different traits, measurements, and yield. Then, after extracting DNA from various leaves and seeds, you could painstakingly evaluate for …

Biology

Plantwatch: A vicious, but useful, weed

The mild weather this winter has tricked many plants into growing early. Unfortunately that includes a very aggressive plant – the stinging nettle, one of Britain's most troublesome weeds, which thrives on the copious amounts of nitrogen fertilisers washed off farmlands and gardens.<p>But the plant is …

Big Pic: The U.S. Navy Tests A Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift is not just for video games anymore.<p>Oculus Rift is an amazing virtual reality headset. Originally designed for video games, it's been used for exploring gender, piloting drones, and simulating what it's like to get guillotined. In the future, it might even go to war.<p>The U.S. Navy is …

Green Cities Provide a Mental Health Boost That Lasts

It’s been established that enjoying green spaces in otherwise grey urban areas can lead to improved mental health for city-dwellers. But new research …

Mental Health

A landcane over Australia

It’s like a hurricane, but it’s over land. These systems are not uncommon in Australia, and, last weekend, conditions were ripe for one.<p>Have you ever …

Weather

Curious History: Ancient Celts Left Mark on America’s Heartland

Perhaps one of the greatest historical anomalies in the New World—the Anubis Caves in Oklahoma—gives evidence of an ancient cult’s mysterious …

Prehistory