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5 Tests That Will Measure Your Strength

See how you match up to these standards<p>If you’ve ever spent any time on Internet fitness forums, it’s pretty easy to feel like every guy in the world is stronger than you are. You’ll read about how “any bro who lifts” should be able to bench press more than 300 pounds and deadlift at least 500.<p>But …

Can California Make It Rain With Drones?

Billowy and filled with life-sustaining water vapor, the cloud passes overhead without emitting a drop of rain. In times of severe drought, that …

Weather

5 New Rules of Super Strength

Rethink everything you know about fitness. With these revolutionary methods, you'll be ripped and ready for anything<p>Two minutes into his workout, Louie Vito is already dripping sweat. Rivulets run down the Olympic snowboarder's legs, pooling on the floor as he clutches 50-pound dumbbells and …

Exercise

Map Shows All The Devices In The World Connected To The Internet

The image above isn’t your average map: it shows the location of all devices connected to the Internet in the world. The redder the area, the more …

Ice cube experiment

This classic experiment shows how ice can weld itself together. It was first performed in 1872, but we still don't know precisely how the phenomenon …

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The chemical composition of various gemstones, by Compound Interest.

Giant Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis in Africa

Known for detecting land mines, the rodents could also help detect disease.<p>MAPUTO, Mozambique—On a recent Friday morning, at a laboratory in southern Africa, Tariq correctly identified all six spit samples known to be positive for tuberculosis, the world's second most fatal infectious disease.<p>Tariq …

Public Health

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A quick guide to clouds, by Andonart.

Robotic exosuit gives shipbuilders a strength boost

Shipyard workers in South Korea have been testing prototype exosuits to aid construction.<p>It seems like it's only a matter of time until the industrial robotic exosuit appears, with first Panasonic and now Daewoo prototypes in development. In fact, Daewoo looks to be a step ahead, having already …

The Last Stand for the Middle Class Is Taking Place in a Parking Lot in Massachusetts

One supermarket proved it can provide employees with a livable wage, annual bonuses, and a retirement plan. They can beat Walmart's prices. They can turn a profit, too. So why was its CEO just forced out?<p><b>Americans have grown to accept that corporations</b> will invariably take advantage of their low …

Nonprofits

Most Distant Stars In The Milky Way Identified

Have astronomers just found Terminus? Much of Isaac Asimov's influential series is set on a planet so remote from the rest of the galaxy there are …

Astrophysics

Robots Could Use 3D Printing To Build Mars Bases Before Astronauts Arrive

NASA and other private corporations are committed to sending humans to Mars in the relatively near future. After traveling for about 9 months to …

There's A Place On Earth That Experiences 1.2 Million Lighting Strikes A Year

In a small area of northwestern Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, you’ll discover one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena …

What Could Have Caused Poland's Crooked Forest?

In a small corner of western Poland, near the town of Gryfino, a strange and eerie woodland exists. This bizarre collection of curved trees, named …

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Kangaroos Have Five Legs

Hopping across vast, arid landscapes at 20 kilometers an hour is a trademark kangaroo move. “Their walking, on the other hand, is as awkward as their …

Space without the space. All the solid surfaces of our solar system stitched together, by Xkcd.

Yeti Identified As Ancestral Polar Bear

Samples of hair believed to be from the abominable snowman are actually from an ancestor of the polar bear.<p>The discovery raises the possibility that stories of an undiscovered giant primate living in the Himalayas may be based on large and aggressive, but reclusive, bears.<p>Bryan Sykes, a human …

Scientists Analyze DNA From Bigfoot Samples

Researchers conducted a genetic analysis of 30 hair samples said to have come from so-called anomalous primates. And I’m very sorry to report: None …

Evolution

Stunning Electric-Blue Flames Erupt From Volcanoes

Indonesia's Kawah Ijen and other craters emit rivers of light from burning sulfur.<p>For several years Paris-based photographer Olivier Grunewald has been documenting the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia, where dazzling, electric-blue fire can often be seen streaming down the mountain at night.<p>"This …

Geology

Are You Lifting the Right Amount of Weight?

Follow this system to figure out how much iron to hoist for the optimum results<p>The amount of weight you should be lifting depends on the result you want—size, strength, or endurance. However, a good general benchmark is 90 percent of your 1-rep max. At that percentage, the participants in a …

Scientist Models Deadly Volcano Eruptions With Harmless Baby Powder

The Smithsonian’s Benjamin Andrews also uses lasers in his lab’s “tank.”<p>Benjamin Andrews studies the destructive power of volcanoes, traveling to faraway locales like Hawaii, Guatemala, and Russia to observe what he calls the planet's "awesome" power firsthand.<p>"You can feel the heat on your face," …

Geology

A Brain-Saving Cancer Killer

Why scientists are encouraged by a brain cancer vaccine<p>Vaccines protect against measles, mumps, and the flu. But one day you could roll up your sleeve for a shot against brain cancer, too.<p>In a new study from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 50 percent of patients with a common and deadly type of brain …

The Science Behind Man Surviving Underwater for Three Days

How did a man survive underwater for three days without food or water? Turns out an air bubble helps.<p><b>How did a man trapped in the depths of the sea survive for three days in conditions that surely should have killed him?</b><p><b>Turns out that an air bubble was Harrison Okene's savior.</b><p>The Nigerian man had …

Scuba Diving

The 2011 Japan Tsunami Was Caused By Largest Fault Slip Ever Recorded

Clay lubricated the fault zone in the Japan trench, producing the devastating tsunami, researchers say.<p><b>The largest fault slip ever recorded produced the devastating 2011 Japan tsunami, according to three studies published today.</b><p>Two years ago, the sea off the coast of Japan reared up and swept away …

Santa Cruz

Geography in the News: New Madrid Earthquake

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Earthquake dangers from the New Madrid fault.<p>With the recent earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan, Americans may wonder if or when such a disaster will or might happen closer to home. While most Americans know of the potential for earthquakes along the West Coast’s San …

Geology