Cameron Lancaster

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5 of the Craziest Science Facts Out There, Part 2

1. How heavy do you think a cloud is?<p>The typical cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds, according to science correspondent for NPR Robert Krulwich. …

Andromeda Galaxy

Why?: Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy | Book Review

If you're a parent or teacher, you probably are asked "why questions" by young people several dozen times each day. Why can't we hear dog whistles? Why does the wind blow? Why is there no life on Mars? Why does E=mc2? Why? Why? <i>Why?</i><p>If you are dealing with such questions daily, then you'll be pleased …

Brown Recluse Spider's Silk Is Strong and Really Strange

One of the most feared spiders in North America might soon be known for something other than its notoriously nasty venom: really strange silk.<p>The …

Watch A 3-D Printer Make A Pizza

Just some dough, ketchup, and cream cheese. Classic pie.<p>This summer we heard about a 3-D printer for food developed with NASA funding, but we didn't have much to look at in the way of a prototype. Now, lo and behold, the printer has shown up at SXSW Eco, and we caught a short demonstration from the …

'Head orgasms', meditation and near-death experiences

When I was nine I was frogmarched to the opticians for my first sight test. It was after copying down the fact that "Marco Pob was a famous explorer" from the board at school.<p>The optometrist explained what the test entailed and asked me questions about how much I watched TV and used computers, all …

Comet Strike Evidence Found in Tutankamun's Brooch and the Sahara Desert

A comet strike hit the Earth long ago, and evidence has been discovered in Tutankhamun’s brooch by African and international researchers.<p>The comet …

Neuroscience Struggles to Explain Near Death Experiences

Near death experiences (NDEs) have been reported through the ages by those who were near death—or thought they were—and then return.<p>Though these …

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

How my sins struck terror into the heart of a priest

It turns out that a guilty conscience can translate into a physical sensation of carrying a burden. Well, I knew that<p>Remember when you were little and did something really bad? Whacked a soaring boundary through your next-door-neighbour’s greenhouse, or borrowed your big sister’s best dress without …

Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut

This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase "beer gut."<p>A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man's blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 …