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Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Every time I spend New Year's Eve with my mom, she tells me the same thing: "Be careful with that Champagne, honey. The bubbles go straight to the head. And it won't be pretty tomorrow."<p>Thanks, Mom. Glad you're looking after me after all these years.<p>But is she right?<p>The internet will sure tell you …

Video: Rush Of Gas From A Champagne Bottle

This is a cork popping out of a champagne bottle, as imaged by a high-speed infrared camera. The infrared light lets you see the plumes of carbon dioxide that shoot out of the bottle’s mouth behind the cork. Carbon dioxide is invisible to the naked eye; the fog you might have noticed around the …

Carbon Dioxide

New Football Helmet Could Save the Sport

Athletes in the U.S. suffer 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year. While helmet makers dither with small improvements, Swedish scientists have built something that could protect us all.<p>On August 19, 2012, in week two of the NFL preseason, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie …

The Science of Chocolate

The Deep-Space Suit

Astronauts can only travel so far in existing space suits. What will it take to see the universe?<p>By the time the alarms go off, he's back on his feet, hoping the rover wasn't filming, but knowing that it was—that his face-first sprawl on the surface of Phobos has been recorded for posterity. The …

WIRED Science's Most Popular Image Galleries of the Year

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

The Smarter, Safer, Stronger, Far-Out Materials Of The Future

Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.<p>Materials science has been at the root of material progress, and indeed all progress, for so long that we may be tempted to think that its greatest contributions are behind us. The …

Best weather videos of 2013

Here’s a compilation of some of the most interesting, captivating, scary, and intense weather videos of 2013.<p>It is hard to believe that 2013 is over. …

Weather

Lightsaber - Fact and Fiction, How It Works Infographic

Watch Spider-Man Swing Into Times Square for the New Year's Eve Ball Drop – /Film

New York City is home to lots of costumed heroes, from Brooklyn boy Steve Rogers to Hell’s Kitchen fighter Matt Murdock to “Gotham City” (we all know …

The Right Way to Store Cheese

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Good cheese is an investment -- protect it.</i><p>When it comes to cheese, sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. Ideally, you shouldn't buy more …

Blue Cheese

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Hump Day Snack: French Toast in a Mug

Today's the start of a spankin' new year of snacks, and since you're probably still recovering from last night's champagne-fueled shenanigans, you'll …

El Salvador Volcano Erupts Prompting Local Evacuation

The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador belched a column of hot ash high into the air on Sunday, frightening nearby residents and prompting …

The 'Southwest Effect' Changes as the Airline Evolves

When Southwest Airlines began service in the Twin Cities in 2009, the long-anticipated move was cheered by travelers hoping for additional flights …

The 12 Most Delicious Foods You'll Discover Abroad, In Order

Let's face it: you can self-discover all you want, but food-related discoveries are the best discoveries you'll make while away from home.<p>There are many delectable treats out there, to be sure. Here's just a sampling of some delicacies whose truest, most scrumptious forms you will only come across …

The Most Ridiculous Things That Happened In Air Travel In 2013

Air travel is always kind of ridiculous. But this year, there were some completely crazy things that happened in the world of airlines, airplanes and airports.<p>These were the moment this year that had us shaking our heads -- the WTF moments, if you will.<p>That time when...<p>U.S. Airways flight attendant …

Second Suicide Bomber Attack in Two Days Raises Concern Over Sochi Games

A bomb ripped apart a bus in Volgograd on Monday, killing 14 people in the second deadly attack blamed on suicide bombers in the southern Russian …

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

The Philippines

See photos of the Philippines (including Cebu Island, Manila, Banaue rice terraces, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

Travel Bucket List: Where to Go in 2014 (PHOTOS)

Bucket List<p>A new year, a new set of vacations to plan. What about Scotland? Cape Town? Or a cruise down the rivers of Europe? We’ve rounded up the …

Egypt Photos

See photos of Egypt (including the Pyramids, Cairo, Bedouin, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

5 Reasons to Go To Martinique this Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside. As temperatures across the northern hemisphere drop to down-jacket-worthy lows, thoughts of white sands, warm temperatures, …

Latin America

Nevermind Amazon Prime Drones, Google Has Future Delivery Vehicle With Uber

Amazon’s recent announcement around drone delivery captured the world’s attention. It is a creative idea. But, as Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics, (and the DIY Drones community), said about the idea before Amazon even suggested it: “It’s incredibly stupid.”<p>Now to be clear, I’m a huge fan of …

World's First Sale By A Government-Licensed Recreational Pot Shop Scheduled For Tomorrow Morning

The world’s first sale by a government-licensed recreational pot store is scheduled for 8 a.m. tomorrow at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver. Somewhat confusingly, the buyer, designated by the leaders of Colorado’s legalization campaign, will be someone who would ordinarily be considered a medical user: …

Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

If you use up all your rum on New Year's Eve and buy a replacement bottle in 2014, your purchase is going to be a little less rewarding for Puerto Rico.<p>A rum tax rebate program that sent nearly $200 million to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 2013 will expire at midnight on Dec. 31. It's just …

Three Taiwanese Bubble Tea Chains Race To California

Bubble tea may be commonplace in Asia, but the success of various independent shops and chains in California could one day be defined by service and variety. While chains such as Lollicup Coffee & Tea and Tapioca Express Inc. were founded in southern California and are working on expanding …

Chinese manufacturing growth slows

Closely-watched gauge of activity in China's manufacturing sector dips in December<p>Growth in China's factories slowed slightly in December as export orders and output weakened, official data showed on Wednesday, in the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy lost some steam in late …

Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

There's a drive-thru ATM in Charlotte, N.C., that looks pretty standard, but it has an extra function: a button that says "speak with teller."<p>The face of a woman wearing a headset sitting in front of a plain blue background flashes onto the ATM screen. "Good afternoon," she says. "Welcome to Bank …