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Researchers Study Chicken Nuggets, Find Mostly Nerves, Bone, Fat

A new study found that chicken nuggets mostly contain bone, organ parts, blood vessels, and nerves, containing 50 percent or less muscle tissue, the …

McDonald's

The Next Reality TV Prize: A Trip To Space

The series, Space Race, is being developed for NBC.<p>Now that Bill Nye has been unfairly removed from the travesty of a television program <i>Dancing With the Stars</i>, there is a strange, science-y, reality TV show-shaped hole in my heart. But perhaps billionaire party-dude archetype Sir Richard Branson …

Reality TV

Thermoacoustic Headphones Make Sound With Hot Nanotubes

Just call it "Heats by Dre."<p>Inside these earbuds, something big is happening on a very small scale. Set on a tiny lattice of silicon, electrified nanotubes of carbon are rapidly warmed up and cooled down, producing sound waves as their temperature fluctuates. The technique is known as …

Eye Contact: Not As Persuasive As We Thought

A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.<p>Here's a lesson straight out of my high school speech class: When making an argument, make eye contact with your audience. Connect with people. Stare deeply into …

Body Language

BigPic: A Model Of BepiColombo, The Spacecraft That'll Explore Mercury

Europe and Japan are on a mission to Mercury. The BepiColombo mission is expected to launch in 2015, and arrive in Mercury by 2022. Carried in a vessel creatively dubbed the "composite spacecraft," two Mercury orbiters will separate and go into different orbits. One, made by the European Space …

Magnetism

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …

Information Overload

A DIY, Remote-Controlled Microwave That Automatically Cooks Dinner

Microwaves aren't easy enough. Not yet.<p>Web developer Nathan Broadbent loved automating everyday tasks. He also loved frozen dinners and wanted to program his microwave to prepare them. He suspected an oven could harness Universal Product Codes—the bar codes found on almost all food packaging—to …

Big Pic: The Universe Reimagined As A Fiery Egg

Jonathan Feldschuh's work remixes data from Europe's Planck satellite.<p>The European Space Agency calls the Planck satellite its "time machine." Launched in 2009, Planck spends its days collecting data on Cosmic Microwave Background, the faint radiation remnants of the Big Bang spread throughout the …

Universe

Today in science: 1st planet orbiting a sunlike star

On October 6, 1995, astronomers announced 51 Pegasi b, a planet about half the mass of Jupiter, orbiting a star not unlike our sun.<p><b>October 6, 1995</b>. …

Tech and Science

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A Cyberpunk Skyscraper And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Surprise! Conspiracy Theorists Are More Likely To Disavow Vaccines, Climate Science And GM Foods

A new study examines how well belief in conspiracy theories predicts science skepticism.<p>Welcome to Crazy Town, where the moon landing was staged, 9/11 was a hoax, vaccines and teeth-strengthening fluoride are poisons distributed by the government, Barack Obama isn't really a citizen, and the Earth …

Design An Anti-Poaching Drone And Win $25,000

Can you and four friends figure out how to catch poachers on the cheap?<p>Poachers tend to operate in places that are difficult to reach and far from law enforcement. For countries that want to protect their indigenous wildlife, especially the rare and endangered rhinos whose horns can sell for up to …

Drones

NASA uses emergency exception to save Mars mission from government shutdown

Amid all the doubt and uncertainty surrounding the federal government shutdown, there’s at least one piece of good news this week: NASA’s plans to send a probe to Mars on November 18th are figuratively cleared for liftoff. Originally thought to be sidelined following news of NASA’s budget freeze, …

Opportunity to see Venus in daytime on October 7 and 8

October 7 and 8, 2013 present two chances for seeing Venus in daylight, because the moon appears near this planet.<p>Have you ever seen the moon in a …

Astronomy

The Week In Numbers: NASA Shuts Down, The First Artificial Pancreas, And More

<b>97 percent</b>: the portion of NASA employees who were furloughed by the government shutdown this week. Happy 55th birthday, NASA.<p><b>1,800 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the estimated temperature of Kepler-7b, the first planet outside of our solar system on which scientists have been able to map out clouds<p><b>5</b>: the …

The Greatest Scream Queens in Horror Cinema

Horror cinema has never shied away from violence, gore, and sex, frequently depicting the genre’s female leads in a misogynistic fashion. Nudity is …

Horror

Watch Ron Burgundy's Car Commercials From NFL Sunday

In an inspired bit of cross-promotion, Will Ferrell has gotten into character as Ron Burgundy to sell the new 2014 Dodge Durango. With his trademark …

The Wrap Up: Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield Stare Each Other Down in New ‘Ender’s Game’ Clip

<i>ScreenCrush wraps up the latest in movies and TV you might have missed. Today, watch new footage from 'Ender's Game,' learn prison escape tips from</i> …

“Star Wars” almost didn’t get made

The studio had low expectations for the epic that changed movies forever<p>In the 1960s, despite the social and racial turmoil in America, despite assassinations and the wound of Vietnam, it was possible for young men in love with the movies to believe an extraordinary opportunity was coming into …

Gravity Reviewed by An Actual Rocket Scientist

<i>I reviewed Gravity last week and loved it, but of course the only thing *I* know about rockets is the red one that comes out when I jerk off my dog. It seemed pretty realistic to me, but then what the hell do I know? So I went ahead and asked a real-life former NASA contractor to see it and provide</i> …

Sunday Brunch: Apple and Pear Hand Pies

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Sometimes the best part of spending an afternoon making pie is having a …

Ben Affleck Is Batman for 'Man of Steel' Sequel

Warner Bros.' untitled superhero pic is slated to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.<p><b>Ben Affleck</b> will join <b>Henry Cavill</b> in Warner Bros.' <i>Man of Steel</i> …