Chris Pierson

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CT scan finds mummified monk inside 1,000-year-old Buddha

A Chinese statue of the Buddha dating back to around 1100 AD is more than just a statue -- it's the final resting place of a Buddhist master.<p>It seems Mexico isn't the only place in the world where you can find human body parts incorporated into religious statuary: a Chinese statue of the Buddha has …

Archaeology

6 Things to Know About Groundhog Day

Weather forecasters once again ceded the stage Monday morning to a furrier expert: a groundhog named Phil.<p>That’s because Feb. 2 is the 129th official …

Plague Inc. players raise $76K for Ebola fight

Players of <i>Plague Inc.</i>, a game about global pandemic, have raised $76,000 for organizations fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.<p>Back in November, Ndemic Creations, the developer of <i>Plague Inc</i>., announced a campaign to raise money for organizations like the Red Cross, Disaster Emergency …

New Windows 7 Patch Is Badware, Disables Graphics Driver Updates And Windows Defender

*<i>Due to some valid complaints regarding my usage of the term “Malware,” I’ve updated the headline with a more accurate description of the Windows Update: “Badware,” which is unintentionally harmful software.</i><p>If you have Windows 7 set to automatically update every Tuesday, it may be time to …

How To Organize Your Fridge Like An Adult

<i>By Maria Janowiak</i><p>Tip: Your fridge isn't just a closet for food — it’s a high-tech device that helps you store all of your favorite snacks, …

Richarizard Nixon And Other U.S. Presidents As Pokémon

Now that's an unexpected combination. And if the drawings weren't enough, artist Brandon Dayton added new pun names too for these Pokémon …

This Clever App Scans And Solves Math Problems Instantly Using Your Phone's Camera

PhotoMath does just that, utilizing your smartphone's camera to quickly solve math problems.<p>PhotoMath only works with printed text, so unfortunately it won't be solving your scribbles anytime soon; you'll need a printed sheet of paper or a textbook.<p>You then position the math problem you want solved …

Here's How Ebola Compares To Other Terrifying Diseases

Ebola is a deadly and terrible virus: It seems to kill about 70% of people infected, though it's hard to know the true numbers while the outbreak is still in progress, and this outbreak has claimed about 4,500 lives so far.<p>Yet Ebola spreads less easily than the common cold. Someone with the virus …

GMO Facts: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Learn About These GMO Facts<p>Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one …

Agriculture

Ebola crisis: actors used to assess UK readiness for virus in nationwide test

Actors simulate symptoms of deadly virus as part of eight-hour exercise including hospitals, labs and emergency services<p>Britain has carried out a national exercise to test the preparedness of the emergency services and the government for an Ebola outbreak.<p>Actors were deployed to simulate symptoms …

Food Firsts: Cheese

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>Cheese is one of those foods that has been around for so long, we're not really sure how long it has been around. Given that milk curdles if you look at it funny, it's not hard to imagine that cheese …

You Don't Want To Mess With Alien Mewtwo

In case you don't know, Pokémon fusion, or Pokémon splicing, is when you take two Pokémon and smush them together to create a new one. You can do it …

Computer Scientists Are Building An Internet Of Dogs For Emergency Rescues

“I’m stressed,” a dog’s computerized voice might tell central command. “I don’t want to do it now.”<p>The Lassie of the future will not bark for the sheriff. Instead, a wireless sensor on her harness will detect gas in an earthquake-shattered building, then text the drones and first responders on the …

Pets

Want more bang for your Starbucks? We tested 8 money-saving hacks

Even if you're a die-hard penny pincher, your daily Starbucks routine may be a habit you're just not willing to kick. Fortunately, there's no shortage of Starbucks addicts online, sharing tips for how to shave cents or even dollars off each cup. We tested eight of the hacks they brag about the …

We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise

NASA announced in 2012 that it was working to build a "warp drive" that could enable "faster-than-light" travel. Two years later and the space agency hasn't built a spaceship capable of such speeds yet — but thanks to artist Mark Rademaker, we now know what one could look like. The result is the …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

Iraq crisis: President Obama can 'bypass Congress'

<b>US President Barack Obama has told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says.</b><p>Senator Mitch McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior members of Congress.<p>Iraq has asked for US air strikes against …

Middle East

War Dog Helps Family Cope

After their son’s death in Afghanistan, a family adopts the dog he served with.<p>On each of the past three Memorial Days someone has left a can of dog food and a bottle of beer at Lance Cpl. Colton Rusk's gravesite in Orange Grove, Texas. A device for sweeping IEDs, a lucky baseball, and military …

Check Your Pet's Health On Your Smartphone

But first you have to get it to pee into a cup.<p>If you are worried about your pet's health, you take them to a vet. But for those who want a more DIY diagnosis of how a dog or cat is doing, a company called Scanostics has made a device to measures levels of chemicals in urine, as a proxy for health. …

Medical Conditions

Opinion: Killing Healthy Zoo Animals Is Wrong—And the Public Agrees

Scientist calls lion, giraffe deaths "zoothanasia"—or heartless elimination.<p>The four lions killed by the Copenhagen Zoo this week, as well as the healthy young giraffe named Marius put to death in February, didn't have to die.<p>A global uproar has followed the deaths of two African lions and their …

Welfare, Here and Abroad

While Obama pushes to put more people on the dole, many older welfare states now stress work.<p>How bad have things become? The British newspaper the</i> …

Health Care

<i>Dolly and Mike Clark</i> <br>On Valentine's Day, Dolly was surrounded by more admirers than she could handle. The California condor who lives at the L.A. Zoo …

Danish zoo shoots giraffe and feeds carcass to carnivores

Marius is put down at the age of 18 months for being inbred - despite online petition and offer of home in Yorkshire<p>A perfectly healthy young giraffe was shot dead at Copenhagen zoo on Sunday despite an online petition to save it signed by thousands of animal lovers.<p>Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, …

Giraffes

Taliban Say Captured 'Military Dog' Is Being Well Cared For

A Taliban spokesman tells the British Telegraph that a Western military dog captured by militants is being well cared for.<p>As we reported, the rather sad-looking Malinois is seen in a video with Taliban militants, who say they captured the "American military" dog during a firefight. It seems to be …

Three Ways To End Life On Earth, According To 1962

A disturbing thought experiment (with diagrams) by Cold War-era scientists<p><i>This article, written by Martin Mann, originally appeared in the September 1962 issue of</i> Popular Science <i>magazine. "Man's Last Big Blast," published just a month before the Cuban missile crisis, describes in frightening detail</i> …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Playing This Board Game Is Agony. And That’s the Point | WIRED

At first the tabletop game Train seems straightforward: Players are tasked with cramming a boxcar full of tokens and transporting it to the other …

Check this out: a card game you don't need a table to play on. Oddball Aeronauts (Prototype) Review

I was contacted by maverick:muse back near the end of 2013 and asked if I wanted to check out a new game they were working on. This new game was a …

A Guide To Spotting And Hiding From Drones

Like birdwatching, but for military robots.<p>Consider it a rough Audubon guide to the mechanical fauna of battlefields. Created by Amsterdam-based designer Ruben Pater, the Drone Survival Guide is, on one side, a rough bird watcher's guide to the modern robot at war. The other side is a short section …

Drones

Hair Dryer Cooking: From S'mores To Crispy Duck

Have a hankering for s'mores but not near a fire? Grab your hair dryer. Credit: Morgan Walker/NPR<p>This past year, we've introduced you to some wacky cooking methods. We've made an entire lunch in a coffee maker and even poached salmon and pears in the dishwasher.<p>But a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon …