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'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

<i>Editor's note: In the 1950s, the U.S. poultry industry began adopting a new process: Acronizing. Ads that ran in women's magazines pictured crisp-skinned whole chicken that tasted "fresh," "wholesome" and "country sweet" thanks to a "revolutionary process which helps maintain freshness in</i> …

Agriculture

Twitter Put Rappers On Notice After A Blue Ivy Song Leaks

The five-year-old is coming for your faves.<p>It's official. Blue Ivy can do no wrong. In a bonus track from JAY-Z's <i>4:44</i>, the 5-year-old spits a couple …

5 easy ways to improve your guitar barre chords

Getting started<p><b>If you’ve been playing the guitar for more than a few weeks, you simply must learn some barre chords. This essential technique</b> …

"Strange Stars" Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

Physics tells us they could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other …

Physics

Physicists Just Created The World's First Time Crystal

These things actually exist!<p>Just last month, physicists made the best case yet for why time crystals - hypothetical structures that have movement …

Phrygian Dominant Scale on Guitar - When & How to Use

Phrygian Dominant Theory - The Ingredients<p>Like all scales, phrygian dominant has its own sequence of intervals that create its unique sound.<p>Let's …

Electric Guitar

The Quantum Fluid Inside Neutron Stars

In 1937 Pyotr Kapitsa and John F. Allen discovered a strange behavior of ultracold liquids known as superfluidity. A superfluid is a fluid with no viscosity, basically a frictionless liquid. Without viscosity, the fluid has no way to dampen its motion. Because of this, superfluids have some pretty …

Neutron Stars

Entanglement: Gravity's long-distance connection

When Albert Einstein scoffed at a “spooky” long-distance connection between particles, he wasn’t thinking about his general theory of …

If you’re just not a morning person, science says you may never be

Morning people and night owls are born that way. It's time we accepted that.<p>If Cassidy Sokolis ever needs to wake up before 11 am, she scatters three alarm clocks throughout her bedroom. Even then, she still often sleeps through the clamor.<p>"It's really frustrating," Sokolis, a 21-year-old junior at …

People with anxiety may be hard-wired to see world differently

(Reuters Health) - People with anxiety may not be able to distinguish between neutral and threatening stimuli as well as individuals without anxiety, a small study suggests.<p>Researchers designed a sound experiment to explore the brain’s plasticity, or its ability to change and respond to new …

The Brain

How to Not (Even Accidentally) Be a D**k When Your Person Has Anxiety

It's so easy to make someone's anxiety worse. But so, so possible to make it better, and not just in the short term, either. Every time you truly support someone who's having anxiety to feel safe you're helping them feel better in the long term, too.<p>First I'm going to show you the steps. Then I'm …

Like 'Deadpool,' This Jellyfish Has Amazing Superpowers

The moon jellyfish can age backward, form hordes of clones, and regenerate lost body parts, a new study says.<p>A hole rips through his body, but seals up and heals completely. An appendage is sliced off; the tissues grow back perfectly. He is capable of extreme regeneration, perhaps even …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

LIGO

‘Cat-gras Syndrome’ Is When You Think Your Cat Is an Imposter

One man's “Cat-gras” delusion suggests our understanding of the underlying syndrome may be flawed.<p>Capgras syndrome is a disorder wherein a person believes someone close to them—a family member, friend, loved one—has been replaced by an imposter. To the person with the delusion, the "imposter" looks …

Neurology

11 Crazy Gene-Hacking Things We Can Do with CRISPR

New gene-editing technologies are revolutionizing biology by giving scientists the tools to dramatically alter organisms' DNA and resulting physical traits. What will we do with this new power? And what have we already done?<p>CRISPR/Cas9 is a futuristic gene-editing technology that is either the key …

Genetic Engineering

This Fascinating Visualization Maps A Future World After Climate Geoengineering

Hacking the planet could cool the Earth down, but it might come at a cost.<p>If the world manages to cut carbon emissions enough so they peak by 2040–a goal that will be a huge challenge, despite the loftier promises made at the Paris climate talks–life will still change dramatically. A new …

Another Year, Another 20 Billion Kilometers through the Universe

Another year passes. Another 365 planetary spins completed (14.6 million kilometers of combined distance traveled if you live at the Earth's …

A science preview of the year 2016

<b>After a year that saw the first close-up investigation of Pluto and the unveiling of a new human species, what scientific discoveries are likely to make headlines in 2016?</b><p>Particle fever<p>Will the Large Hadron Collider discover a new particle in 2016? Well, the world of particle physics is currently …

Physics

Scientists Have Discovered That Your Brain Logs A Timestamp At The Moment Of Your Death

Scientists researching circadian rhythms and the brain’s internal clock have stumbled on a fascinating, if morbid discovery. It turns out that when you die, your brain logs a timestamp of sorts for your passing.<p>Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, following up on a 2013 study, looked at the …

Neuroscience

Top 6 Must-See Sky Events for 2016

Get a sneak peek at the best skywatching sights of the new year.<p>Among other celestial delights, the upcoming year may be best remembered for a planetary disappearing act and a Martian close-up.<p>Mars will be at its biggest and brightest in May, and then in the fall will appear to pass close to a …

Astronomy

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

It's really starting to look as if an "impossible" space propulsion technology actually works.<p>Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston …

Space Travel

Scientists Give Disabled Rescue Cat Amazing Titanium Legs

Meet the world’s cutest cyborg.<p>Vincent the cat was born without most of his hind limbs, which left him unable to walk. But when Cindy Jones of rural Iowa first laid eyes on him at an animal shelter, she thought he was <i>purr</i>-fect.<p>Jones' daughter, Emily, attends veterinary school at Iowa State …

NASA Spotted an Object 3.3 Billion Miles Away From the Sun

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured the closest-ever look at a small object in the solar system’s distant Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy bodies and …

Who was John Titor, the 'time traveller' who came from 2036 to warn us of a nuclear war?

As the world celebrates Back to the Future Day, it has forgotten the unknown man whose 2001 internet postings might just have saved humanity<p>If time travel is possible, why haven’t we met any time travellers?<p>This was the question Stephen Hawking advanced on the topic of time warps. But it misses …

Robots

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Genetics

What Are the Odds of an Alien Megastructure Blocking Light From a Distant Star?

A strange star located 1,500 light-years from Earth is exhibiting strange flickering behavior that’s leading some scientists to speculate that an …

The 12 most compelling scientific findings that suggest aliens are real

Over billions of years, these ingredients condense to form gas clouds, new stars, and planets, which means that the ingredients, and therefore the potential, for life beyond Earth are scattered across the universe.<p>What's more, a number of recent discoveries also strongly suggest that alien life …

Universe