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20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Red and green show which X chromosome is turned on

Researchers have figured out how to color code the two X chromosomes in female mice to reveal which is working and which has been switched …

Genetics

Starting fire with water

Astronauts on the ISS are experimenting with “supercritical water,” a form of water with a strange property: it can help start fire.<p>When firefighters …

Space

Britain sends warships to aid destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, agreed to destroy his country's chemical weapons stockpile following international condemnation of the sarin gas attacks on his own people<p>Britain is sending Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose to assist in the international effort to remove Syria's chemical …

London skulls reveal gruesome evidence of Roman head hunters

Scores of skulls excavated in the heart of London have provided the first gruesome evidence of Roman head hunters operating in Britain, gathering up the heads of executed enemies or fallen gladiators from the nearby amphitheatre, and exposing them for years in open pits.<p>"It is not a pretty …

A poison aficionado’s guide to 6 killer chemicals

<i>This episode of</i> Inquiring Minds, <i>a podcast hosted by best-selling author Chris Mooney and neuroscientist and musician Indre Viskontas</i><i>, also</i> <i>features an</i> …

California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state's North Coast — a region called the "emerald triangle" — could put a permanent buzz kill …

U.S. Carbon Emissions Climb for the First Time in Three Years

Energy related CO2 emissions in the United States are projected to have risen in 2013, the first growth in three years, due largely to an increase in …

Mozilla’s Asm.js Gets Another Step Closer To Native Performance

Mozilla’s asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that Firefox can run significantly faster than regular JavaScript code. Thanks to the so-called OdinMonkey module for Firefox’s built-in JavaScript engine, asm.js code was running at about 2x native speed in March and this week, the organization …