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A High Schooler Has Upended a Fundamental Chemistry Theory

Time to rethink everything you learned about carbon.<p>You may not remember much from high school chemistry, but you probably recall learning the …

Chemistry

In 1986, scientists found a fuel-producing bacterium at the bottom of a Swiss lake. Now, they know how it works

Thirty-two years ago, microbiologists in Switzerland stumbled on a mystery deep in the muck of Lake Zurich: a bacterium that naturally produced a …

135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

Store these away for future trivia nights.<p>1. Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once …

George Washington

Composting with worms: how to get started, and why it could spark an urban gardening revolution

Here’s a confession: for the past four or so years, all of my food waste has gone to landfill. I know, it’s a near-criminal admission to make as a gardener, especially one who made use of the compost turned by other, more selfless souls on my previous housing estate. But the problem was that …

This Couple Found a Math Error in the Lottery and Made $27 Million (Playing Over and Over for 55 Weeks)

"Oh, I knew it would work," the wife said. "I knew it would work."<p>The lottery is usually a lousy return--but for a husband and wife team who figured out a math error in games run by two states, it became a wildly profitable investment strategy.<p>Meet Marge and Jerry Selbee, owners of a "party store" …

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities<p>Latest: Strava suggests military users ‘opt out’ of heatmap as row deepens<p>Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a …

Fitness Technology

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

Earth Science

Snake Skulls Clarify How History's Creepiest Animals Lost Their Legs

Snakes evolved from lizards, and then what?<p>Scientists generally accept that, millions of years ago, snakes evolved from lizards. What isn’t as clear, …

Paleontology

For the first time in over 150 years, a supermoon, blue moon, and total lunar eclipse coincide in the Western Hemisphere

On Jan. 31, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing—you owe it to yourself to gaze at the darkened sky.<p>In the early morning hours of the Western Hemisphere and the evening in the Eastern, you will be treated to both a visible supermoon—what we call a full moon at its closest orbital point to Earth—and …

Supermoon

"Mordor Under the Sea" Images Would Terrify Even Sauron

The submarine volcanic wasteland exists off the coast of Australia.<p>We all know Mordor, the volcano-peppered wasteland where Sauron dwells in the <i>Lord</i> …

Two planets in unusual star system are very likely habitable, scientists say

Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water<p>Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have habitable conditions, with probable water and a …

Universe

Scientists Counted All The Protein Molecules in a Cell And The Answer Really Is 42

This is so perfect.<p>Biologists have served up the answer to the ultimate question of life, the Universe, and everything.<p>That answer, as you may know, …

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Recycle Waste CO2 Back Into... Plastic

This just might work.<p>It's been clear for a while now that there's too much carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, heavily contributing to a warming …

Carbon Dioxide

We Were Wrong About Rats Spreading The Black Death Plague

Classic rodent blaming.<p>Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human …

500 years later, scientists discover what probably killed the Aztecs

Within five years, 15 million people – 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic named ‘cocoliztli’, meaning pestilence<p>In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally …

Salmonella

Scientists identify what may have killed millions in mystery epidemic

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people.<p>Ancient DNA and a new technique have been used to determine the …

Public Health

The Fascinating History of Ten Letters That Are No Longer Part of the American English Alphabet

YouTuber Austin McConnell, a man who knows words, humorously explained through animation the fascinating history of ten different letters that are no …

Linguistics

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids | Inc.com

My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing jag and immediately ask me if any teachers had emailed assignments, even though he didn't …

Mindfulness

Supercooled Water at Record-Low Temperatures Acts Like Two Liquids at Once

Weeeeeird.<p>Scientists have reached a new low in the cooling of liquid water, hitting -45 degrees Celsius (-49 degrees Fahrenheit). That's way below …

'Butterfly Tongues' Are More Ancient Than Flowers, Fossil Study Finds

Butterfly beak. Moth mouthpiece. Lepidoptera lips.<p>Call it whatever you want, the proboscis is a big deal. It's a defining feature of many moths and butterflies – the long, flexible mouthpiece that dips into flowers and draws out nectar.<p>"The traditional idea is always [that] this proboscis — this …

Science

20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

This Ginormous Mattress Could Make Co-Sleeping So Much Easier

Parents everywhere, rejoice! There's finally a bed big enough for you and your L.O.s.<p>Though the scientific community continues to debate the pros and cons of the practice, plenty of families co-sleep. In fact, research from 2013 published in <i>JAMA Pediatrics</i> found that nearly half -- 45 percent -- of …

This Gorgeous Town in the Swiss Alps Will Pay You to Live There

If you’ve ever wanted to live in a quiet, picturesque town in the mountains, the time is now.<p>The Swiss village of Albinen, near Leukerbad in the …

Mutant gene found in Amish people that makes them live 10 years longer

An age-defying mutation found in the genes of Amish people appears to be boosting their lifespan.<p>Individuals carrying a single non-functional copy of …

Michigan Fans Are Saddened By This School Map

This isn’t the best look for the Wolverines.<p>The record books will tell you that Ohio State has dominated the rivalry against Michigan for the last …

A toddler replaces the monster in this perfectly recut ‘Godzilla’ trailer

At thirty-four-and-a-half inches, they tower over coffee tables and the family cat, filling parents and babysitters with dread. No other force of man …

Godzilla

7 things NOT to buy on Black Friday

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>It’s the most wonderful time of the year for shoppers. With huge sales and steep savings at …

Turns Out Magma Is Locked in 'Cold Storage' Before Volcanoes Dramatically Explode

Good to know.<p>Volcanic eruptions inevitably call to mind the mental image of an incredibly hot, molten pool of magma, bursting forth from the ground …

This fungus has over 23,000 sexes and no qualms about it

Sex is extra strange if you're a shroom.<p>Fungi don’t abide by gender constructs. They live uninhibited (albeit unconscious) lives, mating freely with almost any other member of their species. In short, they’re wonderful.<p>One particularly promiscuous mushroom, known scientifically as <i>Schizophyllum</i> …

Biology

If You Want to Get Funded on Kickstarter, Research Says to Avoid These Tactics

The crowd has spoken and it's not impressed.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On the surface, the growth of crowdfunding has been phenomenal. Since its inception in 2009, projects listed on Kickstarter have raised $3.3 billion. Over 133,000 projects have become …