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Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn’t Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

A Brief Explanation of Black Hole Physics

Black holes, the Event Horizon, and what happens when you find yourself inside one.<p>What happens when you enter a black hole is the biggest bong-rip question of astrophysics. As you'd expect, the answer is complicated. Here, PBS's Space Time attempts to tackle this confusing topic in as accessible a …

Physics

Our Galaxy's Black Hole Could Be Farting Out Planet-Sized Gas Balls

At the center of the galaxy sits Sagittarius A*, a supermassive black hole around four million times the mass of the Sun. If an unlucky star ventures …

Two stars are about to smash into each other and the explosion will be visible with the naked eye

Two stars are set to collide, creating a huge explosion that will be visible from Earth with the naked eye. The cosmic crash is to take place in …

Tarantulas May Be 'Right-Handed'

Once thought uniquely human, a preference for the right or left side seems to also occur among wild animals.<p>Tarantulas are more like us than we thought: Many of them are "right-handed."<p>While biologists used to believe that showing a preference for the right or left side is unique to humans, more …

Science

How Old Is the Moon? Scientists Say They Finally Know

The moon is a very old soul, it turns out.<p>A new analysis of lunar rocks brought to Earth by Apollo astronauts suggests that the moon formed 4.51 …

Why Toothpaste Ruins the Taste of Food and Drinks Like Orange Juice

Toothpaste can ruin the taste of food and drinks like orange juice, but while some people may assume it’s the minty flavor of the paste that does it, …

Watch a space probe land on Titan, Saturn's largest moon

In 2005, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully landed the Huygens probe on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and captured video from its …

5 strategies for remembering everything you learn

If you're going to learn anything, you need two kinds of prior knowledge:<p>• Knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• Knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system often skips one of them. This is problematic, given that your ability to …

Psychology

Let Yourself Be Pulled Into The Weird World Of Black Holes

Imagine, somewhere in the galaxy, the corpse of a star so dense that it punctures the fabric of space and time. So dense that it devours any …

New Horizons Has Found An Asteroid Carrying The Ingredients Of Life

NASA<p>Red isn’t a common color outside of planets in our solar system. Sure, you’ve got Mars, and surprising patches of color on Pluto among other mysteries, but by and large, space is greyscale. So that makes MU69, a red asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, a subject of serious fascination among …

New Year's Day

What Type Of Anomalies Did Researchers Discover Inside The Great Pyramid

- Two scientists say they’ve uncovered hidden chambers in the Great Pyramid of Giza. Discovered using an advanced X-ray technique the chambers are …

Remembrance Day

The Physics Behind The Aston Martin AM-RB 001's Track Version Are Downright Insane

See that massive, gaping cavity up there? The one in the back of the joint Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing joint venture, the AM-RB 001? The place where …

Supercars

A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Australia

Thunder down under<p>Paleontologists have discovered a new species of dinosaur in Australia. The wide-hipped, long-necked, four-legged plant-eater was about half the length of a basketball court, and its shoulders stood as high as the hoop. Dinosaur fossils in Australia are exceedingly rare, and this …

Paleontology

One of the most violent battles in the galaxy has finally been photographed

About 7,500 light-years from Earth, two of our galaxy's most massive stars have engaged in a mysterious war that's raged off-and-on for millennia.<p>Called Eta Carinae, the double-star system is shrouded by a dumbbell-shaped nebula of gas and dust that erupted nearly two centuries ago.<p>However, …

Astronomy

Lucky Beachcomber Finds Giant Tooth From Huge Prehistoric Shark

"I just scooped it up before another wave came in.”<p>Some people have all the luck.<p>A couple vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, went out combing the beach for shark teeth on Oct. 9 ― and happened upon the tooth of a megalodon, an enormous shark that went extinct more than a million years ago.<p>…

Ask Ethan: Why don’t we shoot Earth’s garbage into the Sun?

If the waste we have is so hazardous, and we have the capability, why don’t we hurl it all into the Sun?Continue reading on Starts With A Bang! »

Space

Five of the Strangest Places in the Universe

The unspeakably vast expanse of space presents a practically infinite place to explore and so far, mankind has barely scratched the surface. Today, a …

21 Superfoods Your Brain Wants You To Eat

These foods are a great way to give your memory a serious boost<p>As you will soon discover, these foods are delicious, readily available, and worth the minimal effort it takes to include them in your diet. And the rewards are great. Include at least five of these foods in your daily diet (though feel …

Inflammation

Why the Heck Does This Hummingbird's Face Look Like a Shiny Purple Octopus?

Man, this Costa’s hummingbird legitimately looks like it has a shiny purple baby octopus attached to its face like the facehugger in <i>Alien</i>. I mean, …

Scientists announce discovery of largest dinosaur ever found in Brazil

The 25-metre-long ‘Austroposeidon magnificus’ belonged to the Titanosaur group of herbivores and was about six to eight metres tall<p>Brazilian scientists have announced the discovery of what they say is the largest dinosaur ever found in South America’s biggest country.<p>The director of Rio de …

Paleontology

What is Galactic Evolution?

On a clear night, you can make out the band of the Milky Way in the night sky. For millennia, astronomers looked upon it in awe, slowly coming to the …

Astronomy

You Have a Second Brain

We're controlled by more than just our thoughts.<p>Your brain is made up of billions of neurons that are constantly firing electrical signals back and …

Teachers Integrate ‘Making' in Instruction to Promote Critical Thinking

The maker movement has garnered much attention in recent years. In formal K-12 education subjects like science and engineering, it has emerged as a …

What Is Time, and Why Does It Move Forward?

The laws of physics don't care which way it goes.<p><i>This article was written by Thomas Kitching from UCL, and was originally published by The</i> …

Dinosaur Legs Grown On Genetically Modified Chicken Embryos In World First

Sixty-six million years ago, the age of the dinosaurs came to a dramatic close as a huge asteroid impact accelerated them on a path towards …

Your Freckles Actually Exist for a Scientific Reason

They're not just an adorable feature, FYI.<p>Freckled women (and men) are major trendsetters right now. Those adorable little natural spots are a trend of their own on Instagram, and some of the most famous make-up artists in the world encourage us to draw them on for a more unique, youthful look. So …