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Touch a receipt and you'll absorb BPA - Futurity

You may want to think twice about handling a cash register receipt, especially if you've just slathered on some hand sanitizer or lotion.

Bizarre Sea Creature Caught In Singapore Looks Like Kraken Come To Life

Good thing this fisherman got a video of his catch (above), because otherwise he'd never have been able to convince folks of the bizarre creature he hauled in while angling off the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin.<p>"I know that area has a lot of seaweed, so I thought that was what I had hooked up," …

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6 DIY Cured Fish Recipes for the Best Bagels Ever

Bagels on a weekend morning are a time-honored tradition for many. Take the meal up a notch by adding some homemade cured fish to the spread.<p>Bagels …

35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong

Hollywood, friends, and family have perpetuated these 35 science myths for years. But it's time to set the record straight.<p>Is there fire in space?<p>Does tequila really come with a hallucinogenic worm?<p>Can you overdose on Vitamin C?<p>The answers to these questions will surprise you.<p>For this list, we used …

Albert Einstein

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Want to Watch Fuel Slosh Around Inside a Saturn Rocket?

This past Sunday, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 carrying a Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Among the alternating feeds the company showed during the live launch was a shot from inside a tank. It’s been turned into a pretty mesmerizing gif, but it’s not the first time we’ve see …

The animal that never gets cancer

The naked mole rat may not be pretty, but it doesn't feel pain, get dementia, osteoporosis, or cancer. Dr Karl gets under the skin of this very …

Longevity

The best ‘low-tech’ spycraft tricks

Despite ubiquitous surveillance and fancy gadgets, there are still simple, old-fashioned ways that spies and criminals can avoid detection, says Frank Swain.<p>In the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the US National Security Agency’s activities around the globe, authorities in Russia and …

Surveillance

5 Things Magicians Knew Before Scientists Did

Magicians are in the business of testing the limits and nature of human perception. It's no surprise, then, that today's cognitive scientists are …

Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.<p>More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.<p>The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns …

Nature

The Chemistry Behind Making the Best Jello Shots

Almost everyone I know has at least one Jello Shot story. Though most of these tales don’t have happy endings, the slurp-able alcoholic gelatinous …

The World's Oldest Animal Is Even Older Than We Thought

A new dating method puts a mollusk specimen at 507 years young<p>Here you see Ming, a mollusk of the species <i>Arctica islandica</i>. In 2006, researchers discovered the bivalve in Iceland, and examined its interior growth rings--patterns on the inside of its shell--to determine its age. That put Ming at an …

Scientists baffled by appearance of giant crater in Siberia

Mysterious hole discovered in remote tundra in Siberia leaves Russian scientists looking for answers<p>It is a barren landscape so remote that even the locals call it "the end of the world." Now the bleak tundra of Russia's remote Yamal peninsula has been scarred by a vast crater that has left …

Earth Science

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

Biology

In-flight science: how the world works when you're sitting on a plane

It's the best place to see a rainbow and the worst place to drink tea… Brian Clegg reveals 21 in-flight facts, from Einstein's influence on GPS to why turbulence is nothing to be scared of<p>1. The wing myth<p>For many years we taught the wrong explanation for the way wings keep planes in the air. It was …

Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

"I'm sitting next to a swimming pool and somebody dives in," says the great physicist Richard Feynman in a conversation recorded in 1983. Other people jump in as well.<p>Could a really clever person, Feynman asks, just by looking at the waves on the pool's surface, imagine those waves rippling …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Nature’s Most Amazing Eyes Just Got A Bit Weirder

Eyes are testaments to evolution’s creativity. They all do the same basic things—detect light, and convert it into electrical signals—but in such a wondrous variety of ways. There are single and compound eyes, bifocal lenses and rocky ones, mirrors and optic fibres. And there are eyes that are so …

Nature

Here's The Latest Theory On How Those Mysterious 'Mima' Mounds Were Created

In the prairies of Washington, hundreds of large, vegetation-topped mounds — dubbed mima mounds — cover the landscape in a seemingly non-random pattern. Over the years, scientists have proposed numerous theories to explain these and other mimalike mounds across the globe, the most popular of which …

Nature

The alien brains living on Earth

To look for aliens, most people peer towards the sky. But if you look down, you'll discover they already live among us.<p>These aliens have brains, like we do, but they're mostly inside their arms, and each arm acts as if it has a mind of its own.<p>I'm speaking, of course, of the octopus. This tentacled …

Zoology

What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

OK, I'm doing great science experiments. We've done sex (see previous post). On to lunch!<p>This is the story of a bird, a puzzle, and a painting. The painting, curiously, helped solve the puzzle, which is: How do vultures find food?<p>In America, back in the 1820s, everybody knew the answer. Vultures …

Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better

We eat first with our eyes. When strawberries are perfectly red, they seem to taste sweeter. When chicken is painted blue, it's disturbing. The ancient Romans understood that, and certainly today's top chefs exploit it when they plate their food.<p>Some plating practices are ethnic, others trendy. A …

Check Out These Awesome Gadgets From the Tokyo Toy Show

The world's smallest multicopter, "QuatroX", measuring approximately 2.5 inches wide and 1 inch high, is demonstrated at<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Kiyoshi Ota—EPA

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Problem-Solving Lessons From NASA

You can have all the luck and intuition in the world, but without extreme competence you’ll be hard-pressed to make it to the moon and back again.<p>Gene Kranz, the steel-nerved flight director of the troubled Apollo 13 mission, is widely associated with the gritty epigram, “failure is not an option.” …

Two ancient worlds found just 13 light-years from Earth

Scientists have discovered two ancient planets orbiting a strange old star right in our stellar backyard.<p>One of the newly found planets is perhaps five times the mass of Earth, and astronomers believe it is the right distance from the host star to potentially sustain liquid water on its surface. …

Universe