Elizabeth Woods

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Phantom Traffic Jams: What Causes Mysterious Highway Backups?

Sometimes highway traffic jams up for no apparent reason. There's no accident, and no real reason to step on the brakes — except to avoid hitting the car in front of you. What causes these backups? An MIT scientist thinks he's found a way to prevent these tie-ups.<p>Transcript<p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:<p>If you …

Tracking the radioactive poison that killed a Russian secret service defector

In 2006, Russian FSB (formerly KGB) defector Alexander Litvinenko was the victim of a rare and frightening poison: a tiny speck of polonium-210, delivered in a cup of tea, was enough to destroy his body from the inside out. On Medium, Will Storr follows the story of Litvinenko's death, from his …

5 Old-Timey Medical Treatments That Actually Work

Leeches, lobotomies, and more<p>Thanks to vast improvements in hygiene, pharmaceuticals, and surgical techniques and devices, medical treatments today tend to be significantly less painful—and less deadly—than they were a century ago. Though the cures of yesteryear often seem brutally primitive, some, …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Science Reporter Emily Graslie Reads Her Mail — And It's Not So Nice

I've said it before, so I'll say it again: Emily Graslie's "The Brain Scoop" is one of the warmest, slyest video blogs on the web. She's where I go to find out what museum scientists are up to — and right now she's at the Field Museum in Chicago, where she wanders from department to department, …

A baby porcupine and her apple | video

To celebrate caturday today, we check in with a baby pincushion, erm, porcupine, and her apple.<p>It's caturday again, which means it's time to watch a video!<p>This gives me the opportunity to tell you all sorts of facts about these strange animals that most people don't know. First, porcupines are …

Vaccinations have prevented at least 103 million cases of contagious disease since 1924

Vaccinations have been credited with some of humanity's greatest technological triumphs over disease, including drastically reducing polio around the globe and almost eliminating smallpox entirely. But how many people have been spared life-threatening infections thanks to the introduction of …

Ivetta Chair by Giancarlo Cutello

Created by Giancarlo Cutello for Formabilio, Ivetta is a chair or a rocking chair with a solid beech structure and soft, flexible felt seat that …

Daily Inspiration #1618

This post is part of our daily series of posts showing the most inspiring images selected by some of the Abduzeedo's writers and users. If you want …

Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: December 2013 (Christmas Edition)

17 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …