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Who goes to museums with old coins in them? Better to give this Roman haul away<p>The least visited galleries of museums are those displaying flint axe-heads, pottery shards and ancient coins<p>Mark Copsey unearthed 3,339 Roman coins with his digger while levelling a hockey field in Yeovil, Somerset, and …

Raid Your Kitchen To Build This Potato Chip Speaker [Video]

For that crispy, crunchy audio<p>In 1921, two scientists made the first modern loudspeaker out of magnets, wire, and paper. Now manufacturers use synthetic fibers and even ferrofluid. Why stop there? Your kitchen contains plenty of materials to build a functional woofer. A potato chip works as a …

FYI: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Short answer: the egg.<p>Chickens, as a species, became chickens through a long, slow process of evolution. At some point, a chicken-like bird produced an offspring that, due to some mutation in its DNA, crossed the threshold from mere chicken likeness into chicken actuality. That is to say, a …

Einstein May Have Had An Unusually Well-Connected Brain

A new study compares Einstein's corpus callosum with those of mere mortals.<p>More than half a century after his death, we're still searching for the secrets of Albert Einstein's genius. Almost immediately after he died in 1955, the famed physicist's brain was removed from his head, dissected and …

Power Consumption, From The Steam Engine To The Space Shuttle [Infographic]

Some things require just a little more power these days.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of</i> Popular Science.

Science Indicates That Sprite Might Be A Great Hangover Cure

Thank you, Chinese researchers.<p>Let's say you're hung over, and you're given the option of two hangover cures: one is a Chinese pain-relieving tea made of <i>huo ma ren</i>, or hemp seeds, and one is a dusty can of Sprite from the bodega down the street. Your instinct might be to stay away from the …

Alcohol

11 Things You Might Not Know You Can Still Buy

Even that guy or gal who seems to have everything probably doesn't have these items—because they didn't know they were still available!<p>1. Sword</i> …

Delaware's Many Shipwrecks

<i>If you want to learn about someplace, you can always pick up a textbook. But if you want to get to know a place, you're going to have to dig a little</i> …

Shipwrecks

5 Questions: 'Way "Down"

1 of 5<p>Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of what silent film star in a 1992 film?<p>2 of 5<p>Actor Chris Burke …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

Under the Microscope, Some Things Look Too Crazy to Be Real

Author: Brandon Keim<p>06:30 am

Why Do Doctors Abuse Drugs?

A study tracks the confessions of doctors in treatment for substance abuse.<p>Why do doctors abuse drugs? For many of the same reasons their patients do, a new study finds. A team of researchers followed 55 drug-addicted physicians through their treatment programs and found the doctors reported using …

Drug Addiction

New $100 bill enters circulation

A revamped $100 bill will enter circulation for the first time on Tuesday with additional design features that will make it more difficult to forge.<p>The image of Benjamin Franklin, the scientist who was one of America's founding fathers, remains on the note, but it has been modified to make it …