Camryn D'Rubio

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Scientists Make Exotic Chemicals from Salt, Rewrite Textbooks

Everything around you is made of elements that scientists have studied in quite some detail over the last 200 years. But all that understanding …

40 Below? Bring In Your Polar Bear, But Don't Worry About the Bats

Sunday afternoon, I curled up with a blanket, a dog and a mug of tea and watched a foot of snow fall, while reading about the incursion of the epic polar vortex. We humans know enough, most of the time, to stay indoors when it's this horrible out — but what about the poor chilly animals? They know …

Canada's Ex-Defense Minister Says Aliens Would Give Earth Tech If We Were Less Warlike

Aliens, man. If we would only listen to them, the world would be a better place.<p>It's not necessarily shocking to hear somebody claim that at least four different species of aliens have visited the Earth, for thousands of years. But it is somewhat more shocking when that person was once in charge of …

Paranormal

Study Finds No Time Travelers On The Internet

If you've read this article in the future, feel free to skip it now.<p>If you had traveled from the future to the present, you might be likely to mention some things that you'd learned there (for example: buy <i>this</i> lottery ticket). Using this logic, physicists searched for prescient mentions of future …

A Pill Could Help You Acquire Perfect Pitch

Sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests a mood stabilizer could help restore plasticity to the brain for learning.<p>Only 1 in 10,000 people have absolute or "perfect" pitch, the ability to hear a tone and tell what note it is. This unusual ability is acquired early in life, typically …