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How do you break your penis?

Erections are fascinating things. Did you know the little blighters even occur in the womb? And that men well into their nineties report fully functioning trouser salutes? Something to look forward to then, along with the free bus pass.<p>They can also lead to all sorts of mishaps – the type of …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

The Brain

Ancestry.com Reconstructs Genomes Of 19th-Century Couples Using Customers' DNA

When you have 26 children, your DNA will probably still be walking around 200 years later<p>David Speegle was a preacher in Alabama in the 1800s. Apparently he was very serious about the Bible's charge to "be fruitful and multiply." He had 26 children and more than 150 grandchildren. From there, the …

Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars

More than 200,000 aspiring space explorers volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars. Are they insane?<p><i>Editor's note: Mars One recently narrowed its pool of candidates to 100 people--many of whom we featured in the November 2014 issue (part of which exists here). We've reposted this story for your</i> …

Fundraising

6 Mouth-Watering Cheeseburger Recipes You Can't Swiss Out On

Swiss, blue cheese, Monterey Jack— it all tastes so much better when melted over a giant, juicy burger cooked on your very own home grill.<p>In honor of …

15 Things You Might Not Know About Iowa

It may be widely thought of as a fly-over state, but there’s a lot more to Iowa than hogs and farmland (though there are plenty of those, too). Here …

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Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

Vitamin A

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What Is Fracking? This Simple Animation Is The Best Explanation We've Ever Seen

Marathon Oil has a great animation on the basics of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." We found it thanks to Mark Perry's blog.<p>Intended for novices, it explains how horizontal drilling works and explains the roles of water and sand.<p>Not surprisingly, the video doesn't spend much time on the …

Oil & Gas Industry

Giant Flying Bug With Fangs Discovered In China

The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly been found in China. This cute/terrifying little creature, which is definitely worth writing home about, was found in the the mountains of Chengdu in Sichuan province, Scientific American reports. It boasts a wingspan of 8.3 inches. That breaks the …

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Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth

Is our species evolving into something new? Gaia Vince makes the provocative argument that humanity is transforming, and it is already having a huge effect on life on our planet.<p>In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but …

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5 Classic American Drives

The open road is as much a part of American heritage as the silver screen, which is why we let the cinema—from <i>Thelma & Louise</i> to …

Flying

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Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end.<p>Working …

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

A heatmap of war over water<p><i>Click here to see a larger version of this infographic.</i><p>As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already …

Water

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