Melissa Clark

18 Flips | 2 Magazines | 1 Follower | @missmeli87 | Keep up with Melissa Clark on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Melissa Clark”

Martha's Favorite Cake-Baking Tools

How do professional cake bakers produce such wondrous creations -- and make it look easy in the process? Part of their secret is having all the right tools at their disposal.<p>Martha recommends keeping these essential tools handy to help you bake impressive cakes with less effort.<p>Cake Pans<br>Cake pans …

Smart Tools For Cooking Eggs

<i>We're all about collections over at Provisions -- and we don't want you to miss out on the fun.</i><p><i>Today: We're celebrating the humble egg.</i><p>Picture this: You’re home late from work, you’re ravenous, and you forgot to buy groceries. A quick scan of your fridge yields the following: 3 eggs, a wilted bunch …

Star clusters form from outside in, not inside out, study says

Astronomers studied two clusters where sun-like stars are still forming. Both clusters had older stars on their outskirts than toward their …

Universe

How We're Finding Asteroids Before They Find Us

Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.<p>Marco Tantardini spent the year of 2010 dreaming about asteroids. A thickly bearded, 26-year-old Italian who wore a black-leather jacket and rode a motorcycle, …

Rare Goblin Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico

Wildlife<p>A rare goblin shark on the deck of a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Key West, Florida. Photograph by Carl Moore<p><b>Commercial fisher Carl Moore wasn’t sure what he had netted last week just south of Key West, Florida (map), when he saw the fish’s flat, blade-like snout.</b></b> …

Our brains sync up when speech is predictable

Our brain activity is more like that of people we’re listening to when we can predict what they’re going to say, report neuroscientists.<p>The study …

The Brain

Invasive tree-of-heaven is no match for killer fungus

A naturally occurring fungus might help curb the spread of tree-of-heaven, an invasive tree species that is threatening forests in most of the United …

Ecology

Better Know A Plague: Smallpox

Later this month, members of the World Health Assembly will meet in Geneva to discuss its policies, among other things. On the agenda: whether or not to destroy the world’s only existing smallpox laboratory samples.<p>The World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1980, but two …

Win tickets for the amazing story of how the Higgs boson was found

A mindboggling journey into the world of particle physics is coming to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester this month.<p>Having made its debut at the Science Museum in London, Collider is heading north to showcase the story and struggles behind the discovery of the Higgs boson at Cern's …

Invention Awards 2014: A Powerful, Portable, And Affordable Robotic Exoskeleton

Lift an extra 40 pounds with little effort<p>Surviving a stroke or debilitating injury is often the start of a very long ordeal. Physical therapy can be slow and strenuous with no guarantee of recovery. Robotic exoskeletons can sometimes provide the support a ravaged body needs to heal—and strength …

If Polar Bears Can Eat A Ton Of Fat And Be Healthy, Why Can't We?

If you were a bear and wanted to make a go of it in the frozen North (think polar bear, of course), what would you need to survive?<p>White fur would help, to help you sneak up on prey. Also plenty of body fat to stay warm. And you'd need great stamina to swim many miles from one ice floe to the …

The Predatory Dance Of The Tiger Beetle

A new study reveals how the beetle's erratic movements are a deliberate hunting strategy.<p>Tiger beetles are aggressive hunters that sometimes run so fast their eyes stop working until they pause again. This combination of sprinting and resting means the tiger beetle must use clever pursuit …

Scientists invent new letters for the alphabet of life

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have taken the first steps toward writing the blueprint of life in an alphabet unknown to nature, they reported online in the journal Nature.<p>A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's illustration released by the National Human Genome Research Institute to …

The Conspiracy Theorist Who Duped The World's Biggest Physicists

Popular Science spoke with Rick DeLano, whose movie The Principle shows the world's most famous cosmologists promoting the idea that the Earth is the center of the universe.<p>In December, the trailer for a star-studded new documentary about the universe was uploaded to YouTube. "Everything we think …

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

For people with treatment-resistant depression, that is.<p>Drugs are the most common psychiatric treatment for depression. But about 40 percent of people fail to respond to this first-line of antidepressants. What to do? The answer to date has often been more and different drugs.<p>But transcranial …