Tori Nathan Silber

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Here's The Science Behind Why Leaves Change Color In The Fall

Yes, people have been drinking pumpkin spice lattes for a month now. But fall doesn't begin officially until tonight, when autumnal equinox arrives. That means shorter days, cozy sweaters, and of course brilliant foliage.<p>But have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall, and why they …

Self-Driving Cars: A Marketer's Dream?

The automated car of the future could become a haven for an advertising nightmare.<p>Picture this: You're on a cross-country road trip with your kids, passing through some dusty corner of Nevada in your self-driving 2030 Chevrolet Lumina. Your car then sends an invisible message across the desert:</i> …

Why the calls of the wild may be more complex than zoologists first thought

Mathematical models offer new insights into animal vocal sequences, but evolution of language remains a mystery<p>From ultrasonic bat chirps to eerie whale songs, the animal kingdom is a noisy place. While some sounds might have meaning – typically something like “I’m a male, aren’t I great?” – no …

Uranus: Why we should visit the most unloved planet

Uranus has always been left out when it comes to missions to our near neighbours. But now there are serious attempts to visit this toxic gas giant, writes Richard Hollingham.<p>The butt (snigger) of countless jokes, Uranus is almost certainly the most unloved planet in our solar system. It always …

Astronomy

Has the Atlantic Ocean Stalled Global Warming?

New research suggests that heat trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases is getting buried in the Atlantic.<p>Temperatures at Earth's surface aren't rising as fast as they did in the 1990s, even though the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to increase steadily. This …

Female Turtles “Talk” to Their Hatchlings, Scientists Discover

Changing Planet<p>A giant South American river turtle. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Creative<p><b>The first time Richard Vogt tried to catch a giant South American river turtle (Podocnemis expansa), the hundred-pound (45-kilogram) reptile dragged him 30 feet (9.1 meters) down to the</b> …

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is incinerating thousands of local birds

A common sight in the sky above the world's largest solar thermal power plant is a "streamer," a small plume of smoke that occurs without warning. Closer inspection, however, reveals that the source of the smoke is a bird that has inadvertently strayed into the white-hot heat above the plant's many …

For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

When was the last time you looked at the Milky Way? Or saw the shape of Cassiopeia? If you live in a city, you might not even remember. In the world's most populated areas, air and light pollution obscure the sight of thousands of stars once visible to the naked eye.<p>Fortunately, for those willing …

What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?

Lab-Grown Neurons Deliver a Real-Time Glimpse Into How the Brain Works

Currently, researchers study the human brain by inference. Because they can’t closely observe a living brain in the lab as its owner goes about his …

Trains

Can You Kelp Out?

Project: Floating Forests<p>Giant Kelp: You've probably seen it, and you've almost certainly eaten it (!), but do you know what it's for and how important it is?<p>Also known as <i>macrocystis pyrifera__,</i> giant kelp can be found along the coast of the eastern Pacific, as well as in the ocean near South …

Are BPA-Free Bottles Just As Bad?

Maybe it's time to switch to a metal water bottle.<p>You may have heard by now that bisphenol A, a chemical commonly used to make hard plastic and which is found in many water bottles, can have harmful health effects; some evidence suggests BPA can impair brain and reproductive development at certain …

A Proposal To Save Electricity By Brightening The Moon

It's actually pretty fun to read.<p>Well, it gets points for creativity. Some pranksters—or perhaps just PR folks—at Foreo have put up a page proposing humankind solve its energy crisis by brightening the moon. A brighter moon would eliminate the need for nighttime streetlights, Foreo proposes. …

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions. Images: Caters News Agency

Video: Zoom to the Milky Way’s center

Zoom in to the Milky Way’s center until you see a close-up view of objects orbiting the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy.<p>This zoom …

Scientists develop a tomato plant that can grow all night

It could be a tomato game-changer: Scientists have discovered a gene that would allow commercial tomato plants to tolerate 24 hours of light a day.<p>In theory, more light exposure means more energy production for the plant, so the discovery could lead to tomato plants that yield up to 26% more …

Mediterranean Omelet

You can make fluffy omelets in less time (and with much less effort) than you may think. This Mediterranean-inspired version has a filling of grape tomatoes, scallions, oregano, and feta cheese.

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