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Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as …

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Big Pic: A Jumping Spider's Crazy, Hairy Legs

A little gross, and totally amazing.<p>The ground-dwelling jumping spider is a fearsome beast. It can scale vertical surfaces with ease and spring 25 times its body length to nab prey. Its legs are the eight crucial tools responsible for the pounce, but until recently, the evolutionary origin of some …

Valve’s Steam Machines Won’t Be “Console Killers,” but Here’s How They Could Shake Up Gaming Anyway

Valve’s announcement yesterday of Steam Machines — hackable gaming hardware running its new Linux-based SteamOS — prompted the usual questions: How …

Google’s same-day delivery service launches for Bay Area shoppers

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google Shopping Express (s GOOG), the tech giant’s same-day delivery service, is now officially open for …

How they are livening up science teaching in Japan – video

Japan is seeing a shortage of young people studying science, so the Japanese government has prioritised creative approaches to science education. This programme talks to teachers and pupils at Tokyo Tech SSHS and Koenji Junior High School in Tokyo, showing some of the new ways in which science is …

Toad Swallows Bat: Cane Toad Photographed with Bat 'Wings'

The Internet was abuzz this week after a picture emerged of a toad after it swallowed a bat, giving the impression it had “wings.”<p>The cane toad was …

Intern Reproduces 86,000 Square Miles Of British Geography In Minecraft

Joseph Braybrook had a very nerdy summer.<p>Anglophile nerd alert: You can now download a geographically accurate, scaled terrain model of Great Britain for Minecraft, thanks to one hardworking summer intern at Ordnance Survey, the country's national mapping authority.<p>It took Minecraft-loving intern …

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The Case Of The Girl Who Couldn't Feel Pain

A team of European researchers finds the genetic mutation responsible for a subject's inability to feel pain.<p>"Index Subject 1"—the anonymous girl or woman who participated in this new study—is unusual in a couple of ways. For one thing, she cannot feel pain. It's a dangerous condition for her. …

The World's Smallest Car Runs On Half A Gallon Of Fuel

And it's street legal!<p>Small cars are big business these days. Thanks to stricter regulation of fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions, everything seems to be downsizing, from the family sedan to the rough-and-ready work truck.<p>But though they may shrink, few will ever get as pint-sized as the car …

Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion

This is why it's so hard to catch a fly bare-handed.<p>Ever wonder how a fly or a chipmunk can evade your clumsy human grasp so easily? A new study published in Animal Behavior finds that, generally, the smaller the animal, the more information it can see in a small amount of time. That means certain …

How Squid Are Inspiring Better Camouflage For Soldiers

A squid-like film can be switched on and off chemically to change how infrared light is reflected.<p>If there's one thing squid are good at, it's hiding. The mysterious giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, and even the common calamari squid can alter its appearance to blend into …

Let This Rube Goldberg Machine Show You How Cows Eat And Poop

Have a good weekend!<p>Cow from Nova Jiang on Vimeo.<p>Hi, it's late on a Friday, it's raining and horrible in the northeast and I'm drinking whiskey (<i>Ed. note: Dan, didn't I fire you already?</i>) and here's, like, the best thing I've seen all week. It's a Rube Goldberg machine, only it's wooden (cool!) and …

10 Stunning Underwater Photos

Featuring a ghostly seal, a stylish crab, and more. You're welcome!<p>Every year since 2005, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has judged a crop of photos for consideration in its Underwater Photography Contest. The winners and runners-up--in categories …

Discovered: Molecule That Triggers Itchiness

At long last, researchers have identified what happens in the nervous system as an itch begins.<p>What really causes itching, and how it works, is surprisingly little understood. But researchers at the National Institutes of Health will publish a paper tomorrow in <i>Science</i> that details the discovery of …

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

19-Foot Python Killed in Fla., Underscoring State's Problem

Florida officials said that a 19-foot Burmese python that was captured and killed earlier this month set a record, underscoring the state’s problem …

Irish potato famine pathogen identified

<b>Scientists have used plant samples collected in the mid-19th Century to identify the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.</b><p>A plant pest that causes potato blight spread to Ireland in 1845 triggering a famine that killed one million people.<p>DNA extracted from museum specimens shows the strain …

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FYI: Do Parasites Get Parasites?

Parasites of parasites—sometimes called hyperparasites—seem to be quite common. In fact, parasites of parasites are themselves prone to parasites, leading to what might appear to be an endless progression of interspecies abuse.<p>Studies in the lab and field have identified some of these elaborate, …

The Quest To Uncover The Secret Lives Of Sharks

Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?<p>I'm on a small boat. A woman in a bikini stands next to me dumping gallons of blood into the sea. Beside her, a man in board shorts strings barracuda heads onto large fishhooks as crooked as a witch's …

The Tag That Could Save Sharks

Shark behavior is one of the great mysteries of the ocean, and mediocre tags are primarily to blame. Scientists can't understand something they can't measure. Compared with other marine-animal tags, the HammerTag, now in prototype, is cheaper by hundreds of dollars, lasts years longer, and stores …

Cornstarch Replaces Cyanide In Clean New Gold Extraction Method

Scientists accidentally discover a new way to isolate gold that is much safer than existing processes, which use toxic cyanide.<p>Gold, precious forever but especially lately, is a tricky metal. Bound up in consumer electronics, jewelry and the ores that it comes from, gold is difficult to extract, …

What New York City Would Look Like on Other Planets | WIRED

Take a trip around the solar system and bring the entire city of New York with you in these captivating drawings showing how the atmospheres of other …

Living on Mars: What Would it be Like?

The Mars One mission to Mars—one-way—has attracted more than 78,000 applicants only two weeks into the application process.<p>So, if the mission is …