Piper Rutchik

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This Leech Can Survive A 24-Hour Submersion in Liquid Nitrogen

100 percent of the leeches also survived extreme cold (-130°F) for nine months!<p>At first glance there is nothing overly special about <i>Ozobranchus jantseanus</i>, a small parasitic leech of freshwater turtles in East Asia. But throw them into a vat of liquid nitrogen, and they can survive for 24 hours. …

A Brief History of Mind-Bending Ideas About Black Holes

Physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines recently by saying that black holes – the incredibly massive astronomical objects that made him famous – do …

Will the Black Death reemerge?

Scientists have analyzed the genomes of two of the world’s most devastating plagues – each killed about half the people in Europe. The findings …

Environmental Health

Potential Cure For Peanut Allergy Successful In Test

88 percent of kids in this study were able to eat 5 peanuts after the treatment.<p>A peanut allergy is not just annoying; it can be deadly. But there may be some hope for this affliction, the most common severe food allergy.<p>In a new study, researchers gave 85 kids a tiny amount of peanut protein, and …

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Extraordinary Planetarium Watch Elegantly Orbits Planets Around the Sun

This spectacularly innovative watch design, known as <i>Midnight Plantarium</i>, allows you to wear a little piece of the Solar System on your wrist. Developed by Van Cleef & Arpels in partnership with Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw, the intricate concept replaces hands of a watch with six tiny …

Astronomy

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Breakthrough could help battle diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's but ethical concerns remain over animal testing<p>Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the …

Am I 1% Nacho?

Photographing puppies

We bet that just about every photographer (at one time or another) has had the desire to try photographing puppies. How can we resist? They're cute, …

Don't Just Shiver, Here Are 3 Cold-Weather Experiments To Try

In case you haven't heard, it's (really, <i>really</i>) cold outside for most of us living in the lower 48.<p>Chicago, which is already known for its biting cold, hit 16 below zero this morning, setting a new record low for a Jan. 6. (The coldest day in recorded history for the city is 27 below zero set on …

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Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

Acid technique could lead to new era in regenerative medicine<p>A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be …

Ask Anything: What Does Water Taste Like?

H2-oh-so-tasty<p>For thousands of years, philosophers claimed that water had no flavor. It’s the baseline for the sense of taste, they said—a starting point and null condition. What water is to tongues, darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. “The natural substance water per se tends to be …

After Genetic Tweaks, Fruit Flies Glow When They Sense Cancer

The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.<p>Fruit flies are able to distinguish breast cancer cells from healthy mammary tissue, according to a new study. The humble fly joins dogs and honeybees as members of the animal kingdom …

Cancer Cells

Grains Of Sand Magnified x300 Reveal Dazzling Images

A grain of sand is so small and finite that our eyes are unable to render any significant detail.<p>It often just looks like a shiny or dark grain of …

These Grammys Outfits Remind Us of These Recipes

13 dresses—and one giant hat—from the 2014 Grammy Awards that remind us of our own recipes<p>The 56th Grammy Awards clocked in more than 29 million viewers last night, with the masses watching once-in-a-lifetime performances (like <b>Paul McCartney</b> performing with the surviving members of Nirvana____ or</b> …

Stonefruit

Flourless Banana Muffins

After a holiday season of just pure eating and giving presents, your stomach needs a break. Whether it's a green smoothie or a salad, for me, there always has to be some sort of sweet on the side. But a healthier sweet treat! Let me introduce to you some magically wonderful banana muffins. …

Fancy Super Bowl Snacks Made with Convenience Store Ingredients

So the big game is finally upon us, and you, like many other people in this country of football (the American kind, that is), are out to watch it in …

Momofuku Milk Bar Pumpkin Pie Cake Truffles

Last month, in an effort to try as many pumpkin desserts in New York City as possible, I sampled Momofuku Milk Bar's <b>Pumpkin Pie Cake Truffles</b> ($4 for three). They're a bit of a departure from previous incarnations of this classic Milk Bar dessert.<p>The most popular flavors, such as the Birthday Cake …

Where to Get Dessert Near Pike Place Market in Seattle

GalleryWhere to Get Dessert Near Pike Place Market in Seattle<p>More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>With over 100 years of storied history, Pike Place Market is an integral part of Seattle. It's a working market for locals as well as a central attraction for tourists and …

PizzaHacker is My New Go-To in San Francisco

There's some great pizza not far from where I live in San Francisco's Mission, but it's not always that easy to get. Flour + Water offers wonderfully textured, charred crust and artistically composed pies topped with seasonal veg, but it's tricky to snag a reservation and without one, you have to …

Any Genius Ideas for Cooking with Pecan Pie-Flavored Pringles Chips?

(Image credit: Pringles)<p><b>Q:</b> I was given two tubes of Pringles in Pecan Pie flavor. While I love desserts (pecan pie included) I don't like Pringles …

Dessert

Here’s What They’re Saying About the New iPhones

“It is the gold standard in phones,” Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said of the iPhone 5s when he unveiled it during a special event at …

This Cat Loves to Stick its Tongue Out

Lil Bub is undoubtedly one of the most popular cats online. With a massive following on all major social networks (see below), she’s truly …

Japanese toilet users vulnerable to Bluetooth bidet assaults

High-tech Japanese toilets are vulnerable to attack from their manufacturer's own Android app. As <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, a security advisory from researchers at Trustwave says all Inax Satis Bluetooth toilets have the same Bluetooth PIN ("0000") hardcoded, allowing anyone with the My Satis Android …

Animal Donuts

Forget cronuts! Here comes the latest donut craze, this time from Japan: Animal donuts (or "doubutsu doonatsu")<p>Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku …

Pepsi-Flavored Cheetos Exist

Humanity began when primates started to use rocks and sticks as tools. First came the spear and the club. Eventually humans learned to control fire, …