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Why Do Skyscrapers Melt Things?

How did a London skyscraper melt a parked car?<p><b>What happened?</b><br>Talk about a hazardous parking job. Last Thursday, Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar XJ across the street from the curvy 37 story, glass-and-steel skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street in London, and walked away. When he came back, his car had …

Bill Nye To Join Dancing With The Stars

Wouldn't you want to take a spin around the dance floor with the Science Guy?<p>When I imagined Bill Nye dancing with the stars, I assumed he'd be in space. Alas, the Science Guy will be joining the cast of ABC's never-ending show for its upcoming 17th season. The man apparently loves a good swing …

The Way The U.S. Teaches Science Doesn’t Work

Here's how to fix it<p>In 2012, a shocking 69 percent of American high-school graduates failed to meet college-readiness benchmarks in science. And in a 2010 paper about math and science achievement, the U.S. ranked last out of the eight countries studied (including England, South Korea, and Hungary). …

The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Have A Dirty Little Secret

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bank of America tower in New York count among the worst offenders<p>Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to …

What's In Your Pee?

Over 3,000 compounds isolated in largest urinalysis ever<p>It took seven years and 20 researchers, but a team at the University of Alberta have finally, using all available state-of-the-art equipment, figured out the chemical composition of human urine. This also means there's a good chance that …

A Skull Made Of Cocaine And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Human Babies Are Hard-Wired To Pay Attention To Lemurs

Does this mean we can have lemur babysitters?????? (Answer: no. Do not do that, please.)<p>A new study indicates that human babies are born with an innate preference for certain sounds. That makes sense in the most common case--the voices of parents. It's in the baby's best interest to be engaged with …

What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?

A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!<p>A music video from a Norwegian duo called Ylvis is primed to, as the<p>kidsmarketers say, "go viral," because it is catchy and weird and foreign …

This Weird Tiny Frog Hears With Its Mouth

"Talk directly into my mouth, please."<p>The Gardiner's Seychelles frog is one of the smallest amphibians in the world, measuring less than half an inch long. But their extreme tininess isn't the only curious thing about them. As a new study shows, this species of frog has no eardrum and no middle …

How The World's Religious Landscape Has Changed Since 1960 [Infographic]

A detailed look at religion in every country, then and now<p>Even if religious doctrine hasn't changed all that much in thousands of years, the number of people practicing religion, and the places they worship, can look completely different in only a few short years.<p>This ambitious infographic from …

Earth's Largest Volcano Found

The base is nearly as big as New Mexico!<p>A megavolcano found at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is being reported as the largest single volcano on Earth. Tamu Massif, as the megavolcano is called, may be as voluminous as Olympus Mons on Mars, which is regarded as the Solar System's largest known …

The Week In Numbers: A 3-D Printed Invisibility Cloak, Skyscrapers That Attack, And More

<b>£946</b>: the money the developers of a curved glass building in London paid to Martin Lindsay after reflected light from the skyscraper melted his Jaguar XJ<p><b>18 to 27 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the average increase in surface temperature when moving from a rural area to a city<p><b>244 meters</b>: the height of the …