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Harvard Professor To Send The World's First "Scent Message" Across The Pond

You’ve got smell!<p>On Tuesday morning, at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Professor and CEO of Vapor Communications, David Edwards, will hit the send button on his iPhone, and an email photograph tagged with the quintessential smell of New York–Pizza? The halal food trucks on …

Natural History Museums

Raspberry Cream Cheese Tart Recipe Demonstration - Joyofbaking.com

Roller Coasters

Last week I wrote about the beauty in mathematics and how brachistrochrones might be used in roller coaster designs. I’m going to continue on the …

Roller Coasters

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes<p>Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a …

23 Comfort Food Mash-Ups That Were Meant To Be

You know all about Brangelina, but have you heard about potataffle or rice krispancake, yet?

Cooking

Buttons Birthday Cake (Easy White Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting)

My mom's birthday was at the beginning of this month, but with all the icy weather we've been having lately we didn't get to celebrate on time. Now …

Adorable Animals Form Whimsical Alphabet Letters

London-based illustrator Marcus Reed developed this clever typography series in which animals look like the 26 letters of the alphabet. Drawing upon the creatures' natural shapes, colors, and movements, he beautifully blended different features together to form each character. A is for Alligator, J …

Typography

Your Favourite Alcoholic Drinks Look Incredible Under A Microscope

Whether you're a fan of cocktails, beers, liquors or a fine wine, since the dawn of time alcohol has played a key role in being the social lubricant …

A Hypnotic Visualization Of The Polar Vortex From Space

Here on terrestrial Earth, the polar vortex is making all of our lives miserable, from frostbite-inducing chills in the North, to snow and ice blanketing Florida, to drivers in Atlanta getting stuck in traffic for 22 hours and comparing the scene to a zombie movie. As visualized from space, though, …

Data Visualization

Galileo Matters More Than Ever on His 450th Birthday

The scientist's insights continue to enrich our world.<p>Not every astronomer can claim to have enjoyed both the attention of the Inquisition and the Indigo Girls, but then again, Galileo was no ordinary genius.<p><b>Discoverer of moons, toppler of Aristotle's physics, and celebrated loser of history's most</b> …

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine

Andrew Anthony sent his stool off to have its bacteria sequenced. In the future, such techniques could help assess our susceptibility to conditions from diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's to autism, depression and cancer<p>We are all familiar with "gut feelings", "gut reactions" and "gut …

Chewy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I probably bake chocolate chip cookies a little bit more often than other types of cookies. You can’t argue with them: everyone likes chocolate and …

Neanderthal DNA lives on in modern humans, research shows

The ancestors of most modern humans mated with Neanderthals and made off with important swaths of DNA that helped them adapt to new environments, scientists reported Wednesday.<p>Some of the genes gained from these trysts linger in people of European and East Asian descent, though many others were …

Scientists hail breakthrough in embryonic-like stem cells | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - In experiments that could open a new era in stem cell biology, scientists have found a simple way to reprogram mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that allows them to generate many types of tissue.<p>The research, described as game-changing by experts in the field, …

Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth

The human microbiome has been in the news for several years now, as researchers have begun to unravel the importance of microbes living in and on our bodies. These bacteria and other microbial critters influence human health, and the composition and combination of various species have been linked …

Biology

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Biology

System turns solar energy into hydrogen fuel for later use - Futurity

Researchers have built a system that converts the sun's energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it to use after the sun goes down.

Clean Energy

Zombies in Real Life: A Man’s Horrific Experience

In 1980, Clairvius Narcisse checked himself into a hospital in Deschapelle, Haiti, almost 20 years after his family had buried him in their village’s …

How To Calculate Your Exact Commute Times In Rain And Snow

License plate-reading cameras in London allowed civil engineers to make some amazing calculations for commuters.<p>Seeing some snow outside? Better budget in 7.6 percent more travel time for your morning commute.<p>In a new study, a team of civil engineers calculated incredibly precise numbers for how …

University College London

Philips Norelco Laser Guided Beard Trimmer 9000 for Precise, Symmetric Results

<b>Philips Norelco Laser Guided Beard Trimmer 9000</b> features laser technology to allow perfectly straight DIY grooming. Yeah, so there’s no excuse why …

Living Clay: Artist Johnson Tsang Brings Ceramic Bowls and Cups to Life | Colossal

<p>With an adept understanding of ceramics and anatomy, Hong-Kong based artist Johnson Tsang (previously here and here) creates strange and unexpected …

Study suggests we're all susceptible to false memories

Researchers from UC Irvine have found that people with extraordinarily accurate memory are as vulnerable to the inception of fake memories as others, indicating that perhaps nobody is protected from memory distortion. The study, published last month in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of …

5 of the Craziest Science Facts Out There, Part 2

1. How heavy do you think a cloud is?<p>The typical cumulus cloud weighs 216,000 pounds, according to science correspondent for NPR Robert Krulwich. …

Whales

Scientists create glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA

Scientists at the South China Agricultural University announced last week that they had successfully engineered 10 piglets that could glow green under black light. By using a technique pioneered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine, the researchers were able to isolate a …

Making Someone Love You: Science vs. the Supernatural

Michael Busby is a Houston-area lawyer who has just filed a lawsuit against self-described psychic Melena Thorn, alleging that Thorn defrauded him of $2,700, which he gave to her in cash with the promise that the money would be "cleansed" and returned to him, at which point he was to put the money …

Sandra Bullock

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …