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The World's Spookiest Weapons

Cyborg animals, psychotropics and flying lasers are just some of the terrifying weapons government labs have cooked up over the years<p>Atom bombs are just the beginning. In the last half-century, the greatest military minds on Earth have developed an arsenal of weapons to make mutually assured …

Researchers implant false memories in mice

Have you ever misremembered an event, while being totally certain it actually happened? Most people have experienced the unreliability of human memory. As it turns out, false memories are very easy to generate. Scientists at the Riken–MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics have created false …

Why Mosquitoes Love Me, And Other Mysteries Revealed

Come summertime, some of us here at Shots are reminded, as we lounge on decks and venture into overgrown gardens, that we are irresistible to mosquitoes. As we gripe about our itchy, pocked limbs, we can't help but wonder just why they unfailingly devour us and pass over our friends and loved ones. …

Memories can't always be trusted, neuroscience experiment shows

A false memory regarding a painful shock was implanted in mice. Later, their behavior showed the animals were certain the memory was genuine.<p>July 25, 2013|By Melissa Healy<p>A molecular analysis image of the hippocampus, a part of the brain important… (Kwanghun Chung and Karl…)<p>In courtrooms, on …

NASA Satellites Measure Photosynthesis From Space

NASA scientists have discovered a new way to use satellites to measure what's occurring inside Earth's land plants at a cellular level. Plants emit …

Stars with cool names

On July evenings, try finding two stars in the constellation Libra with the coolest of all star names: Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali.<p>In any year, …

The beautiful relationship between sine, cosine, and the circle. Source

The beautiful relationship between sine, cosine, and the circle. Source.

Could An Asteroid Impact Knock The Moon Into Earth?

"If an asteroid hits the moon, it will just get another crater," says Gareth Wynn-Williams, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii. It would take a moon-size object to move the moon, says Clark Chapman, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, and most likely the moon wouldn't …

The secret to how plants set branch angles

<b>U. LEEDS (UK) —</b> Scientists say they’ve figured out how plants set and maintain the angle of their lateral branches relative to gravity.<p>The mechanism, …

Hot People And Cold Cars; Cold People And Hot Cars

It's high summer, yes, but blink and soon it will be fall, and trees will turn red, brown, beige, yellow, pale green and gold. But not cars. Cars may be making the Earth warmer, but their colors, I notice, have turned wintry.<p>Take a look at this chart, put together by DuPont. It's their 2012 …

Moon may influence sleep, study finds

Science and myth rarely agree, but new research suggests that the lunar cycle could have an effect on the quality of sleep.<p>The study by researchers …

Most dangerous volcano in North America: Popocatépetl, Shasta, Hood, or Rainier?

<i>This</i> <i>article</i> <i>originally appeared in</i> <i>The Last Word on Nothing</i><i>.</i><p>MEXICO CITY—When you live in Mexico, you get used to people in other countries thinking you …

Yeast reveals secret of ‘hitchhiker’ mutations

<b>PRINCETON (US) —</b> It takes a “group effort” of genetic mutations to give organisms the best shot at evolutionary survival, a new study …