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MythBusters Test Breaking Bad's Science

It's a match made in heaven ... if heaven was a chemistry lab. The day after <i>Breaking Bad</i> <i></i>premieres the second half of its final season, MythBusters …

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How to Break a Running Plateau

Not feeling it? Learn how to bust through common mental barriers that impede your training.<p>Stuck in a rut, caught in a slump, stalled out—whatever you want to call it, every runner eventually reaches a period where their progress levels off. “There’s no way around it, plateaus are inevitable and …

Facial Recognition Alerts Stores When A Celeb Walks In

*WHEEEE-OOOOO-WHEEEEE-OOOOO ALERT ALERT THIS CUSTOMER HAS APPEARED ON TELEVISION WHOOOP WHOOOP WHOOOP*<p>The London Times recounts a true American horror story: Mindy Kaling, writer and actress first on <i>The Office</i> and later on her own show, <i>The Mindy Project</i>, in addition to author of a successful …

False memory planted in mouse's brain

Scientists have implanted a false memory in the brains of mice in an experiment that they hope will shed light on the well-documented phenomenon …

Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

The largest solar power plant of its kind is about to turn on in California's Mojave Desert.<p>The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will power about 140,000 homes and will be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals, but it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring …

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38 killed in southern Italy bus crash

ROME (AP) — An Italian tour bus plowed through cars, crashed through the side wall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people, authorities said Monday.<p>Rescuers wielding electric saws cut through the twisted wreckage of the bus looking for survivors overnight, and …

Understanding the Placebo Effect

The placebo effect is famous; a non-medicinal substance or procedure can actually relieve pain, fever, or nausea even if it's "just a sugar pill." …

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Math Square #180

Good luck with today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game, <i>Monday Math Square #180:</i><p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical</b> …

Why Do Cucumber Coils Change Direction?

Do you grow cucumbers in your garden? If you've ever seen one growing, you've seen the curious coils made by cucumber tendrils as they grasp a …

Creatures Lived On Land 2.2 Billion Years Ago, New Evidence Suggests

South African fossils push the rise of oxygen and life on land to hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought.<p>Researchers at the University of Oregon have recently unearthed fossils in South Africa that present evidence of life on land 2.2 billion years ago—four times older than …

The Australian Town That Invented A Language

In the outback of Aboriginal Australia, there’s a blink-and-you-miss-it desert town named Lajamanu, sandwiched between Darwin and Alice Springs. …

Prince Cambridge makes his debut

The Cambridge baby prince meets the media and the world about 27 hours after he was born amid celebrations and cheers.<p>LONDON — The world's most famous baby prince met the world today, when Prince William and Duchess Kate left St. Mary's Hospital here with their infant, about 27 hours after he was …

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The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted …

How Meditation Works

Mindfulness meditation is having a moment in the West, and with it some compelling reasons to understand and try it.<p>NicoleAbalde/Flickr<p><i>Mindfulness meditation</i>. Chances are that you've either heard or seen (or rolled your eyes at) these words in recent months, as studies, celebrity endorsements, and …

Alpine Abyss: 'Stairway to Nothingness' Opens in Austria

An Austrian resort opened a new attraction for andrenaline junkies on Wednesday. The suspension bridge and glass platform offer spectacular views of …

The last Incan suspension bridge is made entirely of grass and woven by hand.

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a new travel blog. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura.</i><p>The Incas never invented the wheel, …

5 Eco-Friendly Cities Built From The Ground Up

From Incheon, South Korea, to Osceola County, Florida<p><b>Lavasa</b> <i><br>Maharashtra, India</i><br>Planned population: 300,000<br>Projected completion date: 2021<br>Lavasa's designers are using biomimicry to transform an arid site in India's Western Ghats into a lush city. Building foundations will store moisture, as trees do, …

El Salvador Gang Truce Crumbling, 103 Murders In Last Week Alone

SAN SALVADOR, July 5 (Reuters) - El Salvador has seen a burst of violence, with 103 homicides this week, the government said on Friday, as a year-long truce between the country's violent gangs appeared to be crumbling.<p>The uptick in murders in the Central American nation echoes killing rates before …

What the New USDA Rules for Healthier School Snacks Mean for Schools

In a much anticipated ruling, the USDA announced that as soon as next year, schools across the country must provide snacks low in fat, sodium and …

Polio Outbreak In Somalia Jeopardizes Global Eradication

A big worry among people trying to wipe out polio is that the virus will regain a foothold, somewhere to launch a comeback — someplace, perhaps, like Somalia.<p>Polio has paralyzed 25 kids in Somalia and another six in a Kenyan refugee camp since early May, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative …

A face in the crowd: A year after most extensive face transplant in history

For 15 years, Richard Lee Norris hid his gun-shot-shattered face from the public, wearing a mask when he left the house and shopping late at night to avoid the curious stares of children and adults. For all intents and purposes, the once sociable Norris had become a recluse.<p>Then, in 2012, Norris …

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