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5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

In China, Starbucks doesn’t sell coffee to make its millions. It rents couches

The conventional wisdom for foreign food retailers entering China is to cater to local taste. But at Starbucks, the push to make China its second biggest market centers more on local demand for space.<p>As part of its effort to accelerate store openings in China, the coffee giant will open its 1,000th …

Coffee

Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut

This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase "beer gut."<p>A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man's blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 …

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Astronomy

The Inside Story On The Fear Of Holes

Trypophobia may be moving out of the urban dictionary and into the scientific literature.<p>A recent study in the peer-review journal <i>Psychological Science</i> takes a first crack at explaining why some people may suffer from a fear of holes.<p>Trypophobia may be hard to find in textbooks and diagnostic …

Long John Silver's, Makers Of America's Unhealthiest Restaurant Meal, Is Cutting Out Trans Fats

The restaurant takes action after a lobbying group called its fish-and-onion rings meal the worst in the U.S.<p><i>Update: Long John Silver's is actually eliminating all trans fats from its menu by 2014. I originally said the restaurant is only removing trans fats from its non-batter-dipped dishes</i> …

Six stubborn myths about cancer

The internet is awash with misinformation about cancer, with potentially tragic consequences for patients<p>There are few illnesses as terrifying in the public consciousness as cancer. With up to a third of us getting cancer at some stage in our lives, it is almost impossible to remain untouched by …

Do Kids Eat More Veggies When Schools Serve Healthier Lunches?

A look at school lunch data<p>You can build it, but will they eat it? In a new study, the U.S. Department of Agriculture examined whether serving more fruits and veggies in school lunches is actually correlated with kids eating more fruits and veggies at lunchtime.<p>The study is especially relevant …

America's Driving Less, and This Evidence Suggests It's Not About the Economy

Federal Court Backs Calif. Ban On Conversion Therapy For Minors

California's pioneering law that prohibits treating young gay people with psychotherapy in an attempt to change their sexual orientation has cleared a constitutional challenge in federal appeals court. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the ban does not violate …

Fast food strikes go super-sized in clash over wages

The battle to boost the minimum wage escalated Thursday when thousands of workers at hundreds of fast food restaurants in 50 U.S. cities walked off the job to demand decent pay.<p>From San Diego to New York, workers stopped flipping burgers, frying fries, and slathering on secret sauce in what …

McDonald's

Does the internet need a backup system?

The internet connects billions of people and keeps our societies together – a job it wasn’t designed for. Technologist Danny Hillis says we must know what to do if the worst happens and it breaks.<p>The internet controls many aspects of our lives in this connected world. But it is a fragile thing – …

Internet of Things

Video: 4 minutes of 6-second science

Compilation from GE’s #6SecondScienceFair. Go from “wow!” to “huh?” and back again.<p>On August 15, GE hosted a science fair on Vine called …

Social Media

Environment: News & features

Environment

Which Organs Can I Live Without, And How Much Cash Can I Get For Them?

First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. It's also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if you're doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Don't do this. OK? OK.<p>There are many organs one can …

Meet The Chimp Who Paints Masterpieces With His Tongue

Who's the finest chimpanzee artist in all the land? This guy.<p>This is Brent. Brent is a 37-year-old chimpanzee who lives at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Keithville, La. According to popular opinion, he's also the greatest chimpanzee artist America has to offer.<p>Brent's painting won first place in the …

Artificial intelligence 'will take the place of humans within five years’

Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur.<p>Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Dmitry Aksenov has been working on building computers that “think like human beings” …

Artificial Intelligence

FYI: What Are Cruise Missiles, And How Do They Work?

Everything you ever wanted to know about this retro-'90s weapon, which the Obama administration might use against Syria's government.<p>The Obama administration is considering what sort of military action to take, if any, against the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, which stands accused …

Skype Confirms 3-D Chatting: 'We Have It In The Lab'

Don't you want that kid to break free of his 2-D Skype chat?<p>In an interview with the BBC, a Microsoft executive described as the corporate vice-president for Skype confirmed that Microsoft is working on 3-D chatting for the video-chat service. Not only that, but Mark Gillett, the executive, says …

Why Can’t We Stop A Hurricane Before It Hits Us?

Some methods that people have suggested for preventing, or stopping, a hurricane--and why they might not work<p>Hurricane Sandy has caused untold billions of dollars in damage and insane casualties. And we saw the "Frankenstorm" coming, for days in advance. We can send people into space and put …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

New Football Helmet Could Save the Sport

Athletes in the U.S. suffer 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year. While helmet makers dither with small improvements, Swedish scientists have built something that could protect us all.<p>On August 19, 2012, in week two of the NFL preseason, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie …

Obama administration to allow recreational marijuana laws to stand

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced Thursday a limited pullback on federal enforcement of marijuana, saying it will not interfere with new state laws that permit recreational use of marijuana.<p>The<p>Justice Departmentsaid it will not seek to veto new state laws in Colorado and Washington …

Cannabis