Sara Mason

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'Blue Blood' Helps Antarctic Octopus Survive in Brutally Cold Waters

Weird Science<p>Octopuses in Antarctica survive subzero temperatures because of blue pigment in their blood, a new study finds.<p>The ice-cold temperatures in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica range between 28.8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1.8 degrees Celsius) to 35.6 degrees F (2 degrees C). In …

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What Caused the California Earthquake? Faults Explained

Different kinds of faults make different kinds of earthquakes.<p>We all have our faults, and that includes planet Earth. Earthquakes, big and small, rattle the globe every day, most recently making news this week with temblors in northern California.<p>The latest magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck 50 miles …

Building a Better Post-Workout Beer

You may have seen stories bouncing around last week about Lean Machine, a Canadian "recovery ale" that's expected to be sold as a sports drink later this year. And you may have filed that story away to use as justification for your next post-workout trip to the bar.<p>Don't.<p>Without getting into all …

How Water Purity Affects the Formation of Icicles

Scientists know surprisingly little about how icicles form, experimental physicist Stephen Morris told the Canadian Press.<p>Morris said it may seem a …

Your science questions answered

<b>Q We know that humans can snore, but are all other animals able to snore as well?</b> asks Toby<p>A Having owned a dog with a snore like a pneumatic drill, I know of at least one that can. But Dr Charlotte Burn, Lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, filled me in on the rest of the animal kingdom. …

Everything you know about dinosaurs is wrong: Tour guide sets you straight

When it comes to dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters, even the experts can get things wrong — as dino-fanatic Brian Switek explains in his tour guide to the paleontological frontier.<p>The righting of wrongness begins with the title of Switek's book: "My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road With Old …

Interesting Photo of the Day: Possibly the World’s First Image of Ocean Wave Over Lava

It’s always interesting to see the “World’s First” of something, and today people have been saying this is the world’s first photo of an ocean wave …

20 Brilliant Bookshelves for Modern Bookworms

As the famous saying goes, <i>I like big books and I cannot lie</i>. Even though we may take in most of our reading via an iPad or Kindle these days, we are still bookworms at heart. The warmth and character of a well-worn or brand new book is hard to beat. But those books of yours need a good home. Here …

10 Places You Should Go While They're Still Cheap

And while there are plenty of tricks for squeezing the most out of every vacation dollar, one of the simplest options is to find a place that has a lot to offer but hasn't yet been hit by the price inflation that comes with big-time popularity.<p>Here are 10 destinations great enough to make the …

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