Dwight Reid

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Gravity May Not Be As Straightforward As Scientists Once Thought

"But we were extremely perplexed. We tried to think of what could be happening in the middle of the night that could account for it. My students …

5 Mysterious Ruins That Predate Known Civilization?

Artifacts and ruins discovered all over the world have made many scientists question whether the currently accepted understanding of prehistoric …

Archaeology

Cholesterol guidelines back away from high-dose statin regimens

Long-awaited revisions to cholesterol clinical guidelines have dialed back previous recommendations to use cholesterol-lowering drugs to force ‘bad’ …

The cars we’ll be driving in the world of 2050

What will the cars of 2050 look like? What will power them? Will they even have a steering wheel? Sven Beiker peers under the bonnet of tomorrow’s autos.<p>Car companies have recently been telling us what the car of 2020 will be like: autonomous is one word used, electric is another, and it will be …

Autonomous Cars

LUNEX: Another Way to the Moon

Before the United States had a space agency, the Air Force was researching how to send men to the Moon. Beginning in 1958 after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the USAF Air Research Development Command initiated a series of Industry-Air Force studies to examine the military potential of space …

Space Exploration

This Water Droplet Maze Is Mesmerizing

Watch it in action. Plus: learn something about the Leidenfrost effect.<p>Have you heard of the Leidenfrost effect? If not, it's about to be your favorite effect. If yes, same.<p>The basic idea is, when a liquid comes in contact with something really hot--about twice as hot as the liquid's boiling point, …

Orangutans Announce Their Travel Plans A Day In Advance

In the wild, male apes can plan ahead where they'll be going, and they keep their female friends apprised.<p>We often think of the ability to plan for the future as a uniquely human attribute. Recent studies have suggested that our primate cousins might be able to plan for certain occasions, as well …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Big Pic: A Soyuz Astronaut's Space Toilet

Imagine peeing in this.<p>In space, no one can hear you poop. Or at least, probably not, since you're trying really hard not to poop at all. Because this is what you have to go in.<p>Earlier today former ISS commander Chris Hadfield shared this terrifying picture of what the humble commode looks like on …

Promise and Perils of Hyperloop and Other High-Speed Trains — NOVA Next

Flipping through Elon Musk’s proposal for the “hyperloop”—his vision for the future of transportation—you’re left with an impression of thoroughness. …

“Pastafarian” wins right to wear strainer on government ID

It’s not the first time a government has recognized the religion’s sieve-sporting practices<p>In some countries, cooking is like a religion. In the Czech Republic, it apparently is.<p>Lukas Novy, a Czech "Pastafarian," has legally won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer in his official government ID …

Element of the week: berkelium

What does Chernobyl, UC Berkeley and The New Yorker magazine share in common?<p>This week, we meet the element berkelium, a transuranic actinide element that has the symbol, <b>Bk</b>, and the atomic number <b>97</b>. This element is named for the city of Berkeley, the home of one of the University of California …

A Philadelphia School's Big Bet on Nonviolence

Masks banned from Pope Francis's Mass in Rio de Janeiro

<b>Security forces in Brazil have banned masks at Pope Francis's opening Mass at the Roman Catholic World Youth Day festival in Rio de Janeiro next week.</b><p>More than one million people are expected at Tuesday's Mass, which will be policed by 7,000 troops.<p>The authorities are worried the visit could spark …

Brazil

Space plane engine of the future to get flight test in 2020

The SKYLON concept vehicle consists of a slender fuselage containing propellant tankage and payload bay, with delta wings attached midway along the fuselage carrying the SABRE engines in axisymmetric nacelles on the wingtips. The vehicle takes off and lands horizontally on its own …

Aviation

Cannabis psychosis admissions rose in England after drug reclassified to Class B

Research has suggested that the number of hospital admissions for psychosis caused by cannabis use started to decline after its classification was …

Air Pollution In Northern China Steals 5 Years Of Life From The Average Person

The study [PDF], published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science on Monday, July 8, blames China's Huai River policy for the decrease in life expectancy.<p>The policy provided free coal for boilers to residents in cities North of the Huai River during the winter months between 1950 and …

Pollution

Cambodian "Lost City" Mapped by Archaeologists

<b>Cambodian “lost city” was mapped by archaeologists recently.</b><p>A 1,200 year-old “lost” city was discovered in a mountainous region in Camdodia, …