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Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Chernobyl Trees Barely Decomposed, Study Finds

Almost 30 years ago, the world's attention was fixed on Chernobyl, the nuclear power plant in Ukraine that exploded in one of the world's worst …

Leaves In Chernobyl Area Are Decaying Unusually Slowly

They just linger in a thick layer on the forest floor.<p>Strange to say, fallen logs, leaf litter and other forest debris doesn't decay as quickly around Chernobyl's most affected areas as it does elsewhere, <i>Smithsonian</i> reports. When scientists set out to study the phenomenon, they found that lingering …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

‘I knew this would catch up with me’: Killer caught nearly 40 years after he escaped maximum security prison

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — In the nearly 40 years after he escaped from the maximum-security military prison at Fort Leavenworth, convicted killer James …

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic. In …

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery

Researchers have found the "final" predicted way of making top quarks, the largest subatomic particle.<p>Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are …

RNA --Does It Harbor a Clue to the Origin of Life on Earth?

This new revelation about RNA's dual role suggested to some scientists, including Harvard's Jack Szostak, that RNA likely existed long before DNA or …

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can't check it

If you thought the mathematical proofs you did in high school were long, you haven't seen the newest one out of the University of Liverpool — computer scientists Alexei Lisitsa and Boris Konev came up with a math proof that takes up a huge 13-gigabyte file, greater than all of Wikipedia's pages …

Ellen Page has super powers, but why is this newsworthy?

Ellen Page recently informed the world that she has mutant super powers. Specifically, the ability to pass through solid matter. She has been mostly applauded for her bravery in doing so, although some have questioned whether she is actually “brave” at all. The importance of high-profile people …

How the last members of a species were stuffed, archived, and forgotten

When an entire species dies out there is, inevitably, mathematically, a last one. Over at the <i>Krulwich Wonders</i> blog on NPR, the host of <i>Radio Lab,</i> Robert Krulwich, examines three stories of the final, solitary living example of an extinct species. The very last auk, passenger pigeon, and Tasmanian …

Snowden Leaks Reveal the U.S. Spied During Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009

Edward Snowden’s massive data leak has uncovered stunning secrets concerning the NSA’s dubious behavior. The government agency seems to have an eye …

Lockheed Backs World's Largest Wave Energy Project

Lockheed Martin, the Bethesda, MD-based security and aerospace conglomerate, has agreed to build what will soon become the world’s largest wave energy project about three miles off the southern coast of Australia.<p>The 62.5-megawatt wave energy generation project is projected to generate enough …

Onions, Emotions, and Why We Cry

Ancient statue of Greek god Apollo discovered in Gaza strip

A rare bronze statue of the Greek god Apollo was unearthed last summer on the Gaza strip, Reuters reports, only to be concealed by Hamas since it resurfaced. The "priceless" discovery has thrown the archaeological community into a clamor, with a debate currently brewing about where the statue …

Federal budget unveils major tax hike for smokers that will see jump in cost of cigarettes, tobacco and cigars

[np_storybar title=”Budget at a glance” link=”#1″]<br>[/np_storybar]<p>OTTAWA — The federal government is substantially hiking taxes on cigarettes, chewing …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

Sony Waterproof mp3 Player Sold Inside Bottle of Water

What <i>does</i> a company do to convince potential customers that its product is genuinely waterproof? Well, aside from saying so on the packaging, it can sell the product already immersed inside a bottle of water.<p>Though the device itself was launched a while ago, Sony turned to Auckland-based ad agency …

Canadian Government Tweets Are Sanitized, Planned Weeks In Advance

OTTAWA - Pity the poor government tweet, nearly strangled in its cradle before limping into the Twitterverse.<p>Newly disclosed documents from Industry …

The ins and outs of owning a retail marijuana store

Rocky Mountain Remedies became the first legal marijuana retail store in Steamboat Springs, on Jan. 8, following a state-wide sales kickoff Jan. 1. Co-owner Kevin Fisher, 37, ran the business as a medicinal pot dispensary prior to receiving approval from the state and city council to sell …

Developer Behind “Flappy Bird,” The Impossible Game Blowing Up The App Store, Says He Just Got Lucky

Flappy Bird, a game you can barely play for more than a few seconds without throwing your phone across the room in frustration, is dominating the App Store and Google Play.<p>In an App Store first, an indie game developer from Hanoi, Vietnam, Nguyen Ha Dong, has 3 apps in the top 10 rankings right …

A Blackmailer Acquires Popular Twitter Handle, Commits A Near-Perfect Crime

<i>Updated January 29 at 3:52 p.m. with comment from GoDaddy appended at end of post</i><p>Naoki Hiroshima, a developer of social apps like Echofon and Cocoyon, was used to people trying to steal his rare Twitter username, @N. He regularly received password reset instructions from people who were trying to …

Bill Gates Talks to TIME About the Three Myths of Global Aid

It’s easy to get fed up when you’re trying to save the world. Progress can be slow, setbacks are constant and few people appreciate exactly what …

Virgin Galactic space tourists could be grounded by FAA

Nearly 700 people have already paid $250,000 for a ticket to ride Virgin Galactic's commercial spaceship, and the company is hoping this is the year …

Amazon to start preemptively sending you stuff it thinks you might buy or just like

Well aware that companies in today’s competitive marketplace cannot hope to dominate by relying solely on blotting out the sun with delivery drones, …

Everyone Wanted This Song from a Tim Hortons Hockey Commercial So a Full Version Was Made

Everyone Wanted This Song from a Tim Hortons Hockey Commercial So a Full Version Was Made<p>Jan 23 2014<p>A new Tim Hortons commercial featuring Sidney …

North Korea Lands First Ever Man On The Sun, Confirms Central News Agency

THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun.<p>It reported …

Starting fire with water

Astronauts on the ISS are experimenting with “supercritical water,” a form of water with a strange property: it can help start fire.<p>When firefighters …