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American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

Forget Nessie: there's another insidious creature living in the waters of Scotland.<p>The story starts in the streams and lakes of the northwestern United States, where North American signal crayfish are a familiar sight. Turn over a rock and you may well encounter one.<p>But in Scottish streams and …

Why Orange Juice Tastes Disgusting After You Brush Your Teeth

Finally, an answer.<p>In a handy video, the American Chemical Society has explained why orange juice (and food in general) tastes like soap after you brush your teeth. The basic gist is that a detergent called sodium lauryl sulfate, found within your toothpaste, blocks the sweet receptors on your …

It's Better To Be Average -- And 16 Other Surprising Laws Of Human Sexual Attraction

Why do some people make us hot and bothered while others leave us cold? It can be hard to put your finger on the specific reason, but the scientists of sex appeal have some answers.<p>They've looked at all the human senses, from smell to hearing, and have come up with a surprising set of "laws" that …

Drink science: Inside Diageo's alcohol flavour lab

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how new drink flavours are born in Diageo's high security lab<p>In a high-security lab in Connecticut, the world’s largest <b>spirits</b> maker, Diageo, is searching for the next hit flavour.<p>An expert team of mixologist scientists draw from a flavour library of thousands of …

Could 'space arks' save humanity? Experts design self-sustaining ships to rescue us in the event of a global catastrophe

• <b>Building self-sustainable spacecraft is the key to interstellar travel</b>• <b><br>That's according to Rachel Armstrong, the lead on Project Persephone</b>• <b><br>She said we</b> …

Farmers in Russia are milking moose to cure ulcers, even though milk makes them worse

Workers on a government-owned farm in Russia are milking moose because locals believe their milk cures peptic ulcers, reports <i>Modern Farmer</i><i>.</i> What <i>Modern Farmer</i> didn't note, however, is that doctors regularly discourage people with ulcers from drinking cow's milk because it actually makes ulcers worse.<p>…

Scientists Discovered the Egyptian Secret to Moving Huge Pyramid Stones

The question of just how an ancient civilization—without the help of modern technology—moved the 2.5 ton stones that made up their famed pyramids has …

110 Predictions For the Next 110 Years

It's never easy to predict the future. But as PM's 110th anniversary celebration draws to a close, we've decided to try. Here are 110 ambitious ideas for the decades ahead.<p><b>2012—2022</b><p><b>· People will be fluent in every language.</b> With DARPA and Google racing to perfect instant translation, it won't be …

The Universe Really Is a Hologram, According to New Simulations

A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our universe could be just one big projection.<p>In 1997, theoretical physicist …

Black Holes

Physicists are building an NSA-proof Internet

<b>(AP)</b><p>The next generation web — far more secure than today’s — is on the way. Here’s how it works<p>Jeff Inglis<p>April 3, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>BOSTON — It’s long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals …

Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life

Researchers have discovered a deep saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn, leading scientists to conclude it is the most likely place in the solar system for extraterrestrial life to be found.<p>Gravitational field measurements taken by Nasa's Cassini space probe revealed …

At TED, Google's Larry Page Says NSA Spying Threatens Democracy

Google chairman Eric Schmidt may be “pretty sure” that Google is keeping its users’ data safe from government snooping, but for CEO Larry Page, that’s small consolation.<p>In an on-stage Q&A at the TED conference in Vancouver, Page said he considers the NSA’s far-reaching data collection regime a …

The Week In Numbers: Google's Robot Army, A Beautiful View Of Pi, And More

<b>3.14159265358979323846264338327</b>: the first 30 digits of pi. Happy Pi Day! (see how science artist Martin Krzywinski turned the irrational number into colorful circular diagrams here)<p><b>1,315 times the diameter of the sun</b>: the size of this yellow hypergiant star, one of the 10 largest stars ever …

Rubber Bands

Big Bang's "Smoking Gun" Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth

Observations confirm "inflation" of early universe to cosmological sizes in early instant.<p>Surprisingly strong gravitational waves rippled through the fiery aftermath of the Big Bang, astronomers announced Monday, a finding that confirms the cosmos grew to a stunningly vast size in its very first …

Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Misinformation about health remains widespread and popular.<p>Half of Americans subscribe to medical conspiracy theories, with more than one-third of people thinking that the Food and Drug Administration is deliberately keeping natural cures for cancer off the market because of pressure from drug …

Most U.S. Women Wouldn't Know A Stroke If They Saw Or Felt One

When it comes to treating a stroke victim, every minute counts.<p>Each moment that passes without treatment increases the likelihood of permanent damage or death. So the first steps to getting help are being able to spot a stroke in yourself or others and knowing how to respond.<p>But a study published …

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

Physics

Could an Ancient Indian Village Stop a New Hotel in Miami?

Downtown Miami discovery sparks turf battle between preservationists and developers.<p>As construction of the final stage of a $600 million development in downtown Miami drew near, Miamians looked forward to getting a new 34-story hotel, with movie theaters and restaurants, on what had been a vacant …

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Mark Twain once said: "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes."<p>He was making an unknowing reference to the jet stream, which drives the weather over North America and Europe like a high-altitude conveyor belt. But increasingly, the jet stream is taking a more …

The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

National Science Foundation

California Mystery Disease Is Like Polio—But It's Not Polio

An unidentified disease has struck five California children, leaving them with paralyzed limbs. Doctors are investigating.<p>It's not polio—but news of five cases of a rare polio-like disease that has left five California children with one or more paralyzed limbs has riveted the public and stirred up …

Keurig Wants To Lock Down Its Pods With Coffee DRM

And a lawsuit alleges the company is doing more than that to stay dominant in the mediocre cubicle-coffee game<p>Keurig machines might not produce _the best _coffee, but at least the process is quick, and you've got your range of options--for right now, anyway. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced …

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter

The more that scientists stare at it, the more a strange signal from the center of the Milky Way galaxy appears to be the result of dark matter …