Iain Mackenzie

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15 Women Who Have Won Science Nobel Prizes Since Marie Curie

Madame Marie Curie famously snagged two Nobel Prizes—for Physics in 1903 with husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel, and again in 1911 for Chemistry …

Nobel Prize

The Original "Mahna Mahna"

It's a fair bet that you've heard "Mahna Mahna" from <i>The Muppet Show</i>. If you're of a certain age, just mentioning "Mahna Mahna" starts the tune in …

11 Things You Might Not Know About Charles Lindbergh

clowSometimes, the myths surrounding movies are so strong that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are 10 movie urban legends, debunked.<p>1.</i> …

George Lucas

19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women

Necessity isn't the only mother of invention. Though it wasn't always easy to get patents or the credit they deserved, women are responsible for many …

Street Smarts

How intelligent roads—not just cars—will change transportation.<p>Every year, cars become more sophisticated. They can adapt to the speed of traffic, generate power from braking, and even park themselves. But the roads are pretty much made of the same stuff that was under your grandparents' wheels, …

Law of Urination: All Mammals Take 21 Seconds to Urinate

Patricia Yang and colleagues at Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered the Law of Urination, which states that it takes about 21 seconds for …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Big Pic: Testing Spacesuits For Mars

Three Mars spacesuit designs hop through obstacle courses.<p>Last week, spacesuit designers tested whether their creations would be flexible enough for a mission to Mars. Teams in two continents suited up to hop over zigzag lines, set up tripods, take photos, and bag pretend samples.<p>Any future …

A history of experimental planes and flying machines from the 1950s - Telegraph

What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?

Researchers have developed a new kind of genetic engineering that may be safer, with the power to make never-before-seen types of protein.<p>On a genetic level, all of life on Earth speaks the same language. We've all got DNA and/or its close cousin, RNA. All of our genetic material is composed of the …

E.coli

The Week In Numbers: How Cats See The World, The Speed Of Elephant Pee, And More

200 degrees: the visual field of a cat (humans see just 180 degrees)<p>42.3 gallons: the volume an elephant can urinate in a single go<p>20 seconds: about how long it takes nearly all mammals to empty their bladders, according to the Law of Urination<p>$600: the price of a set of 3-D printed titanium …

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