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Blog Post Archive

Scientists Are Wrong All the Time, and That’s Fantastic

On February 28, 1998, the eminent medical journal The Lancet published an observational study of 12 children: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. It might not sound...Show More Summary

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Legless Amphibian That Eats Its Mother’s Skin

Perhaps the most contentious title out there is “World’s Greatest Mom.” My mother probably thinks she is, but so too does her mother, and I think they could both make pretty strong cases. But the sacrifices that human moms make pale in comparison to what’s going on in nature. Show More Summary

The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress

Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. Show More Summary

Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska?

In 1991, Alaska's governor proposed building a pipeline to bring his state's water to drought-stricken California. 25 years later, the state is in a worse drought, and the idea is still crazy as hell. The post Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska? appeared first on WIRED.

How the Sahara Keeps the Amazon Green

The Sahara Desert is huge, hot, and full of sand and dust. The Amazon basin is huge, warm, but full of greenery and wildlife. And one can’t live without the other. The Amazon, it seems, depends on the Sahara for its very survival. The link: Dust. Show More Summary

The First Selfie in Space and More Stellar Vintage NASA Photos

Astronauts have been held up as pioneers in the American consciousness since Alan Shepard became the first US astronaut to venture into space. Such people came to represent the limitless potential of humanity. As if that weren’t enough, they were pretty exceptional photographers too. Show More Summary

The Mathematics Behind Getting All That Damned Snow Off Your Street

This winter has dumped a lot of snow on the east coast. A lot of snow. Boston, to offer an example, has seen 99.9 inches of the stuff, just eight inches shy of its all-time record with another storm approaching. In what seems like aShow More Summary

Anti-GMO Activist Seeks to Expose Scientists’ Emails With Big Ag

The legal attack hit Kevin Folta in early February. After receiving a FOIA request from US Right to Know---a nonprofit dedicated to exposing "the failures of the corporate food system"---the University of Florida notified Folta, a food...Show More Summary

Good News! Kids Aren’t Dying as Much as They Used To

On a blog post at PLOS, the tropical disease expert Peter Hotez and postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Herricks take a run through the data on the biggest killers of children around the world in 2013, part of a new dataset from Global Burden of Disease study published in the January Lancet. Show More Summary

What It’s Like in the Hottest and Coldest Spots in America Right Now

What's it like in the coldest---and hottest---towns in America? The post What It’s Like in the Hottest and Coldest Spots in America Right Now appeared first on WIRED.

NASA Upgrades Giant Rocket-Carrying Vehicle

For five decades a 6.3-million pound behemoth of a machine, like a baseball diamond perched atop tank treads, has moved NASA rockets from their hangars to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Now the two Crawler-Transporters, stalwart workhorses of the American space program, is getting its first major upgrade. Show More Summary

Infoporn: The Best Images of the Deep Universe (So Far)

The European Southern Observatory released an incredible set of images today that give the best-ever view of the deep universe. It’s a stunning new peek at one region of space—the Hubble Deep Field South (HDF-S)—that reveals many previously invisible galaxies, along with new information about how they move and how far away they are. Show More Summary

What Black Hole Winds Can Reveal About Galaxies

Black holes suck. Their gravitational pull is so powerful that black holes famously grab anything near them in space—even light. But black holes also, it turns out, blow. If they’re gobbling up any nearby matter, black holes actually stream charged subatomic particles. Show More Summary

Pixar and Google Employees Are Vaccinating Their Kids, Say Pixar and Google

Last week we published an investigation into the vaccination rates at day care facilities associated with Bay Area technology companies. Of 12 facilities associated with Silicon Valley firms, six—including those for Pixar and Google—had subpar vaccination rates. Show More Summary

Boston Is Partnering With Waze to Make Its Roads Less of a Nightmare

Boston is working with Waze to help drivers untangle its famously tangled streets. The post Boston Is Partnering With Waze to Make Its Roads Less of a Nightmare appeared first on WIRED.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Tough-as-Hell Antarctic Fish With Antifreeze for Blood

Last week I wrote about a snail with an iron-plated shell that lives around deep-sea hydrothermal vents, where the water tops 750 degrees F and toxic chemicals swirl. They’re about as close to hell as you can get on Earth. But down in...Show More Summary

Reading Our Genome Is Tough, But Epigenetics Is Giving Us Valuable Clues

When scientists sequenced the human genome a decade ago, they hoped to unlock the code of life, the sequence of molecules lined up in every cell that, summed together, made a person a person—and possibly reveal new ways to understand and treat diseases. Show More Summary

A Pill That Boosts a Woman’s Sex Drive Is Almost Here. But Do We Need It?

In its latest attempt to kick-start lady libidos with a pill, Sprout Pharmaceuticals announced this week that it will resubmit its female sex drug, flibanserin, for FDA approval. If it gets the okay, the drug would be the first prescription...Show More Summary

Infoporn: College Faculties Have a Serious Diversity Problem

To be a professor is to belong to a select few—an insider’s club of vanishing tenured faculty positions. It’s no secret that a fancy diploma can help grads vying for those coveted spots. But while working on his PhD and contemplating...Show More Summary

Heat, Pollution, and Skyscrapers Make Cities Have More Thunderstorms

New research looked at nearly two decades of meteorological data from Georgia found that thunderstorms were slightly more likely to form over Atlanta than the surrounding rural areas. The post Heat, Pollution, and Skyscrapers Make Cities Have More Thunderstorms appeared first on WIRED.

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