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I used to love pine nuts, but now I’m wary of them. A couple years ago I threw a handful of them on a salad and they ruined my sense of taste for weeks. Water tasted bitter and metallic. Everything I ate tasted different, and not in a good way. Eventually, the bad taste went […]
California winemaker Paul Draper is trying to pressure other high-end vintners into placing full ingredients lists on the labels of their bottles. But do you really want to know what's in there?
The Galapagos Islands are as beautiful as they are unforgiving. Patrick Watkins could have told you as much when his captain rudely marooned him there in 1805 for acting like an ass. According to legend, mostly coming from Watkins himself, he managed to scrape by alone on the island, trading vegetables with passing ships for […]
A gif from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRRM) satellite shows the cloud height from the Fourth of July-spoiling Hurricane Arthur.
In the forests of Borneo there echoes the legend of the vampire squirrel, a beast so ferocious that it can tackle prey dozens of times its size. Waiting on low branches, it will leap onto the back of a passing muntjac deer, biting into its jugular vein, then wait for its victim to bleed out […]
Scientists have described the communications of chimpanzees and bonobos in new and unsurpassed detail, offering a lexicon for our closest living relatives and even a glimpse into the origins of human language. "We have the closest thing to human language that you can see in nature," said cognitive biologist Richard Byrne.
In 1869 an American physician named Cyrus Reed Teed, whose very own brand of medicine combined alchemy with zaps of electricity and doses of magnetism, electrocuted himself so badly that he passed out. Which is just as well, for when he came to, he realized he was the living incarnation of Jesus Christ. Not only […]
It happens every time: You reach into your bag to pull out your headphones. But no matter how nicely you wrapped them up beforehand, the cords have become a giant Gordian knot of frustration.
A new mapping platform lets you be a watch dog on the palm oil industry.
Facebook conducted a study for one week in 2012 testing the effects of manipulating News Feed based on emotions. The results have hit the media like a bomb. What did the study find? Was it ethical? And what could or should have been changed?
The insecticide DDT is mostly thought of today as a bird-killing eco-nightmare. But it wasn't always so. DDT was once a Nobel Prize-worthy miracle of modern chemistry. And for decade or two in the mid-20th century, ordinary people used DDT---lots of it---in ways that seem extraordinary today.
For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a definite location and instead existing everywhere and nowhere at once. Only when a particle is measured does it suddenly […]
If you were a sea creature and you wanted to form a band, you’d have some tough decisions to make. Who should take vocals: dolphins or whales? And what about the drums? Presumably it’d be some sort of cephalopod, what with all those arms, but would it play on giant clams or brain corals? And […]
[HTML1] The weather is a dance between an odd couple: the frantic atmosphere and the staid sea. The atmosphere changes quickly, as when a strong wind suddenly starts to blow or a cyclone careens ashore. The ocean seems more sedate. Its wide gyres trace the edges of continents, carrying sun-warmed water from the equator out […]
The electric eel is one of the many creatures Charles Darwin sliced up and examined in his years aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. When he cut it open, he found that 80 percent of the fish’s body was taken up by three organs made of what looked like muscle tissue, but not quite. This is where […]
If your eyes had the ability to see gravity, this is the view you’d get while flying over the moon. The beautiful image above shows the most detailed gravity field map ever created for any body in the solar system, including the Ear...
Even as they try to help the bees, people may inadvertently poison them by planting pesticide-laden plants purchased from big-box garden centers, suggests a new report. More than half of ostensibly bee-friendly plants sampled at Home...Show More Summary
U.S. Route 50 is one desolate bummer. Stretching from Sacramento through America’s guts all the way to Maryland, the segment through Nevada is indeed known as the Loneliest Road in America, where there are—and trust me on this—suicidal jackrabbits that leap in front of your car, the only vehicle for perhaps dozens of miles in […]
These mysterious surfaces were made more than a century ago by mathematicians to answer a simple question: What does an equation look like?
New research published today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface confirms that C. ales—divers and aquarium enthusiasts call it disco clam—is one of the few marine creatures that use micro-scale structures to reflect light.Show More Summary