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Blog Profile / Wired Science


URL :http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/
Filed Under:Academics / General Science
Posts on Regator:6793
Posts / Week:18.9
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much?

What are we to make of the strange gravitational pull that empty boxes have on cats? The post What’s Up With That: Why Do Cats Love Boxes So Much? appeared first on WIRED.

Thank This Geographer for Making Sure New Maps Aren’t a Total Mess

So you fired up your GIS software and made an eye-popping, Christmas-colored map of holiday sales figures. Good job, genius, you’ve created a cartographic calamity: nearly unreadable by the color-blind and merely unintuitive to everyone else. Show More Summary

Monsanto’s Newest GM Crops May Create More Problems Than They Solve

Proponents of Monsanto's new cotton and soybean varieties, designed to tolerate spraying with multiple herbicides, say they're a much-needed weed-fighting tool. But others think the benefits will at best be short-lived. Weeds may soon...Show More Summary

Elegant Montages Show the Beauty of Birds in Flight

Roy and Marie Battell have mastered the art of making montages of birds in flight. Just don't call them birders. The post Elegant Montages Show the Beauty of Birds in Flight appeared first on WIRED.

A New Satellite Will Watch the Western Drought from Space

The launch of a small satellite won’t fix the the drought in the American West—now entering its fourth year—and it won’t change the fact that January was the driest month in recorded California history. But the Soil Moisture Active Passive...Show More Summary

Absurd Creature of the Week: The World’s Tiniest, Most Adorable Snake Can Curl Up on a Quarter

If I learned anything from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, it’s that turning into a human that’s small enough to fit in a Cheerio comes with a unique set of challenges. Scorpions become even bigger jerks than when you’re normal-sized, for instance. Show More Summary

This Nano Skin Could Let Us Watch Life at the Smallest Scales

By dipping live specimens in a chemical concoction, scientists are able to keep them alive in the vacuum conditions normally required for field emission scanning electron microscopy. The post This Nano Skin Could Let Us Watch Life at the Smallest Scales appeared first on WIRED.

Science Graphic of the Week: The Greenland Ice Sheet in 3-D

Thanks to global warming, rising sea levels threaten to permanently flood low-lying regions around the world from the Maldives to Manhattan. The increasing temperatures melt glaciers and polar ice, inundating the oceans with freshwater. Show More Summary

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats

Some people have non-human neighbors of the usual, inspiring kind: Bald eagles and bears, sea lions and salamanders, the sort of creatures found in nature documentaries intoned by deep-voiced narrators who plead on our planet's behalf. Show More Summary

Fantastically Wrong: The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors

Jesuit priests aren’t especially known for their heavy drug use, but it would seem that Father Domenico Giardina was tripping pretty hard on August 14, 1643. Looking out over the sea from Messina, Sicily, Giardina saw “a city all floating...Show More Summary

Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse

New Yorkers caught the wimpy end of Juno, but the carbon charged storm chin-checked New England. The post Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse appeared first on WIRED.

The Most Expensive Winter Storms in US History

Forecasters say winter storm Juno will drop upwards of two feet of snow, crippling New York City, Boston, and the rest of the region. Nearly 7,000 flights have been cancelled as residents are hunkering down and bracing for power outages. Show More Summary

What’s Up With That: The Gross Chemistry Behind That Funky Wet-Dog Smell

The science behind how water releases the funk from all the yeasts and bacteria hiding in your dog's fur. The post What’s Up With That: The Gross Chemistry Behind That Funky Wet-Dog Smell appeared first on WIRED.

Why We’re Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets

Think “moon” and you probably envision a desolate, cratered landscape, maybe with an American flag and some old astronaut footprints. Earth’s moon is no place for living things. But that isn’t necessarily true for every moon. Whirling around Saturn, Enceladus spits out geysers of water from an underground ocean. Show More Summary

Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated

The misery of a measles outbreak at the Happiest Place on Earth is an irony even the most jaded epidemiologist could do without, but the 42 measles cases that originated in Disneyland in December hide within them an even scarier number—scary, that is, unless you understand how vaccines work. Show More Summary

How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First

On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready. Show More Summary

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Fly That Devours Its Mother From the Inside Out

Ah, motherhood. I don’t know anything about it, but I heard there’s a lot of, like, sacrifice and stuff. Not only do you have to bring the brat into the world, but then you have to feed it for at least 18 years or you get in big trouble. Show More Summary

The Weirdest, Coolest Stuff We’ve Learned About Rosetta’s Comet So Far

The Rosetta spacecraft has been studying comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko up close since August, collecting data of unprecedented detail and taking pictures of a starkly beautiful comet-scape. While the Philae lander has enjoyed muchShow More Summary

These Priests’ Invention Could Help Us Drill Into Icy Alien Worlds Someday

A plan to store the world’s nuclear waste deep inside the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, the two Catholic priests behind it, and how their quest contributed to the search for extraterrestrial life. The post These Priests’ Invention Could Help Us Drill Into Icy Alien Worlds Someday appeared first on WIRED.

Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt

A head-mounted camera shows how a bird of prey chases down its prey. The post Science Graphic of the Week: Raptor’s-Eye View of the Hunt appeared first on WIRED.

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