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What’s Up With That: Why Some Wines Taste Better With Age

Imagine you have two glasses of wine in front of you. Each was made from grapes grown on the same vines, but 10 years apart. The glass on the left is young, smells like ripe berries, and when you take a sip it fills your mouth with tart bitterness. Show More Summary

The Best New Photos of Earth From a Huge Flock of Minisatellites

Tracking what's happening on Earth from space is becoming more and more feasible as Earth-observing satellites increase in both number and resolution. The USGS's Landsat mission has an incredible 40-year record of the planet's changing landscape, with virtually every spot imaged every eight days. Show More Summary

This Man’s Simple System Could Transform American Medicine

Newman’s goal for the site is nothing short of a revolution in medical practice. He wants doctors to base their treatments on good scientific evidence, not tradition, hunch, and the fear that patients will see them as doing nothing. And he wants patients to start demanding such care. The post This Man’s Simple System Could Transform American Medicine appeared first on WIRED.

The Strange and Radical New World of 3-D Printed Body Parts

A few years ago, if a horrific infection ate your jawbone, doctors had to build makeshift mandibles from your fibula, a process that left you sliced open as surgeons painstakingly whittled away at replacement bone. Yech. Today they can...Show More Summary

Learn to Make Stone-Age Tools to Help Study the Origins of Language

A team of researchers are going to monitor modern subjects as they learn how to make Stone Age-style hand axes to see if there's a link to how we process language. The post Learn to Make Stone-Age Tools to Help Study the Origins of Language appeared first on WIRED.

The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book

Maps are more than a measure of space, they are also records of how humans have understood, examined, and reconsidered the earth throughout history. The post The Greatest Maps in History, Collected in One Fantastic Book appeared first on WIRED.

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Comb Jelly Puts on One Hell of a Laser Show, Man

Up here on terra firma, we’re treated to all kinds of wildly colorful wildlife: polychromatic parrots, iridescent green beetles, unicorns galloping on rainbows that one time I ate too many pot brownies. But in the depths of our oceans...Show More Summary

Doctors Really Used Those Amazing Devices and Treatments on The Knick

The Knick is about a lot of sexy things, but it's also full of real-world historical science. The discoveries and inventions are real—which is both fascinating and horrifying. The post Doctors Really Used Those Amazing Devices and Treatments on The Knick appeared first on WIRED.

Elusive Form of Evolution Seen in Social Spiders

As a rule, spiders are antisocial. They hunt alone, zealously defend their webs from other spiders, and sometimes even eat their mates. “Cannibalism and territoriality comes naturally to Arachnida, even during sex,” said Jonathan Pruitt, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Pittsburgh. Show More Summary

2 Incredible Views of Super Typhoon Vongfang From Space

This beautiful image of Super Typhoon Vongfon over the Philippine Sea was taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite at 12:25 a.m. ET this morning. Below, another incredible view of the massive storm was taken by NASA astronaut Reid Weissman from the International Space Station around 7 a.m. Show More Summary

New York State Court Hears Landmark Chimpanzee Personhood Case

ALBANY, New York—Can an animal who possesses the essential qualities of personhood ever be considered, in the eyes of the law, a person? As of now, the answer is no. But a panel of New York state judges yesterday considered that question,...Show More Summary

Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies on Purpose

The characteristic smell of beer is very easy to recognize, and never fails to attract beer lovers. But now scientists have found that it’s really meant to attract something else entirely: fruit flies. The post Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies on Purpose appeared first on WIRED.

Science Graphic of the Week: Super-Detailed Interactive 3-D Seafloor Map

Researchers have built a detailed map of the ocean floor’s topography by using satellites to spot subtle, watery lumps on the ocean's surface. webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen The post Science Graphic of the Week: Super-Detailed Interactive 3-D Seafloor Map appeared first on WIRED.

Fantastically Wrong: The Inventor of the Airliner Also Invented This Hilariously Absurd ‘Science’

This is the story of the man who invented the airliner, then his own brand of science, and then built a school to teach said science---before getting called before a Senate committee (and not in a good way) and dying disgraced shortly thereafter. Show More Summary

Tonight: Watch Live as a Total Lunar Eclipse Turns the Moon Red

[HTML1] Early tomorrow morning, the moon will pass behind the center of Earth’s shadow and turn a rusty red color. Most people probably won’t be able to see this total lunar eclipse, because it will occur mainly over the Pacific Ocean. Show More Summary

What’s Up With That: How Did the Nobel Prize Become the Biggest Award on the Planet?

The Nobel Prize is a big deal. Want to know how I know? Because the Nobels are constantly invoked to let me know the importance of other awards: The Turing Award is the “Nobel Prize of Computers,” the Priztker Prize is the “Nobel Prize...Show More Summary

Japan’s Deadly Ontake Volcano Seen From Space

France’s Pleiades satellite captured this image of vapor, fumes and toxic gases escaping from Ontake volcano in Japan on Sept. 30, three days after the eruption that has killed more than 54 people. This is Japan’s deadliest eruption in over a century. Show More Summary

For Sale: A $400K Apple 1 Motherboard and 15 Other Treasures of Science History

If you're a science and tech history geek with mad stacks waiting to be spent, you've come to the right place. If you fit that description minus the mad stacks, start buying lottery tickets, because the upcoming History of Science auction at Bonhams New York is full of stuff you want. Show More Summary

Beyond the Nobel: What Scientists Are Learning About How Human Brains Navigates

Neuroscientist Russell Epstein is one of several researchers trying to connect the dots between today's Nobel-prize winning research on rat navigation and individual differences in people's ability to orient to their surroundings and find their way from one place to another. Show More Summary

The Stray Dogs That Became Soviet Space Heroes

These stray dogs, plucked from the streets of the USSR, were the first creatures to reach orbit, enduring inhumane tests and then either perishing in space or finding themselves the adored darlings of the Motherland when they returned home. The post The Stray Dogs That Became Soviet Space Heroes appeared first on WIRED.

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