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Filed Under:Academics / General Science
Posts on Regator:6690
Posts / Week:19.1
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Tour the Lab Where Scientists Supercharge Elite Athletes

Just down the road from Facebook and Google, Dr. Phil Wagner runs a laboratory dedicated to optimizing the performance of some of the world's top athletes. At Sparta Performance Science in Menlo Park, California, Wagner and his teamShow More Summary

Eavesdropping on the Secret Social World of Giant Otters

Bark! Bark! Whiiiiine. Growl. Screeeeam? Growl. Hah! Snort. Snort. Snort. If you spoke giant river otter, the interaction above would translate into something roughly like this: Hi there! Nice fish. Want. No. Pleeeeeeease can I have some? No. Show More Summary

In a Surprise Move, the US and China Announce a Huge Deal on Climate

In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the world’s two biggest economies and greenhouse gas emitters, United States and China, said they will partner closely on a broad-ranging package of plans to fight climate change, including new targets to reduce carbon pollution, according to a statement from the White House. Show More Summary

Holy Shit We Landed a Spacecraft on a Comet

Humankind made history this morning when the Rosetta mission made the first-ever landing on a comet. Just a couple minutes after 8:00 a.m. PST/11:00 a.m. EST, the European Space Agency received confirmation that after a roughly 7-hour descent, the mission’s lander craft, named Philae, touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Show More Summary

Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Seriously Believed Criminals Were Part Ape

If you’ve been following this column, you’ve noticed that I while I’m admittedly a tad flippant and snarky, I try to make it clear that in science, being wrong is perfectly OK. Because when someone comes along to prove you incorrect, it’s progress. Show More Summary

Tomorrow, a Spacecraft Will Try to Land on a Comet for the First Time Ever

Tomorrow morning, a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey will end when a spacecraft attempts to land on a comet for the first time. You can follow mission control on a live feed as the landing unfolds. The post Tomorrow, a Spacecraft Will Try to Land on a Comet for the First Time Ever appeared first on WIRED.

Space Rocks for Sale! Buy a Piece of the Moon or Mars

Check out a gallery of meteorites from asteroids, the moon, and even Mars that are available in an online auction. The post Space Rocks for Sale! Buy a Piece of the Moon or Mars appeared first on WIRED.

Beautiful Polar Photos Tell a Haunting Story About Climate Change

When Camille Seaman started photographing icebergs and other arctic wonders, she wasn’t thinking about climate change. She simply found the frozen landscape and white vistas visually stunning. Still, you can’t help but associate her images with the ongoing conversation about climate change. Show More Summary

What’s Up With That: Why Are Smells So Difficult to Describe in Words?

Try to describe that awesome Bordeaux you had with dinner last night, and unless your name is Robert Parker, you’re probably going to come up short. That’s because smells (which contribute heavily to what we commonly call taste) are notoriously hard to put into words. Show More Summary

Lab-Grown Neurons From Autistic Kids Could Lead to New Treatments

Some scientists see promise in a new approach to unraveling the biology of autism: collecting cells from individual autistic children and turning them into neurons they can study in the lab. The post Lab-Grown Neurons From Autistic Kids Could Lead to New Treatments appeared first on WIRED.

Scientists Find Genes That Helped Turn Wildcats Into Housecats

Scientists Come Closer to Finding the Genes for Cat Domestication The post Scientists Find Genes That Helped Turn Wildcats Into Housecats appeared first on WIRED.

Verdict Overturned for Italian Geoscientists Convicted of Manslaughter

An appeals court in Italy has overturned the 2012 manslaughter conviction handed down to seven prominent scientists and engineers following a devastating earthquake in 2009. The decision came as a surprise---and a relief---to many of...Show More Summary

Here’s How You Milk Snakes to Make Antivenom

Get bitten by a rattlesnake and your problems won’t stop at the excruciating pain and grotesque swelling. After a few hours you’ll be black and blue from all the broken blood vessels—and if the venom-induced hemorrhaging spreads to your brain, you could have a stroke. Show More Summary

New Nanomaterial Takes the Stink Out of Submarine Air

The chemical that cleans CO2 from submarine air leaves it smelling awful. The Navy is testing a new ventilation system built around a nanomaterial that cleans the air without the funk. The post New Nanomaterial Takes the Stink Out of Submarine Air appeared first on WIRED.

How to Check If Your Universe Should Exist

If modern physics is to be believed, we shouldn’t be here. The meager dose of energy infusing empty space, which at higher levels would rip the cosmos apart, is a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times tinier than theory predicts. Show More Summary

The Woman Who Bravely Mashed Up Cosmopolitan and Cosmos

You might know comedy writer Megan Amram's must-follow Twitter feed, but the 27-year-old from Portland, Oregon, is also a rising star—she has written for the Oscars and Kroll Show, and has a staff gig at Parks and Recreation. What comes after conquering the Internet and TV? Satirical pseudoscience textbooks, apparently. Show More Summary

Absurd Creature of the Week: This Crazy-Looking Sea Slug Has an Ingenious Secret Weapon

All over our world’s oceans, the many astoundingly colored species of nudibranch are eating things like the vicious Portuguese man o' war, incorporating their stingers or toxins into their own skin, and using them to fend off predators. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: This Crazy-Looking Sea Slug Has an Ingenious Secret Weapon appeared first on WIRED.

Scientists Are Going to Shoot Lasers Into the Sky to Measure the Wind

In order to get better wind measurements, scientists are equipping buoys with lasers that fire up at the sky and bounce off microscopic, airborne particles. The post Scientists Are Going to Shoot Lasers Into the Sky to Measure the Wind appeared first on WIRED.

Capturing NASA’s Abandoned Launch Sites Before They Disappear

The exploration of space stands as one of humanity's greatest achievements. While history has hailed the men and women who reached the cosmos, and those who helped them get there, much of the infrastructure that sent them skyward lies forgotten and dilapidated. Show More Summary

This Robot Makes People Experience a Ghostly Presence

People who’ve stared death in the face and lived to tell about it—mountain climbers who’ve made a harrowing descent, say, or survivors of the World Trade Center attacks—sometimes report that just when their situation seemed impossible, a ghostly presence appeared. Show More Summary

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