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URL :http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/
Filed Under:Academics / General Science
Posts on Regator:6620
Posts / Week:19.1
Archived Since:April 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Travel Through Time With These Strange and Beautiful Visualizations of the Universe

What does the universe look like? How about the sun, moon, planets, and stars? These are probably question that humans have been asking themselves ever since we first looked up at the sky. A new book, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through...Show More Summary

How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery

Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.” This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. Show More Summary

Fantastically Wrong: The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is a heartwarming tale of a mermaid falling in love, battling evil to be with her love, and living happily ever after as a human. Just kidding. That’s the Disney version. In Andersen’s, the...Show More Summary

Software That Can Measure Your Athleticism Just by Watching You Jump

What can you tell from a jump? Quite a bit, according to Sparta Performance Science, the Menlo Park, California, athletics-lab-meets-software-startup that developed the tech. The post Software That Can Measure Your Athleticism Just by Watching You Jump appeared first on WIRED.

Why Bats Are Such Good Hosts for Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases

Some of the planet’s scariest, most lethal viruses find a natural refuge inside bats, including Ebola, rabies, Marburg and the SARS coronavirus. Many high-profile epidemics have been traced back to bats, and scientists are discovering new bat-borne viruses all the time. The post Why Bats Are Such Good Hosts for Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases appeared first on WIRED.

How the Super Bowl and Sizzling Fajitas Manipulate You With Sound

The Super Bowl isn’t just a game, it’s a cinematic experience. Minutes before kickoff, trumpets blare, as though armies were charging towards each other for a clash. During the game, sounds herald the appearance of onscreen statistics and instant replays. Show More Summary

Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought That Birds Migrate to the Moon

In the classic millennial film The Mighty Ducks, which was so awesome it convinced me and my frail pre-teen body to become a roller hockey goalie (to predictable ends), the team makes use of the iconic “Flying V” formation when in a pinch. Show More Summary

What It Could Be Like to Live on Mars

Plans Courtesy of Blue Planet Research Bryan Christie Design I'd always wanted to visit Mars. Instead I got Hawaii. There, about 8,200 feet above sea level on Mauna Loa, sits a geodesically domed habitat for testing crew psychology and technologies for boldly going. Show More Summary

The Best Biology Photos of the Year

The winners of the Society of Biology's third annual photography contest include amazing images of a haunting leopard, an otherworldly spider, and Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring. The post The Best Biology Photos of the Year appeared first on WIRED.

New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap

Theodore Gray's new book, Molecules, is dedicated to exploring chemistry's building blocks on their own terms. The post New Book Explores the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap appeared first on WIRED.

New Algorithms Search for Signs of Consciousness in Brain Injury Patients

After a severe brain injury, some people remain in a vegetative or minimally conscious state, unable to speak or move intentionally, and apparently unaware of the world around them. But in recent years, neuroscientists have found signs that some of these patients may still be conscious, at least to a degree. Show More Summary

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

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