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Big Bang Theory Launches Science Scholarship

The Big Bang Theory 's fictional scientists are looking to help real-life scientists. The show's co-creator Chuck Lorre, along with the cast and crew, has created a new scholarship at UCLA for low-income science students, and will give out 20 awards this fall, the New York Times reports. Including gifts...

Solar-Airplane Pilot Flies While Hypnotized

One of the guys circumnavigating the globe in a cramped solar-powered plane has a unique piloting plan: Take a nap, hypnotize himself, repeat, LiveScience reports. Swiss psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard says it helps him endure the long hours, including the plane's five-day flight from China to Hawaii that began today. "When...

Headless Skeleton Points to Ancient Mystery

First, they discovered 3,000 skeletons dating back to the Great Plague. Now archaeologists excavating parts of an ongoing commuter railway project in London have uncovered skulls lined neatly on a Roman road—and one lying between the legs of a headless skeleton, the Telegraph reports. Other skulls discovered in...

Wasp's Scary Name Inspired by Harry Potter

What name is worthy for a ferocious flying insect that swoops down on supposedly indestructible cockroaches, paralyzes them with its devastating sting, then drags them off into a corner to devour them? "Soul-Sucking Dementor" sounded pretty good to visitors at Berlin's Museum fuer Naturkunde. They were offered the chance to...

'Sweet Tooth' May Be 'Achilles' Heel' of HIV

Imagine you're hankering for a snack, but your refrigerator is chained up. Now imagine you're the HIV virus, and inside your fridge is the food you need to grow and spread. A new study from Northwestern Medicine and Vanderbilt University provides the chains: Researchers say they've found a way to...

Teacher: I Was Given 'Key' to Earhart Mystery

A $500,000 search operation will once again scour the Pacific island of Nikumaroro next month for signs of Amelia Earhart's plane. But if you ask Dick Spink, they're looking in the wrong place. Spink, a high school teacher from Washington state, has spent $50,000 searching for Earhart's final...

Swiss Figure Out Why Their Cheese Has Holes

Swiss scientists say they have solved a problem many people may not have noticed: The disappearing holes in Swiss cheese. Researchers at a government agricultural institute say that contrary to a century of scientific belief, the holes are caused by hay particles, not bacteria, and modern milking is just too...

Mass Antelope Die-Off Baffles Scientists

After many tens of thousands of years roaming much of central Asia, the saiga antelope has had a terrible century—and a devastating few weeks. A mysterious illness that causes severe diarrhea and breathing difficulties has wiped out what could be up to half of the remaining population of the...

Scientist: We Still Treat Baby Monkeys Cruelly

Back in the 1950s, psychologist Harry Harlow conducted famous experiments in which baby rhesus monkeys were taken from their mothers and observed as they "self-mutilated, rocked, and showed other signs of deep depression and anxiety," writes anthropologist Barbara King in Scientific American. Sadly, similar experiments are still taking place more...

In a Cave, Evidence of 'History's First Murder'

An examination of ancient remains from a cave in Spain turned into an episode of CSI: Middle Pleistocene when scientists found evidence of what they say is the first known murder. The skull found in the "Pit of Bones" site belongs to a young adult who lived around 430,000...

Researchers Mummify a Leg With Ancient Instructions

It's one thing to say that ancient Egyptians had a masterful technique for turning corpses into mummies and another to prove it. But researchers in Switzerland appear to have accomplished just that by mummifying a human leg with those ancient methods. Researchers treated the leg (it came from a woman...

We May Never See Another 'True' Trek to the North Pole

The good news: There are hearty adventurers in this world wiling to endure the multimonth trek to the North Pole across nearly 500 miles of frozen tundra while pulling a 300-pound sled in the name of exploration. The bad news: None of them may ever get the chance to do...

No, Planets Aligning Won't Cause a 9.8 Quake

On the off chance you're given to believing every sky-is-falling theory you run across on Facebook, the one about a planetary alignment triggering a massive earthquake this week is absolute nonsense. Gizmodo traces the latest to a video from a guy named Frank in the Netherlands—under the name of...

World's Smallest Dolphin Could Vanish in 15 Years

The world's smallest dolphin, found only off the coast of New Zealand, could disappear within 15 years unless efforts are taken to bring the critically endangered animal back from the brink of extinction. In what they deem a "loud wake-up call," researchers at German conservation group NABU say 43 to...

What Insecure People Post on Facebook

If friends brag about the sweet gestures of their partners on Facebook, they might be inadvertently sharing a thing or two about their personalities at the same time. Researchers at Brunel University London reviewed the status updates of 555 Facebook users who completed surveys about self-esteem, narcissism, and the "Big...

Archaeologists Learn How Cannibals Prepared Flesh

With evidence of cannibalism persisting throughout many eras and across many lands, scientists recently set out to determine precisely how one known group of cannibals prepared human flesh. Reporting in the journal Archaeometry, they say the remains of 18 men, women, and children dating to between 700BC and 500BC, found...

'Thunder God Vine' Could Stop Obesity

Dieting, exercise, and killer love handles may well fade into history if China's "thunder god vine" performs according to a new study. Scientists say mice given an extract from the plant ate far less than usual and lost nearly half their weight over three weeks, UPI reports. According to the...

Workers Stumble on 2K-Year-Old Marvel in Jerusalem

Workers constructing a sewer line in East Jerusalem last month discovered a 2,000-year-old water-supply system that—think about this—worked fairly well until the last century, LiveScience reports. The 13-mile long Lower Aqueduct, which is fed by a spring south of Bethlehem and runs through four modern-day Jerusalem neighborhoods,...

A Schooner Sails the World, Makes Amazing Discoveries

From 2009 to 2013, the 110-foot schooner Tara sailed around the world, collecting plankton samples from more than 200 sites, some as deep as 6,500 feet down in the ocean, Science magazine reports. Fighting volatile weather, funding issues, and even the threat of pirates, the Tara expedition team still...

Bronze Age Priestess Found in 1921 Traveled Far

The remains of a Bronze Age cultic priestess found in Egtved, Denmark, in 1921 belong to a teenager who'd likely traveled all the way from southern Germany—a great distance for the year 1370 BC, researchers report in a press release. They now know this because her oak coffin was...

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