Category: Science

Facts about the human brain everyone gets wrong

The human brain is pretty amazing, and perhaps because of how amazing our brains are, we’ve come up with some pretty far-fetched ideas about them. There are all kinds of misconceptions about human brains. Here are a few of them.

Women’s Pain Is Different From Men’s—the Drugs Could Be Too

Men and women can’t feel each other’s pain. Literally. We have different biological pathways for chronic pain, which means pain-relieving drugs that work for one sex might fail in the other half of the population.

Free Speech and Shutting Down the Vaccine Debate

By Truthstream Media This is a much bigger issue beyond whether or not you are “pro” or “anti” vaccines. It’s a larger situation about free…

A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

The pistol shrimp, aka the snapping shrimp, is a peculiar contradiction. At just a few inches long, it wields one proportionally sized claw and another massive one that snaps with such force the resulting shockwave

Scientists Want You To Get A Brain Chip To Make You Smarter; And Intelligence Agencies Absolutely Won’t Abuse This Technology Implanted In Humans

By Aaron Kesel The next big evolutionary Orwellian technology is coming.  Soon you will be able to implant yourself with a brain chip to be…

Jaw-dropping video shows Virgin Galactic pilots blasting into space

The spaceship Unity left Earth Friday morning and then successfully glided back down to California’s Mojave desert. Virgin Galactic pilots Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci flew the aerospace company’s fifth-supersonic powered test flight — with

Sunscreen Regulations Haven’t Aged Well

So now, the FDA has announced proposals to update the process for regulating sun protection products.

Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave

Nuking a grape produces sparks of plasma, as plenty of YouTube videos document. Now physicists think they can explain how that energy builds up.

The biggest myths you believe about CBD

What is the real truth about CBD? Is it a wonder drug or a snake oil? Is it legal or illegal? And most importantly, should you feed it to your dog? Here are some of the most often-repeated myths about this mysterious substance.

DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors

Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by the use of intelligent bandages and other systems that predict and automatically react to the patient’s needs.

Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

Squirrel monkeys don’t see color like people. But inject their eyeballs with a genetically engineered virus, and they suddenly can perceive a new rainbow. The same trick could someday be used on color-blind people.

SpaceX’s Starship, Meant for Mars, Prepares for a First Hop

Last Sunday, as much of the country tuned into the Super Bowl, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and a crew of engineers were gathered in McGregor, Texas, the small city where the company maintains a rocket

This is why cats bite you sometimes when you pet them

Cats are cute and cuddly and fluffy but sometimes when you’re petting them, they turn into biting machines. Why? What’s wrong with the petting? You like petting! Here’s why cats sometimes bite you when you’re petting them.

Trippy space photo shows distant Earth behind the far side of the moon

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A Chinese satellite swooped behind the moon and snapped a shot of two worlds: the heavily-cratered moon, and in the distance, the cloud-covered planet Earth. 

The image, captured on February 3, shows the far side of the moon that us Earthlings never see. The moon is locked in orbit to Earth, meaning that the same side of the moon is always facing us. But as the image shows, the moon’s far side is often illuminated by the sun, exposing the impact-blasted, grey lunar desert.

Meanwhile, some 239,000 miles away, clouds swirl over Earth’s lands and oceans, and life goes on.

The moon and Earth

The moon and Earth

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The craziest features on Air Force One

Air Force One, the airplane designed and built to protect the president of the United States of America, is a fortress. Air Force One is huge and packed full of high-tech security measures and luxury accommodations. Here are the craziest features found on Air Force One.

Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold

Across the Midwest today, hundreds of schools and businesses are closed, dozens of flights and trains have been cancelled, and the governors of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan have declared states of emergency as a bone-chilling,

Great inventions that were made in garages

Okay, so it’s not a Sidewinder missile, but it does have the power to mess you up, and it was (surprise!) invented in a garage. The modern stun gun arrived in 1999, and leaving aside

Ultima Thule shows its lumps in latest images from New Horizons flyby

The rendezvous between the New Horizons probe and the distant object known as Ultima Thule was an historic moment, but after the mind-blowing imagery the craft sent back from Pluto, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed in how indistinct the early imagery was. Those concerns should be partly alleviated by the latest image from the probe, which shows the rocky world in considerably greater detail.