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Medicine Is a Battlefield. Here’s How to Stay in the Know

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:00am
Medicine Is a Battlefield. Here’s How to Stay in the Know

It's been said science is a full contact sport. And no branch gets rowdier in a political sense than health care.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:00am
 If This Wasp Stings You, ‘Just Lie Down and Start Screaming’

The tarantula hawk is actually a kind of solitary wasp, with a sting that causes a fiercely electric pain that could only be described as totally unacceptable.

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What’s Inside Fireworks: Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:45am
 Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder

The fireworks that go boom so colorfully every Fourth of July are a chemical cocktail of explosives and pigments.

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The ‘Aurorasaurus’ Maps This Year’s Spectacular Auroras

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 12:51pm
The ‘Aurorasaurus’ Maps This Year’s Spectacular Auroras

Scientists are using a combination of outer space technology and crowdsourced observations to map the location of aurora.

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Calculating Pluto’s Mass With Snapshots From New Horizons

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:00am
Calculating Pluto’s Mass With Snapshots From New Horizons

Let’s use an animation to estimate the mass of Pluto!

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The Physics Behind Those No-Stick Ketchup and Mayo Bottles

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 8:00am
The Physics Behind Those No-Stick Ketchup and Mayo Bottles

On Tuesday, LiquiGlide announced that it will use its super-slippery coating inside mayonnaise bottles---the perfect match for its viral ketchup-pouring video.

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Mark Bittman Wants You to Know the Drought Isn’t Your Fault

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:00am
Mark Bittman Wants You to Know the Drought Isn’t Your Fault

New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman has done his fair share of thinking about how drought conditions factor into our food decisions.

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Eruption Update: Quake Swarms Hit Iceland, Japan Rumbles

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:45pm
 Quake Swarms Hit Iceland, Japan Rumbles

A new earthquake swarm started off the coast of Iceland, the radius around a Japanese volcano has been evacuated, and the Fuego volcano in Guatemala has a plume more than three miles high!

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Rosetta Found Sinkholes on the Surface of Its Comet

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 1:00pm
Rosetta Found Sinkholes on the Surface of Its Comet

For the first time, researchers are able to link comet activity---the tendency for their jets to spew ice, dust, and gas into the cosmos---to features on a space rock's surface.

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How the EPA Puts a Price Tag on Pollution

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
How the EPA Puts a Price Tag on Pollution

What’s a healthy baby worth? A pristine lake? How about the market value of a life without cancer?

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Space Particles Are Helping Map the Inside of Fukushima

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 7:00am
Space Particles Are Helping Map the Inside of Fukushima

Scientists have figured out how to see through just about anything using subatomic particles from space.

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California Is Now the Perfect Test Lab for Vaccine Laws

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:23pm
California Is Now the Perfect Test Lab for Vaccine Laws

Jerry Brown just passed a law banning religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccines, turning California into a huge public health laboratory.

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What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:22pm
What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

The beach's poetic smell comes, in part, from a not-so-poetically-named sulfur compound called dimethyl sulfide, or DMS.

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Mapping San Francisco’s Surprising Abundance of Springs and Streams

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 9:00am
Mapping San Francisco’s Surprising Abundance of Springs and Streams

Joel Pomerantz has spent decades hunting for hidden springs and streams in San Francisco. Now he's made a map that shows a surprising abundance of freshwater sources inside the city.

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What Is a Leap Second Anyway, and Why Do We Use It?

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00am
What Is a Leap Second Anyway, and Why Do We Use It?

The leap second adds one second to a day to keep the year and a second synced. But do we really need it?

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Ebola Survivors May Be the Key to Treatment—For Almost Any Disease

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:30am
Ebola Survivors May Be the Key to Treatment—For Almost Any Disease

Ebola survivors' immune systems now make antibodies to the virus. Those antibodies are, essentially, the ideal medicine.

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Tested: How Bright LEDs Are Compared to Other Lights

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 1:20pm
 How Bright LEDs Are Compared to Other Lights

LED light bulbs are now affordable alternatives to other lights. How does the LED compare in terms of power, brightness and color?

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What Additives Look Like Before They End Up in Your Food

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:00am
What Additives Look Like Before They End Up in Your Food

Companies have been pulling artificial colors and preservatives out of their formulations. Here's what they look like.

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Hacked Instruments Help Measure Musicians’ Brain Activity

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:00am
Hacked Instruments Help Measure Musicians’ Brain Activity

You can't just shove an orchestra into an MRI machine. But you can reinvent musical instruments.

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Watch: Black Hole Sim Whips Dark Matter Into a Frenzy

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:30am
 Black Hole Sim Whips Dark Matter Into a Frenzy

A black hole simulation gives a dark matter peep show.

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