Wired Weird Science
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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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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The fireworks that go boom so colorfully every Fourth of July are a chemical cocktail of explosives and pigments.
The post What’s Inside Fireworks: Glitter, Starch, and Gunpowder appeared first on WIRED.
Scientists are using a combination of outer space technology and crowdsourced observations to map the location of aurora.
The post The ‘Aurorasaurus’ Maps This Year’s Spectacular Auroras appeared first on WIRED.
Let’s use an animation to estimate the mass of Pluto!
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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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New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman has done his fair share of thinking about how drought conditions factor into our food decisions.
The post Mark Bittman Wants You to Know the Drought Isn’t Your Fault appeared first on WIRED.
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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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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Scientists have figured out how to see through just about anything using subatomic particles from space.
The post Space Particles Are Helping Map the Inside of Fukushima appeared first on WIRED.
Jerry Brown just passed a law banning religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccines, turning California into a huge public health laboratory.
The post California Is Now the Perfect Test Lab for Vaccine Laws appeared first on WIRED.
The beach's poetic smell comes, in part, from a not-so-poetically-named sulfur compound called dimethyl sulfide, or DMS.
The post What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae appeared first on WIRED.
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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The leap second adds one second to a day to keep the year and a second synced. But do we really need it?
The post What Is a Leap Second Anyway, and Why Do We Use It? appeared first on WIRED.
Ebola survivors' immune systems now make antibodies to the virus. Those antibodies are, essentially, the ideal medicine.
The post Ebola Survivors May Be the Key to Treatment—For Almost Any Disease appeared first on WIRED.
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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Companies have been pulling artificial colors and preservatives out of their formulations. Here's what they look like.
The post What Additives Look Like Before They End Up in Your Food appeared first on WIRED.
You can't just shove an orchestra into an MRI machine. But you can reinvent musical instruments.
The post Hacked Instruments Help Measure Musicians’ Brain Activity appeared first on WIRED.
A black hole simulation gives a dark matter peep show.
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