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The Science behind #TheDress

Professor Gerald “Doc C” Cizadlo explains the science behind the dress that has been confounding and dividing people since February 26th. Is it gold and white? Is it black and blue? How can it appear to be both?

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On September 27th, there will be a very rare event in the night sky

Coming soon for the first time in more than 30 years: you’ll be able to witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse. Late on Sept. 27, 2015, in the U.S. and much of the world, a total lunar … Continue reading

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12 Most Famous PhD Theses In History

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Thanks to Phil Krause pointing us in the direction of this great article over at Mr Geek 1. Recherches sur les substances radioactives (1903). In English, this translates to “Research on Radioactive Substances” Marie Curie. Marie Curie’s thesis is perhaps one of the … Continue reading

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Why Are Avocados So Interesting?

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Why It’s Impossible to Tune a Piano

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To Scale: The Solar System

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The Strange History Of How A Gene Was Named “Sonic Hedgehog”

I was talking to my sister last night and, I don’t know how but, we started talking about biology, and she told me about a gene called Sonic the Hedgehog. Well I immediately thought she had been drinking – but … Continue reading

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How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

Carrie Partch was at the tail end of her postdoc when she made the first discovery. The structural biologist was looking at a database of human proteins, noting those that shared a piece with the ones she’d been studying. “I … Continue reading

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Nicole Kidman praised for West End return in DNA play

Actress Nicole Kidman has been hailed by critics as “luminous” and “compelling” in her return to the London stage in the play Photograph 51. The Oscar-winning star plays British scientist Rosalind Franklin, the only woman involved in the discovery of … Continue reading

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DARPA develops a way for humans to produce their own lifesaving vaccines

The next factory for lifesaving drugs could be the human body itself. Scientists are developing a new vaccine-making method that co-opts the human body’s ability to quickly create antibodies, its main weaponry for fighting disease, say researchers with the Defense … Continue reading

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The Sanderson Orrery

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Origins of Volcanic Island Chains

University of California, Berkeley, seismologists have produced for the first time a sharp, three-dimensional scan of Earth’s interior that conclusively connects plumes of hot rock rising through the mantle with surface hotspots that generate volcanic island chains like Hawaii, Samoa … Continue reading

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Earth got first whiff of oxygen 3.2 billion years ago

The first oxygen-producing life-forms appeared hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously known, new evidence suggests. Analyzing iron and uranium embedded inside primeval rocks, researchers discovered that shallow seawater contained whiffs of dissolved oxygen around 3.2 billion years ago. … Continue reading

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The science of why your weight jumps around so much from day to day

If you’ve ever gotten into the habit of weighing yourself every day, you’ll have noticed something a little strange about the numbers on your bathroom scales. They’re all over the place. From day to day, it almost like you’re weighing … Continue reading

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We’re Oversalting Our Food, And It’s Not What You Think

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The Carrington Event

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On this day in 1859 (and on the day before) one of the largest geomagnetic solar storms ever recorded struck Earth. The Aurora Borealis was seen as far south as the Caribbean. Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America … Continue reading

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Three Category 4 hurricanes have just hit the Pacific Ocean at the same time

For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes have appeared in the Pacific Ocean at the same time, and they’re inching ever-closer to the Big Island of Hawaii. The never-before-seen meteorological event involves the hurricanes Kilo, Ignacio, … Continue reading

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What caffeine does to your body

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SCOTTISH AGATES

A variety of spectacular Scottish agates from Alan Mason. The titles of the illustrations are my own, but the details are from “Agates” by A C Bishop and W D I Rolfe, published by National Museum of Scotland and British … Continue reading

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Antelope Canyon

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Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and … Continue reading

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