Search For Alien Life

Here’s where we might finally find alien life

By on October 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Here’s where we might finally find alien life

One of the lesser moons of Saturn, Mimas, has been largely viewed as a boring lump of ice. But a new discovery has suddenly turned this moon into hot property: its rotational wobble turns out to be far stronger than expected. Mimas is almost perfectly spherical, so a robust wobble implies that something intriguing is going on below its surface…  and that something is very likely to be sloshing. The most likely explanation for the wobble would be an internal ocean starting between 24 and 31 kilometers below the moon’s surface.

This would be something of a puzzle in a moon as small as Mimas — how could a liquid ocean remain warm enough for billions of years? One possibility is that the elliptical orbit of Mimas creates tidal friction strong enough to maintain a warm core. More →

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Why Is Pizza So Good

Video: The science of why pizza is so delicious

By on October 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Video: The science of why pizza is so delicious

Pizza is a national pastime in America. When sports are on and beer is flowing, pizza is cooking up its cheesy goodness in ovens all across the country. But why is pizza something so good that even the most prolific poets would fail to truly capture the true essence of its splendor?

We’ll give the job of scientifically explaining why pizza is so amazing to the good folks over at Reactions.

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Mount St. Helens Space

These incredible GIFs show you what it looks like from space when a volcano erupts

By on October 10, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

These incredible GIFs show you what it looks like from space when a volcano erupts

In May 1980, the world gasped at the eruption of Mount St. Helens, which was one of the largest volcano eruptions in America in the past half-century. The May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens had a significant impact on the weather and the surrounding landscape of the region for years. Most of us have only seen images from the ground, but now you can see what the incredible eruption looked like from space. More →

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MIT Robot Cheetah Running

Video: Watch this incredible robotic cheetah run around untethered

By on September 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Video: Watch this incredible robotic cheetah run around untethered

Remember Boston Dynamics’ robot cheetah that can run at speeds topping 28 mph on a treadmill indoors, and which now belongs to Google? Well, that’s not the only robot cheetah in town, as MIT also has developed a similar robot, MIT News reports. And as seen in an awesome new video, this crazy robotic cheetah can now run around outside without being tethered. More →

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How To Quit Smoking

Researchers may have discovered the best way to quit smoking yet: Taking magic mushrooms

By on September 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Researchers may have discovered the best way to quit smoking yet: Taking magic mushrooms

We’ve heard all kinds of crazy ways to quit smoking but none of them have ever come close to sounding this trippy. Bloomberg reports that a new study published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology this week found that smokers who had long had trouble quitting their habit managed to remain smoke-free for six months using a highly unorthodox method: Consuming the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. More →

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Graphene Flexible Display Video Demo

The first functional graphene-based flexible display has been produced

By on September 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

The first functional graphene-based flexible display has been produced

Graphene has been called a “magical” material that may hold the key to better electronic gadgets, both when it comes to device durability but also electrical abilities, as various research teams are figuring new ways to put the astonishing material to good use. Reports have so far detailed longer-lasting batteries based on graphene, significantly improved wireless data speeds using antennas made of the material, while some people are interested in using it for better sound, but it looks like graphene can also be used to build flexible displays. More →

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Best Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet

By on September 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet

The band members of Spinal Tap always talked about “the fine line between stupid and clever,” and that’s about all we can think of while watching this latest Ice Bucket Challenge video produced by chemist Muhammad Qureshi, who decided to one-up everyone else who has taken the challenge so far by pouring liquid nitrogen all over his head. More →

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Hal Finney Cryonically Frozen

Former Bitcoin coder and ALS patient is now being cryonically frozen

By on September 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

Former Bitcoin coder and ALS patient is now being cryonically frozen

Renowned cryptographer Hal Finney, known for his work on PGP encryption software and on early Bitcoin development, has passed away on Thursday following a five-year battle with ALS – a terrible disease that’s currently enjoying a viral funding campaign thanks to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” meme – but the programmer hoped that one day technology will heal him. According to Wired, Finney has become an early adopter of a kind of tech that’s only seen in movies, human cryopreservation. More →

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Stephen Hawking Ice Bucket Challenge

Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet

By on August 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet

No one is more aware of how hard it is to live with ALS than Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous physicist who has been suffering from an ALS-related condition for decades now. Because of this, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Hawking pop up in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video of his own to help raise funds for finding a cure for ALS. More →

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Is The Universe A Simulation

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

By on August 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

What could be the most important scientific experiment of our lifetime is about to begin. The so-called Holometer Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory aims to determine whether our perception of a three-dimensional universe is just an illusion. Do we actually live on a 2D plane, as a holographic projection? There is a well-established theory that states we are indeed living in a hologram, with a pixel size of about 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom. This has certain implications, some of which are quite sinister, even unspeakably horrific. More →

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Why Should Pot Be Legal

Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

By on August 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

We’ve learned about a couple of good medical benefits to marijuana this year and now it seems there’s another one: Using medicinal marijuana makes it less likely that you’ll become hooked on painkillers. CNN reports that a new study published this in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal finds that states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have significantly fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. More →

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Cutest Animal Pictures Insects

Not all insects are revolting – in fact, these pictures show some of them are downright cute

By on August 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Not all insects are revolting – in fact, these pictures show some of them are downright cute

As part of our mission to occasionally take a break from tech and inform you about the wonders of science and nature, we direct your attention to a new photo gallery posted over at Dose that shows some of the world’s most adorable looking insects… or at the very least, insects that just happen to look adorable when photographed at certain angles and under certain lighting conditions. More →

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