The Science of Why Chicken Goes Bad So Quickly

Food-borne bacteria are the primary cause of spoilage and food poisonings. Thriving in moist, low-acid environments where lots of protein is present, pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli live with the bird during its life and stay with its meat after slaughter; likewise, other bacteria, such a … » 3/31/15 5:15am Today 5:15am

A Medieval Recipe Could Kill Hospital Superbugs. No, Really. 

Staph infections are one of the most pervasive and annoying bacterial infections faced by hospitals every year. It infects half a million people in the US every year, with symptoms ranging from skin infections to heart problems — and worse, some strains (commonly known as MRSA) have evolved to resist common… » 3/31/15 12:30am Today 12:30am

Glow-In-The-Dark Tampons Are Being Used To Fix Broken Sewers

The UK has a problem: thanks to bad plumbing and a groaning sewer system, 'grey water' — the stuff that comes out of your dishwashers and washing machines — is ending up in rivers, bringing all sorts of contaminants with it. Hi-tech solutions exist to monitor the problem, but a much cheaper (and more amusing) option… » 3/30/15 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

Harvard's "Frankenstein:" The 70s Controversy Over Mixing DNA

In the 1970s, two inhuman creatures—one hairy and tall, another with orange eyes—were spotted in New England. The mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, blamed these monsters not on unreliable testimonies, but recombinant DNA technology, then a new and promising laboratory technique. » 3/30/15 4:05pm Yesterday 4:05pm

I Could Spend Hours Gazing at Pictures From Old Science Magazines

If you're on the lookout for a good old fashioned internet time-suck, head over to the Tumblr scienceisstrange, where one hero has scanned a great many pages of over 300 issues of SCIENCE magazine from 1950-1980. » 3/30/15 12:20pm Yesterday 12:20pm

A Light Bulb Made Using Graphene Will Go on Sale Later This Year

A new light bulb that's made using graphene will go on sale later this year, according to its developers—and it's said to be the first commercially viable consumer product to use the supermaterial. » 3/30/15 6:30am Yesterday 6:30am

Color Isn't Always About Sex, Study Finds

When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival. » 3/29/15 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm

Citizen Scientists Are Helping Map the Aurora Like Never Before

The aurora borealis that took place on St. Patrick's day was spectacular, but aside from being the strongest geomagnetic storm in a decade, there's another reason it was special. It was the first time that thousands of citizen scientists tweeted about the aurora to help space weather scientists construct a… » 3/29/15 9:00am Sunday 9:00am

A New Type of Dyson Sphere May Be Nearly Impossible to Detect

Over fifty years ago, physicist Freeman Dyson proposed an awesome, if slightly insane, idea: That an advanced alien civilization might construct a massive, energy-harvesting sphere around its star, and bunk up inside. » 3/28/15 4:00pm Saturday 4:00pm

Ancient, Predatory "Lobster" is an Ancestor to All Modern Arthropods

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, shrimp and butterflies, was a predatory "lobster-like" creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago. » 3/28/15 1:00pm Saturday 1:00pm

To Feed the World, We May Need to Hack Photosynthesis

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be figuring out how to feed our rising global population. Now, some scientists are making the radical claim that growing more food won't be enough—we literally need to hack photosynthesis. » 3/28/15 10:00am Saturday 10:00am

How a Virus Can Make Water Boil Faster

Here are some things that won't make water boil faster: watching the pot, adding salt. And here's something that does: nanostructures made from plant viruses, which subtly alter the physical properties of bubbling water. » 3/27/15 3:47pm Friday 3:47pm

Watch Today's Historic Launch To The ISS, Live Right Now!

Today at 12:42 p.m. PDT/3:42 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to begin his year-long journey to the International Space Station — a voyage which, if successful, will surpass the U.S. record for longest-duration human spaceflight by more than 100 days. » 3/27/15 3:41pm Friday 3:41pm

A Hanging Garden That Floats Through Space to Meet Your Nose

Gardens are beautiful and all but they're almost always inconveniently located on the ground. Instead of stooping to smell the roses, this garden comes to you: A suspended, living arrangement of 2,300 flowers which rises and fall around viewers as they move through the space. » 3/27/15 10:40am Friday 10:40am

Ensuring Global Warming Stays Below 2°C Isn't Enough, Say Scientists

The concept of ensuring we keep global temperature rises below 2 °C t is often quoted in the media. But that target—decided upon during international climate talks—may not be enough to save the planet's species. » 3/27/15 7:12am Friday 7:12am

These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be the Factory Workers of the Future

These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in collaborative robots—the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future. » 3/27/15 5:20am Friday 5:20am

These New Semiconductors Look Just Like Candy

This isn't a new kind of tooth rotter, but an exotic new breed of nanoribbon and nanoplate semiconductors. Made from silicon telluride, they may go on to be used in the batteries of the future. » 3/27/15 3:58am Friday 3:58am

Our Skyscrapers Are Causing Bizarre "Thundersnow" 

Your typical thunderstorm strikes in summer, when the atmosphere is full of warm, moist air. So when lightning strikes in the middle of a winter blizzard, there is something strange going on. Thundersnow involves an entirely different type of lightning, and our skyscrapers are a key part of it. » 3/26/15 8:10pm Thursday 8:10pm

​If You Touch This Plant It Will Make You Vomit In Pure Agony

The Gympie Gympie is an Australian plant with spindly stems and heart-shaped light green leaves. Brushing your hand against it can make you throw up from the pain. Using it as toilet paper has made people shoot themselves. This plant will ruin you. » 3/26/15 5:00pm Thursday 5:00pm

The Origin of Color Bars on TV, and Other Standard Test Files 

Occasionally, we get to catch a glimpse of the hidden tests that ensure our technology-infused world runs smoothly: color bars on TV or blocks of "lorem ipsum" gibberish text. There's a fascinating story behind how each of these tests came to be and how they work. » 3/26/15 4:00pm Thursday 4:00pm