Why Is Peanut Butter So Damn Sticky?

Arachibutyrophobia is a proposed humorous name for the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the top of your mouth, coined by Charles M. Schulz in a 1982 edition of his famed Peanuts comic strip. But why does peanut butter have such a tendency to get stuck in your palate when so many other foods don't? » 12/16/14 8:15am Tuesday 8:15am

The Flu Shot Isn’t a Good Match This Year. Is It Ever?

The CDC announced recently that this year's flu vaccine is missing a key strain, one that accounts for 48% of what's circulating. That strain, a "drifted" version of H3N2, was discovered in March 2014, but the vaccine strains for the Northern hemisphere, including the US, had been decided a month earlier. (The… » 12/16/14 5:15am Tuesday 5:15am

How to Drink All Night at the Holiday Party and Not Be That Guy

Listen, drinking all night is not healthy. But it's holiday party season, that perfect storm of open bar and all of your colleagues waiting to see who will be this year's obnoxious, puking, passed out and/or dead person at the party. Don't be that guy. » 12/12/14 5:00pm Friday 5:00pm

First off, let's review the science of drunk. In order to survive…

Father Makes Son Play Through Video Game History, Chronologically

For the last ten years, Andy Baio has been performing an experiment on his son. It is equal parts cruel and fascinating. Rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio made his boy work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979's Galaxian. » 12/11/14 2:14am 12/11/14 2:14am

Why Is It That Zombies Eat Brains?

Zombies have been a pop culture staple for decades, and in that time the concept of the dead coming back to life somehow to feast on the living has proliferated virtually every form of media that exists. One trait that is seemingly synonymous with zombies is their apparent need to feed on the brains of the living. But… » 12/10/14 6:30am 12/10/14 6:30am

NASA's most ambitious spacecraft ever is about as smart as your phone

NASA's Orion spacecraft is being heralded as the saving grace of restless, star-gazing pioneers everywhere. And for good reason! It's the first real attempt in decades at pushing human space travel to its furthest possible limits. And what feat of engineering is powering this manifestation of mankind's greatest… » 12/05/14 2:58pm 12/05/14 2:58pm

Scientists Created a Room Temperature Superconductor With Lasers

Superconductors are supposed to change the world. The only problem is that all of the materials we've used to produce need to be kept at near absolute zero temperatures in order to be superconducting. (See above.) But now, thanks to high-powered lasers, scientists successfully made a piece of ceramic superconducting » 12/04/14 5:35pm 12/04/14 5:35pm

How Scotch Tape Was Invented

Despite the name, Scotch tape wasn't invented by the Scottish. It was invented by a college dropout named Richard Drew from Minnesota who worked for a small sandpaper company founded in 1902 called Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, later known as 3M. The name "Scotch" itself has an origin story almost as interesting… » 12/03/14 5:30am 12/03/14 5:30am