There's a Whole New Type of Stone And It's Made From Our Plastic

Congratulations, humanity: After millennia of building cathedrals and toiling over great works of art and science, we've finally created something that will far outlast us. It's called Plastiglomerate, a stone made out of molten plastic, and yes, we should probably be ashamed of ourselves. » 6/10/14 10:20am 6/10/14 10:20am

Video explains why so many scientific studies are basically bullcrap

How many things cause cancer according to science studies? Probably the same amount of things that can make you magically healthy. What is good for you is bad for you is good for you, depending on the day and which scientific study came out recently. There are so many of those studies and they all prove and disprove… » 4/28/14 9:00pm 4/28/14 9:00pm

These Iconic Landmarks May Be Underwater Within 2,000 Years

Intellectually, we all know that sea level rise is real—but it's hard to imagine exactly how it'll effect us in the long term. A new study does just that by calculating which UNESCO Heritage Sites are most at-risk for being submerged by the rising tides. The results are devastating. » 3/07/14 10:40am 3/07/14 10:40am

Tomorrow's Spacecraft Could Be Made of the Same Bone You Are

Human bones are amazing—seriously, they're incredibly cool—but up until recently, it's been hard to engineer a synthetic material that replicates the super-strong structure of the real thing. Now, scientists in Germany are using a 3D printer to do just that—and it could mean a breakthrough for how we build everything… » 2/12/14 4:41pm 2/12/14 4:41pm

How the Architecture of Our Buildings Shapes the Germs Around Us

We design buildings to make human lives better—but should we also design them to make bacteria healthier? A new study posits just that, suggesting that the microbial communities that live amongst us are deeply influenced by the design of our buildings. Wait—but aren't microbes bad? Not exactly. » 1/30/14 4:40pm 1/30/14 4:40pm

Scientist Calculates How To Survive First 30 Minutes of Nuclear War

We're more than half a century past 1960, when the Doomsday Clock ticked down to two minutes before midnight. Yet, despite the steady outpouring of movies and TV shows featuring rogue nukes and dirty bombs, fewer and fewer people actively worry about a nuclear bomb going off. That being said: Do you know where and… » 1/16/14 10:00am 1/16/14 10:00am

Scientific Data Is Disappearing All the Time

When a study gets published and its results enter our collective body of scientific knowledge it feels like it's there to stay. But without the raw data behind the study, it's hard to revisit the research and use it to take new ideas to the next level. Which is why it's such a problem that old data is disappearing. » 12/22/13 3:36pm 12/22/13 3:36pm

Scientists Get Mice Drunk To Explain Why Binge Drinking Breaks Bones

It's a well-known thing amongst doctors that heavy drinkers have a mysterious propensity for breaking their bones—and not just because they may trip over their own feet in an inebriated stupor. Medical researchers from Loyola University in Chicago wanted to get to the bottom of the issue, and they addressed the… » 10/07/13 6:20pm 10/07/13 6:20pm

How Thomas Kinkade Helped Prove That Art Can Be Scientifically Bad

What’s your favorite meal? Logically, your answer depends on the foods you’re familiar with. Now here’s another question: Who’s your favorite painter? Turns out the same logic doesn't apply. A new study that pits Thomas Kinkade against 19th century painter John Everett Millais has proven that some art actually is » 8/08/13 11:20am 8/08/13 11:20am

Scientists Replicate a San Andreas Fault Quake in Upstate New York

You’d think that in this day in age of digital software, scientists wouldn’t need to destroy a real building to test the strength of its materials. But that’s exactly what’s happening this summer in Buffalo, where a team of Johns Hopkins engineers are using a hydraulic “shake table” to recreate the 1994 Northridge… » 8/01/13 3:48pm 8/01/13 3:48pm

Most Traffic Jams Are Caused By Just a Handful of Idiots

Deep in your heart you know it: there are like two drivers out there on the road that are causing all the traffic jams and one of those assholes is the guy right in front of you. Well, new information collected from hundreds and hundreds of drivers' cellphones actually backs that up. Sort of. It turns out that it… » 2/17/13 9:00pm 2/17/13 9:00pm