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  • Physicists Tackle the Wobbly Suitcase Problemnew
    21 June 2017, 5:11 pm - rolling luggage is both a blessing and a curse for hurried travelers. while we no longer need gym-toned biceps to heft our sundries through the airport, the slightest misstep can send a two-wheeled suitcase rocking and spinning into an
  • Persistent, Deadly Heat at the Equator Could Be the Norm by 2100new
    20 June 2017, 8:09 pm - tuesday in phoenix, arizona, the temperature kept some planes grounded. phoenix was projected to reach of 120 degrees fahrenheit, a near-record for the desert city, and hot enough that small planes cannot generate enough lift to fly. phoenix and
  • Meet What's-His-Name, the Apollo Astronaut You've Never Heard Ofnew
    20 June 2017, 7:33 pm - there are some astronauts we know a lot about, or at least whose names are familiar, like neil or buzz (as in armstrong and aldrin, the first men on the moon). more nerdy space fans will also recognize the names gene and pete (as is cernan and
  • When Did People Start Using Money?new
    20 June 2017, 6:49 pm - sometimes you run across a grimy, tattered dollar bill that seems like it’s been around since the beginning of time. assuredly it hasn’t, but the history of human beings using cash currency does go back a long time – 40,000
  • Kepler's Final Crop of Promising Exoplanet Discoveriesnew
    20 June 2017, 5:13 pm - the newest kepler catalog draws out 219 new planetary candidates and infers that 10 of them may be habitable — doubling the number of planetary candidates in the habitable zone of their star. the kepler catalog now stands at 2,335 confirmed
  • Is Science Broken, Or Is It Self-Correcting?new
    19 June 2017, 7:59 pm - media coverage of scientific retractions risks feeding a narrative that academic science is broken - a narrative which plays into the hands of those who want to cut science funding and ignore scientific advice. so say joseph hilgard and kathleen
  • The Human Project Aims to Track Every Aspect of Lifenew
    19 June 2017, 7:38 pm - if you smoke cigarettes, you're putting yourself at a heightened risk for heart disease. that correlation is well-known and unchallenged today, but that wasn't always so. it took an ambitious, years-long project, the framingham heart study to uncover
  • Creating a Universe in the Lab? The Idea Is No Jokenew
    19 June 2017, 6:15 pm - physicists aren’t often reprimanded for using risqué humor in their academic writings, but in 1991 that is exactly what happened to the cosmologist andrei linde at stanford university. he had submitted a draft article entitled
  • Ancient DNA Unravels Cat Domestication Like Ball of Yarnnew
    19 June 2017, 3:00 pm - the truth about cats and dogs is this: despite being the two species that humans are most likely to have as pets, rex and ruffles had very different paths from the wild to our couches. analyzing ancient and modern cat dna, researchers believe they
  • Meerkats Can Thank Bacteria for Their Signature Butt Scentsnew
    19 June 2017, 2:30 pm - when disney's animators were creating timon, the energetic meerkat sidekick in the lion king, the part where he turns his anal pouch inside-out and marks his territory must have been left on the cutting room floor. not

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