May 5, 2020

Waterboarding gummy bears

This week's Popular Science science project is torturing gummy bears ... for science!

May 4, 2020

Good news about oysters

It turns out that most of the "plastics" found in some Pacific oysters weren't plastic at all.

Covid toes and rashes

Swollen toes and strange rashes are the latest symptoms of Covid-19.

Phages, poop, obesity, and diabetes — together at last

A particular kind of fecal transplant might help you lose weight and avoid diabetes.

Salmon’s built-in compass*

Salmon can find their way to their spawning grounds thanks to magnetic particles in their skin.

Wheat and heat

A small change to one amino acid could make crops tolerate heat and produce more food.

ICYMI: “Murder hornets”

The Asian Giant Hornet is in the USA, and it's moving east. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

May 2, 2020

Smells like pandemic to me

University of Pennsylvania researchers are teaching dogs to sniff out people with CoviD-19.

Three pieces of bee news

A new virus in the UK, a new parasite in the Pacific ... but some hope from forest fires.

DIY peroxide

Engineers have build a device that can make hydrogen peroxide cheaply, easily, and right where it's needed.

Plastics follow the food

Microplastics in the ocean are carried by the same currents that carry oxygen and nutrients.

May 1, 2020

Lizards hang on

They've evolved to be able to cling to trees in high winds.

To the moon!

NASA has chosen three companies to begin building the next generation of lunar landers — to be used in the 2024-ish Artemis mission.

Fixing broken axons — and spinal cords

A single molecule might be the key to regrowing axons and repairing spinal cord and optic never damage, once thought impossible.

Danes claim to cure pain

Danish researchers have found a treatment they say eliminates chronic pain (in mice, anyway) without issues of addiction.

April 30, 2020

Why do some hypertension drugs not work on women?

Some blood pressure drugs can have the opposite effect on women because this protein simply acts differently.

Your body knows when it’s fat

You can fool your body's internal scale into thinking you're fatter than you are — and lose weight.

The 100-million-year-old river monster

A fossil Spinosaurus tail shows it probably swam — the first dinosaur we've found to do that. And it was SCARY.

Step right up

Just like Cory @doctorow predicted: Now you can be identified and tracked by the way you walk. Thanks, @CarnegieMellon.

CoviD treatment in spitting distance?

Llama antibodies could be used as an alternative to a CoviD-19 vaccines, providing protection and treatment.

A microscope that can see atoms

A new kind of microscope can see atoms in a material, which could mean making them purer than ever.

Electric Avenue

Global energy use is down, and renewables are reaping the benefits.

Hail, Argentina

What could be the new record holder for the world's largest hail fell in Argentina.

April 29, 2020

It’s not just the nickname of that guy in your dorm

"Crazy beast" is the name of a large, badger-like critter that lived amongst the dinosaurs.

Does this smell like rotten fish to you?

A simple smell test can indicate if someone is likely to regain consciousness.

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