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No, Supernovae Aren't Changing Earth's Climate No, Supernovae Aren't Changing Earth's Climate

Weather is probably harder to understand than particle physics, given the numerous complexities that influence Earth’s atmosphere. But one researcher has published a controversial new paper that examines just how much high-energy, interstellar particles can affect Earth’s climate.

An Asteroid Will Pass Near Earth Next Month But No, You Don't Have to Worry An Asteroid Will Pass Near Earth Next Month But No, You Don't Have to Worry

Every day it seems another natural disaster could bring about the apocalypse. Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Sometimes that list includes asteroids. But despite exaggerated headlines from the usual suspects, there’s no need to worry about the latest nearby asteroid approach.

British Water Companies Are Searching for Leaks With Divining Rods and I'm So Angry I Could Cry British Water Companies Are Searching for Leaks With Divining Rods and I'm So Angry I Could Cry

Imagine if someone came to your house to fix your pipes, then stumbled around your yard blindly with a pair of sticks. Now imagine if you called the company they worked for whose rep said “yep, sometimes that’s how we look for pipes.”

Antioxidants Will Not Stop You From Dying

When you hear something is chock-full of antioxidants, the mental conclusion is often: That’s it—that’s the elixir of life, I have to eat a lot of that. But why do we all assume that loading up on anti-oxidants will somehow be the key to infinite youth?

Head Transplant Doctor Claims First Successful Human Head Transplant...on a Corpse Head Transplant Doctor Claims First Successful Human Head Transplant...on a Corpse

One nice thing about teddy bears is that if your dog tears the head off of your child’s favorite one, you can just sew it back on. But you don’t proclaim your achievement a “wild success”—rather, you say, “here, I have fixed your lifeless play-thing.”

Let's All Calm Down and Make Sense of That Antarctic Mantle Plume Let's All Calm Down and Make Sense of That Antarctic Mantle Plume

Three decades ago, scientists began to study the possibility that there was a plume of hot rock coming up from the mantle, heating parts of Western Antarctica. Back in September, researchers published results of a model showing how such a plume might affect the Antarctic ice sheet. Today, these headlines started to…

Experts Cast Doubt On Viking Textile With ‘Allah’ Inscription Experts Cast Doubt On Viking Textile With ‘Allah’ Inscription

Researchers from Sweden made headlines last week after claiming to have found the Arabic characters for “Allah” and “Ali” woven into Viking burial costumes. The discovery suggested a more intimate cultural relationship between the Vikings and the Arab world, but some experts are now questioning key assertions made by…

Bulletproof Coffee Announces Bottled Bullshit Launch at Whole Foods Bulletproof Coffee Announces Bottled Bullshit Launch at Whole Foods

If you agitate cream enough, you will make whipped cream. Continue agitating it and skim off the liquid, and you will make butter. Put that in your coffee, and you have now wasted a lot of energy to put cream into your coffee.

Hey, Let's Actually Read That Study About Vitamin B Preventing Birth Defects Hey, Let's Actually Read That Study About Vitamin B Preventing Birth Defects

It would be really nice if something you could just go to CVS and buy off a shelf unequivocally had some massive health benefit. But the world does not work that way, and neither does science. There are an array of caveats, and layers of complexity, attached to nearly every health study you see sensationalized and…

There's No Easy Way to 'Jumpstart Your Metabolism' There's No Easy Way to 'Jumpstart Your Metabolism'

Every day you’ll see another post about jumpstarting your metabolism. Maybe it will tell you to eat or avoid certain foods, or maybe just to try a new exercise routine.

These Dietary Supplements Actually Sort of Do Something These Dietary Supplements Actually Sort of Do Something

Dietary supplements don’t need to do anything, by definition. Tons of them don’t. That might sound strange, since half of Americans take a vitamin or mineral supplement daily. But there are in fact, reasons to take some of them. Let’s say you eat nothing but ground beef, Cheerios and Dr. Pepper every day. My…

Overhyped 'Miracle' Metal Hydrogen Miraculously ‘Disappears' Overhyped 'Miracle' Metal Hydrogen Miraculously ‘Disappears'

Lots of people went wild last month at the news that scientists had suddenly discovered some sort of physics holy grail: metallic hydrogen, hydrogen that turned into a metal. Gizmodo didn’t buy the hype. Well, according to ScienceAlert, that metal hydrogen sample has now disappeared.

More Evidence That Fish Oil Supplements Might Be Useless More Evidence That Fish Oil Supplements Might Be Useless

You most certainly know someone taking fish oil pills—those fishy, translucent gold capsules—for their purported heart benefits. But evidence continues to mount that fish oil might be snake oil. At the very least, it doesn’t pack nearly the punch we once thought. Instead, it’s probably just worth eating actual fish,…

You Aren't Living in a Hologram, Even if You Wish You Were You Aren't Living in a Hologram, Even if You Wish You Were

You may have read today that the entire universe is a giant hologram. Maybe your mind was blown while you hit your Big Bong and contemplated a 2D universe, or that researchers had somehow found substantial evidence you were “living in an illusion.”

7 'Get Fit' Tips to Avoid This Year

I know that you want to get healthy this year, because it’s the most popular New Year’s resolution. Plenty of people want to help you, too, with everything from diet tips to exercise suggestions. They’ll tell you to make some lifestyle changes, to download a new app, or even to buy a wearable fitness tracker (those …

So About That Woman Who Got Pregnant Twice in Ten Days So About That Woman Who Got Pregnant Twice in Ten Days

Earlier this week, news made the rounds that an Australian woman gave birth to twins conceived ten days apart, in an extremely rare case of “superfetation.” To make matters more intriguing, the woman had polycystic ovary syndrome, meaning her body doesn’t ovulate naturally. Apparently, she underwent a hormone…

New Study Could Be the Death Knell of Brain-Training Games New Study Could Be the Death Knell of Brain-Training Games

Brain-training programs like the ones offered by Luminosity and LearningRx claim to boost intelligence and even offset the effects of aging. A re-evaluation of the existing scientific literature on the matter shows these claims are complete bullshit.

Don't Worry, the Earth Is Not Locked into Ten Degrees of Warming Don't Worry, the Earth Is Not Locked into Ten Degrees of Warming

The internet is abuzz with a new climate study that seemed to deliver a bombshell conclusion: the amount of carbon humans have put into the atmosphere may have already committed the planet 3 to 7 degrees Celsius (5.4 to 12.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming.

No, NASA Did Not Just Change Your Zodiac Sign No, NASA Did Not Just Change Your Zodiac Sign

NASA did not just rewrite the zodiac chart. But here’s why so many people are convinced that the agency did—and the real story behind the rumor.

Submerged ‘Lost City’ is Actually a Naturally Occurring Phenomenon Submerged ‘Lost City’ is Actually a Naturally Occurring Phenomenon

A few years ago, divers discovered an apparent underwater “lost city” off the coast of Zakynthos in Greece. New research reveals that the site, which was thought to be the ruins of a long-forgotten civilization that perished when tsunamis hit the shore, is in actuality a geological formation—and a bizarre one at that.

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