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Lawmakers Condemn 'Dangerous Pattern' Of Safety Lapses Following CDC Anthrax Scare

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday there was evidence of a "dangerous pattern" of safety...

This Week In Science: Photosynthesis Pics, Inconvenient Chickens, and Faraway Stars

World Science Festival | Posted 09.10.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Scientists captured the first microscopic images of photosynthesis in action, showing a clump of proteins called photosystem II splitting water molecules into electrons, protons, and oxygen.

This Week In Science: Neanderthal Poop, World Cup in Orbit, and Webcam Eaglets in Peril

World Science Festival | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

A 50,000-year-old sample of Neanderthal poop showed that the paleo diet of these early humanoids included vegetables along with meat.

This Week In Science: Bionic Pancreas, The Smell of Titan, and a Friendly Brown Bear Pair

World Science Festival | Posted 08.20.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

While previous observations of bear fellatio were chalked up to the animals living in stressful conditions, this was the first example of bears in proper conditions just wanting to have fun.

This Week In Science: An Older Earth, a Turing Test, and Anxious Crayfish

World Science Festival | Posted 08.13.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Some researchers said a computer chat program called Eugene Goostman may have been the first to pass the Turing Test after convincing a few human judges it was a 13 year old Ukranian boy... but other experts are skeptical.

WATCH: Cute Sea Slug Is Only Cute Until It Eats You

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green

There is no honor among thieves. Nor is there among nudibranches, apparently. It might not look like it in this video, but those two are cousins of...

This Week In Science: A New Meteor Shower, Alien Jellies and Running Mice

World Science Festival | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Earth awaited the arrival of a brand-new meteor shower, the Camelopardalids. California's record droughts turn out to have one silver lining: cleaner water at beaches.

The Science Citation Index: A Transformative Information Resource Turns 50

Christopher King | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science
Christopher King

In an age when all the world's knowledge seems to be at one's fingertips, it might be difficult to envision a bygone era when retrieving information meant a slow, laborious, manual slog through printed materials. For scientists and scholars in the 1950s, the task was especially arduous.

This Week In Science: Antarctica Ice Collapse, the Oldest Sperm, and a Lone Wolf In Love

World Science Festival | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

The West Antarctica ice sheet has already started to collapse, which makes scientists think that a global sea level rise of 10 feet or more is inevitable in coming centuries.

This Week In Science: 6-Letter DNA, Flipping Spiders, and Mars Missiles

World Science Festival | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Researchers discovered ancient rock lines carved in 300 B.C. Peru marking the sites of ancient fairgrounds, a spider in the Sahara desert that somersaults away from predators, and a long-nosed dinosaur dubbed Qianzhousaurus sinensis (but nicknamed "Pinocchio Rex").

This Week In Science: Man-Fearing Lab Mice, Printed Teddy Bears And An Exploding Whale

World Science Festival | Posted 07.02.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

A Disney-financed soft 3D printer can automatically make teddy bears out of felted yarn. Meanwhile, praying mantises donned tiny 3D glasses so scientists could study their vision.

WATCH: Here's A Cool Trick To Help You See Without Your Glasses

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.30.2014 | Science

Envision this: You're in a dark restaurant and you forget your glasses. The menu is so blurry, you might as well be reading it underwater. No probl...

WATCH: This Cannon Will Make You Say Bye-Bye To Happy Hour

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science

Cannonballs can launch at about 250 meters per second, so a pyramid of cocktail drinks positioned just paces away from a cannon's mouth won't put up m...

How To DOMINATE In Monopoly, Chess And Other Classics

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Science

So you want to own game night? Here's a crash course in game theory to smite your foes in Monopoly, chess, Battleship and other classics. You'll no...

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

Will One Of These 10 Things Wipe Out Life On Earth?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.28.2014 | Science

Video listmaker Alltime10s gets its Armageddon on with "10 Things That Could Wipe Out Life On Earth." From that supervolcano in Yellowstone to artific...

WATCH: Eggs Exploding In Slow-Mo Will Blow Your Mind

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.20.2014 | Science

Take hundreds of eggs. Add some guys armed with weapons and sophisticated video gear capable of shooting ultra slow motion. What do you have? Lots of ...

LOOK: Graffiti, Greek Texts Found On Wall Of Ancient School

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.14.2014 | Science

Researchers examining an ancient village in Egypt's western desert have discovered a 1,700-year-old school with walls covered in Greek texts that incl...

WATCH: Kissing Is WAY More Complicated Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science

Kissing feels good--no doubt about that. But why does it feel good, and what happens inside your body when you lock lips with a loved one? The ans...

LOOK: Are These The Bones Of Charlemagne?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Dem bones, dem bones, dem Charlemagne's bones? After 1,200 years, researchers have confirmed that a collection of bones, long interred in Germany, ...

Nazi Scientists Tried To Use Mosquitoes As Weapons?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.31.2014 | Science

Mosquitoes as weapons? It was nearly a real-life threat during World War II, new research suggests. Researchers now say that Nazi scientists were p...

Tests Reveal Truth About Shocking Claim Of Titanic 'Survivor'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Everyone who survived the 1912 sinking of the Titanic is dead, and now one of the tragedy's oldest mysteries has been laid to rest: DNA tests confirm ...

WATCH: Match Head Igniting In Super Slow Motion Is Super Cool

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A dying alien world? A bubbling, blue orb? A terrible new disease? This fun new video posted by UltraSlo Studios could be of a lot of bizarre thing...

WATCH: Locals Had Good Reason To Fear 'Haunted' Sinkhole

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

For years, villagers who lived near the Sac Uayum sinkhole in Mexico's Yucatán peninsula refused to go near it, calling the underwater cave haunted. ...

Grisly Skull Mystery May Have Been Solved At Last

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

After 25 years, the mystery behind dozens of mutilated skulls unearthed in London may have been solved -- and the solution isn't very pretty. Arch...