Why Moonquakes Echo Longer Than Earthquakes

Just as the Earth's surface occasionally rifts right beneath our feet, the surface of the Moon also goes through periodic shakes and quakes. But, while the action itself may be similar, there are some weird contrasts. » 4/01/15 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

What If Avengers: Age Of Ultron Was A 19th Century Period Drama?

Some of the details that have trickled out about the next Avengers movie have been what we expected, while some have been surprising. But what if all that is to obscure a truly bold choice: making it a 19th century period drama? Okay, it's almost certainly not. But if it is, we hope that these plot points figure in… » 3/31/15 4:20pm Tuesday 4:20pm

Get Lost In This Mesmerizing Timelapse Of Starlings In Flight

Starling murmurations are some of nature's eeriest and most impressive displays. But something about the in-flight behavior of this geometrically synched flock in Scotland is particularly transfixing. » 3/26/15 4:20pm 3/26/15 4:20pm

No, This Hill In Canada Isn't Using Magnetic Force To Pull Cars Uphill

There's a hill in New Brunswick, Canada, where something extraordinary happens. If you park your car at the foot of it, and throw it into neutral, your car seemingly starts to roll (completely unassisted!) uphill. Yes, it's real, and, no, it's not for the reason many people think. » 3/25/15 4:20pm 3/25/15 4:20pm

How This Bicycle Bell Took Over America, And Why It Disappeared

The reverberating ring of bicycle bells ranks up there with ice cream truck music, in the pantheon of our favorite summer sounds. But is the bicycle bell that you remember still the one you hear around? Think carefully before you answer. » 3/24/15 4:20pm 3/24/15 4:20pm

The Doctor Who Tested Infectious Bacteria On Himself, And Won A Nobel

In 2005, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded a Nobel Prize in medicine for their study of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria's role in causing stomach ulcers. But Marshall's experience with the bacteria began much earlier, when he dosed himself with it to test out its effects. » 3/23/15 4:20pm 3/23/15 4:20pm

A Simple Illustration That Explains How The Uncertainty Principle Works

Heisenberg's definition of his uncertainty principle ("The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa") may not be instantly clear, but here's a simple example that somehow makes it all remarkably easy to grasp. » 3/20/15 4:20pm 3/20/15 4:20pm

An Astronaut Tells Us The Hardest Part About Coping With Gravity Again

When you leave the bounds of Earth behind, you're also saying goodbye to gravity. So just what is it like to return from space and get gravity back all of sudden? Today, Astronaut Butch Wilmore, who until last week was stationed up on the International Space Station, stopped by to tell us all about it. » 3/19/15 4:20pm 3/19/15 4:20pm

How Did An Extinct French Wine Grape End Up In Chile?

A century and a half ago, the Carmenére grape was one of the most common Bordeaux grapes in France. And then a disease essentially wiped it out. So how did it recently reemerge in Chile? » 3/18/15 4:20pm 3/18/15 4:20pm

The Historical Snub Hidden In Canada's Map

Maps seem like the most utilitarian of objects, but hidden in between all that functional information there are some strange stories. Here's how a 19th-century postal service bureaucrat hid a snub against France that's still in Canada's modern map. » 3/17/15 4:20pm 3/17/15 4:20pm

The Strange History Of How A Gene Was Named "Sonic Hedgehog"

There's a gene that's pivotal in not only separating your right brain from your left, but also in making sure that you have two, individual eyes. That gene, and the protein it codes for, are both called Sonic Hedgehog. Here's how that happened. » 3/16/15 4:20pm 3/16/15 4:20pm

Author Robert Repino Explains Why Writing Animal Characters Is So Tricky

Bringing any character to life on the page is a bit of a magic trick that requires some slight of hand to pull off. But how does that process change when your characters aren't human? Author Robert Repino explains, plus he shows a first look at his book's concept art. » 3/13/15 4:20pm 3/13/15 4:20pm

Why Announcers' Voices Sound So Much Different Than They Used To

When you imagine the life of a voiceover actor, you probably think of hushed radio booths, a team of sound engineers, and ridiculously large microphones. But the job of a modern voiceover actor looks very different, and this helps explain why that "announcer's voice" we've come to expect keeps changing. » 3/12/15 4:20pm 3/12/15 4:20pm

A Chef Guides Us Through The Weird Process Of Creating A TV Dinner

Ever wondered just how all those pre-packaged meals, with the list of unpronounceable ingredients on the back, are made and just who it is who develops the recipes? A chef takes us through the whole process, from the lab/kitchen all the way to your grocery cart. » 3/11/15 4:20pm 3/11/15 4:20pm

Keep Your Wine Fresh After Opening, Using The Power Of Inert Gas

Opening a new bottle of wine always involves a little bit of mental math: Will you be left with a fraction of a bottle? And, if so, how long will you have, before its flavor turns to vinegar? Fortunately, there's a solution, and it's hidden in the periodic table. » 3/10/15 4:20pm 3/10/15 4:20pm

These Six-Word Scifi Stories Have Some Pretty Tangled Timelines

Whether taking us to a very, very ancient Martian surface, giving us the chance to play detective with some found clues dropped by future travelers, or just warning us about the worst of the future's entry-level jobs, these stories present us with some very complicated timelines. And they do it all in just six words. » 3/09/15 4:20pm 3/09/15 4:20pm

This Chunk Of Fool's Gold Naturally Formed In These Cubes

The golden color and shine of iron pyrite (which is responsible for its nickname, "fool's gold") may grab all the attention. But, there is another element of its appearance that is every bit as dramatic: It's tendency to form into these incredibly precise, almost machine-like cubes.So how does it do it? The question… » 3/06/15 4:20pm 3/06/15 4:20pm

Why Those Newly Uncovered Fairytales Are The Darkest Ones Yet

If you've had a chance to dig into that cache of recently discovered fairytales (and if you haven't, visit our exclusive look at one of the tales), you may have noticed something about them: They are unusually dark. Here's why these new versions might be a little grimmer than the ones you are familiar with. » 3/05/15 4:20pm 3/05/15 4:20pm