Professional Violinists Can't Tell a Stradivarius From a Modern Violin

The violins of 18th Century craftsman Antonio Stradivari are legendary. The most perfect violins ever made. They're so perfect, in fact, that renowned violin soloists not only can't tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern violin, they actually tend to prefer the latter. Wait, what? Crap. » 4/09/14 2:50pm 4/09/14 2:50pm

What's That Strange Light Emanating From The Martian Surface?

Remember that awesome image of the Kimberley Waypoint we showed you yesterday? Well, some astute observers noticed an artificial light glowing on the surface. And that's certainly what it looks like — but there's a very reasonable explanation. » 4/08/14 3:30pm 4/08/14 3:30pm

Look at These Bison Running! Obviously a Volcanic Eruption Is Nigh!

So this video got posted on YouTube, with the title "Alert! Yellowstone Bison Running for their Lives!" That turned into a whole meme about how the animals of Yellowstone "know" there's a megavolcanic eruption coming. Incoming pseudoscience alert: No, there isn't. » 4/03/14 4:00pm 4/03/14 4:00pm

Scientists Fail To Find A Link Between Saturated Fat And Heart Disease

For years we've been told to reduce our consumption of saturated fats as a sure-fire way to prevent heart disease. But a recent analysis of 45 studies and 27 trials involving over 600,000 participants is forcing a rethink of this long held — and apparently erroneous — assumption. » 3/18/14 8:00am 3/18/14 8:00am

Actually, it was not a surprise when a volcano destroyed Pompeii

With the movie Pompeii exploding into theaters, you'll be exposed to a lot of myths about the volcanic eruption at Mt. Vesuvius that buried a whole Roman town. The biggest myth of all is that the citizens of Pompeii never knew the blast was coming. They did. And many had already evacuated. » 2/21/14 2:31pm 2/21/14 2:31pm

This weekend is Ragnarok. But it isn't the end of the world.

You may have read that this weekend is supposed to mark the coming of Ragnarok, the violent "Viking Apocalypse" prophesied in Old Norse poetry. But the mythical apocalypse that inspired Game of Thrones' long winter isn't actually on the books—and may refer to events that happened centuries ago. » 2/21/14 11:00am 2/21/14 11:00am