The Disturbingly Inexact Science Of Food Expiration Dates

It's an all too common ritual: A product in the kitchen passes its "best before" date, so you toss it. Trouble is, it was probably perfectly safe to eat — and you just wasted good food. This is a problem that's only getting worse. Here's what you need to know about "expired" foods — and how to make sure you're eating… » 9/02/14 11:00am 9/02/14 11:00am

The Woods Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying

Like a landscape of the undead, the woods outside Chernobyl are having trouble decomposing. The catastrophic meltdown and ensuing radiation blast of April 1986 has had long-term effects on the very soil and ground cover of the forested region, essentially leaving the dead trees and leaf litter unable to decompose. The… » 3/17/14 1:50pm 3/17/14 1:50pm

Watch the entire Large Hadron Collider zombie movie—shot at CERN—online…

We were excited to hear about Decay, the movie filmed by physics PhD students at CERN's Large Hadron Collider facility. Now you can watch the entire 75-minute film on YouTube and see what happens when you give physicists a camera, some zombie makeup, and access to one of the world's top research facilities. » 12/08/12 2:00pm 12/08/12 2:00pm

Watch the trailer for Decay, a zombie movie shot at CERN, home of the…

What if the Large Hadron Collider created zombies? Writer and director Luke Thompson had this very idea, and got the incredibly cool folks at CERN to allow him to film his $3,000 zombie movie inside their world. Spoilers ahead... » 11/01/12 8:00am 11/01/12 8:00am

Physics PhD students make a zombie movie at the Large Hadron Collider…

Think you've seen every single twist on the zombie movie? Decay has something that no other zombie flick does: the Large Hadron Collider. A group of Physics PhD students filmed their horror movie against the photogenic particle accelerator, cooking up a Higgs Boson-driven plot about a physics experiment awry. Watch… » 10/28/12 7:30am 10/28/12 7:30am

Still-life photos of rotting food are strangely beautiful

Klaus Pichler draws attention to food waste with his photo series One Third, which juxtaposes the lovely staging of traditional still-life photography with disgusting mold and rot. » 4/15/12 2:30pm 4/15/12 2:30pm

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Who is buried in the Hoover Dam?

The Hoover Dam is one of the most phenomenal structures in modern history. This 1244 feet long, 660 feet thick, and 726 feet high concrete behemoth holds back so much water that it deformed the earth's crust and caused 600 small earthquakes in the decade after its construction. » 3/16/12 8:23am 3/16/12 8:23am

The mystery behind history's most important isotope is solved at last

Most radioactive isotopes of the lighter elements decay in minutes or less. But one particular isotope of carbon takes 6000 years to decay, and that fact has revolutionized archaeology. But why it does that has long been a complete mystery. » 5/29/11 12:00pm 5/29/11 12:00pm