How Do Pandas Eat So Much Bamboo?

For members of the taxonomic order Carnivora, giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eat surprisingly little meat. They're nearly entirely herbivorous, subsisting almost exclusively on bamboo. What's strange about the panda is that it isn't really very well designed for a plant-based diet. At least not at first glance. » 3/26/14 4:31pm 3/26/14 4:31pm

Hazard, Risk, and the Steelhead Landslide in Washington

On March 22nd, a massive landslide buried a town in the state of Washington. It is the most deadly landslide within the United States in a decade, and we knew it could happen. Living in the path of impending catastrophe is a choice we all make daily, but that doesn't make it easy. » 3/26/14 1:59pm 3/26/14 1:59pm

Fashion that will hide you from face-recognition technology

A recent study found recognizable images of human faces in high-res photographs of eyes, reminding us that surveillance technology improves more and more each day. But designers and technologists are working on ways to keep our faces private from prying cameras by combining the weakness of facial recognition technology … » 1/06/14 11:00am 1/06/14 11:00am

What Is Cholesterol and Why Should I Care About It?

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I don't know much about cholesterol, other than it's in foods and I don't want high levels of it in my body. But what is it, exactly? What does it do and why do I need to care about it? » 12/03/13 5:22pm 12/03/13 5:22pm

​How To Play League of Legends, The Biggest Game In The World

When people talk League of Legends, they throw around a lot of numbers. 32 million monthly players. 5 million people playing concurrently. Viewers topping 8 million during the Season 3 World Championships. It all adds up to one thing: League of Legends is the most-played video game in the world right now, and not… » 10/31/13 5:54pm 10/31/13 5:54pm

Why is ebola deadlier than other viruses?

Ebola is the nightmare virus. It kills ninety percent of people infected, and was for some time feared as the second coming of the plagues of the 1400s. Why is this one virus so much more deadly than other viruses? » 8/29/13 11:08am 8/29/13 11:08am

Why Your Memory Sucks (and What You Can Do About It)

Human memory is quirky, complicated, and unreliable. Even when we think we're remembering everything accurately, chances are things have gotten twisted along the way. Let’s take a look at why your memory sucks, and how you can change that. » 6/27/13 2:46pm 6/27/13 2:46pm

What does science fiction tell us about the future of reproductive…

If everything from technology to politics will be different in the future, then so will human reproduction. That's why so much science fiction deals with the question of how humans make babies — or don't make them — in alternate worlds that are often quite close to our own. It's also why reproduction is a political… » 2/22/12 3:05pm 2/22/12 3:05pm