How Anti-Virals Exploit The One Weakness That Every Single Virus Has

Ever read about the discovery of a new protein in a virus coating, and think, “I know that must matter to someone, but who?” It matters to the people who make antivirals. Each newly discovered protein could allow them to take control of viruses like puppeteers. Here’s how anti-virals work, and why they’re amazing. » 5/27/15 10:47am Wednesday 10:47am

This Prehistoric Pocket Deer Has Fewer Chromosomes Than A Fruit Fly

Meet the muntjac — the most interesting deer in the world. It’s the size of a dog, it’s the oldest deer around, it has antlers but fights with tusks, and it even barks loudly at things that threaten it. But its most interesting quality is this — it gets by with fewer chromosomes than any other mammal on Earth. » 5/22/15 12:00pm 5/22/15 12:00pm

The Government Uses Toxic Chemicals To Stop You Drinking Hand Sanitizer

During Prohibition, the US Government put toxic chemicals into any products that contained alcohol, just to make sure nobody would drink them. Now, Prohibition is long over... but the policy of adding poison to alcoholic products has never ended. Here are the deadly additives that are only there to keep you drinking… » 5/19/15 11:14am 5/19/15 11:14am

The Bloody Thumb Print That Changed The World Of Crime-Solving Forever

Fingerprints were used for identification in ancient China and Babylonia to mark business deals and correspondence. Though they were studied extensively since then, their value as a crime-solving tool wasn’t embraced until the 1880s — and it wasn’t until 1892, in Argentina, that they nailed their first murderer. » 5/14/15 2:18pm 5/14/15 2:18pm

Meet the Expert Witness Who Goes Inside the Minds of Young Killers

Imagine spending time with murderers, digging into their childhoods to figure out what made them violent — and then convincing skeptical juries to take your conclusions into account. In his book Listening to Killers, Dr. James Garbarino reflects on 20 years spent serving as an expert witness. He told us what it’s like… » 5/07/15 2:15pm 5/07/15 2:15pm

All The Upcoming Comic Book Movies That Aren’t From Marvel Or DC

Marvel and DC superhero movies get all the headlines, but did you know there are other comic publishers out there? And they are also making great comics — like Scott Snyder’s Wytches, above — that may make their way to the silver screen? It’s true! Here’s 40 future films from all the other guys you need to know about. » 4/24/15 11:10am 4/24/15 11:10am

Here's What Really Happens When You Force-Feed Someone

The American Medical Association and the Red Cross both condemn force-feeding as a form of torture. And yet, the U.S. government and the United Nations have both force-fed hunger-striking prisoners. The real problem? Most people probably don’t realize how complicated force-feeding is, and how much can go wrong. » 4/21/15 11:20am 4/21/15 11:20am

How To Identify The Long-Lost Corpse Of A Famous Historical Figure

The remains of Richard III were recently reinterred after the Plantagenet king was discovered beneath a car park. And this year, researcher announced that they may have discovered the remains of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes. But when a corpse has been missing so long, how do you identify the remains? » 4/02/15 9:00am 4/02/15 9:00am

The Time That Charles Babbage Tried To Summon The Devil

Charles Babbage was one of the fathers of computing, but in addition to his fascination with mathematics and engineering, he had a curiosity with the occult. Starting from an early age, Babbage wondered if the existence of God and paranormal phenomena could be proven scientifically — and he started by trying to… » 3/05/15 11:00am 3/05/15 11:00am