The Power of Symbols: Why People Still Defend The Confederate Flag

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham joined Governor Nikki Haley Monday in calling for the removal of the state capitol’s Confederate flag. They join the growing throng of voices demanding the flag be taken down in the wake of last week’s killings in Charleston. The cases that these voices have presented are… » 6/23/15 1:52pm 6/23/15 1:52pm

How Transition Metals Change The Game For Organic Chemistry 

For centuries, the best chemists in the world struggled every day to create the molecules that your own cells manufacture every second. Then they discovered how one group of atoms let them make stuff that only living cells could make, until then. Here’s why we no longer need life to create the products of life. » 6/09/15 11:27am 6/09/15 11:27am

A Brief History Of Court TV, Where Many A True-Crime Obsession Was Born

If you have cable, you probably have TruTV, which specializes in comedy gags (Impractical Jokers) and clip shows (Top 20 Most Shocking). But truTV is a relatively new channel, having risen from the ashes of a network dedicated to picking over every detail of the highest-profile trials of the 1990s: Court TV. » 6/01/15 2:02pm 6/01/15 2:02pm

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 5/27/15 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