How to keep colonoscopy patients from exploding, and other winners from the 2012 Ig Nobel Awards

Colonoscopies sometimes end with intestinal detonation, or what's known in more official circles as a "colonic gas explosion." Never heard of it? Neither had we. That was until last night, when a team of international researchers was awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine for advising doctors who perform such… »9/21/12 5:10pm9/21/12 5:10pm

NASA launches orbiter that will reach Jupiter in five years [Updated]

Here's something that might make you feel a little bit better about the world. NASA just successfully launched the Juno spacecraft, a solar-powered vehicle which will reach Jupiter five years from now. And NASA used an Atlas V rocket to do so. That's right — a former ICBM is being used to carry a peaceful scientific… »8/05/11 12:51pm8/05/11 12:51pm