Scientist Tries to Justify the Awful Snake-Eats-Man Discovery Special 

A few weeks ago, Discovery Channel aired one of the worst pseudo-science documentaries in its history. Called Eaten Alive, it was about what would happen if a giant anaconda tried to eat a person. Now, the environmental researcher behind the documentary says he still thinks it was a good idea. » 12/24/14 1:34pm Today 1:34pm

How Much Money Would an Earth-Like Exoplanet Really Be Worth to Us?

The prospect of finding another planet like Earth is exciting from the perspective of exploration — and our future as a species. But let's consider the bottom line. What would such a discovery really be worth for us in terms of money? Astronomy journalist Lee Billings breaks it down for you. » 12/23/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

A Cool New Theory Explains Why Red Wine Is So Damned Good For You

The antioxidant resveratrol, which is found in red wine and other foods like nuts and soy, is known for its ability to decrease incidence of heart disease and other illnesses, leading some to call it the "elixir of youth." Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute now have an explanation for how it works. » 12/23/14 12:20pm Yesterday 12:20pm

How To Brew Your Own Snowflakes In An Empty Soda Bottle

Whether you're tromping through piles of freshly fallen snow or digging your toes into the sand far away from the nearest snowflake, there's a way to brew up a very tiny snowstorm right in your own house — and all you need to do it is a sponge, an empty soda bottle, fishing line, a paperclip, and some dry ice. » 12/23/14 10:08am Yesterday 10:08am

Why 19th Century Scientists Believed That Life Originated In Space

The Panspermia Hypothesis holds that life on our planet traces its origins to space—say, a microbe-laden meteorite landing on primordial Earth. The theory, conceived before humans even went into space, was actually born out of criticism of Charles Darwin and his perceived failure to explain how life began. » 12/23/14 8:00am Yesterday 8:00am