Watch This CD Rip Apart –  At 170,000 FPS

The Slow Mo Guys filmed a CD spinning up to 23,000 rpm at a genuinely incredible 170,000 frames per second. It's the highest frame rate they've ever employed on the channel, and it's pretty spectacular to watch. (For reference, the footage up top was shot at "only" 28,500 FPS.) » 3/30/15 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves

In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves. » 3/30/15 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone.

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought. » 3/30/15 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

Sharks Can Bark Like Dogs

Sometimes nature is just out to screw with you. There are at least two kinds of shark that can, when handled, bark like dogs. Anyone who wonders if their bark is worse than their bite is welcome to try to find out. » 3/30/15 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head?

So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain? » 3/30/15 11:20am Today 11:20am

No, NASA Is Not Planning To Build A Space Station With Russia

This past weekend, the head of Roscosmos announced plans to build a new orbital space station in partnership with NASA to replace the aging International Space Station. Too bad it isn't true. » 3/30/15 7:40am Today 7:40am

Tell Us Your Very Best Stories From Inside The Lab

Let's face it: Sometimes the process of doing science is a lot messier (and more fire-prone) than it seems from the outside. Today, we want to hear all your best, most harrowing stories from inside of the lab. » 3/30/15 7:00am Today 7:00am

The Animal With The Most Legendary Testicles In The World

The tanuki is a kind of canid native to Japan. Over the years it has gotten quite a reputation... or rather, its testicles have. » 3/30/15 6:30am Today 6:30am

Color Isn't Always About Sex, Study Finds

When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival. » 3/29/15 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

A New Type of Dyson Sphere May Be Nearly Impossible to Detect

Over fifty years ago, physicist Freeman Dyson proposed an awesome, if slightly insane, idea: That an advanced alien civilization might construct a massive, energy-harvesting sphere around its star, and bunk up inside. » 3/28/15 4:00pm Saturday 4:00pm

Ancient, Predatory "Lobster" is an Ancestor to All Modern Arthropods

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, shrimp and butterflies, was a predatory "lobster-like" creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago. » 3/28/15 1:00pm Saturday 1:00pm

How long would it take to fall through Earth? For years, physics students have been told the answer is 42 minutes. But a new calculation, published in the latest issue of The American Journal of Physics, gives a more accurate travel time of 38 minutes. Over at Science, Adrian Cho unpacks the new equation. » 3/27/15 8:00pm Friday 8:00pm

There May Be A Disease That Makes An Octopus Eat Its Own Arms

Here's a horror with which to start your weekend. Multiple octopuses have been spotted engaging in autophagy — otherwise known as self-eating. They will consume their own arms, and no one knows why. » 3/27/15 5:30pm Friday 5:30pm

All Hail Opportunity Rover, Future Martian Terror

Back in 2010, XKCD's Randall Munroe devoted a surprisingly moving webcomic to Spirit, NASA's ill-fated and ultimately abandoned Mars rover. Today's comic is about Spirit's twin, the apparently indomitable Opportunity, and its tone is markedly less sentimental. » 3/27/15 4:40pm Friday 4:40pm

These Birds Really Do Use "Spanish Fly" To Get Laid

Spanish fly isn't just a mythical drug. It's a real thing, and these male birds use it to get females to mate with them. Learn how spanish fly works, but only when males take it. » 3/27/15 3:20pm Friday 3:20pm

Tropical Regions Are Getting Wetter Thanks To Bigger Thunderstorms 

Climate scientists are reporting that increasing rainfall in the world's warmest and wettest regions are being fueled by a recent surge in large, well-organized thunderstorms. » 3/27/15 2:30pm Friday 2:30pm

Watch Today's Historic Launch To The ISS, Live Right Now!

Today at 12:42 p.m. PDT/3:42 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to begin his year-long journey to the International Space Station — a voyage which, if successful, will surpass the U.S. record for longest-duration human spaceflight by more than 100 days. » 3/27/15 12:20pm Friday 12:20pm

The Truth Behind The Million Dollar Space Pen Hoax

There's a famous legend that America spent millions on the development of a "Space Pen" that writes upside down, while the Russians used a pencil. Here's the truth behind the legend. » 3/27/15 9:30am Friday 9:30am

Ganymede's Bizarre Bulge Baffles Scientists

There's a strange bulge on the Solar System's largest moon, one that measures 375 miles wide and nearly two miles tall. Scientists aren't entirely sure why it's there or what caused it, but it may have something to do with the Jovian moon's subsurface ocean. » 3/27/15 9:20am Friday 9:20am