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Meanwhile in the Future: Endangered Animals Live in Armored Zoos

Many scientists believe that the Earth is approaching another mass extinction event. Between deforestation, pollution, hunting, and general human encroachment, all sorts of species are at risk of going extinct. In this week’s future, humans give up on saving species where they live and instead put them in armored zoos. » 9/01/15 1:10pm Today 1:10pm

Fantastic Science and Tech Books that Will Reboot Your Brain for Fall

Summer is slipping away fast, but there’s still time to spend a long weekend devouring a book on the beach. And it doesn’t have to be the trashy romance variety: We’ve collected a bunch of great science and tech reads that’ll entertain you while getting your brain in shape for school — or just get you thinking again… » 9/01/15 10:17am Today 10:17am

RIP Oliver Sacks: 7 Must-Read Books and Stories About Our Beautiful Brains

In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died yesterday at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favorite books… » 9/01/15 7:40am Today 7:40am

Afternoon Hypnosis: Watch These Droplets Coalesce and Break at Terminal Velocity

It’s (relatively) easy to get water droplets to move at terminal velocity. They don’t even have to be moving relative to you. Just get air flowing upwards fast enough, and the water will hover, without increasing its speed up or down. Then throw more water drops at it, and see what happens. » 8/31/15 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

You Can Actually Poison Yourself If You Eat Undercooked Beans

When you get a package of dry beans examine the cooking instructions on the side. Most likely they’ll stress that after you’ve soaked your beans in water for an hour or two, you should discard the water before cooking the beans very, very well. That’s not just a culinary tip. Undercooking your beans can cause extreme,… » 8/31/15 6:30am Yesterday 6:30am

Antimatter Will Surf on Plasma Waves in the Particle Colliders of the Future

The best way to study the subatomic particles that make up the most fundamental building blocks of our universe is, of course, to smash them into each other with as much energy as possible. And now physicists at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory say they’ve found a better way to do that. » 8/30/15 3:30pm Sunday 3:30pm

A substance so sensitive it immediately explodes on the lightest touch

Boom! Even if a feather dropped on or a mosquito landed on or like a heavy piece of dust managed to get on top of nitrogen triiodide, an immediate dark purple explosion happens. It’s because nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that it detonates when it’s disturbed, even slightly. Here’s it firing off in slow motion. » 8/30/15 12:30pm Sunday 12:30pm

This Is a Very Strange Cure for Cyanide Poisoning

Cyanide poisoning is not a nice way to go. Essentially it’s open-air suffocation. Cyanide ions in the body interact with an enzyme called cytochrome oxidase. This enzyme works with hemoglobin in the blood. It preferentially picks up cyanide when it should be picking up oxygen, meaning the body slowly dies for lack of… » 8/28/15 6:30am Friday 6:30am