The Horrible Things That Happen If You Don't Get Enough Sodium

In the 1930s, it was generally accepted that the body needed sodium to function, but no one had studied what broke down when the sodium in a person's diet was removed. One researcher researcher and four volunteers decided to find out. It was awful. » 2/25/15 7:30am 2/25/15 7:30am

This dancing sodium is way more dangerous than it looks

Click the play button on the video above, and you'll see a piece of sodium leaping over and over to get its (metaphoric) toes out of the water. It looks like a cute little experiment — but it's not quite as safe as it looks. Find out why! » 9/06/12 11:39am 9/06/12 11:39am

Fast-food salt content varies by country. Guess who gets the most?

Fast food is loaded with salt. This should come at no surprise. What is surprising, however, is that the same menu items often have different salt levels depending on where they're served. » 4/16/12 12:00pm 4/16/12 12:00pm

Watch 30,000 pounds of wartime sodium explode in a frozen lake

In the days before environmental regulations, the War Assets Administration disposed of its metallic sodium from WWII the old-fashioned way — by throwing it into Washington's Lake Lenore and watching it go boom. So let's sit back and kick off the week with a nice chemical explosion. » 2/26/12 8:00am 2/26/12 8:00am

Controversial new theory claims life got its start in Russian hot…

The fossil record reveals the last 3.4 billion years of life on Earth. But before then, when life first emerged, we have next to nothing. The consensus view is that life began in the oceans... but there might be another, weirder, possibility. » 2/13/12 4:00pm 2/13/12 4:00pm