The theremin: scary music to our ears

The first electronic instrument, the theremin, was popularized by 1950s scifi films and the original Star Trek theme song. It has no strings and no keyboard, and was invented in the 1920s. Find out how it works. » 10/28/10 2:00pm 10/28/10 2:00pm

The mystery of collective intelligence

Birds in flocks make turns as a collective. Ants build, supply, and defend their burrows. How does a group make better decisions than any one of its members? Welcome to the hive mind. » 10/28/10 7:00am 10/28/10 7:00am

Fart collecting and testicle mashing: The grossest jobs in science

Considering a career in science? You know, all those clean labs and shiny white coats? Well consider this: A lot of science jobs are more disgusting than all the Saw movies put together. We round up seven of the grossest. » 10/27/10 1:18pm 10/27/10 1:18pm

Are you seeing patterns in numbers everywhere? You're not crazy - it's…

Pick any large set of random data you like. Look at the first digit of all the numbers. You're going to see a lot of ones. It's not just a coincidence. It's the law. » 10/27/10 11:29am 10/27/10 11:29am