Depriving Infants Of Peanut Products May Have Been A Colossal Mistake

For years, parents have been told to withhold peanuts from their children until the age of three, to prevent the onset of dangerous peanut allergies. A landmark study is now throwing this conventional wisdom on its head, instead suggesting that most peanut allergies can be staved off by introducing peanuts to… » 2/24/15 8:20am 2/24/15 8:20am

The Truth Behind Interstellar's "Scientifically Accurate" Black Hole

You've probably heard that the black hole in Interstellar was a simulation of unprecedented scientific accuracy. You may also have heard that its creation led to an "amazing scientific discovery" having to do with the shape of its accretion disk, which loops over and under its dark, central shadow. Neither of these… » 2/17/15 12:10pm 2/17/15 12:10pm

Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader, who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack, is huge in pop culture. And this idea informs how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least,… » 11/28/14 1:00pm 11/28/14 1:00pm

Why You Get Sick On Planes – And How To Keep It From Happening

If you're about to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving, you're probably dreading the possibility that you'll catch a bug along the way, and with good reason: Many people come down with something nasty in the days following an airplane flight. Why does this happen, and how can you keep yourself from getting sick? » 11/21/14 12:34pm 11/21/14 12:34pm

Why The Discovery Channel's "Eaten Alive" Stunt Could Kill An Ananconda

We don't know if the Discovery Channel's upcoming Eaten Alive special will truly show an adult man being swallowed by an anaconda. But regardless of whether it's real or fake, you should steer clear of this special, because if an anaconda did try to swallow a human, it would injure—and could even kill—the snake. » 11/14/14 12:19pm 11/14/14 12:19pm