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Why Are Whales So Dang Big? Science May Finally Have an Answer
Baleen whales probably only grew colossal some 3 million years ago, and it was probably climate change that triggered the transformation. The post Why Are Whales So Dang Big? Science May Finally Have an Answer appeared first on WIRED. Source link Read more
Scientists Found Sperm’s Power Switch—And a Way to Turn It Off
Sperm need calcium ions to drill into an egg and fertilize it. Compounds that muck up ion transport could create a new class of male birth control. The post Scientists Found Sperm’s Power Switch—And a Way to Turn It Off appeared first on WIRED. Source link Read more
This App Guilts You Into Not Buying From Crummy Companies
The Aspiration Impact Measurement rates companies based on how they treat people, and the planet. The post This App Guilts You Into Not Buying From Crummy Companies appeared first on WIRED. Source link Read more
The Scientists Trying to Keep Zika Out of Your Placenta
Because if scientists can prevent virus transmission in utero, they can prevent Zika’s devastating birth defects. The post The Scientists Trying to Keep Zika Out of Your Placenta appeared first on WIRED. Source link Read more
British Teenager Points Out Error in NASA Data
A 17-year-old British teenager pointed out a major error in a set of data that NASA collects from the International Space Station (ISS), the media reported. A-level student Miles Soloman from Tapton School in Sheffield, was working on the TimPix project – which lets school students in the Britain... Read more
Peer Into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance
About 4 million years ago, a cave was forming in the Delaware Basin of what is now Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. From that time on, Lechuguilla Cave remained untouched by humans or animals until its discovery in 1986—an isolated, pristine primeval ecosystem. When the bacteria found... Read more
Let’s Calculate Pi on a Raspberry Pi to Celebrate Pi Day
I love pi. No, not pie. Pi. The number. This crazy number shows up in all sorts of weird places.  If you take the square root of the gravitational field (g = 9.8 N/kg) you approximately get pi. Place a mass on a spring and let it oscillate? Yup, you... Read more
Emails Reveal Close Ties Between EPA Boss Scott Pruitt and Fossil Fuel Interests
This story originally appeared on the Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma... Read more
How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder
What’s the difference between physics and biology? Take a golf ball and a cannonball and drop them off the Tower of Pisa. The laws of physics allow you to predict their trajectories pretty much as accurately as you could wish for. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from... Read more
Geological Explorers Discover a Passage to Earth’s Dark Age
In August, the geologist Matt Jackson left California with his wife and 4-year-old daughter for the fjords of northwest Iceland, where they camped as he roamed the outcrops and scree slopes by day in search of little olive-green stones called olivine. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from... Read more