How Long Would It Take to Fall Through the Earth?
Illustration showing the layers of Earth.
March 31st, 2015
Past calculations made an assumption about Earth's layers that doesn't hold up, meaning if a person dug a tunnel through the planet, they could fall through to the other side quickly, though they could get sucked back in at the other end.
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Kitty Litter to Blame for Nuclear Waste Leak
burst drum at WIPP
March 27th, 2015
Investigators confirmed that a 55-gallon metal drum of nuclear waste burst open in New Mexico after it was packed with the wrong kind of cat litter.
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Solid Gold: Poop Could Yield Precious Metals
gold in poop
March 24th, 2015
Instead of flushing millions down the toilet, we could be mining our poop for gold.
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Tampons Can Screen for Leaking Sewage
David Lerner
March 30th, 2015
Ordinary tampons can detect sewage pollution, a new study shows.
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Quantum Record! 3,000 Atoms Entangled in Bizarre State
an illustration showing a large number of atoms (purple) mutually entangled with one another.
March 27th, 2015
Physicists have entangled a record number of atoms in a way that their behaviors would stay connected even if they were at opposite ends of the universe. The finding could lead to ever more precise atomic clocks, the researchers say.
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No More Lions and Mammoths: Real Explorers Eat Bugs
fried tarantulas
March 19th, 2015
Fried tarantulas, baked cockroaches and grasshopper kabobs are on the menu for the Explorers Club annual dinner this weekend.
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Pi, Anyone? The Secret to Memorizing Tens of Thousands of Digits
Pi is an irrational number, meaning it cannot be written as a simple fraction.
March 13th, 2015
Every year, math enthusiasts celebrate Pi Day on March 14, because the date spells the first three digits (3.14) of pi, or π, the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.
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Stephen Hawking Wants to Trademark His Name
Stephen Hawking
March 30th, 2015
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist famous for his groundbreaking research in the face of pronounced physical disability, has applied to trademark his name.
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Proving Einstein Wrong with 'Spooky' Quantum Experiment
abstract image of weird swirly light.
March 26th, 2015
An experiment shows "spooky action at a distance," in which a particle is in two places at once until it gets measured, causing the particle to take on a definite position, in a phenomenon that Einstein thought was crazy.
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Bacterial Paintings? New Art Uses Tiny Life Forms
3D Bacteria
March 15th, 2015
New technology is blurring the boundaries between life and art, allowing artists to conceive of dystopian futures and strange human-algae hybrids.
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