Learn Science With the Insane Clown Posse

I’ll keep this short, because there’s not much I can say to illustrate the majesty of Cracked.com’s “Textbook for Juggalos.” If those words don’t make any sense to you, here’s what you need to know: schlocky Christian horror-gangsta rappers Insane Clown Posse have a new video out called “Miracles” which, in short, is about how [...more]

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Apr 22 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss

Study Shows Accents Trump Race

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A newly-released study suggest that people pick up on accents when first meeting someone even more than they see race. Researchers at Harvard University examined “youngsters” to see who they would align with, someone of their own race, or someone with a similar accent. The study, from developmental psychologist Katherine D. Kinzler and colleagues, showed [...more]

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Mar 15 2010
By Nick Upton

Is Kindess Contagoius?

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In a really interesting but slightly confusing study, scientists showed that kindness is contagious — even if it doesn’t make sense. Political scientist James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, and medical sociologist Nicholas Christakis of Harvard University published their study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Basically, the study [...more]

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Mar 10 2010
By Nick Upton

App Tries To Create Citizen Scientists

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A new iPhone app called Noah turns anyone with a cell phone, some legs and some time into a citizen scientist. The app lets users update a map with mushrooms, animals, trees — any flora or fauna — so that scientists can see changes or mini surveys of an area without all the work. The [...more]

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Mar 03 2010
By Nick Upton

Gigantic Online UK Science Archive Launches

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Did you know that there are no voice recordings of computer pioneer Alan Turing, or of hovercraft inventor Christopher Cockerell? You think someone would have shoved a microphone in the face of Nobel laureate AV Hill at some point, but no – these scientists, in fact, 30 major British scientists – including 9 Nobel winners [...more]

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Mar 02 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

Ego Pushes People Back Into Bad Habits

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If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking or quit eating fast food or kick a nasty heroin habit, you probably know that once you get a taste of that old addiction, you’re right back to selling your roommates TV for a Big Mac. Now scientists give a bit of a glimpse into why people slip [...more]

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Mar 01 2010
By Nick Upton

Wolfram Alpha Updates Their $50 iPhone App

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For those who don’t remember, Wolfram Alpha is a website that answers user questions by directly computing the answer, instead of crawling the web for the answer like a traditional search engine. They sell an iPhone app of their website that sells for…get this…FIFTY DOLLARS. Going to the Wolfram Alpha website? Free. Visiting the Wolfram [...more]

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Feb 09 2010
By Asterios Kokkinos

Brainiacs Turn Water Into Elastic

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Japanese scientists have found a novel way to make an incredibly cheap plastic substance from mostly water. According the journal Nature, the scientists created the substance with 95 percent water and a bit of clay and “appropriate organic matters.” The new material was obtained by adding about two grams of clay and a small quantity [...more]

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Feb 02 2010
By Nick Upton

Mass Effect 2 Tackles Tricky Science Of Dark Energy

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Tackling the concept of dark energy is pretty difficult, but that doesn’t keep video game makers from cutting some corners and trying. Bioware, the maker of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, has turned the typical fantasy magic into science fiction by creating something that resembles dark energy. Even though physicists told Scientific American that [...more]

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Jan 26 2010
By Nick Upton

I Knew It! Gamers Have Bigger Brains!

All this time, I guess I’ve been studying. According to a new study, games have specific brain structures that are larger than non-gamers, and the size of these structures is directly related to success at certain tasks. The study, conducted at the University of Illinois and published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, used a specifically [...more]

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Jan 25 2010
By J. Matthew Zoss