Category: Science

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Respiratory System: Our Avenue for Gas Exchange

Reference Article: Respiratory system facts, function and diseases. The human respiratory system is a series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The primary organs of the respiratory system are the lungs, which carry out this exchange

A Tiny Magma Blob May Rewrite Earth’s History of Plate Tectonics

A blob of magma entombed in a bubble smaller than the width of a human hair and found in South Africa may turn back the clock on Earth’s first slow dance of the rocky slabs that make up its outer

A Banana-Stop Fungus Has Reached Latin America. Does This Spell the End for Bananas?

Bad news for banana lovers. Bad news for banana lovers: A fungus that’s particularly adept at killing the fruit has finally reached Latin America — a major supplier of the world’s bananas — as scientists long feared it would. Recently, officials in

Smoke from Burning Amazon Turns São Paulo Afternoon into Midnight

There’s so much smoke from wildfires in the Amazon rainforest that São Paulo plunged into darkness on Monday afternoon (Aug. 19), with day turning into night.  The atmosphere, reminiscent of Mordor in “The Lord of the Rings,” was a reminder

What Is Dark Energy?

Reference Article: A brief explanation of dark energy. Dark energy is an enigmatic phenomenon that acts in opposition to gravity and is responsible for accelerating the expansion of the universe. Though dark energy constitutes three-fourths of the mass-energy of the cosmos, its

Biblical War Revealed on 2,800-Year-Old Stone Altar

The altar reveals new details about a rebellion against the Kingdom of Israel. This 2,800 year-old cylindrical stone altar was recently discovered in a sanctuary within the ancient city of Ataroth in Jordan. It has two inscriptions inscribed on it.

A Rail Gun the Size of Manhattan Could Reveal the Secrets of the Higgs Boson

If we build it, we could get a bumper crop of Higgs bosons Nobody messes with the Large Hadron Collider. It’s the supreme particle smasher of the present age, and nothing can touch its energy capabilities or ability to study the

The inside scoop on Charmin’s fake poop (and how it helps keep your butt clean)

Seven things I learned touring a toilet paper lab in Cincinnati. I’ve always been a big fan of poop, and not just because I get plenty of fiber. As a science journalist, I’ve long felt that stories about stools are some

How humans created color for thousands of years

Back before we could paint our world with pixels, we needed precious commodities to make pigments. Most of the hues we look at these days come courtesy of 16,777,216 alphanumeric keys called Hex codes; tinting your technicolor digital life is

Why the smartest people can make the dumbest mistakes

Excerpt: The Intelligence Trap It is June 17, 1922, and two middle-aged men—one short and squat, the other tall and lumbering with a walrus moustache—are sitting on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They are Harry Houdini and Arthur