How genes influence preferences for tea or coffee

  Rich Haridy – Sensitivity to the bitterness of caffeine has been found to actually increase a person’s propensity to drink coffee (Credit: massonforstock/Depositphotos). Intriguing new research has revealed that people with a preference for drinking coffee over tea tend to display a genetic variant …

Rains bring death to the Atacama Desert

  David Szondy – – A small, ephemeral lagoon in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert (Credit: Carlos González-Silva/Provided). Water may be an essential element of life, but to the scarce microbes that inhabit the Mars-like Atacama Desert in Chile, it’s death. …

RFIQ tech uses cheap stickers to detect tainted food

  Ben Coxworth – RFIQ is based on a process known as “weak coupling” (Credit: MIT). Passive RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are small, inexpensive, battery-less labels that are already used to track and identify a wide variety of items. If MIT’s experimental RFIQ …

 

New sphinx uncovered in Egypt

By Barry Neild – (CNN) — Some amazing archeological finds involve daring adventures into hidden tombs. Others — as is the case with the discovery of a beautiful new sphinx in Egypt — simply involve a spot of drainage. – The newly uncovered …

Science confirms: Earth has more than one ‘moon’

Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist. Scotty Hendricks –  Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two “pseudo-satellites” in orbit around the earth. These dust clouds were first discovered …

For $150,000 you can now order your own Hoverbike

  Rich Haridy – $10,000 will reserve you a limited edition Hoverbike (Credit: Hoversurf). After first spotting this crazy looking motorcycle-styled hoverbike in early 2017, we were skeptical the contraption would ever move beyond just an odd engineering curiosity. However, Russian company Hoversurf …

Dark-roast coffee may prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

  Ben Coxworth –  The longer a coffee is roasted, the higher its level of phenylindanes (Credit: AlekseyPatsyuk/Depositphotos). For years, scientists have suspected that drinking coffee helps lessen the chances of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A new study indicates that this may indeed …

The seafloor is dissolving, thanks to human activity

  Michael Irving – A new study has found that human activity is dissolving the seafloor (Credit: tomisl.z/Depositphotos). Excess carbon dioxide isn’t just building up in the atmosphere – the oceans are holding onto more of the stuff too, fizzing them up like …

Harvard scientists suggest ‘Oumuamua is an alien device

It’s an asteroid, it’s a comet, it’s actually a spacecraft? By Robby Berman – Original: ESO/M. KornmesserDerivative: nagualdesign – Derivative of http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1737a/ – ‘Oumuamua is an oddly shaped, puzzling celestial object because it doesn’t act like anything naturally occurring. The issue? The unexpected …

What kind of personality are psychopaths attracted to?

New psychological research suggests that psychopaths are attracted to others with their same disposition. By Mike Colagrossi – A study found that people with psychopathic traits are more likely to be attracted to others on the same psychopathic spectrum. Psychopathic qualities include lack …

10 paradoxes that will stretch your mind

From time-traveling billiard balls to information-destroying black holes, the world’s got plenty of puzzles that are hard to wrap your head around. By Matthew Davis – – While it’s one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble …

Just Months of American Life Change the Microbiome

Immigrants’ gut bacteria “westernize” soon after they move to the U.S., which might influence obesity in immigrants and Americans alike.   By Olga Khazan  – A Vietnamese woman of Hmong ethnic tribe carries a grass basket on a terraced rice paddy field during …

FTC Halts Purveyors of Sham Health Insurance Plans

  Florida-based Simple Health Plans LLC has collected more than $100 million with deceptive schemes targeting Americans in need of coverage. At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge temporarily shut down a Florida-based operation that allegedly collected more than …

Think Colorado is a rectangle? Think again.

The Centennial State has 697 sides‚ not four. Frank Jacobs – Colorado looks like a rectangle. It isn’t. The Centennial State has not four, but 697 sides. That makes it a hexahectaenneacontakaiheptagon. Does that make Wyoming the only real rectangular state? Well, about …

Moose Cavalry

Eurasian elk – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Moose cavalry are military units of cavalrymen mounted on moose (Eurasian elk, Alces alces alces) rather than the more usual horses. There are legends that state that the Mansi people of Western Siberia rode …

How genes influence preferences for tea or coffee

  Rich Haridy – Sensitivity to the bitterness of caffeine has been found to actually increase a person’s propensity to drink coffee (Credit: massonforstock/Depositphotos). Intriguing new research has revealed that people with a preference for drinking coffee over tea tend to display a genetic variant …

Rains bring death to the Atacama Desert

  David Szondy – – A small, ephemeral lagoon in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert (Credit: Carlos González-Silva/Provided). Water may be an essential element of life, but to the scarce microbes that inhabit the Mars-like Atacama Desert in Chile, it’s death. …

RFIQ tech uses cheap stickers to detect tainted food

  Ben Coxworth – RFIQ is based on a process known as “weak coupling” (Credit: MIT). Passive RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are small, inexpensive, battery-less labels that are already used to track and identify a wide variety of items. If MIT’s experimental RFIQ …

New sphinx uncovered in Egypt

By Barry Neild – (CNN) — Some amazing archeological finds involve daring adventures into hidden tombs. Others — as is the case with the discovery of a beautiful new sphinx in Egypt — simply involve a spot of drainage. – The newly uncovered …

Science confirms: Earth has more than one ‘moon’

Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist. Scotty Hendricks –  Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two “pseudo-satellites” in orbit around the earth. These dust clouds were first discovered …