A 2,000-Year-Old Mystery Papyrus Reveals Its Secrets

For centuries, no one could read it. by Sarah Laskow –  The papyrus before conservation. University of Basel. At the University of Basel, in Switzerland, the papyrus collection contained a mystery. Most of the papyri had come to the university around 1900, for …

Quantum radar to render stealth technologies ineffective

  David Szondy – The new quantum radar would negate the near-invisibility of stealth aircraft like the B-2 Spirit bomber (Credit: USAF) Stealth technology may not be very stealthy in the future thanks to a US$2.7-million project by the Canadian Department of National …

New nanogel neutralizes deadly snake venom

  Michael Irving – A new nanogel could make for a better snake antivenom, by sequestering the toxins within the bloodstream (Credit: SURZet/Depositphotos) According to the World Health Organization, snakes bite an estimated 5 million people each year, killing more than 100,000 of …

Dogs excel at sniffing out human illness

Now researchers are trying to build a machine version of the perfect dog nose – Photo by Stéphane Juban on Unsplash.   Christa Trexler – Cardiology, UC San Diego.    Dogs are amazing at a lot of things. Their cuddling skills are unrivaled (sorry …

Ancient human DNA found in dirt, not fossils

By Lisa-Ann Lee – Several well-preserved Neanderthal remains have been found in the Vindija cave in Croatia (Credit: MPI f. Evolutionary Anthropology/ J. Krause)   When life gives you an ancient cave filled with dirt, look for DNA. That’s what paleontologists and those involved …

Inexpensive houses could be 3D-printed from peat

  Ben Coxworth – The University of Tartu’s Prof. Toomas Tenno, with test pieces of the material (Credit: Merilyn Merisalu) Some of the earliest houses in Northern Europe were made out of slabs of peat, as it was a cheap and abundant building …

Heat slows down the brain by 13%

by Ned Dymoke –  Airplane!, 1980, Paramount Pictures.    A Harvard study of 44 students has confirmed what each and every one of us who has ever been an adult human has learned: summer heat doesn’t help you think. Half the students lived …

Solar window blinds both block and harvest sunlight

  Ben Coxworth – Each SolarGap slat is equipped with an array of solar panels. Regular window blinds already help people to save electricity – by keeping incoming sunlight from heating a room up, they reduce the need to run an air conditioner. …

10 Indian Thinkers and Why You Should Know Them.

by Scotty Hendricks – India is a vast land, rich in history, beauty, and great ideas. Here, we want to introduce you to ten great minds in Indian thought. These ten thinkers span thousands of years, include several religions, and more than a …

10 of the strangest exoplanets in the universe

by Mike Colagrossi – 55 Cancri e, or “Hellfire Earth”. All pictures nasa.gov. Exoplanets are planets that lie beyond our own solar system and revolve around other stars many light years away. In the past two decades, thousands have been discovered, most of …

Wearing a tie cuts circulation to your brain

by Ned Dymoke – Flickr user: Amtec Staffing. Ties: they’re what the majority of the men in the western working world wear day in, day out, around their necks. Some wear them way too long. Others wear them comically short. Some have bows, …

The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained

We explain nothing. By Brian Resnick@B_resnickbrian@vox.com   Additional reporting by Ellen Rolfes and Kimberly Mas – Dude … have you ever, like, even thought about the number zero? It’s wild.  Getty Images.  The computer you’re reading this article on right now runs on a …

It turns out spiders ‘fly’ on magnoelectricity

by Robby Berman – A spider tiptoes before heading to the sky. (University of Bristol). It’s been a longstanding mystery: Spiders have been seen hundreds of miles out to sea and thousands of feet up in the air. They are amazing creatures, but …

Imperial Motion pitches the first self-healing tent

  Michael Irving – Imperial Motion’s new Nano Cure Tent can self-heal small punctures and holes in its surface (Credit: Imperial Motion) Everything from electronics to concrete is getting the self-healing treatment nowadays, but the technology rarely seems to make it to commercial …

Scammers create fake emergencies to get your money

by Carol Kando-Pineda – Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education. Scammers try to trick you into thinking a loved one is in trouble. They call, text, email, or send messages on social media about a supposed emergency with a family member or …