Bertha Courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation 57.5 feet: the width of the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, the 25,000-horsepower Bertha 10 months: the time it will take NASA's new MAVEN spacecraft to reach Mars.
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A female specimen of a zebrafish (Danio rerio) breed with fantails Azul via Wikimedia Commons The striped zebrafish is a popular pet, not uncommon in aquariums.
'Til You Drop Robinsons Place Manila, Philippines Ninjakeg, CC BY-SA 3.0 You've seen it happen. One day, you're aspirationally browsing performance outerwear online; the next day, you're seeing ads for Primaloft and Gore-Tex on every website you visit.
Primary forest in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Natural National Park was named the most irreplaceable site for threatened species in the world.
Beach on Margarita Island, Venezuela Photo by Enano275 on Wikimedia Commons The Caribbean's complex history has given the area more than diverse languages and delicious food.
Fecundity Michelle Mruk An organism's fecundity is the number of offspring it can have in a lifetime.
sunset through the chainlinks theilr Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this week.
Maven At Mars NASA/Goddard CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In their infancy, maybe even into their adolescence, Earth and Mars were more alike than they were different.
Coravin Wine Access System Brian Klutch Wanting only a glass or two of wine puts drinkers in a tough spot.
Pictures of baby Noah showed a milkiness in one eye, which later indicated retinoblastoma. Elizabeth Shaw, courtesy of Bryan Shaw Like most parents, Bryan Shaw snapped unending pictures of his new son Noah.
Ming Bangor University Here you see Ming, a mollusk of the species Arctica islandica. In 2006, researchers discovered the bivalve in Iceland, and examined its interior growth rings--patterns on the inside of its shell--to determine its age.
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Hydrocodone DEA The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers prescription painkiller overdoses a public health epidemic, calling prescription drug abuse the "fastest growing drug problem in the United States." Opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin are the leading cause of fatal drug overdoses, which have risen dramatically over the past few decades.
IBM Watson Watson is dead. IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, whose calculations resided on a custom-built bank of servers roughly the size of a master bedroom, is no more.
A primate brain, ready for its close-up. StyleShoots Macaque anatomist Roxana Kooijmans wants you to know about her brains.
Researching H7N9 CDC A common strain of bird flu that had previously only infected poultry has reached what's reported to be its first human patient, according to a study released in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine today.
Explore a hypothetical North American Hyperloop network, where total travel time between cities by Hyperloop is represented by color.
Fermenting Susan Dwyer Back in August of 2011, unconventional chef David Chang stood up in front of a gathering of chefs and other food people in Copenhagen to give a talk about food and microbiology.