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Never Pop a Zit With Woodcarving Tools

Let’s preface this whole story with a disclaimer: It’s never really a good idea to pop a pimple. But, if you must, absolutely do not use a dirty woodworking blade.

Why Does Gravity Travel at the Speed of Light?

The dead cores of two stars collided 130 million years ago in a galaxy somewhat far away. The collision was so extreme that it caused a wrinkle in space-time — a gravitational wave.

For Homo Sapiens, This Is as Good as It Gets

Well, that’s it. Pack it in, boys. Show’s over for us as a species: We’ve peaked. At least, we might have, according to a paper in Frontiers in Physiology.

We're Throwing Away Too Many Viable Kidneys, Study Suggests

Researchers found that thousands of potentially usable kidneys have gone to waste across the United States in recent years, leaving many patients waiting unnecessarily for transplants.

Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

You may consume coffee to get your day started, as a pick-me-up, or to get you through a lengthy meeting.

Mark Your Calendars for a Superb Geminid Meteor Shower

The stars — or at least the Moon — will align this month for a terrific display of meteors. The Geminid shower ranks as both the richest and most reliable of the annual meteor showers.

Large-scale Genetic Study Helps Untangle Male Sexuality

While the discussion of “nature versus nurture” dominates many areas of scientific research, the debate is particularly contentious when it comes to the origin of sexual preference.

Wrinkled Fingers Might Be Your Body's Rain Treads

Pruny fingers, they're an unavoidable byproduct of a long bath or a turn washing the dishes. Though they may seem like little more than the puzzling cost of getting our hands wet, the phenomenon could actually be helping us keep a tight grip on those wine glasses.

Plate Tectonics on Europa Boost Odds for Finding Life

On Earth, the theory of plate tectonics describes the way large pieces of the planet’s crust move and interact.

Scientists Crack the Mystery of an Exploding Egg

Scientists had an explosive mystery on their hands. A man suing a restaurant claimed an egg he bit into detonated loudly enough to damage his hearing.

Love at First Sight? Nah

Cynics rejoice — the oft-reported phenomenon of love at first sight is more akin to lust at first sight.

All Things Iron from the Bronze Age Had Cosmic Origins

Looks like King Tut's space dagger wasn't so special after all. The legendary Egyptian pharaoh was found last year to have been buried with a dagger forged from a meteorite, a truly cosmic artifact fit for a king.

Good News! Worms Make Babies in 'Martian' Soil

Worms can not only survive in faux Martian soil — they can start a new generation. That's the conclusion from biologist Wieger Wamelink who recently discovered two baby worms in his simulated Mars soil experiment.

If You Stuck Your Head in a Particle Accelerator...

What happens when you stick your head inside a particle accelerator and get hit with a beam of trillions of protons?

Voyager 1 Fires Dormant Thrusters for the First Time in 37 Years

Man, they just don't build 'em like they used to. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has fired up a pair of thrusters that haven't been used for 37 years.

'Uptown' and 'Downtown' NYC Rats Are Genetically Distinct

If you're an uptown rat, you don't associate with the downtown kind. Segregation is real if you're a rat in New York City, though likely for more prosaic reasons than in their human counterparts.

Artificial DNA Base Pair Expands Life's Vocabulary

Scientists have taken another step towards putting two additional letters in the dictionary of life to work.

Smile, Your Car Is on Google Street View

When sedans outnumber pickup trucks, chances are the community votes Democrat. When pickup trucks rule, the community leans Republican.

Heart-Stopping Sex? Forget About It

During sex, the heart races, blood pressure rises and the breath quickens, sometimes to a pant. Muscles tense and euphoric feelings flood the brain.

Shell Shape Helps Tortoises Get Up

It’s tough being an adult giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands—they’re always one step away from flipping upside down.


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