Keeping Curious.

Radium Was a Miracle Product, Until It Started Killing People

Radium Was a Miracle Product, Until It Started Killing People

Hoping to get your pearly whites brighter? Try radioactive toothpaste! Is that a sad, boring piece of toast? Spread on some radium butter for a tasty treat.  In the early 20th century, the harmful...

What Would a Machine as Smart as God Want?

What Would a Machine as Smart as God Want?

Physicist Freeman Dyson wrote the paper to counter physicist Steven Weinberg’s infamous remark that “the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless. No universe with intelligence is pointless, Dyson retorted. He...

Big Earthquakes May Be More Likely During New and Full Moons

Big Earthquakes May Be More Likely During New and Full Moons

Every two weeks, on the full and new moons, the sun, moon and Earth fall along a nearly straight line. The combination of gravitational forces in this arrangement creates large swings in the tides. But...

Yawns Help the Brain Keep Its Cool

Yawns Help the Brain Keep Its Cool

Gallup says yawns have traditionally been known as a sign of sleepiness, or boredom. But recent evidence suggests that yawning may function to promote brain cooling. The idea being, when you breathe in deeply,...

Polar Bears Can’t Just Switch to Terrestrial Food

Polar Bears Can’t Just Switch to Terrestrial Food

Scientists once thought that polar bears might survive by supplementing their pinniped diet by turning to terrestrial foods like snow geese, their eggs and caribou. While captive, the bears do not eat. They drop about one...

China’s Electric Taxi Plan is a Logistical Nightmare

China’s Electric Taxi Plan is a Logistical Nightmare

China has a plan to reduce pollution in Beijing: it’s going to replace all 67,000 gas-powered taxis with electric models, a plan expected to cost operators around nine billion yuan ($1.3 billion). The problem...

Solid Glass Electrolytes Could Save Electric Car Batteries

Solid Glass Electrolytes Could Save Electric Car Batteries

The secret to the team’s research is moving away from the usual liquid-filled lithium-ion batteries. Instead, Goodenough and senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga use solid glass electrolytes — chemical structures that allow an...

Archaeologists Survey Seaplanes Sunk During Pearl Harbor Attack

Archaeologists Survey Seaplanes Sunk During Pearl Harbor Attack

For the first time, archaeologists have been able to map and image the sunken fleet of seaplanes destroyed in a prelude to the Pearl Harbor attack 74 years ago. Minutes before attacking Pearl Harbor,...

37 Years Ago, America’s Relationship with Volcanoes Changed Forever

37 Years Ago, America’s Relationship with Volcanoes Changed Forever

This turned into one of the most well-studied eruptions in human history: American volcanologists had eyes on the mountain from the beginning, and were quick to get instruments to her slopes the instant she...

Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years as temperatures increased as a result of climate change. The continued retreat of glaciers will make the...