Causes of Phobias Can Be Complicated

A New York woman was once so terrified of snakes that simply reading the word for the reptile would derail her into panic mode. Yet, the cause of her phobia wasn’t initially clear. “What was fascinating about it is she grew up on Long Island, which has no snakes as far as I know unless […]

Do You Have What It Takes To Be an Astronaut?

Astronauts have one of the most competitive jobs in the world — 18,300 people applied to be part of NASA’s 2017 class of astronauts, and only 12 made the final cut. But the process of finding astronauts with “the right stuff” has changed over time, and a lot of us Earthlings have the wrong idea […]

CBD Gummy Bears: Best Gummies and Complete Guide

This article contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the best-known compounds in the cannabis plant, which contains both psychoactive and non-psychoactive elements. The most well-known aspects of this chemical are its ability to help with pain relief and anti-inflammation, which […]

Barbados Breaks With Elizabeth II to Become the World’s Newest Republic

Barbados officially became a republic early Tuesday morning, casting off Elizabeth II as head of state and swearing in Sandra Mason as the country’s new president. Photo by Toby Melville via Getty Images Crowds cheered as fireworks illuminated the sky in Bridgetown, Barbados, early Tuesday, marking the formal end of the island nation’s nearly 400-year relationship […]

New Species of Ankylosaur Unearthed in Chile Had a Flat, Weapon-Like Tail

Ankylosaurs were herbivores that lived during the Late Cretaceous period.  Paleoartist credit: Lucas Jaymez via Nature Buried under the fine sediments of Chile’s arid Patagonia region, researchers were astonished to find a nearly complete fossilized dinosaur skeleton with an unusual club-like tail. The tail had seven pairs of flat, blade-like bony scales fused together—not seen […]

Searching for Curry and Enlightenment on the Indian Buffet Line

Indian buffets invite a range of eaters—from the timid to the adventurous—to explore and experiment without intimidation. Flickr user Dave Kliman It had been nearly two years since I graced the line of an Indian buffet before recently giving it another shot, in time for Diwali this year. My local haunt had always been Diwan in […]

What Does It Mean to Have Prediabetes?

It’s hard to know how to think about prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to qualify as full-blown diabetes. On the one hand, many people with prediabetes go on to develop diabetes, which is now the seventh-leading cause of death in the United […]

The Arctic Could Be Dominated by Rain Instead of Snow Within Decades

An increase in rainfall could create a feedback loop that leads to more warming, the study authors conclude. Paul Souders via Getty Images This summer, for the first time on record, rain fell on Greenland’s frozen summit. The Northern Hemisphere experienced warmer-than-usual summer temperatures this year, and even the coldest environments are being impacted. A […]

Scientists Unveiled the World’s First Living Robots Last Year. Now, They Can Reproduce

Using AI, supercomputers and a Frankenstein approach, scientists designed living robots from frogs’ stem cells. Douglas Blackiston, Tufts University Early last year, a team of researchers announced the world’s first living machines—bundles of stem cells from African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) that could be programmed to accomplish certain tasks. The sand grain–sized cells could successfully […]

Yes, Vikings Really Did Live in the Americas 1,000 Years Ago

Exactly 1,000 years ago, some of the first known European visitors were living, eating and chopping down trees off a small bay on the northern end of Newfoundland. These Norse seafarers didn’t etch a date into a tree or leave a rune stone during their temporary foray in the Americas. But we now know for certain they […]

Why Did This Chinese City of Canals Collapse in the Third Millennium B.C.E.?

Chemical analysis of stalagmites in nearby underwater caves indicated that extensive flooding caused the collapse of the Liangzhu culture. Haiwei Zhang Some 4,000 years ago, a sophisticated society that built a city of canals known as “China’s Venice of the Stone Age” abruptly vanished. Historians have long debated whether war, disease or famine caused the […]

Could This Chewing Gum Reduce the Spread of Covid-19?

The researchers note that the gum looks and feels like the type of gum found in convivence stores and can be stored at normal temperatures for years without damaging the ACE2 protein molecules that trap the SARS-coV-2 particles.   Malte Mueller/Getty Images Previous evidence has shown that people infected with Covid-19 have high levels of […]