White Spots, Lone Mountains, and Other Funny Business on Ceres

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka’ but ‘That’s funny…’” That quote, delivered by the brilliant science writer Isaac Asimov, keeps popping into my head as I look at the remarkable new images of Ceres. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the dwarf planet since […]

These flatworms plunge their penises into their own heads to inject themselves with sperm (when they must).

The flatworm Macrostomum hystrix isn’t exciting to look at. Its diet of microalgae doesn’t raise any eyebrows, and you probably wouldn’t even notice one if you came across it in its native habitat. But in the bedroom, these flatworms take kink to a whole new level: when they can’t find a partner, they will stab themselves in the head with their […]

Tapeworm-Associated Epilepsy on the Rise

It was the work of the lunar god, a “disease of the moon,” thought the Mesopotamians. The Romans attributed it to demonic possession. Priests and peasants in the Middle Ages considered the “falling sickness” a contagious evil. Today our understanding of seizures and epilepsy rests not with lunar cycles or the supernatural, but with scientific […]

Bright Sky Event seen across several Southeast States, U.S. on June 29, 2015

UFO, Space Debris, Spent Rocket, Natural Event, Missile — What happened in the sky over Southeastern United States on June 29, 2015? According to NASA: There was a bright event seen across several Southeast states (Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama) last night at 12:29:30 AM CDT (1:29:30 EDT). Based on the data we currently […]

Drones Could Boost Wi-Fi Signals on U.K. Trains

Multi-taskers aboard passenger trains in the United Kingdom could someday post a Facebook update or upload a Google doc with the help of a drone. Earlier this year, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new initiative to boost mobile connectivity and provide free Wi-Fi access aboard the trains of four major companies that, combined, […]