What Brining Does to Your Holiday Turkey

Everyone cooking on Thanksgiving dreads the same thing: a dry turkey. Tough, chewy meat can suck the enjoyment out of a meal, which is why people might consider submerging their holiday bird in a brine overnight. The strategy has kept meats tender for centuries — even ancient Romans had recipes for making a tasty boar […]

How Old is the Oldest Stuff in the Solar System?

The Earth is old. Real old. Sometimes it is hard to truly grasp just how old it is compared to human lifespans, but if we say time represented in a century is the same as the length of a football field (100 yards/91 meters), then all of Earth’s history would get us to the Moon […]

How Well Do Weighted Blankets Actually Work? 

Anxiety has been my default state of being since I chewed my school pencils to stubs. Before big presentations, my insides turn to goo. And I can’t even watch sports without my chest clenching and my heart rate accelerating. I heard about weighted blankets as a potential remedy when other anxious people started touting their benefits […]

ProstaStream Reviews – Scam Complaints or Ingredients Really Work?

This is an updated ProstaStream review report by Daily Wellness Pro. This report outlines important details every consumer must know. ProstaStream is a natural supplement for prostate wellness. According to the official website, the formula not only helps your prostate health but also improves your urinary health and reduces symptoms linked with these issues. The […]

Which Animals Are Going Extinct? The 32 Closest Ones Are Often Overlooked

Pop quiz: How many endangered species can you name? Odds are, your list is something like: tigers, rhinos, gorillas, orangutans, pandas. If you’re a diehard endangered species aficionado, you may have even said Amur leopard, black rhino, mountain gorilla, Bornean orangutan — ah, but not giant pandas, which were upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” a […]

Does Wearing Glasses Protect You From COVID-19?

Do glasses protect against COVID-19 or make you more vulnerable to the disease? What about wearing contacts? The first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic were confusing for people who wear corrective lenses. First, a national ophthalmological society said that contact wearers should switch to glasses if they could, to avoid spreading infection by touching […]

The Lonely Universe: Is Life on Earth Just a Lucky Fluke?

This story originally appeared in the December issue of Discover magazine as “Science…or Just Fiction?” Support our science journalism by becoming a subscriber. When physicist and author Stephen Webb was a kid in the 1960s, humans were finally reaching beyond Earth. Satellites orbited the planet. Rockets blasted people into space. Astronauts walked on the moon. And in the […]

In the Shadows of Perfectionism: Impostor Syndrome

This Piece of Mind column originally appeared in the December issue of Discover magazine as “Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist.” Support our science journalism by becoming a subscriber. On a rainy January afternoon, I walked down the hallways of a huge building and entered a grim, windowless room. A frazzled adjunct college instructor, I was about to interview […]

Shapeshifting Materials Could Transform Our World Inside Out

This story originally appeared in the December issue of Discover magazine as “Scientist in Toyland.” Support our science journalism by becoming a subscriber. It’s easy to pin labels on Chuck Hoberman, but hard to stick with just one. He’s an inventor, an artist, a tinkerer. He’s a designer, an engineer, a transformer. He’s a toymaker — the brains […]

The Secrets of Bat Echolocation Could Help Robots Navigate With Sound

This Tech Note column appeared in the December 2020 issue as “Cut the Clutter.” Subscribe to Discover magazine for more stories like this. One rainy night in March 2007, graduate student Ralph Simon found himself alone in the Cuban rainforest. He was following a hunch, based on a picture he’d seen in a magazine. He was after […]