Is Delta 8 THC Legal in Texas? We Explain

This article contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Many of you have heard about Delta 9 THC, the molecule that has gained the most publicity in recent years surrounding the legalization of cannabis and cannabis products. But some of you may be new to Delta […]

Living With Anticipatory Grief

Tamara Hilliard learned in November 2017 that her husband, then 64, had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal disease of the nervous system. “I’ve been grieving since we got the diagnosis,” says Hilliard of Fort Worth, Texas. “For a long time, I’ve been sad, knowing that he was going to suffer, that he was going […]

NASA Crowdsources Solutions for Human Mission to Mars

After humans successfully landed on the moon in 1969, many expected a trip to Mars would be close behind. Seeing the first humans walk on the moon was indeed exciting, but over time both public interest and funding for space missions were slashed and dreams of visiting the Red Planet dimmed. While NASA has launched […]

How Unsustainable Sand Mining Affects the Environment

Although you may not realize it, sand is one of the most essential commodities in our modern world. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, sand and gravel are the second most used natural resources after water. As a key component of cement, asphalt and glass, sand plays a major role in every aspect of […]

A Swift Kick Sends a Black Hole Careening

Since 2006, astrophysicists have shown through computer simulations that when two black holes merge, the gravitational waves emitted during this interaction carry linear momentum with them. This, in turn, could impart a recoil, or “kick,” to the product of that merger: a  bigger black hole. Until now, this kick remained strictly theoretical. It could be […]

Is Holographic Data Storage the Next Big Thing?

Every email you send, every selfie you take, every TikTok video you post adds to the amount of digital data in the world. And that pile of data is growing at an astonishing rate. According to recent estimates, by 2025, there will be in the neighborhood of 200 zettabytes of data zipping around in the world. To […]

Who Were the Denisovans?

In 1980, a Buddhist monk journeyed to Baishiya Karst Cave to pray. Located at the foot of a cliff at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in Gansu, China, the cave’s opening, punched into a vertical expanse of gray stone, is such a picture-perfect embodiment of a monastic site that it almost veers into parody. […]

Five Lost Civilizations

A civilization is defined as “an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry and a government have been reached.” According to the National Geographic Society, this includes large population centers, division of labor, a class system, a communication system and monumental architecture/distinctive art. Many once-mighty civilizations have dwindled, […]

In 2021, 1.8 People Experienced a Record High Annual Average Temperature

Although it wasn’t a record-warm year, 2021 continued the long-term trend of human-caused global warming, analyses released today show. The year finished with an annual global temperature that was 0.84°C (1.51°F) above the 20th century average, according to an announcement today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This makes it the sixth warmest year […]

4 Crazy Facts to Know About Your Nose

Studies about our canine companions’ incredibly strong senses of smell have wowed humans for decades. A hefty body of research suggests that trained dogs can sniff out everything from different kinds of cancers (including lung, breast, bladder, ovarian, colorectal and prostate, the last of which they detected with 99 percent accuracy) to COVID-19 infections. Read […]

The Search for Ice Deposits in Moon Craters

Near the moon’s poles, crater walls block sunlight from reaching some areas of the surface. In these permanently shadowed regions, temperatures are ghastly cold, which could allow water to exist in the form of ice. But on an airless body like the moon, the constant barrage of meteorites that punch into the soil could mean […]

Little-Known Facts About 5 Scientific Figures

You are probably familiar with the names of these historical scientific figures and their well-known discoveries. But you may not know how much more there is to these geniuses and their work that still holds relevance today. Let’s take a look at what else they did. Archimedes Credit: (A.Sych/Shutterstock) Archimedes is best associated with the […]

Is Delta-8 THC Legal to Buy in Tennessee?

This article contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, the industrial hemp plant has become federally legal to grow as a crop in the United States. So does this also mean that extracts of the industrial hemp plant […]

Ancient Humans Had Pets, Too

This story was originally published in our January/February 2022 issue. Click here to subscribe to read more stories like this one. In 2011, archaeologists digging in a second-century A.D. trash dump near an ancient Red Sea port found the remains of a cancer-ridden hound dog wrapped in a palm leaf mat. The team unearthed 585 cat, dog, […]

People Are Replacing Hormonal Birth Control With Apps

After decades of stagnant birth control research, users are demanding more convenient and safer options — particularly given the potential risks, such as breast cancer, depression and even changes in brain function, associated with hormonal methods. For a small proportion of U.S. women, fertility awareness methods (FAMs) provide a hormone-free alternative and involve meticulous tracking […]