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Fluctuating temperatures are causing massive river ice jams

Fluctuating temperatures are causing massive river ice jams

Science These ice chunks are fascinating to look at, but can cause serious flooding. Warm weather, rain, and melting snow can cause havoc on ice-covered rivers.
Thrill-seeking personalities can help Olympic athletes win gold

Thrill-seeking personalities can help Olympic athletes win gold

Science Some Olympians may be hard-wired to seek out daring stunts. Some people have a personality trait that helps them focus in highly chaotic environments like the Winter Olympics: a high

There's no such thing as naturally orange cheese

Science Or: how dairy farmers discovered the importance of food coloring on perceived taste. Most of us never question why particular cheese have such an unnaturally (or, as it turns out, totally
Figure skaters have to train themselves to ignore their natural reflexes

Figure skaters have to train themselves to ignore their natural reflexes

Science Brain areas that control movement have to learn new tricks. Figure skating challenges the brain as well as the body.
What if hibernating animals formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winter’s sleep?

What if hibernating animals formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winter’s sleep?

Animals Well, they did—sort of. This is the story of how animals hibernate in winter. Each character in the tale will be represented by a different instrument of the orchestra. For instance, the
The UN Climate Panel needs more women

The UN Climate Panel needs more women

Nexus Media News The lack of female scientists on the UN's panel of climate scientists is hurting the quality of scientific research. Women are grossly underrepresented on the UN’s panel of
Olympic biathletes learn to shoot between heartbeats

Olympic biathletes learn to shoot between heartbeats

Science To hit a 1.6-inch target after an all-out cardiovascular sprint, take a deep breath. "It’s like running up a flight of stairs as fast as you can and then trying to thread a needle.”…
Ice technicians are the secret stars of the Winter Olympics

Ice technicians are the secret stars of the Winter Olympics

Science It’s science—on ice. Ice is an important part of the Winter Olympics. To get these slick surfaces just right, athletes rely on experienced ice technicians.
Climate scientists are working on a way to predict snow eight months in advance

Climate scientists are working on a way to predict snow eight months in advance

Science The key: first, model hurricanes. For Sarah Kapnick, Atlantic hurricanes and California snowstorms aren’t far apart.
We calculated how much sweat will come out of the Super Bowl and oh boy oh gosh

We calculated how much sweat will come out of the Super Bowl and oh boy oh gosh

Science Enough for a good Gatorade-style dunking, at least. It’s actually relatively simple to calculate someone’s sweat rate, if you're so inclined.
Should I get a flu shot? Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Should I get a flu shot? Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Health You should get a flu shot. It's not too late to get a flu shot. You should get a flu shot. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. You can get the flu in every month of the year. It’s never
All the science that made it into the State of the Union

All the science that made it into the State of the Union

Science Topics included the opioid crisis, nuclear weapons, and "beautiful clean coal." Trump touched on his favorite topics, including tax reform, border control, and police heroism. He also
Lefties, you should feel very special

Lefties, you should feel very special

Science Only 1 in 10 humans are left handed. So why does it happen at all? Globally, about 90 percent of people are righties. But why?
Robert Afzal is developing powerful laser blasters for the U.S. military

Robert Afzal is developing powerful laser blasters for the U.S. military

Technology Dynamite with a laser beam. Lasers can map planets, cut metal, play your old CDs, zap tattoos, and send cats into furry frenzies of clickbait. But Robert Afzal wants them to do more.
You should be listening to video game soundtracks at work

You should be listening to video game soundtracks at work

Science Productivity studies suggest you can boost your output with the right music. It's a whole genre designed to simultaneously stimulate your senses and blend into the background of your
What the heck is the Doomsday Clock, and why did it just tick?

What the heck is the Doomsday Clock, and why did it just tick?

Science We're two minutes to midnight. Again. The Doomsday Clock just ticked 30 seconds, bringing us at an uncomfy two minutes to midnight for the first time since the Cold War.
The world's strongest athletes benefit from some extra body fat

The world's strongest athletes benefit from some extra body fat

Fat Month A belly isn't a big deal when you're eating 5,000 calories a day and lifting more than 1,000 pounds. Bodybuilding and strength competitors look very different, and there's good reason.
Exclusive: House Science Committee members say President Trump’s lack of science advisers leaves us vulnerable to disaster

Exclusive: House Science Committee members say President Trump’s lack of science advisers leaves us vulnerable to disaster

Science The Office of Science and Technology Policy exists to provide the President with objective scientific advisement. There's neither a director nor an official mandate in the White House's
There's still a piece of Canada stuck to Australia

There's still a piece of Canada stuck to Australia

Science It's hot down here, eh? Researchers at Curtin University in Australia think this could help find out more about super old supercontinents.
E-cigarettes could help you quit smoking—and help your kids start

E-cigarettes could help you quit smoking—and help your kids start

Health All aboard the nicotine train. Ever since they came on the scene in 2006, electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigs or vapes, have been the subject of a rather lethargic debate.