Each year new scientific discoveries make our very own Solar System look soggier, more hospitable, and more ripe for it. ... READ ON
Scientists agree that light from your computer or mobile phone can keep you up at night, seriously disrupting your sleep schedule.... READ ON
Owning a casino isn't much of a gamble. In almost every game, the casino has a statistical advantage—so for every one gambler raking it in, there’s more than enough people leaving with empty pockets to net an enormous profit. But between the rolling dice and spinning roulette wheels, there’s one game—if played with the right strategy—where the odds are actually in the gambler’s favor. That game is blackjack. You just have to learn how to count cards.... READ ON
Many plant-based drugs—such as caffeine, cocaine, nicotine and morphine—are all made for the exact same reason: to fight off insects. Why exactly do humans love ingesting insect repellent so much?... READ ON
If you watch the speed skaters during this year’s Winter Olympics, you’ll certainly notice something strange about the footwear they’re sporting. With a hinged blade that moves independently from the boot, modern speed skates look nothing like hockey or figure skates—they're clap skates. What’s the purpose of such freaky footgear?... READ ON
As any kid with a mason jar can tell you, the honeybee isn't the smartest animal on the planet. But oddly enough, a honeybee colony is actually pretty intelligent. How does the group make decisions when the individuals can't? ... READ ON
Deipnophobia is the fear of dinner party conversations.