This Frog’s Slime Fights the Flu
A peptide secreted by the frog’s skin kills the H1 variety of the flu virus.... READ ON
New York’s Trans Fat Ban Reduced Heart Attacks and Strokes
Counties that implemented trans fat bans saw a significant decline in heart attacks and strokes compared to counties without bans.... READ ON
The Fireball That Killed the Dinosaurs Could Help Us Find Life on Other Planets
The Chicxulub crater is providing new clues about how life may have begun on Earth about 4 billion years ago—and point us towards how and where we can look for life across the universe.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
Archaeologists Need Your Help to Study 100+ Graves in Philadelphia
With enough funding, they will analyze—and then reinter—the remains of people buried between 1707 and 1859 in a Baptist cemetery—and mental_floss will be in the lab with them.... READ ON
Color Your Way Through Air Pollution With a Climate Change Coloring Book
Brian Foo's coloring book illustrates data on how climate change is altering the planet.... READ ON
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Study Sheds Light on Why Salty Snacks Are So Addictive
Salty food doesn't make you thirsty, but it might make you hungry.... READ ON
Freezer Malfunction Melts Precious Arctic Ice Samples
“I’ve had better days, let’s say that.”... READ ON
New "Super-Earth" Exoplanet May Have Water—and Life
The planet resides in its star’s habitable zone, the slim "Goldilocks" orbit at which water can exist as a stable liquid.... READ ON
Lady Pigeons’ Hormones Show the Value of Studying Both Sexes
A new study refutes the longstanding scientific assumption that studying female physiology is a waste of time.... READ ON
Tooth Decay May Have Turned Tsavo Lions into Man-Eaters
Humans were “so much easier to catch” than zebras or wildebeests.... READ ON
Researchers Discover New Species of Giant Spider
They knew they were on to something when they found a "giant" exoskeleton in a Mexico cave.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
The Deepest Shipwreck Ever Found
We are only just beginning to find ways to explore the deepest trenches.... READ ON
Tiny Prehistoric Beetle Was First to Mooch off Termites
The horseshoe-crab-shaped bugs have been hanging out in a drop of amber for the last 99 million years.... READ ON
Visual Proof of Snowflakes' Non-Uniqueness
Science ruins everything.... READ ON
How Do Tics Develop in Tourette Syndrome?
A new study models the brain interactions that could be behind the tics.... READ ON
Study Finds Women in Academia Do More Unpaid "Service" Work
This phenomenon is not unique to academia, but can be seen across many major career fields, from finance to medicine.... READ ON