Author Archives: Ryan F. Mandelbaum

Scientists Are Exploring a Strange New Way to Create an Exotic Phase of Matter

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND— Hiding in the suburbs behind trees and a meadow with furry brown donkeys is a warehouse with an elevator that only visits negative floors. Hundreds of feet down, hyper complex detectors inside an octagonal tube the color and size of a large barn whistle loudly and peer like cameras at protons,…

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Report: Cancer Journal Retracts a Record Hundred and Seven Studies

Scientists don’t work in a vacuum. Their work should always come along with a rigorous review process to ensure their methods and results aren’t wild, misinterpreted, or outright made up. But what if you’ve found a way to fake your own review?

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Here Are the Ways Large Asteroids Can Kill You, Ranked

Large asteroids definitely present one of the most colorful and chaotic possible apocalypses. Such an impact would cause quite a cinematic conclusion, combining a plague of wind, tsunamis, heat, and other terrors into a horrible death-fest. Honestly, c… Continue reading

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Is This Art Gross?

Screw Rembrandt, Picasso and all that boring old guy paint-on-a-canvas stuff. The future of art is bacteria, ants, and the smell of sweat.Read more… Continue reading

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This Mars-Bound Cheeto Maker Will Help Earthlings First

Let’s say we do somehow end up growing grains like corn or wheat on Mars. What fun would that be if we can’t puff them into curls and dust them with cheese?

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This Browser Extension Will Help You Read Paywalled Science Papers for Free

Probably the suckiest thing about science is the fact that lots of the time you can’t read the research yourself. If it’s not open access and you’re interested, either you shell out 35 bucks for a pdf, email someone asking for it, or settle with listening to some dummy like me interpret the results peppered with…

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Why Did These Lions Eat So Many People?

In 1898, a pair of lions feasted on the most fearsome of predators: humans. Some think they could have killed 135 people constructing a railroad bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya, though research lowered that number down to 35 human lunches between … Continue reading

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A Trail of Strange Physics Results Offers Tantalizing Hints of New Particles

Conceptually, particle physics experiments are surprisingly simple. Smash a shitload of particles together, and look at what comes out. The results will either confirm whatever the business-as-usual theory is, or, if there’s a really crystal clear deviation from that theory, they might prove some new hypothesis about…

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How Do You Keep a 13,600-Year-Old Woman From Looking Like Wilma Flintstone?

Recreations of Paleolithic people at the museum usually look like the typical Geico commercial caveman. Famed Otzi the Iceman, for example, has the face of someone who’d be fun to disembowel a moose with, but whose conversation might be just a little gauche. A new facial reconstruction of a Stone Age woman who lived…

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Here’s What Our Food Might Look Like in a Climate Change-Induced Dystopia

Food scientists are already looking to some dramatic-sounding options, from bugs to lab-grown meat to large fish farms, in order to feed a world whose population could approach ten billion humans by 2050. Combined with climate change, the food of the d… Continue reading

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Check Out This Mesmerizing Timelapse of the Night Sky Above Hawaii

Telescopes dot the cloudless top of the dry volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Earth’s tallest mountain from its underwater base to its peak. Its night skies, free of artificial light, are a resource disappearing across the planet in the face of light pollution.

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Check Out This Mesmerizing Timelapse of the Night Sky Above Hawaii

Telescopes dot the cloudless top of the dry volcano Mauna Kea in Hawaii, Earth’s tallest mountain from its underwater base to its peak. Its night skies, free of artificial light, are a resource disappearing across the planet in the face of light pollution.

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The Last Person Born in the 1800s Died and So Will You

Humans start getting ready to die as soon as they are born. But for some, that process takes a whole lot longer than it does for everyone else. Read more… Continue reading

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Actually, Bread Crusts Are Good

The world might feel like it’s ending, but that doesn’t mean researchers should give up the pursuit of establishing truths via evidence-based science. Nor should they give up the aromatic crusts of a fresh-baked loaf of French baguette. Ooh la la, happy Friday.

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Trans Fats Are Bad But So Were the News Stories About This New Trans Fats Study

As a purveyors of supposedly factual content, it’s the job of science journalists to make sure we’re accurate about how bad things like trans fats actually are. A whole lot of our fellow fact-farters seem to have dropped the ball on that one this week.

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These Are Not Photos of Black Holes

The Event Horizon Telescope, actually a network of telescopes across the world, has successfully completed its highly-anticipated ten-day-long observation period. Researchers pointed the array of dishes at the center of our galaxy and the M87 galaxy in order to snap pictures of some black holes. That’s really exciting

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These (Real) New Moisture Harvesters Belong on Tatooine

Luke Skywalker’s home planet isn’t the only place in need of moisture farms to harvest water. Here on Earth, with our deserts and droughts, we’ve got tons of folks in need of fresh, drinkable H20.

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Drama Over How Eels Navigate Highlights Problems in Science Publishing

You might see science as splashy headlines and a barrage of new results—but in the background are people with emotions and ambitions, politics, and a system that promotes publishing novel findings above all. A new paper on eel navigation highlights some of these systemic troubles.

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8-Year-Old Hero Steals Car to Buy McDonald’s After Learning to Drive on YouTube

You might think you’re a good driver. But you’ve got nothing on a nameless 8-year-old hero from Ohio. This past weekend he and his 4-year-old sister waited for their parents to fall asleep, stole their car, and then drove to McDonald’s to chow down on some McMeats.

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There Are Way Worse Ways Carbon Monoxide Can Kill You

Us Earthlings are quite lucky to be living at around standard temperature and pressure. Life has evolved to comfortably handle the shapes in which most molecules have arranged themselves under temperatures of about 32 degrees Fahrenheit and atmospheric pressures of an average day at sea level. But on other planets, at…

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