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Flat Earther plans to launch himself in homemade rocket this weekend

You might have seen the meme that says, “If the Earth was flat, cats would have pushed everything off of it by now,” riffing on the feline delight of swiping or swatting your most precious belongings off of a shelf and on to the floor. That the Earth is round is a generally accepted...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 7:14pm

Another reason science rules: Those puppy dog eyes are just for you!

You know those people who try to tell you that your pet doesn’t really love you or only uses you for food? You know how you want to just tell them “shut up” because you know your fur-kid loves you? Now, you can tell them to “shut up” with science because a new study on...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:09am

MIT grads create wearable 'thermostat' to warm you up or cool you down whenever

From freezing offices to sweltering subway cars, sometimes the temperature of your surroundings just isn’t ideal. But when you can’t control the thermostat, what can you do? Three MIT grads created a solution: A wearable “thermostat” to warm you up or cool you down as...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:03am

Yellowstone supervolcano may errupt sooner than expected

There’s a chance a supervolcano could erupt at Yellowstone National Park a lot sooner than anticipated and destroy everything in its path. According to researchers at Arizona State University, they examined fossilized ash and minerals and determined a supervolcano could erupt in a few...

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:38pm

Here is the complete list of 2017 Nobel Prize winners

Each year the Nobel Prize is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society in the categories of Literature, Physics, Medicine or Physiology, Chemistry, Economics and Peace. The Nobel Peace Prize is given to an extraordinary individual who has made great...

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 9:11am

Columbia professor wins Nobel Prize in chemistry for imaging molecules of life

A Columbia University professor is one winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on innovative and better ways to capture images of biomolecules. Joachim Frank, PhD, a professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics and of biological sciences at Columbia, shares the award with Richard...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:03pm

Hey Mr. President! Neil deGrasse Tyson is taking you to school

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to teach President Donald Trump a thing or two… about climate change and other scientific facts. Julia Pimentel from Complex interviewed the StarTalk host and asked what he’d say to Trump if he were a guest on the show. DeGrasse Tyson responded: “I...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 7:08pm

How four women are working to get young girls interested in STEM

What do a children’s book author, an entrepreneur, the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and a director at the Museum of Science in Boston have in common? They’re all working on ways to get young girls more involved in science, technology, engineering and math. Referred to as STEM, these...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:46pm

BU researchers may have found a way to diagnose CTE in someone living

Boston University has been leading the research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and they may have just made a breakthrough after identifying a possible way to diagnose CTE in living patients. CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease often found in those who suffer repeated head...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 11:05am

Scientists use Wikipedia, too, according to new study

Remember when your teacher told you Wikipedia wasn’t a legitimate source? Well, it’s a source for legitimate scientists, according to a new study. Neil C. Thompson, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and Douglas Hanley from the University of...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:33am

Exxon Mobil 'misled' the public on climate change for over 40 years

Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest oil companies, made “explicit factual misrepresentations” about the dangers of climate change for 40 years, while simultaneously acknowledging the risks behind closed doors, a new Harvard University study finds. Two Harvard researchers...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:29pm

Netflix gets all WTF when views drop during the eclipse

The solar eclipse was awesome, right? Whether you saw the Bonnie Tyler version or just a partial, the event brought people peacefully outside together. Well, while you were not staring directly into the sun without proper eye protection like the leader of the free world, you forgot about someone....

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:55pm

Want to know what your cat is feeling? Look at his booty

Cats and dogs are our favorite pets, and their behaviors are frequently compared. However, dogs are more bonded to people, thus cats stand out with their independence and sometimes indifference. This often means felines have a reputation of being isolated and even treacherous animals. But maybe...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:10pm

Solar eclipse: Smithsonian astronomer explains why it's so cool

Are you excited about the solar eclipse on Aug. 21? Though not quite a once-in-a-lifetime event, the phenomenon is special. Kathy Reeves, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who is involved with the operation of NASA telescopes, took some time to talk to Metro...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 1:16pm

This is the perfect way to dunk an Oreo, according to science

Oreo dunking is a fine art.  That perfection of a satisfying Oreo cookie dipped in a quick bath of refreshing milk is a fine way to treat yourself after a tough day at the office. Or a killer workout. Or...just about anything. But what’s the right way to dunk an Oreo? A quick swim and...

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:26pm

Breakthrough in gene editing gives hope to organ transplant waitlist

More than 117,000 Americans are currently on a transplant wait-list and 22 people die every day awaiting a match, according to federal figures. A scientific advance using genetically edited piglets could lower the fatality rate and make using pig organs, similar to our own, a common practice....

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 5:14pm

Are the findings of the leaked climate change report surprising?

President Donald Trump has rejected evidence concerning climate change and human activity’s influence on it, but a report was leaked to the New York Times on Tuesday that concluded overwhelmingly that Americans are already experiencing climate change and that yes, “many lines of...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 4:46pm

Damning climate change report leaked amid fears Trump administration could suppress it

President Donald Trump has spent the first six months of his presidency pushing back against evidence that human activity accelerates climate change, and government scientists worry his administration could try to suppress a study that offers pretty irrefutable evidence to the contrary. The 545-...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 4:28pm

Designer babies are a very real thing. When should we start freaking out?

We might not be using jet packs to get everywhere or watching our robot Rosie pick up after our dog Astro, but the future is now and the future means designer babies. For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited human embryo DNA to correct a genetic mutation for hypertrophic...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 5:02am

Lyme disease antidote may have been discovered by UMass scientist

A tick might seem like a small thing, but a bacterial infection you can get from their bites is anything but. Though there is no current vaccine against Lyme disease, a Massachusetts researcher may have found the key to a revolutionary drug that could prevent the debilitating infection — and...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:43am