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Staten Island 2nd grader wins national science contest

Imagine there’s an app that’ll let you know when you should arrive at your doctor’s office so you can wait for the shortest amount of time. If only, right? Well, thanks to a Staten Island second grader, that app may become a reality. Sofia Babaytseva, a student at PS 50/Frank...

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 3:13pm

Hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE: Study

With more information coming out about chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the degenerative brain disease commonly known as CTE — there’s been a spotlight on the NFL’s “concussion crisis.” But concussions, though certainly frightening, aren’t the big worry...

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:19am

Swearing can improve your physical performance, study finds

If you’ve ever let out an F-bomb or two while doing something strenuous (and who among us hasn’t?), keep the curses coming — it’s not vulgar language, it’s a scientifically-proven power boost, according to new research. A study recently published in the Journal of...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 5:02am

Largest planetarium in the US opens in New Jersey

If there’s one scenario in which size matters, it’s when you’re trying to show the entire known universe on one screen. The big-deal opening of the year for science nerds is the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, now open at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. Located just 30...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:50pm

BU biolab gets approval to research world's deadliest viruses

Boston University’s biolab is finally approved to start its research on the world’s deadliest microorganisms in hopes of finding treatment options. The Boston Public Health Commission has given its final approval for BU’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories (NEIDL)...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:43pm

Bye-bye glitter? Scientists suggesting a ban just in time for the holidays

Glitter catches our eye, adds glitz to anything and can glam up your look on a hot night out. It also gets stuck on everything and seemingly (like beach sand) never goes away, but that isn’t why researchers are suggesting a ban on glitter. Glitter does “terrible damage” to the...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:27am

Is the Earth flat? More and more Americans think so

Sometime in the next few weeks, a California man named “Mad” Mike Hughes will launch himself 1,800 feet into the air for a mile-long ride in a homemade, steam-powered metal rocket. His goal: To prove the earth is flat. Wait, is the Earth flat? If you thought that matter was settled...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 5:14pm

Flat Earther rocket launch plans squashed by the government

Update Nov. 26: “Mad” Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver and flat Earther, might not have expected all the public attention to be a bad thing. A few obstacles got in the way of Hughes’ planned homemade rocket launch, including the U.S. government, disappointing many flat...

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 11:45pm

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