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February 27 2014

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February 12 2014

Live: Ice Storm Grips the South

A potentially "catastrophic" ice storm is underway across the South, with tens of thousands already without power and thousands more likely to lose electricity. The hardest-hit states look to be Georgia and South Carolina, where at least an inch of ice is expected to coat trees and power lines

The storm is expected to intensify and move up the East Coast through the end of the week, bringing snow and rain to Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

We will be covering the winter storm live here all day. See below for the latest news...


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February 10 2014

British Government: Flood Crisis Consistent With Global Warming

With the English countryside underwater from some of the worst flooding on record, the British government found that "an increasing body of evidence" ties this type of event to manmade global warming.

Rainfall amounts, storm intensities, wave heights and other extreme weather-related characteristics have been at or near record levels, according to a UK Met Office report released on Sunday. December and January were among the most “exceptionally wet” two-month periods on record in England and Wales, dating back at least 248 years.

The high flow rates of the Thames River, which courses through downtown London, have lasted longer than any previous flood since 1883. In fact, the massive Thames flood barrier has been raised 13 times since December in order to prevent widespread flooding in London and other areas, although it's not saving many downstream communities from flood damage. Read more...

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February 05 2014

Yes, the Creation Debate Was Worthwhile

You saw the argument all over Twitter on Tuesday night: Why are we even having this debate? Why did Bill Nye, a respected science educator, agree to spar with Ken Ham, a Creationist few of us have heard of? Didn't it give Ham too much of a platform, especially as the debate was held in his home turf, the Creationist Museum?

Didn't it plant the false suggestion that Ham speaks for the majority of Creationists, or that Creationists speak for the majority of the faithful? Even the Vatican declared evolution valid decades ago. Didn't the very existence of this dispute make the U.S. look like a bunch of numbskulls to the rest of the world? Read more...

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Aquaponics: Are Fish the Future of Organic Farming?

Parcs Holman speaks with a rambling conviction about the mechanics and advantages of aquaponics. "It's totally the future," he says. "You're growing hundreds of pounds of food a year for a fraction of the water and power." Aquaponics, the growing of plants with roots submerged in water, is being touted by enthusiasts as the next frontier in urban agriculture.

The system depends on a network of tubes connecting a pond of fish with "rafts" that hold the plants. As the fish create waste, the water circulates to the rafts where tiny bacteria convert it into nutrient-rich plant feed. "It's just replicating nature," Holman notes. "Except nature has the sun, and we use a small amount of electricity." Read more...

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February 04 2014

Watch Live: 'Science Guy' Bill Nye Debates Creationist on Evolution

TV personality Bill Nye "the Science Guy" is set to advocate for the science of evolution in a debate on how humans came to exist. While it will be live streamed on the web Tuesday night, he will not, however, enjoy home field advantage.

Nye's opponent, Ken Ham, invited the engineer and science popularizer to the Bible Belt for the highly publicized debate, which will take place at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, K.Y., Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. (You can watch live in the YouTube video embedded below.)

Ham's Christian group, Answers in Genesis, owns and operates the museum, which aims to bring "the pages of the Bible to life," according to its website Read more...

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February 02 2014

The Concussion Crisis Is Deadlier Than Ever — Can Tech Solve It?

Jake Woolley remembers the day he got his fourth concussion.

It was nice weather for football on Nov. 9 in Pocatello, Idaho: a clear sky, about 55 degrees at kickoff. Nearly 5,000 people had gathered to see the Idaho State Bengals take on the visiting Portland State Vikings.

It was just after 3 p.m. when PSU linebacker Jake Woolley took the field. At siiswx feet, four inches tall and 225 pounds, the 21-year-old junior starter is as athletic as he is powerful.

On the first play of the game, Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias completed a three-yard pass to tight end Josh Cook. Woolley was there, ready to make the tackle. Read more...

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January 30 2014

Test Your Lying Skills With This 5-Second Quiz

Bad news, introverts: You make terrible liars.

Or at least that's what this five-second quiz from YouTube channel In 59 Seconds claims

The quiz itself is quite easy. Simply allow yourself five seconds to draw a capital Q on your forehead using the first finger of your dominant hand. It's how you draw the Q that gives a bit of insight into your lying skills.

According to research from psychologist R. Glen Hass, it's all about extroverts versus introverts

People who draw the letter in a way that could be read by someone else facing them are more likely to be aware of how others see them. These people tend to extroverted, and thus better at lying. But people who draw the Q facing so that they themselves can read the letter are less likely to know how other people view them, and thus more introverted. These people tend to be worse liars Read more...

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The Debris From a London-Sized Asteroid Strike Would Block Out the Sun

It's been almost a year since a meteorite unexpectedly blew up over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. The explosion — which scientists say was a blinding 30 times brighter than the sun — sent off a shock wave that defaced 7,000 buildings and injured more than 1,400 people

The amount of damage was undoubtably huge. But the actual rock? Not so much. At 18 meters around, it was roughly half as wide as Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue — big, but surprisingly small for an object that caused $33 million in repairs in a matter of minutes

This got us thinking: What happens when smaller (and bigger) objects fly into our atmosphere? We used Purdue University's "Impact: Earth!" simulator to find our answers. Our own Bob Al-Greene illustrated the results, as seen in the gallery above. Read more...

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January 29 2014

How Much Should We Really Worry About Asteroids?

Tracking asteroids and patrolling the skies is a fascinating field — one that blends traditional science with the imagination-capturing realm of space rocks. The tales we heard in a story we published on Tuesday were compelling, inspiring and downright eerie. And the discussions aren't over just yet

In a Google Hangout on Wednesday, we'll be joined by Dr. Denton Ebel, curator of meteorites at the Museum of Natural History in New York City; Tim Spahr, director of the Minor Planet Center (MPC) in Cambridge, Mass.; and Sergey Khaibrakhmanov, a Ph.D. candidate in physics and witness to the meteorite that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February Read more...

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Hot Frying Pan Turns Beer Into Gooey Blob

What's the weirdest thing you can do with liquid in a frying pan? If you answered "make an omelet," you're wrong

The answer probably lies somewhere around the Leidenfrost effect. It allows the liquid — beer, in this case — to look like it's hovering on the pan, while the liquid is actually floating on a layer of water vapor.

If you've ever splashed water droplets into a hot frying pan, you've likely witnessed the fascinating effect. It happens when the pan hits just the right temperature — hot enough so the liquid doesn't just immediately boil away Read more...

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January 28 2014

The Hunt for Killer Asteroids

Sergey Khaibrakhmanov was sleeping when he heard the explosion. Startled, his heart already pounding, he jumped awake in bedWhat the hell was that?

It was loud, whatever it was, enough to shake the apartment and scare him half to deathDid a plane just crash?

He edged to the side of his bed as debris sprinkled from the ceiling, speckles of dust and plastic tile, falling like snow in sporadic, sluggish patterns. The silence, eerily juxtaposed against the bang, was ominous, unreal even. His ears began to ring.

A breeze whistled inside from the direction of the balcony. The glass door — or what was left of it — lay in broken pieces on the carpet, sparkling like a tiny sea of diamondsShit. Read more...

More about Space, Videos, Nasa, Features, and Science

January 24 2014

Zone Out to a Match Burning in Slow Motion

One big bummers about science: Fancy (re: expensive) equipment is often required to actually see and appreciate some of the world's coolest phenomena

Luckily, YouTube channels like UltraSlo can slow down the action for us

The team shot footage of a burning match at 4,000 fps (frames per second), and the oddly mesmerizing video will make you want to play with fire before you realize it.

burning match

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Science, Slow Motion, and Watercooler
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